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Mickey’s 10 Commandments November 14, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 11:20 am
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Ten Commandments1. Know your audience

2. Wear your guests’ shoes

3. Organize the flow of people and ideas

4. Create a visual magnet

5. Communicate with visual literacy

6. Avoid overload

7. Tell one story at a time

8. Avoid contradictions

9. For every ounce of treatment, provide a ton of treat

10. Keep it up


Disneyland Website October 3, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 4:38 pm
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Okay, so here is another project that I’ve been working on for the past long while, and it’s just about time I pick it up again and redevelop it. Currently is doesn’t have any content except a link to my disney blog.

www.dlig.org and the blog at www.dlig.org/blog


Keep Moving Forward August 12, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 1:51 am
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A long standing concept used by Walt Disney himself was to keep moving forward. How true this is in life. With each new trouble or situation which arises in life, we can either let it slow us down, or motivate us to press on and move forward. Open new doors and explore the opportunities. We’ve personally be through quite a rough place, from outside circumstances, to personal attacks and even down to the simple 3 emergency trips with our 2 year old to the hospital (good thing they’re close!). But yet, just like I taught our son at a very early age, pick yourself up and dust your hands off, and keep going… Keep exploring, keep learning!

And while that sounds like a good motto and mantra — it does have its critics, because it doesn’t stand up to good critical thinking — but it does stand up to good critical living! Yes, we need time to look back, reflect and learn – but we don’t need to spend nearly as much time doing it. The past is just the past. It has made us who we are, and it will shape who we become. Yet, we cannot dwell — what we do today, tomorrow and the next will shape our future even more. If we let today go by without action, because we’re looking back – that is a true waste.

Time to pickup ourselves from the situations we’ve found ourselves in and keep moving forward. And not just that, but to keep “pressing” forward, explore, investigate, play! Imagine if after a child fell for the first time, they stopped trying again out of fear?

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

Walt Disney


Wikipedia August 11, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 11:20 pm
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Wikipedia is a horribly addicting online element to participate it…I guess just as bad as blogging. I have been spending a good deal of time over at en.wikipedia.org working on editing several things disney, as well as general anti-vandalism and semi-admin type work. I will likely begin integrating wikipedia into the Disney websites I spoke about earlier, www.dlig.org and www.disneymg.com; as well as utalizing some of what I’ve learned from Wikipedia to apply those communal principals to those websites as well.


Pet project: DLIG.org

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 11:17 pm
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Here is a pet project that I’ve been working on for some time now, but nothing is publicly available, just the template of: www.dlig.org – which will be Disneyland Information Guide. There has been many websites come and go, and this one is designed to take advantage of the advances in database driven technology and it will dovetail into our other pet-project, www.disneymg.com which is a mobile interface for Disneyland (initially) and may expand beyond that. With fast, text based information optimized for skinny wap phones and other small format browsers, with the full information resource of the parent, www.dlig.org it should be powerful.

DLIG idea came around in 2006 when Tower of Terror was just opening at DCA. Expect more forward movement on these projects soon!