I’ve been picking up some interesting “off resume” experiences throughout my career(s).

I’m proud of my mishmash of strange talents and knowledge that I’ve added to my repertoire through years of varied experiences. I’m happy that I’ve been exposed to so many different people and industries that I may not have had the chance to see if I’d stayed at any one company for several more years. It does take some explaining to interviewers though — who are usually very understanding once I explain that there are reasons why it looks like I’ve jumped from place to place.

So, here’s…


I work with companies that advertise on Facebook. Sometimes I make those ads myself- but that doesn’t mean that seeing some ads in my timeline over and over isn’t annoying to me. Since about every fourth post on Facebook is a sponsored ad, that’s a lot of opportunities to be annoyed.

Even though companies want to be as specific as possible when targeting the appropriate audiences who are the most likely to be interested in their products, those ads can accidentally be hilariously off-target, selling you something you’re obviously not the right buyer for. …


If you work in graphic design or marketing, you probably know that finding stock photos that are both diverse and relevant is near impossible. Having worked in an accessibility field, I have had such a time trying to find a stock photo of a person with a disability that’s not inspiration porn or in a hospital setting, or of a workplace that doesn’t display a majority of white and/or cisgendered men (is anyone else tired of photos of white guys high-fiving in an office?), …


I run social media accounts for companies, and I’ve come across a lot of fake articles and hoaxes just as part of what I do. People I care about and think highly of have been sharing articles of Facebook that aren’t just incorrect or poorly written, but so biased that they cross the line into having a harmful agenda. However, the world being what it is right now, I (mostly) don’t blame anyone for seeing a hoax and believing it.

Here are some of my tactics to determine if an article is real or full of misinformation. Though these methods…


Have you ever worked for a company where you’re constantly putting out fires, rushing from project, to disaster, to project, to meeting, to the next disaster? You probably felt like there wasn’t enough time to work on growing the business itself. Perhaps it was that a department or employee always had too much on their plate, or no one really knew when the next deadline was coming, or never had the time and resources to figure out a better process. …


Does it seems to anyone else like all the fresh ideas out there are taken? I mean, it’s what you’d expect from living on a planet with around 8 billion thinking, creating humans, most with access to the internet. Ideas spread, and we find out we’re not so different from people born thousands of miles away, which is the good news, but the bad news is that it makes it awful difficult to come up with something one of those other 8 billion people haven’t already.

Case in point: stock photos.

Google “women laughing alone eating salad” and you’ll get…

Dakota Drake

Experience & Interaction Strategist, Creator of Brand Personalities, AcroYoga Teacher, Doodler of Comics

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