How editors could have saved Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court is soon expected to announce its decision in King v. Burwell, which deals with the Federal Government’s responsibility to pay for federal exchanges established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). When it comes to laws that affect millions of Americans, I think we mostly trust that somebody is going over the text with …

Not to brag, but…

Dragonfly is the proud recipient of yet another round of awards for our exceptional writing, editing, and design work. The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative pros of all stripes. Each year, corporate marketing and communication departments, ad agencies, PR firms, graphic design shops, production companies, web and digital creators, and freelancers from around the world all …

The power of checklists

I’ve been speaking a lot recently about the power of checklists. Yesterday, I did a Twitter chat about checklists for ACES, the American Copy Editors Society. I and my fellow tweeters talked about how checklists help us cope with an overwhelming world by getting “all those things we’ve got to remember” out of our heads and onto paper. How they guide us through …

Learn editing from ACES, here in Ohio!

Live in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, or parts nearby? Step up your editing game at the ACES Editing Boot Camp in Columbus, Ohio. It’s coming up next week, it’s near you, and registration is still open. What more could you ask for? The fact that I’m teaching? Well…I am! Here are some more details: When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 24 Where: Hyatt …

Three cheers for us!

As an agency, we don’t usually get to take credit for the work we do. But when awards season rolls around, it’s always fun to see how we measure up to other creative teams. Dragonfly has taken home three industry awards in the past year. They are:   The Bronze Addy for Elements of Advertising at the 2015 Dayton AAF …

Dragonfly and ACES go viral on BuzzFeed

The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) conference ended March 28, but the good vibes surrounding the event haven’t died down yet. BuzzFeed, the king of viral content and the master of the listicle, sent copy chief Emmy Favilla to ACES 2015. She spoke on a panel on “How to Get the Job You Want”—and also polled attendees on their top …

5 things I learned at ACES 2015

1. Kory Stamper reading Old English and Middle English was amazing. It’s not every day that we get to hear the evolution of language and usage. Merriam-Webster’s Kory Stamper gave a fantastic session called “English and How it Got This Way: A Brief History.” It’s one thing to read about how language changes, but it’s another thing entirely to actually …

Why I love the ACES National Conference

There’s a lot to love about the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) and the annual national conference. You get to hang out with other cool editors, you get to enhance your skills, and you get to hang out in an interesting city. Here are a few more things I love about the ACES national conference. ACES folks are kind One …

The ACS National Meeting: Dragonfly’s double bond to the most important gathering in science

Twice a year, the average IQ of one U.S. city spikes as roughly 13,000 chemists, engineers, academics, and others descend, taking in more than 7,000 presentations on the newest, most exciting research in chemistry and the related sciences. The National Meetings of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are “two of the most respected scientific meetings in the world.” The 249th …

A decade of Dragonfly: 10 thank-yous

This March marks Dragonfly’s 10th anniversary. Yup, it’s been 10 years of editing proposals, writing white papers, designing brochures, and everything in between. We’ve visited clients in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, DC, New York, San Diego, St. Louis…even Saudi Arabia. We’ve grown from one woman with a computer to 30 editors, writers, designers, and project managers working in more than …