Happy Holidays 2009

This is similar to cartoons I've done every year since December 1998 for the Christmas cards we mail to clients. They always include pot-bellied elves, reindeer, and my face as Santa or an elf. Now we mail out happy New Year cards instead, so the Christmas cartoon goes in our December e-News.
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Lots of Fish, Few Worms

This looks more like a newspaper editorial cartoon, but I wanted to draw something that represented the current reality for everyone I know in the construction industry.

Current Business Strategy

It seems like a lot of people these days are using this type of business strategy. Maybe this guy thinks he can make up the price difference with higher volume?
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August 2009 Wright e-news

Duck Cleaning

If indoor air quality is important to you, then you've got to have clean ducks.
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Rough Road Ahead

Another illustration of the false economy of choosing a cheap engineer in an attempt to "save" money.
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Click on the picture to enlarge it and see the detail. Two paths are shown. I recommend choosing the "Wright" way.
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For more on why cheap engineering isn't cheap, click here.

Extreme Casita

In March 2009 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition returned to Las Vegas and the producers asked Wright Engineers to again provide multi-discipline engineering services. Our sister company, Wright Custom Home, was selected as the builder. With the help of dozens of subcontractors and thousands of volunteers, we completed a 3,000 square foot zero-energy home in less than one week. The episode aired nationally on ABC in May 2009.
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Click here to visit the Wright Extreme Makeover website for more info on the project.
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May 2009 Wright e-news

Looking For a Makeover

This accompanied the announcement in our March 2009 Wright e-news about Wright Engineers' and Wright Custom Home's upcoming involvement in ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Las Vegas.
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Fortunately, of the 3,000+ volunteers who helped us complete the project, none were like Helen.

Revit?

Most engineers and architects I know are hopeful that eventually BIM will be the miraculous time-saving wonder tool it's marketed to be, but at the moment it often feels like more of a hinderance than a help - probably similar to the time 25 years ago when the industry was converting to CAD.
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We've Decided Not To Participate

When asked his opinion of the 1991 recession, Sam Walton replied, "I've thought about it, and decided not to participate". I borrowed his sentiments for our January 2009 Happy New Year cards.

This One's From Our Attorney...

It takes some attorneys five times as many words as a normal person to say the same thing. That could be one reason law school is three years instead of a semester and a half.

January 2009 Wright e-news