My name is Keith Monaghan.
I’m a researcher. I help creative teams understand the big picture of their project before they start. Once the project starts, I help them understand the details.
Informed team. Awesome project. Happy clients.
My research has helped creative teams with projects for Nike, The CW Network, Upworthy, THX, Umpqua Bank, Western Union and more.
I also write One Useful Thing, a weekly newsletter of the helpful and well-designed things I come across in my work. Why not join?
what I’m up to right Now
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I live in Portland, Oregon. Yes, it rains. No, I haven’t seen Sasquatch…yet.
What I’m currently doing:
Freelancing - I do research for creative teams working on projects for companies like Nike, Upworthy, Lucasfilm, The CW Network and more.
Writing - Read my articles and sign up to get them in your inbox at the bottom of this page. No funny business. Just the good stuff: research tips and the occasional dog.
Product Development - The world of physical products fascinates me. I’m exploring ideas with the hope of bringing one of them to market.
Reading - I always have several books on a wide range of topics going. Feel free to recommend one. My current reads: Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World by Annie Lowrey, The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St Clair, 100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau.
Playing Guitar - My goal this year is to learn a handful of crowd-pleasing songs well enough to play in front of actual humans, not just my dogs.
Painting - I’ve painted a little. I want to paint more. The lessons on Stewart Davies’ YouTube channel are particularly inspiring.
What I’m currently not doing:
Marketing Consulting - Did it for years. Now I’m helping creative teams with their projects. But I do have a free Learn Email Marketing guide, if you’re interested.
LinkedIn - It was useful. Now when I log on it’s mostly spammy business nonsense. It’s just not worth my time any more.
Podcast Production - I’ve produced and hosted several of my own, but these days I’d rather be a guest. Here’s an episode from my stint as temporary co-host of The Campfire Project to give you an idea of my style. Have a podcast? Schedule willing, I’m happy to be a guest. Get in touch.