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October 17, 2014

Vision Quest

A vision quest is a rite of passage in some Native American cultures. The ceremony of the Vision Quest is one of the most universal and ancient means to find spiritual guidance and purpose.

One year ago, I took a break from Viewers Like You and returned to school, to experience something that looks and feels very much like a residency. Before I left, I referred to this time as a sabbatical, a vision quest, a walk about. All three are accurate enough. However upon return, vision quest feels most true.

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September 08, 2014

The Method

It’s easy to argue about Tracy Anderson. She is “too” (fill in the blank): tan, blonde, thin, confident. She promotes a fitness ideal we either loathe or admire, and debates easily ensue. But nobody argues about if her Method works or not. Because it does.

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August 27, 2014

A Haiku, or Two

nothing new for me
bit off more than i can chew
the first taste is good

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July 26, 2014

On Compromise

Compromise is thought of, and touted as, a virtue. When negotiating, brainstorming, or presenting concepts, the mutual modification of two opinions is believed to deliver a more successful, satisfying result. I influence you to give way there, you convince me to budge here, and we arrive at our end-product. I say bollocks! I do not believe compromise has any place in the creative process, or in any inter-personal relationship that matters.

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June 16, 2014

On Automation

On par with my feelings about The Paradox of Choice, I’m mad passionate about the topic of automation. And just like choice, it’s the new four-letter word in my lexicon. You see, the systematic reduction of manpower has been eating away at me subtly, and reached critical mass this week as I perused my social media feeds and saw it rear its ugly head, again. THIS is about THAT.

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May 09, 2014

On Momentum

I remember, back when I was still doing project work, that at some point I had to add production schedules into my contracts. I needed to communicate that our work together was bound to a specific timeframe. That this or that asset would “go live”, in say, 6-8 weeks, for some dollar amount. I would also give a breakdown of what would happen week-by-week: my delivery as well as when feedback was required. Now, sure, this addition informed the client what was needed from them and when the project would get done, but I added this element to set the stage for momentum.

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April 23, 2014

Smokestack Lighting

Out of the blue this week, I got an email that brought my attention back to a delicious project David worked on—one of his first as a professional designer, while in the employ at Concrete, the Office of Jilly Simons. So we revisited. We looked at it in our portfolio, and took our copy down off the shelf. And while the book is insignificant when considering the body of work we’ve developed since, decades later Smokestack Lightning continues to loom large in our lives. Its topic is one we are both passionate about: the lore and traditions of American barbecue.

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March 31, 2014

To Have and Withold

Curation is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. Have you noticed it too? Everyone is a curator! I will literally gasp when the careful editing of information is presented to brilliant seduction—I might even applaud. (No joke, ask Chelsea.) But there is something about deliberate withholding that I too, find crazy potent. What you don’t experience being as important and what you do. It’s a subtle difference, collection and omission. I’m grooving on the later.

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February 14, 2014

Beautiful Women. Kind Words.

Happy day o’ love. I usually do nothing for this “holiday”, but was inspired last night to create a most gorgeous collage of my radiant clients. And ta-dah! I have a last minute Valentine’s Day blog post. I totally feel wrapped in love. You will see why after the jump.

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January 29, 2014

Better Buggy Bagg

Cute baby alert (again). This is the fourth website we’ve created for our client Blueberry Diapers. And while we love all our web babies, I think Buggy Bagg might be my favorite. She’s so smart. Like easy and adorable having the best playdate ever. Check it out for yourself, here.




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