I've learned a few important lessons this summer that I thought I'd share—mostly for myself, but hopefully they will help you, too.
There will always be people who will do shitty things to you. Sometimes those people will be the people who are...
I could let my failures surround me and I could submit to that nagging feeling in the back of my head that I'm not good enough, that I can't be good enough, that I won't be good enough. But instead of dwelling on thoughts that might not be true, I... Read more
What's the secret?
The vast majority of people these days are looking to live a life that doesn't interfere with the status quo. Others are looking for ways to get rich quick on the internet. They ask "what's the secret? how can I launch x-for-x in a week's time without... Read more
Keep a record of everything in your life—the big, the small, the bad, the good. One day ten years from now, five years from now, hell, even one year from now, you'll be able to look back at the way things were and see that all the shit you went through... Read more
It's not what you do
when the stars shine bright
on the paved road
that matters, but what you do
when you're down in the dust,
when the earth swirls up around you
and you feel life's hands
around your neck.
Never stop learning or experimenting.
Never become complacent.
You're good at what you do, but there are always ways to improve.
Keep your options open.
Don't focus on the negative.
Give yourself a break.
Don't forget who...
Find Your Own Inspiration
One thing that really bothers me about a lot of designers and other creative professionals (including myself) is that we focus too much on "inspiration." Inspiration is good thing. It helps us move, it helps us hustle. It drives passion and action... Read more
2014 in Review
It's hard for me to believe that 2014 is already almost at an end. This has been the most productive year of my life, during which I've grown as a designer, a writer, a friend, and a human being. At this time last year I had know idea where I'd end... Read more
My Digital Toolbelt
This is just a quick post outlining the "tools of the trade," as they're known, that I use for design and development; this only includes digital tools, but I plan on adding a new post shortly about the analog tools I use daily.
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What I Know About Life
I like to think that I know a lot about life: that I'm wiser than my age lends me to be, that I know some small secret of this infinitely gigantic universe that helps me see the world differently than everyone else.
On a small scale—my school, my... Read more
A Manifesto for Quality Thought
No amount of thought can change anything unless ideas are shared and acted upon. If you censor yourself, you’ll never know what impact your thoughts can have on the world.
Thought is the essence of life. Do not be afraid to be alone with your thoughts...
Designed with Love
I love design. Its uncanny ability to make any person feel a wide range of emotions is absolutely fascinating. As designers, we hold the power of emotion in our hands—we can use color theory to evoke emotions, whitespace to draw attention, and so much... Read more