Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Gate River Run 2016


I won! Thank you to all those who voted and supported me along the way. Winning this contest really means a lot to me. As the largest 15K in the country, it's exciting to know how proud people will be just to participate in this run (and show off their shirts and medals, too). It really is an honor to be able to represent the Gate River Run, and it definitely makes me feel more part of this Bold City I call home.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Manifesto Animation

Here's the latest animation I created for the Y. You can see two versions below. The first is the final version, what we ended up showing at our big annual event. The second is where the animation was just two days prior to the event, one day prior to deadline. Needless to say, it took many a caffeinated drink to get me through this one. In the end, I am proud of where the animation ended up. Honestly, I would've been embarrassed to show the original version even if I tweaked it here and there. With several other multimedia projects to complete before the event and time ticking away, the original version of the animation is all that I thought I could do just to push something out. My best efforts were yet to come. The new version is much simpler, easier to digest and much more compelling. Even though those 24 hours of non-stop screen staring were tough, sometimes you just have to power through it to get where you want to be. #lifelesson #yesiknowhowhashtagswork



Thursday, January 9, 2014

Right Place, Right Time

Not to sound like a broken record or a depressing blog-o-bot, but all of this internal examination has got me thinking more about my creative process. Not much has changed since my last post. I'm still in a weird limbo of wants vs. needs, still moving along in my day-to-day life, still looking forward to whatever is meant to happen next. However, rather than wait for life to happen to me, lately I've had a stronger inclination to create my own future. I've found that the need for control is inversely proportionate to my amount of creative output. (i.e. The more of a control freak I tend to be, the less I am doing creatively.) The process of creation is ultimately an exhibition of control. When I am designing, painting, drawing, or otherwise image making, I am making decisions that will determine the appearance and function of the final product. Thus, when I fail to create, I subconciously look toward other aspects of my life to exercise tyranny. And while you may think that this is unhealthy based on my hyperbolic word choice, I'm thinking it ain't all that bad. Rather than molding shapes and lines into image, I am molding my future into more of what I want it to be. Had I been "creative" all this time, would I be content with the state of things as they are? Ultimately, I'm unsure if I would feel as inclined to do something to make my life more exciting and meaningful had I found fulfillment in my usual creative outlets.

They say everything in life happens for a reason. I believe that. There are no such things as coincidences. Right where I am is where I'm meant to be. Whatever I think now are thoughts that are meant to be had. However I feel in this current moment is meant to be felt, indulged in, considered and acted upon. And while I may not know what tomorrow has in store for me, I am certain that I will always be in the right place at the right time. (As long as I avoid those dark, scary alleys.)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Walt's Words

Lately I've been finding myself lost in a constant whirlpool of ideas, a pull and tug between what I should be doing vs. what I want to be doing. Most of these scenarios involve marathon TV-watching sessions and a reluctance to exercise, but on occasion I find myself considering the bigger picture—my place in the world, the meaning of life, and what I have to contribute. Indeed, life's greatest mysteries. You hear the stories about people chasing their dreams and reaching them, achieving success at a young age, or living on a boat with a couple of animals and sailing the world. It all sounds so desirable. I've read my fair share of self-help articles thinking that somehow this would lead me down the path of enlightenment. Maybe I'd pick up a few pointers on how to "get rich quick" or, at the very least, learn to be more introspective and appreciative of what I have. Most of these articles reiterate the same point: "Be in the present moment." The more I think about this statement, the less sense it makes to me. The present moment sounds like a slow path to nowhere. Shouldn't I be looking ahead? Shouldn't I want to feel unsatisfied as a reminder to myself that I have not yet reached my full potential? That there's more to experience? Something to strive for?

I'm thinking about opening up an ice cream shop in some quaint little town I have yet to visit. That'd be pretty neat.

I've also noticed that I've really slowed down on making art for myself. I don't know if it's my old age, if I've grown out of it or simply given up, if I've forgotten how to create out of sheer lack of practice, or if I've grown too complacent with where I am. With that said, I will leave you with this quote:

"Impression minus expression equals depression." - Walt Stanchfield

Guess I better get moving.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

On Design

Last night I had a conversation with some non-design (I only specify so you have a better understanding of the situation) friends regarding freelance design. They couldn't understand why I thought to filter jobs and clients - one in particular that sparked the whole conversation. This was their standpoint:

"You're just starting out. It's good experience. Just do it. You don't need extra money? Well, if you don't want the money, I'll take it."

While this was a valid argument, I still felt myself disagreeing with their stand. Maybe the me from four years ago would've felt this way, but now that I'm older, have done a few jobs on my own, and have much more experience under my belt, I see things a bit differently. This was my reply:

"Every client you take on is a representation of yourself and your company. If you associate yourself with shoddy people or take on every job that comes your way just for "experience" and a few extra dollars, what does that say about you?"

Frankly, I don't want the "experience" of having to work with people who are going to give me headaches and are difficult to work with. The kind of people that make you wonder why a designer is even necessary because they just want it their way regardless of what you can bring to the table. Besides, I've had that experience and I want nothing more to do with it.

And I don't do graphic design because I'm in the business of making money. Trust me, if that were the case I'd have an entirely different career. I do it because I'm excited about it. I am enamored by the idea of helping a cause, a company, a person that I am passionate about. When I truly have love for whatever I am working on, I do my best work and money doesn't matter. It's only fun when you surround yourself with people who you care about. That goes for all aspects of life, not just design.

I just started a business with a co-worker and fellow designer on a whim. I guess we should have discussed values, objectives, priorities and how we wanted to run the thing before agreeing to get together. I'll take it though. I'll learn from it, and I'll grow from it, and I'll be better because of it. While freelancing solo is great, I know I can benefit from learning how to work in a partnership where arguments are one-on-one, where majority can't rule and where compromise is key. That's my standpoint - for now.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I'm on Dribbble!

Thanks to the kind and always-inspiring Dennis Eusebio, you can now find me on Dribbble.