I never in my career thought about what the goal was. The goal was always to be better than I was at the present time, at what I was doing.
From the archives: Internet Stuff
Designer’s Debate Club Session 2 is on! We’ve teamed up with the Etsy Holiday Shop (an amazing 10 day pop up store in Soho) to host a debate on the motion that “Lean start-up methods prevent designers from solving big-picture design problems”.
Design process is getting faster. Is there wisdom in being the deliberate old tortoise, or are you being left in the dust? Are the design hares speeding to victory or are they poised for a disastrous misstep?
The issue will be settled once and for all by the power of rhetoric and reason! Lords of Lean, espousers of efficiency, worshippers of speed — come raise your banners in battle with a brigand of blue sky brand builders. All are welcome. But be warned, you may be swayed.
That old saying, “takin’ the horse by the gut”.
This is an old cover concept for a Business Week article titled Game Changing Management Ideas. It was totally wrong for a cover, but there was always something about this lo-fi comp that I liked. If I ever get my hands on this print, I’m going to collage this together and hang it on my wall.
Series of marks for the Wander Postcard Project.
From the archives: Winter Bear outtake
PrintAid NYC is a group of NYC-based artists and designers trying to help out and raise a bit of money to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. All the proceeds will go to the NYC Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Relief.
What I appreciate about efforts like this is that they give otherwise disinterested parties an excuse to help out a bit. If you’ve been helping out locally or from a distance, thank you. If you haven’t, then consider buying a poster because you’re awesome and you deserve it.
The above poster is mine. The office is not.
From the archives: I ❤ Kiehl’s “cream” logo
From the archives: Originator’s Manifesto.
I wrote this and comped it up for a presentation. It was lost and forgotten shortly thereafter.
Tibor Kalman (via a new favorite blog, How To Work).
There is so much value in our imperfect, inefficient, unreliable, messy, awkward weirdness that is overlooked in the clean, reliable efficient software/experiences we design and build. By the Machine’s standard, we are broken. But we spend our lives craving and chasing brokenness. We want to care and be cared for. We pick out the inconstancy so we can collect it, fix it, or just laugh at it. We spent time not as a fuel for a process that is relentlessly driving at an end goal — we spend time for the sake of time-spending. We take circuitous routes even when we know where we need to be. And worse yet, we often start out with no idea of where we are going. There is beauty in the Machine, but I wish we would make messier, uglier machines — chubby, huggable, unreliable, relatable machines.
Feelin’ the holidays already — Christmas card design.
From the archives: Mail Icon
From the archives: Wander Air