In a very special episode, we discuss my history with lesbian coffeehouses, who would play me in a Lifetime Movie, and answers to a lot more stupid questions. Also, Paul Armstrong insults Nicki Clyne by using camelCase.
"There may be, at the back of one of your closets, a stack of your old and forgotten albums. I suggest you rescue them from obscurity and reconnect with your inner analog self. The brain re-maps, the ears quickly adjust, all your cells wonder what took you so long."
— Henry Rollins, Before The Chop
In the wake of this week's events in Boston, I shared my personal experience with anxiety after tragedy in this departure from my regular contributions on technology and design.
Fran Lebowitz on Happiness:
"We live in a world where people think happiness is a condition, but it’s not; it’s a sensation. Do I have little moments of happiness? Yes. Is that my general condition? No. Is that anyone’s general condition? I can’t believe that’s the case. Are there people that are generally more buoyant than I am? Yes, most people. I can be in bad circumstances like anyone else, or I can be in good circumstances, but in general, if you broke into my apartment and I didn’t know you were there, you would not see me whistling around the house."
I'm excited to be a new contributor to Stemmings, a collection of editorials on technology and design. My first essay, Creating Happiness, sums up a Harvard Study on happiness and reminds us to strive to create delight in everything we design.
The Gently Mad is an interview show about what drives us as creators and connects us as people. This week, Adam Clark and I discussed happy accidents, my experiences as an early employee of a startup-turned-successful-company, our mutual love for Battlestar Galactica and what matters most in life.
"The details are details. They make the product. The connections, the connections, the connections. It will in the end be these details that give the product its life."
I was grateful to be interviewed by Ben Krogh as part of his designer interview series, On Failure. We discuss my early aspirations to become an artsy rockstar photographer, my quick failure in that effort, hanging out with Trent Reznor, growing up as a designer in the advertising world, and learning it's okay to be emotionally invested in your work.
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The legacy and craft housed in the Hamilton Wood Type & Print Museum has had an impact on everyone in the graphic design and printmaking industries. They’re being forced to relocate and must move and store their incredible type collection.
To help raise money and awareness, letterpress printed alphabet coasters were created by a few of my favorite illustrators including Dana Tanamachi, Aaron Draplin and Jessica Hische. The set, made with paper donated by Neenah Paper and French Paper, includes A, E, I, O, U, &, and Y.