Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tomorrow, it's 3.

It's been a long time since I blogged.

And for the first time, I'm not going to apologize.
Let me tell you a secret. It's likely to be a long time again.

I am ridiculously busy at the moment. Working at a startup will keep anyone busy, but doing that and having your hands in many, many, many other things... well.

Because I'm not finding enough hours in the day, I've moved the alarm to 5am. Now I'm not saying I honor it completely every morning, but at least I was up well before 6. And that's after a double header last night (yes... a double, a triple and and a home run... it was a fun night!). But, anyway.

Today has been incredibly busy. I started by tearing down a wall in the house. Yes. The newly remodeled house. We are moving things around a bit... it's going to be pretty cool... or prettier cooler? I have scheduled service on two cars, arranged a dog sitter, booked a mini getaway for our anniversary (not an easy task when EVERY resort seems to be booked for the week), started planning a company party for the weekend... and of course done my job. Which at the moment, happens to be designing a web presence for a new NASCAR sponsorship and that is kind of... well let's face it. It's fun that I happen to get paid for.

So what is all this rambling? I'm thankful. I've never thought about it before, but my anniversary is in the Thanksgiving season. And I think that's completely appropriate. I couldn't be more blessed. And SOOO much of that is my wife. She has affected my perspectives, my priorities, my actions... She loves me for me -- and she just makes my life better.

Kids, if you have to wait until 34 to find the one... wait.

I'm so busy this week, that our anniversary has to get a little lost in that busyness. But I look forward to getting away -- if only for a night. And celebrating what God has given me.

I am truly blessed.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Good Day.

Some of you know that I have begun a new career outside of 73ideas.

73ideas still is, mind you, and looking for some more awards... but I have become a designer for a spectacular startup that is going to be Facebook, but for innovators.

Today has been officially my best day yet with Bulbstorm -- funny, considering that my CEO asked me today, if everything was OK!

It was. It was a good day.

I love it when I find inspiration to execute on -- and surprise even myself with the outcome.

Today was one of those days.

If the work isn't approved and I have to start again, so be it.

But I think it's a perfect visual description of the brand.

And better than it could have been!

It's been a good day.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

30 Days of Not Designing...

So a couple months ago, I set out on a self imposed challenge of "30 Days of Design". The plan being to force myself to create outside the confines of my work. It was a LOT of work. On the days that I chose to do renderings, it could easily consume the entire day. I got to day 19.

I hate not achieving goals, but this one was not to be -- bigger things happened.

On May 26th, I accepted an offer with the innovation startup Bulbstorm. It is chock full of exciting possibilities, including the design of an iphone app, a Facebook app, as well as all of the other web work and cool stuff that is part of the day to day.

Actually, just this week, we launched a contest that we have designed: There is $1,500 up for grabs -- so check it out! It will introduce you to bulbstorm.com beta as well, so you can see where that is headed. We are working every day to brainstorm its impovements.

Oh, and back to that 30 Days of Design. Was it not for that -- I would not have the entry that I submitted to Corel's International Design Competition -- so look forward to seeing what happens with that!

Here are the final layouts I submitted, as well as a link to see it as it should be seen: as a PDF.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Day 19: The Really, Really, Really Green Desk Lamp...

Yeah.  I just might build this one!  Especially since both of my companies (mine and the new career) both have lightbulb logos...

Day 18: The Steel Mailbox Post

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Day 17: Porsche Design Inspired Cell Phone, Refined.

Well, I don't have to compromise if I just make it a smartphone... so now it's a smartphone.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Day 16: The Porsche Design Influenced Cell Phone

When I started sketching this one, I had no criteria other than "cell phone", but as I scribbled, I realized that there are few cell phones that could be classified as "high design".

As I continued to subtract unneccesary knobs and dials and buttons -- and minimized the ones that were absolutely required, I found that I had ended up designing something straight out of the Porsche Design school of minimalism.  Which basically means that I want this phone... if only I thought I could live without a smartphone...