I am bad at this.

With 2015 well underway, I feel like I can do a general status check without falling into the New-year-new-you cliche. Initialization I have over 100GB of photos on my hard drive. This is probably not that much compared to many people, but after an accidental Dropbox sync filled my drive, I decided to run Disk […]

I gave a talk (part 4)

So, that all sounds very serious. You’re probably thinking  “Wow, this sucks. What was I thinking? Why is this guy telling us all of this stuff?” Someone needs to. I’m not trying to scare you off, but you need to realize that work will be a big part of your life moving forward. You’re probably […]

I gave a talk (part 3)

Briefly, I want to share some advice. This is based off my 11 year insane career path, so it’s ok to be a little cynical. Cynicism is underrated. But maybe it’ll help someone here. The most valuable things you will get from any job are experience and connections. Experience in the sense of both portfolio […]

I gave a talk (Part 2)

Picking up where I left off, I had just finished talking about how the industry, as I saw it, had changed in 10 years. Now we get into my sordid career. In 11 years, I have had 11 jobs, not counting short term freelance gigs and side projects. 2 jobs lasted more than 1 year. […]

I gave a talk (part 1)

A few weeks ago, I was invited to speak to the graduating seniors at my alma mater, TCNJ. As a part of their visiting artist series, they invited some alumni back to talk about their particular fields or work environments, and to give advice. It went ok. Frankly, I’m out of practice speaking to groups […]

Fixing things.

Any bokken will break eventually. Fortunately, this isn’t one I made. Unfortunately, it still snapped on its owner. Once a bokken has split like this there’s not really much you can do to repair it. So let’s cut it up into smaller pieces. Depending on where and how bokken break, you can generally get a […]

You need to build real, physical objects.

A few years ago, while working at Organic, I was asked to help manage a quarterly creative meeting. Each office would get together and have a few minutes to speak. The New York office, leading that particular meeting was expected to provide the bulk of the content. One of my presentations was “what if there […]

Yes, I was an art major.

Liberal arts majors don’t acquit ourselves particularly well. Every so often, some politician, commentator or writer in the public eye sees that we don’t have enough STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors / workers, and decides that history education, creative writing majors, and women’s studies programs are to blame. If we need more STEM graduates, […]