2017 Notables





New year!

Contrary to general opinion, 2016 was a great year. Work-wise, it was my best year since I went out on my own six years prior.  I read more books than prior years.  I started to meditate. Megan and I drove to the Grand Canyon and back. All that to say (and more), I can't help but have a positive outlook going into 2017.





Do Lectures

Megan and are going to Wales for The Do Lectures. You should come too!

Adjunct Teaching

I am teaching a course on user centered design at the University of Cincinnati (DAAP) starting in August and ending in December. I look forward to teaching again. In particular, I'm interested in exploring the differences between empathy and compassion as it relates to the user centered design process. Empathy has become quite the buzz word, but I'm learning compassion is a more powerful and appropriate ambition.





My Favorite Things





The Observatory
Want to get nerdy about design? Look no further. Michael Beirut and Jessica Helfand's podcast, The Observatory, has become my weekly fix for design thinking and inspiration.

Dini Safarrar by Mor Thiam

Every Friday iTunes music shares new music it thinks I will like based on music I liked in the past. I love this feature since it helps me better understand my musical taste and discover new music I'll likely enjoy. Most recently, I've been listening to this album of Senegalese jazz/funk and totally digging it.

The Artic Monkeys
Listened to a great interview of David Hieatt (Do Lectures & Hiut Denim) where he talked about the inportance of not taking yourself too seriously. He references the Artic Monkey's, so I thought I'd give them a try. Been listening to their "Essentials" list on iTunes almost daily ever since.

Cancer Survivors Share Hard-Won Lessons On Managing Time Well, Laura Vanderakm

I was journaling about goals in Evernote and this article popped up in the “Context” feature as something I would like to read. Evernote recognized that I was journaling about an interest in yoga teacher training (which I’ve ignored and hid below things that seem more important) and suggested this article because one of the writers wanted to do teacher training too, but kept putting it off. The article’s great and totally relevant to what I was writing. Well done, Evernote algorithm.

Want to Really Make America Great Again? Stop Reading the News, by Ryan Holiday

On our addiction to information (whether real of fake) and how our lives will be much better if we stop reading the news.

Megan Trischler (wife)

Follow her (twitter) for as she shares daily lessons learned from real life.

Chris Glass
Been doing a little work with Chris and learning a ton. Among other things, the ability to let go. Check out his People's Liberty Haile Fellowship project Photocorps.

Robert Rauschenberg and the Subversive Language of Junk

“I feel strong in my beliefs … that a one-to-one contact through art contains potent peaceful powers and is the most non-elitist way to share exotic and common information, seducing us into creative mutual understandings for the benefit of all.”



Food and Drink

Shows & Flicks


Parks & Recreation
Love this show. It's optimistic, hilarious, and just plain good. Meg and I started at episode one in mid-October and will try to make it through the whole series.

The Get Down

My friend Joey recommended this show. It's about the beginnings of hip-hop, graffiti, and punk cultures in the Bronx. The show is highly entertaining and, actually, educational. I love grasping the historical context of these movements that birthed so much of what our context, culturally, is today.

The Obstacle is the Way
by Ryan Holiday

The big idea is pretty simple. There is no good or bad situation. Every situation is an opportunity to grow and learn something new. Stop complaining and start changing your perspective.

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

I've been wanting to learn more about the agile process so I could apply it to my work. I asked Jose Caballer if he had any recommendations and he suggested the Lean Startup. I'm just diving into it, but I'm enjoying the writing style, anecdotes, and general idea that we learn through rapid (non-perfect) experimentation.

Second Sight Bourbon Barreled Rum
I used to think I couldn't drink rum as the result of some alcohol abuse in college. I no longer believe that after having the rum from Second Sight Spirits (especially the Bourbon Barreled Rum)

Folk School Coffee Parlor

Just a block down from Second Sight is the Folk School Coffee Parlor. They serve up a delicious cup (roasted by Deeper Roots) in a warm and authentic (folksy) environment. Do yourself a favor and make a day trip to Ludlow, KY and visit these fine folks (and Second Sight, while you're at it).

Austin, November  2016
A few of us from Creative Mornings Cincinnati are flying down to Austin for the Creative Mornings Global Summit. This will be my first time in Texas and my first summit. I just love what Creative Mornings is about and cannot wait to be amongst CM people from around the world.

A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman

I started this book several years ago, but never finished it. Finally, in 2016, I read it from cover to cover.  Of the books I've read this year, it's probably had the most impact on me. In short, Friedman argues that leadership (parents to presidents) is less about technique and more about your presence or being. That's a new idea to me, but something I've been concurrently exploring through mindfulness and yoga and trying to implement in my life and relationships.


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My name is D.J. Trischler and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my wife and adventure partner, Megan Trischler. When I'm not designing, I like to walk in the woods, attempt yoga, read memoirs, and eat gelato.