2016 Notables





Broom Ball!

Not much else you can do during the cold and dark days of winter but chase a ball around an ice rink in downtown Cincinnati. Seriously, you should try it.

Facilitated the first Indie/Freelance Breakfast Club with Creative Mornings Cincinnati. It's basically a 12 step group for independent designers.

Chance method posters

Meg and I made a bunch of posters using chance methods and posted them around our neighborhood for fun.

Mini Micro Cinema at The Carnegie

The Mini had it's second incarnation at The Carnegie in Covington, KY. I designed the original identity back in 2015 and signage and collateral for the event at The Carnegie.

Election Day (Primaries)

I participated in democracy and voted.

Jose Caballer Workshop

I was fortunate to attend a workshop on how to better facilitate brand identity  workshops. I'd highly recommend a workshop by Jose, if you haven't already attended one.

Kunst 2
After four months in the making and a wonderful collaboration of multiple talents, Kunst 2 was released!

New clients
Took on a couple new clients thanks to  referrals from a friend. New waters, for sure.

Hike + Hydrate

Meg and I hosted our first Hike + Hydrate of the year. We had a lot of fun, but not as much as the dogs!

Green Thumb
Meg and I planted the seeds of our first garden as a married couple. Cute.





New site
Created this personal/profession site with Adobe Muse.

We made it a year!
Meg spent a recent weekend in and around Asheville, NC to celebrate one year together.  Here's some photos of the trip. We stayed at a sweet airbnb in West Asheville. The house included a record player with Adelle's 25 album on the turntable. Needless to say it became the soundtrack to our weekend and we bought our own copy to remember the occasion.

Design is Trash
Meg and I used Small Victories, and amazingly simple website tool, to create a curated collection of scanned trash the we find as we walk around our city.

Over the last several months I've been collaborating with Chris Glass on the new site design of Joyent.com and it just launched.

Sign of Good

Last year I ran a workshop called "Signs of Good" where UTK design students designed signs that helped solve problems they perceived on campus. In preparation I prototyped my own sign of good in Covington, KY near my co working space.  After about a year of deliberating, Meg and I finally installed  a real screen printed aluminum sign. Thanks to Manfred for help with screen printing.

Fourth of July Parade

Meg and I enjoyed our second-ever Northside Parade with close friends from our front porch. Sadly I didn't take any photos to share.

Meg's went to the UK, I went south
Meg attended an amazing little conference called The Do Lectures. You can read more about her trip here. In the meantime, I headed south to visit some friends in Tennessee and Georgia.

Ten Paradoxes of Good Design

Shared a "PechaKucha" formatted presentation at Platform 53 on what I believe to be the ten paradoxes of good design.

Social Enterprise Accelerator
Excited to mentor a team in a local social enterprise accelerator that the folks at Design Impact, United Way and Flywheel are behind.

Logos, Logos, Logos...

Working simultaneously on logos for a furniture company, a data analytics company, and a social enterprise. The differences are clear, and require both sides of the brain. Definitely feeling challenged to leave my design comfort zone(s).

3 years

I told my wife/partner, Megan, I liked her 3 years ago in August after a friend's wedding. It's fun to remember where we were and look forward to where we are going.





Camping Trip #01

Went camping with Meg and some friends in West Virginia. Was the first camping trip of the year and I've already got the itch to go back. Nothing like cooking 2-3 meals a day over an open fire in the middle of the woods.

Andrew Bird at The Madison
If there were a soundtrack to my time in Chattanooga, Andrew Bird would certainly contribute several tracks.  I finally got to see him in person at the Madison across the river in Kentucky

Andrew Bird at The Madison
If there were a soundtrack to my time in Chattanooga, Andrew Bird would certainly contribute several tracks.  I finally got to see him in person at the Madison across the river in Kentucky

Updated Behance Page

Looking for my design work? It's sprinkled throughout this page. Want to see it one place? Check out my Behance profile. It's a work in progress.

Camping Trip #02

Meg and I hit the road and went camping in East Fork State Park (Ohio). We found our favorite spot from last year vacant. The evening and morning were spent reading and resting by the fire.

Not much for Halloween
Some of you may think it's tragic, but I just can't seem to get on the Halloween bandwagon. As I kid, I loved it. Not sure why and when I lost interest.


Spent a week in Austin, TX (first time in TX) for the CreativeMornings Global Summit. Left totally convinced that CreativeMornings is one of the great forces of positivity in the world. I'm grateful to get to help steward the local Cincinnati Chapter.


The number one holiday because it's about giving thanks, not giving gifts.

Birthday Month
One more year into my early thirties!

Winter Retreat

Meg and I take two weeks off for Christmas/New Years and spend at least one week away from our screens, in front of a fire, reflecting on the year past and dreaming about the year ahead. Traditionally we've enjoyed the isolation and frigidness of Northern Michigan for these retreats. This year we're taking the retreat on the road. We're headed west. The Grand Canyon as our target destination with a bunch of other notable stops along the way.

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