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.
With the current state of our country and the CreativeMornings global theme of Mystery, our team felt like we needed to find a speaker who could challenge and encourage our audience to keep the course and stay strong. We selected the Imam of the Clifton Mosque, Ismaeel Chartier. Ismaeel is a wonderful man who is full of passion toward justice and equality, not just for his people, but for all people. I've been lucky to get to have coffee with him and his wife a few time leading up to his presentation. I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know
Ismaeel and I think you will too.
Lessons & Notes from the Road
I gave my 6th PechaKucha style presentation this month. The presentation was about my trip with my wife, Megan, to Grand Canyon National Park. Each slide was a combination of words from our travel journal and pictures we captured along the route. You can watch the Facebook Live video here at Platform 53's Facebook page. Go to 14:30 to see my presentation.
Indie/Freelance BreakfastClub #5
I facilitated/organized my fifth CreativeMornings|Cincinnati Indie/Freelance BreakfastClub this month. The theme was "Get Work" and it was a lively discussion ranging from what tactics we have in place to reach potential clients to how do we screen clients so to make sure we form the right partnerships.
A few of us at my coworking space, Platform 53, are going through a workshop together with a coach who will help us plan and keep a 3-5 year business plan. There's only been one group session and one one-on-one session and I've already began uncovered to solid clues as to what my 3-5 year plan could look like. For now, I'll just say it includes design. If you're interested in learning more about Power7, look up Sam Wilder. He's our fearless leader/coach.
One year, one client
March marks one year as a freelance designer for Joyent, a cloud storage provider based in San Fransisco. I'm grateful for work with Joyent. I've grown a lot as a designer and that's in no small part due to my collaborations with Chris Glass, who shared the work with me while on his People's Liberty fellowship.
A reminder to me and everyone else to have our taxes prepared by April 18th. Everyone's gotta do it and no one actually enjoys it. As a wise man once said, "Give to Caesar, what is Caesar's."
2 Years of Marriage
May marks the two year mark of Meg's and my marriage. Last year we celebrated in Asheville, North Carolina, one of our favorite places on earth. Where will we go this year?
Meg's brother, my brother-in-law, is getting married in Houston, so we'll be back in Texas for a few days to celebrate.
Megan and are going to Wales for The Do Lectures. You should come too!
3 Years in Cincy
July marks 3 years living in the Queen City. Frankly, a city I never expected to live in, but that has proved to be a wonderful place to call home.
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.
It's that time again. The weather is cooler, the leaves are begin to change, and the sweet sweet smell of camp fire fills the air.
Still not a big fan.
Try to embrace it this year. Time to buy some boots and gloves.
Somewhere between Christmas and New Year's is my birthday.
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