50+2 Project Update


Preview of coming attractions: I’m adding this here for #SXSL at the@whitehouse, which many others would deserve to attend more than me, but still, it’s worth a shot, so I’m nominating myself: . This is the 50+2 project, a work in progress. As a professional designer, local @AIGAdesign chapter president, and map lover I’m combining

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The History Mix #9: The Soundtrack Of Your Life


How many wannabe authors write pseudonymous soundtracks for their mediocre self-published novels? I’m guessing just me, for The Weapon of Young Gods by Low Tide (2008). I don’t live in the moment. I’ve never understood phrases like “stuck in the past” or “nostalgia is death.” I love history, and I’m fascinated by patterns and parallels

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Reviving The History Mix


Ten years ago, I wrote some essays about each Mojo Wire and Honey White album released up to that point, and dubbed it “The History Mix” series. Because I have a thing for numbers and anniversaries, I decided to re-link them all here because 1) I can, and 2) more are coming. That’s right—my goal

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AIGA Santa Barbara Q2 2016 Event Recaps

Totally bonkers awesome: back-to-back events in April, one in May, the annual leadership conference in June, plus a workshop postponed by fire. Convert Like Crazy w/Lianna Patch & Julia Sevin (4/15/16) Portfolio Day 2016 at Brooks Institute (4/16/16) The Designer Behind the Design: Showcase Exhibition (5/20/16) Open: AIGA Leadership Retreat 2016 (6/9/16) Indigo Dip-Dye Workshop (6/25/16) This

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Baseball Stadiums I Have Known, 2016


For stadium #15 on the DuBois Baseball Tour, Em and I played tourist in Minneapolis for a few days, including two games of Twins vs Braves on 7/26 and 7/27 (with a thunderstorm in between). Our curse on the home team apparently continues, since Minnesota lost both games, but the tour itself is now halfway

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AIGA Leadership Retreat 2016


This month I traveled to North Carolina for the first time ever, to attend my 4th AIGA Leadership Retreat, this year in Raleigh. As always, I enjoyed it—and as always, I recapped it on the AIGA SB website. Five word review: Grand, but not Grand Rapids.

AIGA SB April Double-Header Weekend

Producing back-to-back AIGA design events this past weekend would have been impossible without tons of help. Convert Like Crazy and Portfolio Day 2016 went great and I have lots of you to thank, so may I present the AIGA SB April Double-Header Weekend Honor Roll: AIGA SB Volunteers: Jennie Jacobs, Nicki Gauthier, Gen Matsui, Cassi Lindberg,

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Design Debates with AIGA Los Angeles


AIGA Los Angeles asked me to take part in their 3/31 Town Hall meeting and I was stoked to be there. Hadn’t seen most of my AIGA LA buddies since last summer (and some not since the Denver leadership retreat in 2014). The venue was the amazing Tom Bradley Room at LA City Hall. It

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“Convert Like Crazy” Sneak Peek

Did a quick interview with dynamic NOLA duo Julia Sevin and Lianna Patch today, as a sneak preview for their “Convert Like Crazy!” presentation to AIGA SB on April 15. This one’s been cooking for several months now, and the fact that it’s back to back with Portfolio Day the next day should make for

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AIGA Santa Barbara Q1 2016 Event Recaps

Five events into 2016 for AIGA SB, and it’s only end-of-March. That went by fast: Silverander Communications Studio Tour (1/28/16) Designers Talk: Twitter Chat (2/10/16) Flip! 2016 Brand Workshop with Marty Neumeier (2/19/16) Verdin: The Emotional Side of a Rebrand (3/9/16) Whaddya Know? Design Quiz Night (3/21/16) It’s only gonna get faster too, with two

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