Last night I watched again a film that is quickly becoming one of my favorite movies. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller. There’s a skateboarding scene that is just awesome and inspiring to watch. I don’t know why, but it causes my soul to soar in a way that I can’t quite […]

Designing a City

I just got back from New York City. I was refueled and re-inspired creatively upon returning home. There’s no place like NYC on earth. True, you could make a case for the insanity of the place – the noise, the chaos, the stress, and the frenetic pace. But you can’t beat the culture, arts, food, […]

The Christmas Bonus

One of the things that I lament about being self-employed is the absence of an Annual Christmas Bonus. I do, I miss it. It’s not the same when you’re the boss, and you decide to “give yourself a bonus.” Which I do not do. It’s not fun when you give yourself money (that you usually […]

To the Business Owner

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Where does the time go? No worries–I’m back–and I’m a firm believer in only blogging when you have something worthwhile to say. I suppose now is that time. So, I was thinking about business owners. I usually think about this; probably because I am one, and you […]

Permission to Fail

2 weeks ago, one of my favorite coffee shops in Farmington closed their doors. It was a sad day. No one likes to see a good business close. They were open for 2.5 years, and it was a good run. On the surface, this coffee shop did everything right: great vibe, great coffee, great location, […]

Clint Eastwood, the Artist.

The name evokes a lot of things. Legend. Actor. Director. Spaghetti Westerns. Dirty Harry. “Make my day.” That’s because Clint Eastwood is a lot of things. Eastwood is my favorite director. I love his movies. If Unforgiven is on, I will watch it every time. Like a tractor beam, I’m captivated. He has been directing […]

Levi Strauss & Co. – We’re an American Brand

A lot of companies struggle to stay relevant and advertise to an ever-changing (AKA fickle) buying culture. With the stakes so high nowadays, and with internet trends changing by the minute, it can be a bewildering task. A daunting (not to mention expensive!) undertaking. That is why many hire fancy ad agencies to help them […]

Bill Gates: Data or Passion?

Last night I watched Bill Gates being interviewed on the Colbert Report. I was initially interested because I never really listened to Bill Gates talk before, at least not in a lengthy interview. While being loosely familiar with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I was like, “what’s this guy up to these days, and […]

Music, Design, and White Space

As a designer, I’ve found a lot of times that people are afraid of white space. Like it’s a big scary monster or dragon or something. Why do we run away from it? Maybe its that we don’t understand or appreciate the value of it. White space. I often hear the words, “Can you make […]

Micro Empowerment

I attended a creative/arts conference last week in Chicago called Story. It was a great time with great speakers, and I walked away feeling creatively refueled. It was here that I learned about World Vision Micro. This is a creative micro loan giving process, where you are able to essentially “fund a loan” in poorer […]