(last edited on April 29, 2014 at 1:26 am)
I’ve been very bad about writing new articles for the blog. Here’s an omnibus catch-up post!
It’s possible I’m a little burned out from the large amount of social and business networking I’ve been doing. I’ve turned some kind of corner and am now enjoying meeting people. This is due, largely, to having a much better idea of what it is that I’m doing, and how I relate to people personally.
I also have been doing some interesting work. One that’s just getting started is some technical graphics consulting for a Holocaust museum interactive, working with my friends at Inquirium once again. They’re a company that specialized in design for education. I may get a chance to work with some sweet real-time graphics technology. I did my first real print piece for a game studio out in Aliso Viejo, nothing fancy, mind you. However, the experience of using InDesign to lay out a book got me interested in
On the Printable CEO front, I’ve been working with my buddy Scott to price out some likely printing scenarios for a first run of bew Emergent Task Planner sheets. What I may do is put up a preorder form to just get an idea of who wants how many, and then we’ll price out the print run so we cover the cost of printing plus some profit.
I also have a few articles stewing in the back of my mind, and it’s related to my new business focus around three key ideas that I’ve been developing over the past couple of years.
- Practice Investigative Design — I recently realized that I think more like an investigative journalist or detective. I enjoy getting behind surface facts to find out the real truths and motivations. My design process is heavy on questions and background digging, mapping the relationships between individuals and their motivations, and then coming up with a design concept that works with all of them. This is what I love doing.
Apply The Scientific Creative Method — I’m not a naturally-expressive artist, and in the past used to wonder what was wrong with me. It turns out that I’m just expressive when I’m applying a process based my “scientific creative method”. In essence, it’s using my analytical brain to design and build things that, ultimately, are judged based on how they make me feel.
Use Storytelling as a Design Tool — I’m convinced that physical environments shape our thoughts, feelings, and actions far more quickly than abstract ideas. I also am convinced that the vast majority of people understand themselves in context to the world through stories and storytelling. If you combine storytelling techniques with the physical world, you can create very powerful tools for behavioral change. Interacting with physical props, scenes, and characters in day-to-day life is much more compelling than passively reading a book. I am thinking of storytelling and design is a very broad sense, including different ways of presenting stories (film, theater) and of creating the elements that support the presentation (set building, cinematography, sound, prop-making).
p>These are three approaches that I can get really excited about, and I could write and explain these all day long. Which leads me to the next step: fixing the website so people can find this content, and see what it is I do. I’ve been looking at Expression Engine, on and off, to figure out how to transition things over.
It seems that a number of my conscientious female friends, either on the verge of getting married or crazed by the summer heat, have spontaneously decided that I needed to be pushed in the area of romance before I rot away on the vine. So I’ve been thinking a lot about what a RELATIONSHIP is, what LOVE is, what I am LOOKING for, who might be looking for ME, and of course where to FIND it. I think I am doing an admirable job of displacing my unease with this process by over-analyzing everything—it’s a topic that’s closely related to identity, purpose, and fulfillment, which isn’t that much of a leap from productivity, right?
It suddenly occurs to me that statements like this may be a factor in why I’m perennially single :-)
I have been actually hitting a pretty good rhythm the past couple weeks as far as work and social life is concerned, but this has been at the expense of blogging and working on the website. Plus, this is the week that I’m going to start a new habit to go to the gym. This week I’ll be trying to resolve the whole “blogging versus business versus fitness versus social networking” thing.
So that’s what’s been going on. I’ll try to maintain a regular posting schedule this week.