I’m going to Design Ranch!

So in a sudden turn of events, I got contacted a week before Design Ranch from the waiting list! I’m going! Alone! Nervous but excited! See you there???

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TX Strong: Hurricane Relief Pin Show

Hey! I’ll be out at this great fresh2design event tonight, benefitting people affected by Hurricane Harvey:

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You can see my idea for a pin design for the show here (but I ran out of time and missed the deadline :).

Hope to see people there tonight! It might snow, so stay safe out there.

Under the Radar: Brad Woodard

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Today I volunteered at/attended the AIGA Brad Woodard talk. I’ve been following his work for years (and forgot he was involved with this great brush pack that I own). He was a very funny and humble guy, and as a result he gave a great talk. Apparently he moved to Austin a couple years back.

Also, this is the first time we had to start turning people away; Lewis Carnegie was absolutely packed!

Volunteering @ AIGA: The Consult

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I volunteered yesterday at a portfolio advising event hosted at St. Edwards University. I basically was an assistant advisor to Will Chau, someone I’ve looked up to in the Austin design/advertising community.

After a panel discussion, the students were split into small groups with a panelist, and we discussed big ideas and the type of work that should go into a portfolio. Will has a advertising background, so I tried to provide a more generalist point of view (which is basically my career so far).

I admired the students that were at this event. I definitely would have got to an event like this when I was in school. I also learned a few things myself.

Design Ranch 2015 – Photo Recap

This will likely remain a mostly picture post. I had a grand ol’ time at Design Ranch.

Hokey highlights included meeting the incredible Aaron Draplin, meeting up with old colleagues and former classmates, late nights under the Texas stars, meeting and befriending the lovely Equinox design team from New York City, delicious (delicious) food, and rekindling my love of traditional and hand-made work.

I heard a rumor that the next Design Ranch may be in 2016. Hopefully I can make it again at some point!

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Under The Radar: Trina Bentley

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Tonight was the fifth Under The Radar talk with AIGA Austin, with Trina Bentley of her own Make & Matter (also check out her great blog here). She a local designer who does fantastic, very clean package design.

She’s one of those people who’s funny without even trying, so her talk was educational, inspirational, and amusing. And she was a delight in person after the talk. If you’re local and haven’t made it to one of these Under the Radar talks, I highly recommend it!