If you've landed here, it probably means you're considering a collaboration or just met me on Tinder and want to make sure I'm not the skin-suit guy from Silence of the Lambs.
A bit of background. I am from Colorado but never learned how to fight bears or build log cabins like the other kids. My passions have always been creative: illustration, sculpture, design, and for an unfortunate period in first grade, cutting my own hair. In 2015, I moved to LA to push myself personally and creatively. Since moving here, I've commuted many miles, learned from amazing people, made things I didn't think I was capable of, and failed to get even a hint of a tan.
Rage against the machine.
While I try not to impose too many rules on myself, there are a few principles that guide the way I make things. And if there's a thread that runs through them all, it's the desire to remain human. In my work I try to be myself as much as possible. This can mean injecting humor, being vulnerable, and often screwing up. It's scary and I question myself constantly. But in a time when most things are disposable and interchangable, I believe that work with a heart that strives for connection has the best chance to endure. Even if, like us, it's not quite perfect.
So, taking no small amount of inspiration from Kent M. Keith's "Paradoxical Commandments", here are my maxims for making.
Most advice says grow up. Be a kid anyway.
Stay connected with the part of you that sees the world through new eyes and makes things just for fun. Be curious, naive, and playful. Ask big questions (and lots of small ones, too). Run fast, climb high, and take risks even if you might get hurt.
Most institutions tout perfection. Make mistakes anyway.
Life is not a perfectly styled Instagram photo. It's the accidents, surprises, and outright failures that make it interesting and rewarding. It's when you do your best and still don't succeed that you know you're onto something big. So be brave, reach further than your grasp, and remember that if you aren't failing, you aren't trying hard enough.
Now that you know me, I'd love to hear all about you.
If you have a cool project, fill me in! Maybe you're a designer or developer looking for a partner in crime? I'd be excited to know what you're working on. Just hit that little button down there to drop me a line.
Let's make something — together.