After leaving behind an academic career, some habits, perspectives, and influences continue to shape work and life.
Gaining perspective from the world beyond web design, we’re reminded that work is not an end in itself. Instead we can each define for ourselves the place of work in our lives.
Mentoring relationships are complex and tenuous, but they work best when the needs they fulfill are clearly identified. And like any relationship, they require nothing less than mutual vulnerability.
From across the web, happy news provokes a painful response. After several milestones are reached in parallel, an uncomfortably similar path gives way to a shared revelation.
An accidental salesman meets with unexpected challenge and disappointment. At last, he finds new understanding and acceptance of his identity as a designer.
Two years down a long, hard path culminate in bitter failure. In its wake, a realization emerges, and along with it a return to an old, familiar love.
Marked by intense focus and mutual understanding, a conversation with artist Ian Breakwell yields a necessary breakthrough and sets the foundation for a creative path.
In the context of a years-long conversation, a brief portfolio review with a respected teacher has a lasting effect. Just three simple words make for a gem of insight that sustains a career.