A Service Dog?

At first, my reaction to the idea was surprise and amused denial, but as the conversation has progressed I’ve come to see it as an incredible opportunity. This is something that I’ve discussed with my doctors, agonized over privately, talked about with friends and family, completely abandoned, and returned to repeatedly for months. Adopting and utilizing a service dog, it should be obvious, is not a decision I have approached lightly.

Essential Principles of Design

What is design? And who are designers? Quite frankly, what does any of that matter if you’ve got a copy of Photoshop? I want to talk about this and share with you three essential ideas I think every designer has to understand to produce good work. Good design doesn’t grow on trees, it takes years of practice and endless iteration.

Spring Cleaning: Living with ADHD

I was diagnosed with ADD in the third grade after a week of tests and doctors visits. This is a topic I’ve circled for a long time, never really sure if I wanted to write something about it or to describe my personal experiences for fear of focusing the spotlight on myself and inviting the stigma of “mental health issues” our country is famous for. But in case you’ve ever wondered, this is what ADHD is like on a daily basis…

Life After Facebook

Honestly, life without Facebook is no different than life with Facebook. The apocalypse scenario you’re imagining isn’t real, and I certainly haven’t fallen into a hole in which no one can contact me. In fact, I’d say life is a little better.

Videos of Note From 2014

I want to share a few of the videos I marked as favourites over the course of 2014. There are only a handful this year as I was a lot busier and didn’t find myself spending much time looking up VFX breakdowns or watching very many short film. 2014 was just a difficult year for…

On the Media and the Free Press

As you are no doubt aware, some pretty significant happenings have taken place in the United States this week that have trained the eyes of the global media on a singular story. I am, of course, referring to the Grand Jury decision in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. However,…

Native American Heritage Month

For the last year I’ve been hoping that this year I would see and hear and read more about it before the end of the month. And, unfortunately, I haven’t. I’m shocked to find that my last-minute catch of a short mention of Native American Heritage Month last year wasn’t the fluke I had hoped it was. There’s hardly any mention in the national or local media. (Featured image is borrowed from http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/)