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My Talk At SAA

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing a talk at SAA. I had a great time speaking to, and interacting with the students. I feel like I was able to cover quite a bit in this talk, and sum up my philosophy behind design, work, and freelance. They also went the extra mile and put a great video together of the talk. Sit back, relax, and watch my talk: Spend Your Life Creating Something.

Dark Collar Branding Elements

Thank You Pagebreak Podcast

Lately, I’ve been scouring the internets for a good collection of Podcasts to listen to while I work. One of the podcasts that I came across, last week actually, was Pagebreak Podcast.

So imagine my delight when I check my twitter mentions, and see that their recent “Snippet” is a discussion about one of my recent blog posts, Fight To Stay Excited.

I want to give a huge thank you to Liz Andrade and Niki Brown for their conversation, and their take my article. I’m honored.

Listen to the podcast here.

If you haven’t discovered Podcasts yet, they have proved to be an amazing way to hear other people’s take on the creative work lifestyle that we all experience. You can obviously find podcasts on iTunes, but I would also recommend the iPhone app, Instacast – which allows you to find and subscribe to nearly any podcast.

SAA Conversations Video

A couple weeks ago, I did a talk at SAA. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and was asked a few questions after the talk. Here’s a quick interview on my opinions on my own design work, and the school itself.

Fight To Stay Excited

For a recent talk, while compiling slides, I found myself coming up with quick phrases that I would then elaborate upon. Many of these could be considered the title of the specific tangent, much like the title of a blog post – a quick title for a quick idea.

I was delighted to have come up with several titles that had a certain “ring” to them, and would probably lend themselves to a worthwhile future blog post. I fully intend on developing many of them into articles, as I realized that my talk is a collection of ideas that I have and will express via this blog.

One of my favorite phrases was:

Fight to stay excited.
The world wants to bum you out.

Plain and simple.

I find myself gravitating towards authors and personalities that realize this fact. Books, podcasts, and websites can all draw my attention if we have this commonality established. We prioritize excitement, and realize that there is a fight to keep it this way. Continue reading 

Talk The Talk

What a week. It may not be a big deal to some, but the fact that I was able to pull off my first proper speaking engagement this week was a huge milestone for me. I realize plenty of designers do talks, but I’ve been holding back for years now, to ensure that my first talk was a good one.

I want to thank VP Matthew Flick for asking me, and The School Of Advertising Art in Kettering, Ohio for having me speak. SAA is an amazing place, and geared to get these students equipped to have great design skills, but to also have great design lives. I only wanted to be added encouragement to an already great situation. I want to thank the students for being attentive, receptive, curious, and enthusiastic. They all had excitement right away, which, very quickly, killed any nerves I may have had when I walked in.

I’m excited to get the ball rolling on more speaking engagements. I have a few lined up, and am quite optimistic about speaking on a more regular basis. I have a more clear and concise point of view, these days, and I’m eager to speak up about it.

I love what I do for a living, and I’m hoping that there’s a way that I can make it rub off on everyone else.

Wish me luck.


Lettering Process

Here’s a look at my process for a recent lettering piece. Spend Your Life Creating Something. You can buy the print here.

Speak The Truth

It’s easy to look at portions of a life in five and ten year increments. Many refer to their “five-year plan” or “their twenties,” etc. We often block our lives together in chunks, and it’s easiest to define ourselves by time. Because, as we’ll find out, we will change so much throughout the course of our lives.

In these final months of my twenties, I can look back at an entire decade of doing design for a living. I can remember how green and excited I was, and how new every aspect of design was for me. Around every corner was something new to create, and there was an expanse of blank canvas that I could create upon.

What I didn’t expect was how my brain would evolve. What I thought was a simple artistic profession eventually turned into quite mental and analytical work. I began noticing things in a different way. I began pulling back the layers of everything I could, hoping to reach a certain core of every subject, and finding out why things were the way they were, who people (and my clients) perceived themselves, and obsessing over smarter and more efficient ways of making work, and living life in general. My technical work quickly became only half of the job.

For the past few years, I’ve become more interested in discussing the philosophies behind design, and to share what I’ve been learning and pondering. While I hope to continue to use this blog as a method of sharing that information, I’m also very nervous and excited about embarking on a new chapter in my design career: Speaking.

While I’m no stranger to standing on a stage, in front of a bunch of people, with a microphone, I am a new to talking to an audience about design.

For years, I wanted to maintain the idea that “I don’t have anything to teach anyone,” because so much of my teenage years were spent around people who thought the opposite. Around every corner was someone telling me how to live, as if we were all these robots that lived identical lives, being supplied “One size fits all” advice. I wanted no part of it.

So, my approach will be different. Rather than give advice, I just want to share what I have learned. Every designer has their own route, each one more different than the last. So, any “one size fits all” advice will simply not be part of my schtick.

For the first time in a long time, I’ll be standing in front of a bunch of people, holding a microphone. But this will be a lot different. I am quite excited to share what’s been going on in my head. I’m excited to talk about the work that I love. I’m excited to move on to a new chapter.

I’ll keep you posted.

Rike x Los Logos 6

Pretty excited to see a few of my logos in the hardcover of Los Logos 6. Honored to be alongside such great work. Thank you Gestalten!