5 Things from the previous week that I feel like sharing...
01. I'm off my heels for you...
Still currently listening to "THE MORBS" by The Sheila Divine. So cool to hear that more people are as in love with "End Of Tether" as I am (It's playing as I'm typing this!). You can read my full review HERE.
02. Kitty Cats
The Detroit Tigers are officially dead to me. I did not watch one game this season and was the first time this has happened since I started following the team in 1987. As a fan over these nearly 30-years, I was able to see the window of opportunity slowly closing on this team since 2006, and it was sad. Not many teams in any sport get 10-years with a core in their prime; to watch them fail every time was too much for me to stay invested in.
03. iPhone 6S Plus
I caved and bought an iPhone 6S Plus (128 GB Space Grey) and have had it for about 2-weeks now. I didn't think I needed it, but can't imagine going back to a smaller phone no, especially for how much I use and rely on my phone as an independent artist. I can't believe I was using the tiny iPhone 5 for 3-years... before that I had the iPhone 3GS (3G S) for 3-years. I was worried I'd drop the Plus since it's larger and sits a little awkward in my hand based on how I'm used to holding the smaller phones, but it's crazy how quickly I got used to holding it with one hand differently and using two hands most of the rest of the time. 128 GB of dog pictures and videos coming right up!
04. Garmin 520
I also finally bought a dedicated cycling computer! I got a steal of a deal on the new Garmin 520 bundle, though I probably shouldn't go into detail as to not get the online shop in trouble. So far I've been on 5 rides and roughly 120-miles. I've had no problems other than just getting used to it the first few times out riding and my initial learning curve setting it up. Not user-friendly like Apple products in terms of "it just works," but nothing too bad for anyone remotely up on current technology. I kinda wish it had a touch screen, but I've yet to flip through screens while riding and I keep phone and text alerts off. Bike time is me time! Being able to watch my cadence and heart rate definitely has me wanting to buy a power meter soon, but really need to get an indoor trainer (Wahoo Kickr or Tacx Neo) soon!
05. Reality > Dreams
Dream Projects. Every designer has them, but for me, dream projects are better realized as reality projects. I really want to work in cycling (big surprise?): Kits, bicycle frames, wheel sets, bicycle brands, cycling clubs, and bicycle shops are on my immediate design bucket list. I'd also love to work on art and branding for one of the Grand Tours (Giro d'Italia, Le Tour de France, La Vuelta a Espana) or for a Pro Team like Movistar or a rider like Nairo Quintana, but I'm guessing you knew that already.
Aside from cycling, I can picture my work on book covers, album artwork and tour campaigns, and city branding campaigns. For music, a few I'd love to work with are Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, Bernard Fanning, and The Sheila Divine. I still would like to come up with a different identity for myself, but damn if it isn't so true about how hard it is to brand yourself!
Here's little me in the early 1980's about to injury myself by attempting to fly off the back porch. Don't worry, I turned out completely fine after jumping from that 4-foot porch. So, what does this photo have to do with anything? Maybe to make the best of what you have, like using your mom's robe as Superman's cape and not caring what anyone else thinks. Maybe when you're older you'll create things and put them out in the world even though every designer and their brother is doing the same thing, but yours just has that little something different. Have fun... who knows, maybe you'll look back in 30-years and crack a smile, though hopefully not while wearing your mom's robe or wearing red underoos.