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Sky Pie

a post on Professional Life

Big news first: I am leaving Unit Interactive as of the 4th of May, and will soon start work with the team at Mark Boulton Design…

26/04/2011 · Dallas, TX · In the footer of this site my old site, those viewing this on screens wider than 800px should notice the words “Look Up for Inspiration”. This is a mantra. You see, I am trying to be the best designer on the planet. I don’t expect I’ll reach that goal any time soon, and it may take more time than I have, but arriving is not really the point.


Everyone should aim highest. Set the controls for the heart of the sun and enjoy the ride.

@UnitInteractive: My First Taste

One random day as an Art Director at a nation-wide ad agency, I woke up from my work-a-day fog unsettled. I had just digested Andy Rutledge’s On Creativity, a great article on how to approach – you guessed it – creative work. His words shined a beacon lighting the way to the kind of work and people I wanted to be around. I started at Unit Interactive a little over a month later, working for Mr. Rutledge and Angela Conlon.

Unit is much more than a web-design shop: it’s a University. In my time here, I have learned a tremendous amount. Being given carte blanche to invent, launch, and run Unify; working with terrifically smart clients; spending each working day with a team that I consider to be one of the very best: these experiences are invaluable to me.

This all built up a debt, though, that I feel can only be repaid by not bowing to comfort. Again, I have felt unsettled, but this time in a positive way. After three years at Unit, I have worked hard to become intrinsic, but also found myself wrapped up in cozy, familiar challenges. If I truly want to be the best, I need to again surround myself with fresh problems.

@MarkBoultonDesign: A Whole New Pie

Mark Boulton Design has long been on my short list of shops I truly admire in the web-design industry. Mark’s focus on design fundamentals as they apply to the web has been foundational for me. The opportunity to work with such a top-notch team in beautiful Wales should not be passed up, but more important for me: it provides the perfect chance to shake me out of any comfortable places, quite literally.

This last month has tasked my wife, Rhonda, and I with planning a move across the Atlantic. Thankfully, I think Rhonda – a European Historian – may be even more excited than me about this endeavor, and it is our combined enthusiasm that is powering us through the transition. It doesn’t hurt that we spent our honeymoon in the UK, and have been tenderly nursing a dream of living under those very uniquely blue skies ever since. We are truly blessed, and are looking forward to an exciting adventure ahead.

The Sky Pie, and Its Ramifications

I have learned this very important lesson in my life: Dreams are tangible stuffs. This knowledge comes with a burden, though. It begs for action, otherwise it is useless. Sky Pies don’t float by every day, so commit yourself to leap from your cozy little nest and wrangle that tasty bastard to the ground if you ever see one. I can tell you from experience, each one will fill you mightily.

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