Recommended Read: Making Ideas Happen

A book I am currently reading is "Making Ideas Happen - Overcoming The Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky". The book caught my attention with my challenges of managing a creative team of 9 with my full-time position. A common scenario is having ideas get lost in the shuffle.
From the book "Ideas are worthless if you can't make them happen. Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. As the world's most productive innovators will tell you, it's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen."
 Check the book out here.


Photo : New York, New York.

From May 14th to May 20, I was in New York for a business trip. The sights were amazing and awe inspiring. New York is definitely a place to go on vacation as there is always something to do. The city definitely does not sleep. 

I invested in a new camera before the trip and New York was the perfect place to test it out. Between the lights of Times Square to the fast movement of the NYC yellow taxi cabs and pedestrians it forced me to get my settings down. Above is a photo I shot of Times Square on a Saturday night.


My Creative Space: 20 at 30

20 at 30. In attempt to catalog my inspirations as a graphic designer I have created this blog - 20 at 30. The name of my blog is symbolic of my journey going through my 20s to hitting 30. Nearing ten years in the industry I am desperately trying to revive the passion as an artist I had in my early twenties and continue it forward. My solution - a personal creative space with all things inspiring to me. There are so many great visuals, sounds, type, words, songs that can float around in my mind on a daily basis. This blog will be a gathering place to keep the ideas alive until they can be used. Be it a round of photography experiments, to discovering a really cool typeface, to documenting my travels this is where I will summarize my thoughts. Sometimes it can be as simple as a quote or the work of another artist that can capture your imagination.

What inspires you? I am inspired by paper, flourishes, flowers, ephemera, calendars, clocks, confections, wide open spaces, exotic landscapes, jewelry, scarves, Broadway musicals, Sarah Slean, airplanes, ferris wheel rides, design magazines, vintage photographs, dramatic films, antiques, doodles, words, surprises, typography, flowers, dirt, pastels, bold prints, letterpress, textiles, romanticism. I love to be inspired.


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