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1. As much as I've moved toward brand development & creative direction, I do miss drawing. I get to use it in storyboarding and the early design stages of identity & logo development. However this sketch is meant to be just that—a sketch, which will hopefully become wall decor for this particular client. This was fun!
2. I get asked to have a lot of coffee chats and meetings, most of which are someone wanting something very specific, hidden in the guise of a cup of coffee (hmmm okay, like I can't see what you're doing). But there are those rare occasions that a person's approach strikes me as most genuine and authentic leaving me just as intrigued to meet as they are. Keep an eye on wedding & stationery designer, Ms. Maura Schmidt… she's so RDQLUS!
3. "The Cutting Room"; Over a nearly two decade log professional creative career, some of the best ideas never come to light. I don't mind the surplus, but I'm a designer and hiding those ideas away is not solving the equation. So come get some! After the new year I'll have a new shop on the site for quick & easy logos that didn't make the cut due to preference—not for lacking quality of design & thought. Want a RDQLUS quick logo starter-kit, no fuss no muss? Check us out in January.
4. “The Hobbit” finale… in IMAX 3D… in the middle of the work day… nuff said. The smile explains itself.
5. I stay up on my cut & sew skills, not as a hobby but as a skill of composition, construction and materials. True to the core of RDQLUS, it's solving an equation. After customizing these two identical tech fleece hoodies, I felt they needed a bit more to be, well… you already know. So swapping an 11" section on the “sword arm” of each (blame The Hobbit viewing above) made for the finish I was looking for.
6. In an interesting week of connections with new people, this capped it off well. Sitting in the cut, just cooling out and reading, I heard a polite voice say, "may I take your picture? I'm a painter and I often do studies… and you have a beautiful face." A bit leery, intrigued and flattered, I say, "Uh, sure. I suppose. And thank you for the compliment." But the picture didn't follow for another 20 minutes, as the very next thing she did was launch into a polite conversation, which ended in me picking out her holiday cards for her and yes, a couple of photos. Not sure where that will end up and I'm not advocating the allowance of strangers to capture your likeness at every turn. But read the situation and stay open—you could be missing out. Good to meet you Paula Z.