In the past few years I’ve tried to be more intentional with my time. Even still, there will always be moments when I forget how finite life is.
Moments like: binging Stranger Things, Twin Peaks, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, or How I Met Your Mother. Mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and then back to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder. Or sleeping in until 2PM, only leaving bed because I needed to pee.
I’m not saying any of this is bad (in moderation). I love Stranger Things just as much as Winona Ryder loves reading messages with lightbulbs.
What I’m saying is that the more time I fill with shit, the less likely I am to look back on my weeks, months, years, with a sense of gratitude and happiness.
This begs the question, how do you keep a focus on intentionally spending your time without constantly needing to experience death, sadness, or trauma?
For me, the answer lies in squares.
The 4,680 squares below represent every week of your life, from the moment you’re born up until age 90.
The Culture Summit is a three day gathering of culture-minded people in San Francisco, CA. At the conference in 2018, I spoke about the importance of creativity in the workplace.
During this 30 minute talk, I shared research from studying more than 400 organizations, and left attendees with tangible, bite-sized actions they could take back to their teams.
Sonder is the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid, full, and complex as your own — populated with their own ambitions, dreams, friends, routines, worries, and inherited craziness.
In May of 2017, myself and a community of friends built an immersive experience to explore this idea. For one evening at The Laundry in the Mission District of San Francisco, we brought together 200 strangers across communities in the hopes of making space for real connection.
This evening included eight unique experiences such as:
Fata Organa: an intimate room where eight strangers share stories centered around a series of personal questions.
La Gaudière: a blindfolded, 360 degree sound immersion.
Keta: a museum of human insignifigance.
Is it possible to innovate in large organizations?
This was a question I explored over a half-decade working for a large, international organization. I shared my experiences in this space during a TEDx talk in 2016.
ALbee Professional is a packaged gas product from Air Liquide, the world's largest industrial gas company.
With the goal of bringing this product direct to consumer, I led a team to design and launch a self-serve vending machine for welding professionals, artists, and crafts(wo)men.
This project was my first exploration into intrapreneurship and the possibility of developing a startup within a large organization. Over the span of two years, I led the development from cardboard concept to Home Depot storefronts.
IDEO Products is a team within the global design firm, IDEO, focused on building digital tools to support the growth of creative, innovative, and purpose-driven teams.
The analog nature of film photography – from composition to dark room processing – has been a way for me to gain a better appreciation of digital photography.
Most shots are with a Pentax K1000 on 35mm Kodak Portra or Ilford and hand processed in San Francisco.
Opia is an immersive experience, first realized during Sonder, where two strangers enter a space, sit directly across from one another, and ask a series of questions of their partner.
Using a deck of cards with 28 unique questions – ranging from "Are you sexually satisfied?" to "What is your greatest fear?" – these questions are meant to connect through a shared experience.
Taking complicated (or sometimes, uninteresting) topics and making them accessible is the aim of my simple guides.
Hosted on Medium, these guides are examples of how topics like personal finance or public speaking can be condensed into their simplest elements.
Explore A simple guide to: personal finance.
My largest painting, inspired by Wall Drawing 391 and Wall Drawing 419, was colored using the Pantone Colors of the Year from 2016 and 2017.
Mondrian Maps are a collection of city maps inspired by the palettes of works like Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow. City roads and neighborhoods help form the segmentation of colors.