Twelve years ago today was my first day at Hornall Anderson (Seattle). In my initial interview with Jack Anderson, I told him that HA would be the last place I planned on working before starting my own studio in "two or three years". Funny, how I thought I had it all figured out.
Today I sit in our London office—embracing the newest chapter in my life. When I look back at the 12-year journey with HA I can't help but to feel exceptionally fortunate. In my first several years I benefited from a very close one-to-one mentorship with one of the smartest men in the industry—Jack. I was a participant in a magnificent growth period in the company's history, and learned from both mis-steps and successes. And yet, after 10+ years I was in need of a break. I needed to step back and get some perspective; and with a gracious exit I said my goodbyes. That was July 2010.
And so it was, 27 July 2010 I boarded a plane with a backpack, minimal technology (iPhone…no SIM), a stash of empty Moleskine journals and my watercolours.
For the next 401 days I traveled over 40 countries and 6 continents.
I experienced various cultures…food, music, drink, religion, language, technology (or lack there-of) and all that makes each corner of the globe unique. I was fortunate to truly take a step back and gain a broader perspective on life.
I also fell back in love with design. I love problem-solving. I love helping people get from point A to point B. I love seeing faces light up when they see things created before their eyes. What I do is a privelage. I'm lucky to get paid for doing a job that I love.
And now I'm living out a dream of living abroad; taking what I've learned through my varied experiences—and helping grow our offering in the UK offices. Specifically, I'm focusing on branded environments and experiences.
Stay tuned for updates to come. Until then, cheers!
And thanks to all those who have helped shape my love for life, beer and creativity.