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2014 Retrospective

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It’s a few days into 2015. I’ve been alive on this planet for 16,832 days.

I tried to take it easy in 2014, and ended up a bit listless and bored when it came to work. My list is a bit short this year as I worked on several projects that lasted 5 months or more.

In 2014:

I designed

  • 4 mobile apps
  • 5 web apps
  • 3 sites
  • 3 logos

Presented 2 talks at conferences I enjoyed
and did a surprising amount of branding/print work

Goals

I set a few goals for the year, one of which was some nondescript “do-gooder” thing. I think I may have accomplished that by mentoring a kid from Cleveland and hopefully assisting him getting his app built and launched. I’m happy to say I gave good advice and he launched a product.  It’s not the new Facebook, but as I like to say, if you create ANYTHING you’ve done more than most monkeys walking this rock will ever do.

I also wanted to learn something “crafty” so I went to the Tandy Leather Outlet (not as sexy as it sounds, it’s really just leather crafting. I was expecting leather daddies working on old TRS-80s) and got a huge piece of unfinished leather. It looked like something Buffalo Bill would have hanging around, so I also got some leather dye and conditioner. I dyed it, worked it and made a few interesting things. Next, I’ll learn to stitch. Also, I wrote a bit of a song dedicated to Buffalo Bill called “Fat Girl Suit.”

Additionally, I got my first new car in 10 years (hello DemiGoat),I started baking things,
I went to a couple UX mixer things and was far less critical of my own work.

THIS YEAR!
I’m making no plans other than publishing my mobile book, first as a series of articles on Medium (check it here: https://t.co/iva4InASKm) and then as a printed version late in the year.

Drink good coffee, eat good food, listen to good music and try for more live shows than I hit in 2014.

I hope you all have a great year!

Day 36 – Hot Trends in Minimalism

This list has nine items too many.
  1. Designer Loincloths and full-body, single-color staining
  2. Pierced bridge of nose with attached monocle
  3. A single yearly holiday
  4. Restaurants featuring food in gel form
  5. One-sided vinyl with very few grooves
  6. Replacement of teeth with bespoke “Mastication Devices”
  7. Carrying a piece of glass rather than a phone. Technology will catch up someday
  8. Living in a 4’ x 4’ space, suspended vertically from the ceiling
  9. Furniture made from a single piece of aircraft-grade aluminum
  10. A new, refined monosyllable language

Day 35 – New Professions I Could Undertake

In case this UX thing fizzles out.
  1. Hipster knife sharpener
  2. Minimalist enforcer / Anti-Hoarder
  3. Snarky social media manager
  4. Jigsaw Puzzler Do-er
  5. Mixtape creator (NOT a DJ)
  6. Hobo
  7. Chef of Mexican food restaurant
  8. Zombie Apocalypse / Social Unrest preparedness manager
  9. Art buyer (all of it)
  10. Professional music listener

Day 29 – Dead People I Would Have Liked To Have Had A Coffee Or Beer With

My Heroes.

  1. Joe Strummer (We’d have a campfire).
  2. Kurt Vonnegut (I’d just let him ramble).
  3. Lou Reed (He’d probably say no).
  4. Mark Rothko (I’d like to paint with him).
  5. Frida Kahlo (I would ask her to explain some of her work).
  6. Richard Feynman (I’d walk away enlightened and befuddled).
  7. Leonardo da Vinci (I’d learn Italian just to talk to him for 10 minutes).
  8. Jim Belushi (You might not see me for a week).
  9. George Harrison (My favorite Beatle).
  10. Yamamoto Tsunetomo (For a sword fighting lesson)

Day 28 – Reasons She Hasn’t Texted You

No really… it’s not her, it’s you.

  1. That bit of spinach in your teeth that was in your teeth all night
  2. Your breath reeked, dude
  3. The screams from the bathroom when you urinated
  4. You’re too nice, she likes you like a brother
  5. Despite your insistance, there’s no hidden left-wing messages in Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. Your 40 minute soliloquy of how you like to do it in the booty
  7. You gave her a burner number by mistake
  8. The duct tape, sheets of plastic and shovel in your back seat
  9. You were wearing the Billy Squier t-shirt un-ironically
  10. She thinks you’re a dick