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We’ve got a special podcast episode coming up soon! This coming Monday, we’re holding a streaming video event with live chat. We’ll be joined by our spouses to tackle some podcast feedback with real questions from listeners we’ve received, like these…

This past week, I had some really good conversations. It’s amazing what a little perspective can do for you when you make time to connect with people and really listen. It’s so easy to get trapped in the reverberation of our own thoughts.

I won’t detail each conversation individually, but I will pull out some of the principles and things that stuck with me this week.

If you’re like me, you’re afraid of being vulnerable. I know I’m especially afraid of being vulnerable on the internet. We believe it to be synonymous with weakness—and no one wants to appear weak. We painstakingly craft our online personas into an ideal image because it provides us a sense of security and control.

I honestly didn’t even like putting a picture of myself as my avatar. It would be much easier to hide behind an icon or logo. I hated the sound of my own voice, I certainly didn’t want to be on video, and let’s not even talk about speaking in front of a crowd!

I get interview requests from students almost daily. I do my best to personally respond to as many as I can, but I often don’t have the capacity to reply to all of them, especially when they are in-depth questions from students with short deadlines. Since many of the questions are quite similar, I’m finally  Continue Reading »

Today, I am 25. It sounds odd to say out loud, for I feel much older. I grew up fast. The oldest of 12, I acquired responsibilities quickly. People say I married young, at age 21. Nearly four years later, I can say it was the single best decision I ever made. My wife is  Continue Reading »

Somehow it’s been a year already and another fantastic Circles Conference has come and gone, leaving us all, yet again, considerably charged with inspiration. This year’s conference sold out with 420 attendees—well beyond twice that of the 2012 conference. I can honestly say I was immensely impressed with every single one of the talks shared.  Continue Reading »

Since Instagram introduced video importing from the camera roll, I’ve been enjoying sharing condensed timelapses of my lettering process. It’s also given me a great excuse to include some of my piano compositions as mini-soundtracks. Though many on Instagram cry “What app? What app??!” in the comments out of desperation to discover a 1-tap solution  Continue Reading »

He spent many thousands of hours building wonderful paper crafts in his free time, simply because he loved it. What started as an evening passion, grew into a huge body of work that demonstrated remarkable versatility in style and form. In the beginning, he simply took some Instagram photos with his iPhone and posted them  Continue Reading »

So you’re excited about Learn Lettering, and now you’re interested in the tools! While I do reveal my instruments here, I can’t stress enough that the best pen is the one you’re comfortable with. You don’t need anything you see here to create good work, or to be a great artist. Remember, tools are just  Continue Reading »

This year’s Creative South conference was such a highlight for me. Held in the The Loft venue in cozy Columbus, Georgia, the event was very intimate and personable. I’m from Texas, so I like the think that I know southern hospitality, but I never experienced it quite like this. The people are practically falling over  Continue Reading »

Do you like design? Do you like lettering? If the answer is yes to either or both of those questions, you’re in luck! Jason Vanlue and I are collaborating on a hand-crafted book called Three Pipe Problems. He’s asked me to create over 20 custom illustrations for this book. We really want to pour our  Continue Reading »

My to-do list isn’t complete. I have several dozen commission requests to respond to. I have 7 active projects, 1 due tomorrow, another on Monday. There are proposals to write, invoices to send, taxes to file, expenses to log, bills to pay, orders to be packed and shipped. There are customer support cases that need  Continue Reading »