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Sabbatical

I’m taking 2 months off of work to travel around the world a bit. And honestly, it feels bratty just writing that, but I also feel extremely grateful to have the kind of life where I’m afforded the luxury of time. I’m touring a few counties in Europe and either spending the second month road tripping across […]

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A Different View on Success

You know, Anna and I seem to fall prey to the idea that scaling our business is the most logical next step after several years of workshops, design sprints, and teaching principles steeped in design. Often times this is born out of a desire for efficiency or comfort. Since everything we do is custom based […]

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Projects as superhero teachers

There are a few projects we’ve done over the years that really stick with me. They’ve taught me something about myself. They flash into my head when a tornado of shitty thinking takes over (you know… What if I mess this up? What if they don’t like what I’m saying? What if…?). These projects flash […]

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Coffee, to-do lists, travel, etc…

Occasionally people hit us up to see what we’re currently using, reading, or just enjoying. What might be having an impact in our lives and our work. This list may be slightly skewed to traveling designers but I think anyone could enjoy the products or services. So, here you go…a few things that I’m really digging […]

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Babies, space, friends, new products, etc.

Alright, I’m not gonna lie to you. I’m finally writing this post because I have an hour and a half left on this flight to the west coast and I’m pretty bored. We get a whole lot of “what’ve yall been doing lately”? Now, I’m assuming what people really want to know is “have you […]

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CreateSpace

Clear out the inbox, take several calls, sit in on some mentoring sessions, teach a workshop, prep for project work. This is the space my head lives most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty good about taking time to work out, be with family, and of course eating and sleeping. But more often […]

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Q & A

Dude, what are you guys doing? We haven’t heard from you in ages! Well, a few things have been happening. One big thing that went down was Anna having a baby boy named Finn. His cuteness is dominating her calendar currently. Parker and Brent opened a design studio in Nashville for clients and friends to […]

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It’s not about whiteboards and foam cubes…

About 5 weeks ago we opened a studio space in Nashville with the intention of providing a place for teams and organizations to work in new and different ways. We have viewed this idea and business model as a rough prototype and have had the chance to learn quite a bit since we started to invite […]

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And now for our next act…

For a few years now Anna and I have been talking about opening a spot of our own. A place where we could work with clients in our hometowns and also a place where teams could come and work without us if they wanted to. We wanted badly to provide a space that felt inspiring […]

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Redesigning “happiness”

I remember visiting my brother in San Diego about 10 years ago.  While biking on the boardwalk we rolled past “Slomo”.  I watched in awe as he rollerbladed in slow motion up and down the boardwalk.  While his smile was infectious and moves mesmerizing, I had a tinge of sadness as I assumed he was […]

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