I build brands with words and lasers.
I'm a creative director and entrepreneur. I try to be really great at it. I'm also a husband and dad. I try not to screw that up either.
I'm also proud to be one of the founders of CreativeMornings/Austin.
Getting in over my head and figuring it out.
Meeting more good people in Austin.
"Be good. If you can't be good, be careful." - My Dad
The janitorial arts. (I spent my summers during college as a custodian at Walt Disney World.)
How to take a punch (metaphorically for creative feedback and literally for fist fights.)
Brian’s CreativeMornings activity
I believe in connecting. We all do it, we all need it, and we don’t get enough of it.
Seeing great artists in Austin gives me goose bumps, literally, and just makes me so proud to be a part of this city. I mean how lucky are we to live here?”
Being creative is for the sake of satisfying our curiosity.
There’s a freedom to connect without the fear of being embarrassed. There’s a freedom to improvise without worrying about getting it wrong. There’s a freedom to imagine without constraints. And there’s a freedom to dive in and love the uncertainty of all of this.
Just sit down and play with it for a while and then see what happens.
Jason Santa Maria Take a Breath
Do what’s right and don’t worry about where the chips are falling. They’ll fall in the right place for you.
If you want to become a badass, I highly recommend failing massively at something.
Do a little bit more doing and a little bit less thinking. And just trust your instincts. ‘Cause something beautiful or absolutely hilarious will come out of it.
Make pretty (and pretty useful) things.
Zealously pursue small delights and diversions.
Design does matter. Being a designer is important because, as a designer, we have the ability to design the world we want to live in. So I think it’s up to all of us to design something worthwhile.
Michael McDaniel Designer, strategist & inventor
Everything I put out is like a mantra; one plate at a time.
Everyone knows what a Death Star looks like… If you create art that you want people to be able to remember and communicate, it has to have this simplification.
You’ve all heard the old Boy Scout adage ‘Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints’ well… don’t forget to bring back scientific samples.
Gerren Lamson Designer & Illustrator
The secret of connecting with an audience; do good work and share it with people.
Becoming a father was both the best and the worst thing to ever happen to me.
Austin Kleon A writer who draws