A few years ago, my passion for design, sustainability and writing turned into Standard Magazine, an all-consuming, unbelievable adventure. Seriously, it was an awesome ride. But last May, I had to face the fact that we were bleeding money… and it no longer felt like a labor of love.
For the first time in my career, I didn’t know what was next. It took the remaining months of 2013 (all seven of them) to re-group and figure out what I wanted. There were a lot of false-starts, frustration and tears but, thankfully, some clarity eventually made it’s way to me.
In this next chapter, I’ll be focusing more on hospitality, retail and product design. I’m currently working with one of my long-time clients, The Bancroft Hotel, on another renovation, and I’m designing a fantastic new event venue in downtown Austin that will debut at SXSW in March. I’m also dipping my toes into the development side of things (which means that, from time to time, I’ll be my own client) and there are some exciting product development collaborations in the works.
This year I’ll also be chairing Austin’s first fundraising event for DIFFA —something I am really excited and passionate about. The money we raise will be donated to our local AIDS service organization (and we hope to wildly exceed their expectations!).
On a fun side note, I’ve recently gone through teacher training for The Bar Method and will soon be teaching in the Austin studio. What does this have to do with design? Absolutely nothing (unless you want to design yourself a rockin’ body) but if you’re in town, I hope you’ll come take a class with me. I promise to kick your butt.