I’ll be giving a lot of talks in the next two months, so I thought I’d list them here. If you’re in any of these great cities, come check out my presentation and let’s grab a beer afterwards! I’ll also have a book signing after most of the talks, so plenty of meet and greet (and drink and eat!). I’ll continue to update this.

SXSW talk & book signing w/ Jessica Walsh – Austin, TX 3/16/15

AIGA Grand Rapids talk – GR, Michigan 3/17/15

Type Directors Club talk – NYC, NY 3/24/15

AIGA Chicago talk – Chicago, IL 4/2/15

AIGA Honolulu talk – Honolulu, HI 4/9/15

Sitges Next International Festival talk w/ Jessica Walsh – Barcelona, Spain 4/17/15

Art Directors Club workshop w/ Jessica Walsh – Miami, FL 4/29/15

AIGA Sage talk – Albany, NY 5/5/15

AIGA Pittsburgh talk – Pittsburgh, PA 5/14/15

ADC Sharpie Workshop – NYC, NY 7/18/15

AIGA Cincinnati talk – Cincinnati, OH 9/10/15

OFFF Festival talk – Mexico City, Mexico 9/25/15

WeMake conference talk – Portland, OR 10/2/15

Since we launched 40DoD last summer, I haven’t discussed or profiled anything regarding the project on my personal website yet. The residual effects of the project have been exciting, and we recently put a “Selected Press” section on the About page of the website. Outside of those interviews, I have individually discussed it in a few places including this one with Steven Heller. Furthermore, I recently gave a presentation about the experiment at this year’s PSFK conference. Enjoy!


July 18, 2012

I’m excited to be a guest speaker for the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts tomorrow night! My Ohio pride is maxed out right now. Details are here. Tickets on sale. Midwest, represent!

Arena Grand Theatre
175 W Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Social Hour: 6:30 pm
Presentation: 7:30 pm

Hot dog

Follow up: I’m forever in debt for this awesomeness.

I’m excited to be a guest speaker at Southern Arkansas University early next week! My experience in the South goes no farther than a couple short visits to Virginia, three trips to Texas (two last summer), and a couple long—and I mean LONG—weekends in Miami (which doesn’t count). This will be fun! I’m also excited to share the day with three other designers on the bill: Michael Osborne, Yougran Ryu, and Chris Cortez.

Southern Arkansas University
Foundation Hall
April 3, 2012, 2 PM


I’m off to Syracuse University to be a guest lecturer for their Viscom Symposium class tomorrow! The fact that Syracuse is the alma mater of Alan Dye, as well as Carmelo Anthony, makes it all the more awesome for me. (P.S. Alan probably has a better jump shot?)

They were also kind enough to print this poster I designed. It highlights a silly expression I’ve been saying for a while, which partly sums up why I started doing spot illustration in the first place. We’ll be giving them away to select students at the lecture. Thanks to Tim Coolbaugh!

Syracuse University
Viscom Symposium Class
The Warehouse Auditorium
March 7, 2012, 12:45 PM


ADC talk / MICA workshop

January 24, 2012

1. As part of the Art Directors Club Young Guns talks, I gave a presentation last night at the Apple Store SoHo. It was so great to be welcomed back to NYC by a crowd of my peers, old friends, and new friends. I love you all, and thanks for laughing at my dirty jokes.

2. This Thursday, I’m traveling to Baltimore to give a presentation and do a workshop with the students from MICA. I’m totally stoked for this, and equally excited to share the day with four amazing designers: Tracy Kroop, Max Snyder, Silas Munro, and my buddy, Michael Freimuth. Isn’t MICA the oldest art college in the United States? I’ll make sure to wear my SVA t-shirt.


SUNY New Paltz Lecture Series

November 29, 2011

I’m honored to be invited as a guest for SUNY New Paltz’s Art Lecture Series tomorrow night! This should mark my last trip to NY as a quasi-tourist, and I couldn’t be more excited to spend part of it with aspiring graphic designers. They were also super rad to print this poster I designed for the event.

Although, I must admit that I don’t know anything about the university, their programs, or even where New Paltz is exactly—which should make this all the more fun!

SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, New York
Lecture Center 201
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 7 PM
Free and open to all

SUNY Poster

AIGA Fresh Dialogue 27!

March 23, 2011

I’m super excited to participate in a panel discussion with Mike Perry, Keetra Dean Dixon, and Andrio Abero for AIGA’s latest Fresh Dialogue series tomorrow night! This year’s focus is on “Design Dualities”—young designers who are pursuing multiple avenues within their work. Go buy a ticket and hear me stutter about my “dualities.”

Also, anyone who’s attending the AIGA talk will get a half-off ticket to the ADC Young Guns event afterward. I hope to see you, NYC!

Tishman Auditorium
Thursday March 24th, 2011

AIGA Fresh Dialogue
AIGA Fresh Dialogue


ADC presentation

August 30, 2010

While preparing my presentation for the Art Directors Club, I opted out of showing any major branding or identity work I’ve been a part of. I’ll leave that to Mr. Collins. Instead, I discussed the importance of the smaller, more personal freelance work I’ve done, and how that has enabled me to develop my own voice.

In branding, often a designer becomes the voice of the current client they’re working for—that goes for those who work in-house, or for those who work for a design shop where you maintain the integrity of the leader’s voice—that rarely a young designer can bring their personality, opinions, and character to a project. Consequently, it becomes more difficult for them to satisfy that craving of expression we all have as creative people.

Why does finding and exercising my voice in other mediums matter? It simply keeps me happy and inspired, professionally. By doing so, I feel encouraged to free myself from what I think something should be, which moves me into a space of unexpectedness. I also think this practice directly informs my agency work by making me a more expansive thinker and a quicker image maker. I’ve been very lucky to have great mentors who have supported and encouraged this development.

Below are some of the slides I used as bookmarks during my presentation. While some are meant to be humorous, they are all a reflection of the insights I’ve gained about myself, my work, and my ambitions in the industry.

SVA career in hindsight

Cleveland, Ohio

Thesis on the topic of Fatherlessness

Book covers, Chicken Licken, BWC identity

Metropolis magazine cover and event

Los Angeles magazine cover exploratory

New York Times illustrations

WCP poster exploratory, Matériel magazine, hand-done pieces (thanks, WM)

Ace Hotel mural

As part of the ADC Young Guns talks, I was originally scheduled to speak in NYC. I wrecked that plan by moving across the country, so now I’m presenting my work on Monday, August 23 at 6:30 PM in San Francisco. Super excited to see you, SF!

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