starting a business
turning 37 (my all time favourite number)
climbing a mountain
Confession: I’ve been sitting on this website for over two years.
It’s taken me this long to build the portfolio and muster up enough momentum to make the creative (and administrative) leap of changing over from beloved Breavo (named after the resident beaver who used to live in the creek behind our house) to Slow & Steady Design.
(image source: Vancouver-Slowest-City-Manifesto)
What’s in a Name?
The new name – Slow & Steady Design – reflects my values and approach to design and collaboration, and sets a course for the next many years of social entrepreneurship in this wild world. It’s also a declaration that the best things in life take time and that unrealistic self imposed deadlines are not sustainable. For me, slow does not imply idleness but rather a commitment to being honest and realistic about the time and value of good design especially as it relates to sustainability, be it personal, social, environmental, or preferably all of the above. My masters thesis was all about slow design and I hope to continue to add to that research here.
It’s becoming more important to me to have the name truly reflect the type of work I enjoy.
Ironically, I do work rather swiftly and efficiently with proper bearings.
Work-in-Progress and Feedback Loops
You may have arrived here through email link I sent to you. Thank you for visiting! If you spend some time here, you may see a project post for the work we did together. The post may or may not be complete. I welcome your feedback and input as this portfolio will always be a work in progress – it can always be better, more complete.
Simplification as means for Liberation
Moving forward, please use firstname.lastname@example.org to reach me over email, and also for shared g-drive and calendar invites, dropbox, etc..
Thank you again for being here and reading this post. Please add a comment below if you feel inspired and I hope that we will have a chance to work together again in the near future. Feel free to drop my name if a great design opportunity pops up on your radar. I would really appreciate it!
Learning how to work with different teams and people is one of my favourite aspects of design and collaboration. Asking honest questions, active listening and experimentation all play significant roles through my work and allow me to find common ground necessary to helping clients achieve their goals. Clear communication. Trust. Feedback loops. Process is incredibly important to me. Time is valuable; I use it wisely and transparently. Ultimately, my role as a communication designer is to translate your vision into visual form that connects on rational and emotional levels. I believe I work well with people because I tend not to get too attached to ideas, but rather focus on being flexible and that satisfaction of knowing my clients / collaborators feel heard defines success for me.