Happy Birthday To Me

Today is a special birthday vlog. This week has been crazy busy, with my Mom being in town and all. But I wanted to share a few things that have really struck me recently.

1. Yesterday I watched this clip of Gary Vaynerchuk at the 2008 Web Expo where he talks about doing what we love, and forgetting the rest. Not necessarily that we quit our day jobs, but that in our spare time we really dig deep in to what we our passionate about. And if we can turn our passion in to profit then that's even better.

I have a huge amount of respect for every single freelance/independent designer out there who is making a living. They are the ones pouring their hearts in to projects that they love, not projects for some other company or organization. One day I will cross that threshold, but for now I am going to kill it in my spare time.

2. Tinychat is blowing up. I've been on it at least 3-4 times over the last week, and it's a great way to put a face with the name of the people you talk to on twitter. I've had some great conversation already, but I'm really excited to explore the possibilities it offers us.

Earlier this morning I had a chat with fellow artist and twitterer Brad Colbow about his work. I've been following him on twitter and on his website for quite a while now, but tinychat allows us to break the visual barrier and meet semi face-to-face. While we were talking he showed me a board game he designed for his daughter last christmas called Soapy the kitty game. Brad is seriously talented.

Finally, I have to say I'm extremely grateful for Garth Humbert throwing a few projects my way. I met Garth through Aaron Irizarry and have to say he is another talented, freaking awesome guy I have met via twitter. I am really looking forward to collaborating with him on these couple of projects and whatever is to come in the future.

Here is a sneak peak snapshot of me sketching away on one of the projects. (via @charleswilliams)

Thanks everyone.

p.s. - If you haven't heard already, Squarespace is giving away 30 iPhones in 30 days. Genius marketing scheme? Or the end of twitter? Either way I want one.