Thanks for stopping by. This is my new personal blog. You're likely aware that I'm an industrial designer, but I deeply enjoy writing as well. Over the past couple of years, I've authored two blogs. The first, Industrial Design Journal was my initial foray into blogging. I learned about writing consistently and began sharing my thoughts on the field of industrial design. The second, PDn9 was my attempt at creating an online business. The 'success' of PDn9 could be debated. To call it a business would be a stretch as it never turned a profit. Businesses aren't born overnight, but as time passed, my goals had changed and I decided to stop building PDn9. To call it a learning experience would be an understatement.
Building and contributing to PDn9 taught me a few things:
- I love writing about design
- I enjoy helping others who write to me asking for design-related career advice
- I enjoy building relationships with other designers via email, twitter and blogging
- Building an audience is fun
So, what's up with this website?
As a contract product designer, I'm often asked for where people can either find me or my work. Until now, I haven't taken the time to create a personal website. So, here it is.
This website will consist of:
- PORTFOLIO Select samples of my design work
- ABOUT Information about how I help clients and how you can hire me
- BLOG A collection of articles, design experiments, news & tutorials
- NEWSLETTER My private mailing list receives my best work before it goes live
Anyone who knows me will attest to my work ethic as well as my ability to spread myself too thin. In an effort to reclaim some of my personal time, I've built this website which will serve my clients, readers, potential employers and myself all under one domain. I'll also admit that doing so under my own name helps me build brand equity, something that is crucial for anyone who's self-employed.
What will happen to PDn9?
Eventually, the articles that have been published on PDn9 will get moved over to this blog. PDn9 will be removed when the domain expires next year. I will continue to write about the same subject matter and to the same audience on this blog. Occasionally, I'll share some of my personal design work and experiences on this blog as well, but the focus will be to benefit my audience still.
What about the newsletter?
Those who are currently subscribed to PDn9's weekly newsletter and wish to continue to receive weekly articles about design and business will continue to do so, but from my personal newsletter. Those who do not wish to receive my weekly newsletter are always encouraged to unsubscribe. I don't condone putting up with lame emails. I'll notify everyone before making the official switch and remind those who wish to unsubscribe to do so.
Yep! I just want to mention that although building a brand under a name other than my own was exciting (for a while), it didn't feel as personal as I would like it to. My favorite thing is exchanging emails and personal messages over social media and in person with others who are passionate about design. I am excited for the chance to continue to do so in a way that will feel more personal and one-on-one.
Is that it?
Sure is! Thanks for taking a few minutes to see what's up on my end of the internet. However, since one-sided conversations are for losers, I want to hear from you! What are you working on now? Have you been thrown a curveball that you've had to respond to? Do you have any challenges or recent victories worth mentioning? I'm always curious to hear what other designers are experiencing as I learn something new whenever I connect with someone new. Feel free to comment below or send me an email or message on social media!