Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Designing, Printing, Sewing, Shipping...Start from the top

Its been busy round here to say the least. Carl has come in town for the weekend to help handle some of the overflow of work related to orders and new designs (available this winter). Right now its about hitting deadlines for orders which included stores such as Akira/Chicago and Adam and Eve/West Bloomfield. A few of you are also aware of the "jacket project" I offered to some of my friends. I gave a hand full of people the opportunity to preorder product before it has even been produced or conceived for that matter. Thats some serious faith to purchase a product based off my vague description without out seeing anything in a tangible form. Thanks guys for your patience, your goods should be finishing up soon! Visit your local Vividbraille retailer to peak at the latest from our Laboratories.


Final Four Continued

Our Spartans were demolished, to put it bluntly in the final game of the 2009 college basketball season. The Tar Heels (who I picked to win it all at the beginning of the tournament) taught State a lesson or two in championship caliber basketball. Looking back at the whole weekend I cant say I remember the city buzzing as it did during the Final Four event. Outside of the final score of the final game there isn't much more I could have asked for. I'm ready for next season already, I caught the Spartan fever for sure.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

The Final Four with Dad

This past weekend I had a chance to be apart of the madness that accompanies the Final Four. Thanks to my Dads forethought (and luck) he picked up tickets months ago before Michigan State had made its run. This year Detroit got a much needed major event at Ford Field and with State playing in front of its home crowd the energy was incredible and like nothing else Ive attended. I was reading today that the attendance exceeded the Super Bowl (Detroit) attendance 2 years ago by over 4,000 fans. I'm looking forward to the National Championship game on Monday as the ticket package included all 3 games. I hope to document Mondays game as well, until then here are the moments I captured at the 2009 NCAA Final Four. Enjoy!


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Questions I can't help but ask (Journal Entry 4.1.09)

Ive been moved to write in a way I haven't been moved to write in some time. Damn it! I wanna do more, be more I wanna chase things of value that are timeless and that do not age. Are principles, ideas, god, design, our minds, our hearts, ourselves or something left unmentioned something worth chasing? Are any of these things worth living for? Ive been shaken by the story of John Adams, by the historical relevance of him and the times he lived in. He said about his best friend and wife Abigail "I cant comprehend God creating such a beautiful creature for the mere purpose of it to live and die on earth" Yet it seems even John Adams and his "bigger than life" story is a spec on the grand scale. I watched 7 hours on John Adams this week and he wasn't even the 1st president, he was the 2nd. He was a one of many involved in America gaining its independence. I knew little of him before watching the HBO series, and to learn of his role in American history is remarkable. I cant help but wonder who the 2nd Pharaoh of Egypt was, or who helped write Romes "declaration of Independence" I wonder of each soldiers story through all of time, of their wives and children, I wonder of the number of countries that have existed since the beginning of time. The desire to be something more than a spec, more than a statistic burns right now inside me. How many pens and pencils are touching down notebooks and paper at this very hour? For what? Why? Am I so delusional to think that the records of my life would be of any interest to this grander scale? Is not any great pursuit selfish? Love is selfish, if it were not we would not demand to be loved back. The noblest of pursuits such as feeding the hungry or caring for the homeless, are these not laced with selfishness? Ask one of these good Samaritans "why do such acts?" Predictably their answer starts with a vague explanation of duty or human need. Pry further. Ask more, you will hear a variation of "it makes me feel good". Does this make them any less noble? or less of a kind heart? Why do I feel I have to work to work? I work to do noble work. I thought designing was noble, it definitely is not. Is feeding the poor noble if you enjoy it? Is the designer who gets the same "good" feeling as the care taker of the poor pursuing anything more or less meaningless? or magnificent? Is it my fault I get a rush for things I feel will mean nothing on a historic level? If I barely knew of John Adams, who will know of me? and if there is one who I have positively impacted by my existence surely there wont be another to document it.