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5 graphic designers that inspire me

There are all sorts of roundups for “Best Design Firm” or “Most Inspiring Designers” and maybe to gain some “street cred” in the blogosphere you have to post your own. Maybe? Maybe not. Either way, I just wanted to write a post and thank these guys. The only two I don’t know much about are Paul Lee and Kyle Steed, but the others I’ve been following for quite a while. I know most of the guys on this list are fathers which is why I like them that much more – they’re just like me, balancing a self-employed career while maintaining Father/Husband of the year. Anyhow, here are 5 graphic designers that inspire me:

Instead interface by Kyle Steed

Kyle Steed – (kylesteed.com)

Steinway website by 31three.com

Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain – (31three.com)

5 simple steps by Mark Boulton

Mark Boulton – (markboultondesign.com)

Relay Foods by Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith – (the whale)

Centric by Paul Lee

Paul Lee – (paulleedesign.com)

Paper - App of the year 2012

Conference Speaker How-To Live Sketch a Presentation

I have spoken at a few conferences about the benefits of a quality website to search engine optimization. I was reading this article by Cameron Moll and think it is how I will present from now on. By the way, I love the Paper App.

As a conference speaker, this is the method I have changed to. Click Here to contact me if you’re interested in having me speak at your next conference.

Mailbox App

I cannot wait to use the Mailbox app once it gets released, watch the video and see what I mean. The ability to quickly swipe messages to folders or trash is brilliant. The best part is you can achieve inbox zero every day! Well done, Mailbox Team!

YWAM Haiti

Back in February, my friends at YWAM approached me about developing a new website for the YWAM base in Haiti. Because of the earthquake, the base was getting a greater response of people desiring to help. Their current site was a bit difficult to update and they were wanting to easily communicate their message to the world. We built this site over a weekend while visiting some friends, it’s not much but it has blessed the Youth With A Mission base. I am excited as we will be doing more and more sites for bases around the world. Currently we’re working on another site for a base in Chile.

Check out YWAM Haiti

WOW! We were listed as a Top Finalist for the Favorite Pierce County Company

http://marketplace.nwsource.com/job/peoplespicks/2009/

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We knew we were a fun company! Thanks everyone for considering us for this honor! We love working with local companies and our goal is to propel your business forward! See what One of the Top Favorite Pierce County Companies can do for your Pierce County company!

Honored to be listed by some amazing designers

I started noticing some extra traffic on the site yesterday coming from here: www.designshard.com

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I visited the link only to find that we were put on a list of 25 clean and well designed websites. That in itself is an honor, but what made me excited is that we were listed by some of my favorite websites: simplebits.com and markboutlon.co.uk. Mark Boulton is a well known speaker / author / designer in the UK and I have followed his blog for years. Dan Cederholm is another well known speaker / blogger / author / designer and like many designers, I have followed his blog for years and own several of his books. Both of these guys are legends in my mind so to be placed by them is exciting for Ainsworth Studio and where we are headed. If you want to join in and work with a company that will soon be a well known design firm, let’s do something together!

Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.

Dyson Air Multiplier | the bladeless fan

Have you seen this?

Picture 1 Man, Dyson is genius. How fun of a project would this be to work on? I got to use the air blade last week on a business trip. During some free time my website developer, Ben and I went to the St. Louis Arch and the bathroom there has the super fast, 400mph wind, hand dryer. It was cool. If I got a bladeless fan, I would probably try to teach my children how to jump through it! HA!

I never knew

I never knew that e.e. cummings was funny. I remember reading his poetry back in school and my only true memory is that it was boring, end of story. But, today, while reading a business book I read a short poem by him and it made me laugh:

… my Uncle Sol had a skunk farm but the skunks caught cold and died and so my Uncle Sol imitated the skunks in a subtle manner …

I know some Uncle Sol’s, I just spent 3 days climbing a mountain with 4 of them. You know who you are! I’ll post pictures of our adventure soon.

Drivability

Last summer I sold my car and walked everywhere. The business was in a good state and it allowed me to be fairly flexible, when I had a meeting and they weren’t coming to our office, I was usually able to schedule it in a way that I could borrow my wife’s car.

Summer turned into fall and I was still walking, fall into winter … still walking. I was walking in Tacoma, up and down hills an average of 15 miles a week. It was good exercise, but got old when it start to rain all the time.

Why did I do this? Because, throughout that whole time, one of my best friends, Joe Undziakiewicz, was building me what my children call “my racecar”. You see, last summer I bought an Infiniti J-30 off craigslist for $300. The car doesn’t look like anything from the outside, I’ve heard people refer to it as a sleeper. I bought it because Joe had a vision of placing a really fun (replace fun with so fast it will rip your face off) engine into that car.

I say all of this for two reasons, some of my clients have wanted to go for rides in my “racecar” and the second is, Joe is a genius who has just started his own company fixing cars at 60% less than dealerships. At one point last winter, my garage had the engine we ordered from Japan in about 30 pieces and the original engine Joe had taken out of the car in about 30 pieces. He was the most organized and professional mechanic and it was a picture of who Joe is. Meticulous, professional, detail-oriented to a level only OCD could explain. Nobody but Joe will ever touch my cars. Some of the horror stories of dealership “stunts” and “mishaps” make me fear for taking my car anywhere else.

If your car needs help, call Joe the neighborhood mechanic.com

Darius Rucker and teaching antelopes how to stand on their hind legs

Darius Rucker, it’s been a long time.

Do you remember when Hootie and the Blowfish could do no wrong? I remember their CD was the first one I purchased when I started driving and since I didn’t have a ton of money, it stayed in my stereo for a very, very long time. It stayed in there so long that it got really old, but then, when I persevered through that lull, it became the greatest CD ever known to man! HA!

But that’s not why I’m wring this, I’m writing to let you know that according to my 6 and a half year old daughter’s blog (evahpearl.com) I am not very good at teaching antelopes how to stand on their hind legs. She’s right, I can’t even teach my dog how to stand on it’s hind legs, I am in need of some animal training help, anyone out there know how to do this?