Thursday, May 08, 2014

AIGA Design For Good [Video]

I was fortunate to talk art, design, and how it can and should be used for good with AIGA West Michigan recently. Many thanks to those involved for the thought of including myself and the [FHH] organization. Go forth and do more good.
Design For Good from Parachute on Vimeo.

Friday, December 20, 2013

GVSU Return on Investment

Last Spring, GVSU came by to ask a few questions based on my studies and the lessons I've learned in my four years there, the benefit of their liberal arts education, and any advice I could give geared towards their current and prospective GVSU Laker students. Here's a quick video and the landing page on the University website with a few QandA's.

Monday, November 25, 2013

#GoodBoyScout Turns 1

Known to many as #GoodBoyScout, this mutt just celebrated his 1st birthday on Sunday, November 24th. What better way to celebrate than with a party hat? (Although, I'm sure he would beg to differ)...

WANTED: Boot Apprentice

If you or know anyone that may be interested, this elderly gentlemen has been a master boot maker for decades and is looking for an apprentice to pass it all down to. If you love fine craftsmanship, working with your hands, and building great American-made product, then this shop in Oregon could be yours with just the right work ethic. It's sad to see this as a dying craft, so I'm hoping there's someone out there able and willing to continue on this tradition. Witness the passion for yourself:

George's Boots from farmrun on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Best in Class

This is why Nike Basketball is the best in the business:

Saturday, October 26, 2013

#GoodBoyScout Goes Hiking

On Friday, I left work a little early to enjoy some fresh air and beautiful Fall weather while it's still here. Days like this and state parks like P.J. Hoffmaster in Norton Shores are a couple reasons why I love Fall in Michigan.

I happened to take my Canon camera and ended up taking plenty of pictures of the model mutt, known to most as #GoodBoyScout. Yes, he is wearing a jacket. He's all skin and bones and it was a chilly day. Plus, I'd be in the doghouse if he wasn't wearing one of his fifteen-thousand Fall/Winter jackets.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The GREATS Brand

The GREATS brand is building something interesting. They're putting out quality shoes for a good price with quick turnarounds and no middlemen. Instead of going through an 18-month process of taking a shoe from sketch to store, they're cutting all of that out and doing it within 4-months and going directly from the factory to the consumer's doorstep.

Immediately once they started accepting pre-orders on September 6th, I signed up for a pair. I don't need anymore shoes, but I was curious about what they were doing and how it would work. There were certainly some delays in delivering the product, which is something to expect when experimenting with a new business model, but 5-6 weeks later, these came in the mail:

They take classic silhouettes and refresh them with clean and simple details such as hand-stitched details, a bungee lace with lace toggle, a foam-padded lining for added comfort, nice leather plugs, and branding details -- from the seal on the heel to the oversized logo on the unique outsole unit.

Other than shaking up the typical business model of a footwear brand, what I like most about GREATS is their brand heritage inspirations -- classic sportswear. If I were to do my own brand, this is pretty close to what it may resemble.

I suggest you get to know them:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Whoa. Let Me Catch My Breath

The past couple of months have been a whirlwind, hence my lack my updates and posts lately. To catch everything up and prepare for the next chapters of this blog, here's a quick bullet point update:

Packed my bags, updated my design portfolio (just in case), and flew out to Portland, OR.
What'd I go out to Oregon for? Well, remember The Duck? Guess who it was for? Plus, another personal art piece that was being delivered and presented to...
Mr. Phil Knight himself. Talk about a humbling experience... Phew.
As soon as I got back from Oregon, it was time yet again to put together the [Fashion Has Heart] ArtPrize exhibit. This year we did it a bit differently than last year. You'll see and hear more about this in the near future.
#GoodBoyScout is still being the best dog in the world, doing tricks on the beach and even helping out at work at Sebago.
My favorite items at the [FHH] pop-up store were the Field Note sketch books, which my niece was able to enjoy for a few hours when they visited the venue in the Grand Rapids.

Scout lives like a king and #ShantiSays lounges on better chairs than I sit in.
Adrienne and I celebrate our 5th year anniversary -- CRAZY! 
The [FHH] exhibit featured a installation of 700 Boxed Water cartons and stacked shipping pallets that told the story of each Hero and the meanings behind their designed t-shirts and Bates boots. Again, more to come on this in the near future.
It's hard to believe it's October already, but it's been an incredible Fall thus far. We've been blessed with plenty of brisk sunny days for dog walks, apple picking, and more. 
Sebago has been going very well. I recently came on full-time with the brand and am still able to stay active at my home office where Lil' Rip City Hamilton and others are a daily inspiration to keep pushing personally and never to content with working just a 9-to-5.
Just as quickly as ArtPrize came and went, it was already time to deconstruct the exhibit we spent so many hours and long nights putting together. Time to move on to the next chapter of [FHH] -- New York City, here we come.

To conclude this round of Instagram update, after waiting patiently for 6+ weeks, I just received my pair of GREATS shoes. If you haven't heard of GREATS yet, then you will in my next post.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Still Mike Posner

Mike Posner is nothing new to this little blog. I've been a fan of his since way back when he was still in college at Duke. It's GREAT to see him still doing incredible things, making incredible music. The coolest thing is how real he is... each CD that is bought buys a meal for someone in need. Seriously? No one else does that. Listen to his lyrics and tell me that's not what more people need out of their musical role models. Now, if we could only get more people like him and Macklemore...

Oh wait, I think I know someone -- JOE BUYS!!! You know he's still getting himself and others ready for what's to come... #DreamImpossible.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Macklemore Decoded: Faith from Alcoholism

I'm a big fan of Macklemore far beyond his Thrift Shop song. That may be his big radio hit, but his deeper songs are awesome, especially his older work. I love how he uses his struggles to help others. I'd like to sit down with this guy sometime... I think he's got some strong faith as a result of his past life. That's awesome.

Also, here's a great 15-minute mini-documentary about his journey thus far: