Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category


Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

It is finished.

The big project is done.

Now what? 

I often find that at the end of a big project there is a bit of a letdown combined with the sense of accomplishment. I'm realizing that part of the letdown is that I've got nothing left in the creative tank. The batteries are drained. I need a recharge.

In hindsight, I realize that I have informally developed a creative recharging process. It looks something like this: lots of meandering around the internet, poking around on my iPhone (games, text messages, Mariners scores, weather, etc…), diving into a book (or two or three) and more movies in a weekend than I usually watch in two months. 

Of course, work goes on, but not at the same pace. I used to feel guilty. I used to feel I was being lazy. 

Now, I look at this time differently. In all of my post-big-project down time activities, there is a common thread: I'm soaking up the creativity of others. I'm seeking inspiration – that spark that says, "Time for YOU to create something." 

How do you feel when you're done with the "big project?" How do you recharge your creative batteries? 

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Impression Media Group (still just me!) turns five today.

I've been richly blessed to have been given so many creative opportunities by the wonderful clients I am privileged to call friends. The journey so far has been amazing, and I look forward to what's ahead.

I'm going to indulge myself and say "Thanks" to a few folks:

First, to Debbie Sladek for ALL the support these many, many years. Your confidence in me has meant so much. I'm so glad to have the opportunity to support your new adventures!

To Dave Ellingson at Trinity Lutheran College, who gave me my first paying design job in 1992 and got this whole ball rolling. I'm so grateful for all the connections you helped me with over the years and for the opportunity to do a bit of teaching at Trinity this year.

To Lesley Elliott at Capital Benefit Services for coming along with me when I left my previous gig. It was great to have a "launch" project and here we are working on a new ad campaign again! 

To Bob Sambrook at Diversified Systems Group, Inc., for the investment of your trust, support and friendship. I cant' wait to see the new large-format inkjet printer!

To Kris Bjorke at InterServe Ministries for over 20(!) years of friendship and introducing me to the folks at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.

To Todd Buegler at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network for being my brother from another mother, the late night online chats, and for trusting Connect to my care and feeding.

To Scott Maxwell-Doherty at California Lutheran University for asking me to join in the fun that is Extravaganza Planning Team. 

To Dawn Trautman at Dawn Trautman Associates for your listening ear, great humor, and the insightful questions that help me keep moving forward.

To David Hunstad at Old Lutheran for the funniest Lutheran-themed novelty items on the planet and for making it so fun to work together.

To Amy Twito at Seattle Public Library first, for all the volunteer support back in the youth ministry days, and second for the opportunity work with the library. 

To Rod Boriack at the ELCA Youth Gathering for flying to Seattle to get the logo just right and for making the edits painless and full of laughs.

To Theresa Smith at CHILD for the brand new opportunity to be involved in getting the word out about this amazing place.

To Mary Holmes of Holmes Design Studio and Laura Worthington, former colleagues, now semi-regular lunch buddies and ongoing sources of inspiration.

Who's on your list of people who help you be most creative? What would you say to them?