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    Sep 09
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    And now for something completely different…

    tl;dr

    Starting September 19th, I will be the Senior Interactive Architect for CrowdCompass and I am pumped.

    The Backstory

    6 years ago, after having freelanced for a couple months in Chicago post graduation, I received a phone call from someone saying he was starting an agency and was looking for an art director. That someone was Chris Shaw, and that agency was Central Coast. It was a leap of faith and trust for both of us, but I would like to think that it paid off tremendously. In the 5 years and 9 months that I worked for Central Coast, we went from a two-man team working out of Chris’s basement to a full-service shop with some of the best clients around.

    While at Central Coast, I worked on everything from branding and identity for startups to package design to motion graphics to websites to print campaigns to catalogs to event marketing and probably a million other things in between. It was a fantastic position to be in and I feel like I learned something new everyday.

    I worked with some great people too. Michelle, Maggie, Eric, Kelsey, Tina, Vivian, CWilk, Kelly, Michael, Jesse, Ed, Tess, and probably many others I am forgetting at the moment. And then of course all of our clients. Anyone who knows me knows that I am one of the lucky ones who loved waking up and going to work every single day and it’s because I got to work with all of them. Thank you all.

    The Transition

    Over my last few years at Central Coast (including the past year in Portland), my focus had been more and more on interactive design, user experience, and development work. I love to push myself in new directions and this type of work seemed to be an limitless resource to explore and develop in.

    Unfortunately, I felt that trying to focus solely on this type of work while being at a full-service agency made it difficult for me to grow how I wanted. As a result, my own opinions and wishes for the company’s direction veered left while everyone else was pushing right and in the end I decided it was best to forge ahead on my own and see what was out there.

    After years of changing sproutworx.com from a blog to a portfolio site back to a blog, I went ahead and formed Sproutworx, LLC this past July and began the life of an independent freelancer.

    I’ve been lucky enough to team up with some great people and have been doing some pretty exciting projects that will continue on for the next few months. Going on your own can be a very scary undertaking, especially having a mortgage to pay…but fortune seems to have been on my side.

    However

    While I love having the freedom of being an independent worker, less than 60 days later, I have been given an opportunity to work with an incredibly talented group of individuals. So starting on September 19th, I will be the new Senior Interactive Architect for CrowdCompass.

    CrowdCompass creates mobile applications for conferences and trade shows that allows for better connected and more successful events.

    It’s an exciting niche. It’s an excellent opportunity. And I am thrilled that they are willing to have me on their team.

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    Aug 26
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    RocketShark provides NDNation with an old fashioned depth chart.

    RocketShark provides NDNation with an old fashioned depth chart.

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    Aug 01
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    We’re gonna need a bigger boat.
alidonohue:

shark week!

    We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

    alidonohue:

    shark week!

    (Source: alisblog, via stickermug)

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    Jun 14
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    To be fair to the Dalai Lama, I didn’t get the joke either until the dude explained it.

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    May 01
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    charlietodd:

    President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (by CSPAN)

    Obama’s intro video to his speech last night is so completely badass and hilarious.  Optimus Prime, Hulk Hogan, Poison, Rocky, Karate Kid, Michael Jordan, and a thumping long form birth certificate?  EPIC!

    The whole speech is great.  If you don’t have 19 minutes, be sure to watch the birth video bit at 2:30 and kickass ridiculing of Donald Trump at 9:30.

    (via charlietodd)

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    Apr 13
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    Holy crap…@rubingo, are you becoming a tv star now too? What *don’t* you do?

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    My buddy @rubingo stars in a spot for the IL lottery.

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    Mar 31
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    Go Tribe.
via (nevver)

    Go Tribe.

    via (nevver)

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    Mar 30
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    thedailywhat:

    Meanwhile, In The Ukraine of the Day: Fans of CSKA Kiev brawl with fans of rival soccer club Dynamo Kiev to determine which team has the toughest fans.

    AKA Wednesday.

    [reddit.]

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    Mar 23
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    What’s the Difference? En Dash vs. Em Dash

    mentalflossr:

    The Dilemma: You’re writing an important memo/term paper/mental_floss book, and you need a dash. But not just any dash.


    People You Can Impress:
    Almost no one, really.

    The Quick Trick: It’s almost always an em dash. No document can ever contain too many em dashes.

    The Explanation: An en dash (–) is bigger than a hyphen but shorter than an em dash (—). The names come from an obscure typographical measurement system, but the dashes have now taken on a life of their own in grammar. The em dash is the spork of English grammar: It ain’t particularly pretty, but you can use it for most anything. Em dashes can replace colons or sets of parentheses, or represent a sudden change in thought or tone.

    But if the em dash is a spork, then the en dash is nothing less than a salad fork: We often forget what it looks like and when to use it. But here are the two basic uses of en dashes:

    1. To show numerical ranges, signifying “up to and including”—of dates, ages, pages, etc. (Example: “I read pages 7–22 last night.”)

    2. The storied “compound adjective hyphen,” an event so rare in the English language that proofreaders shiver with excitement whenever they come across it. Basically “pro-American” gets a regular hyphen because “American” is only one word, whereas “pro–Falkland Islands” gets an en dash because “Falkland Islands” is two words. So, too, phrases like “Civil War–era.”

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    Feb 17
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    Neven Mrgan continues to amaze.

    Neven Mrgan continues to amaze.

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    Feb 02
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    VW commercial: The Force.

    via Daring Fireball

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    Jan 26
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    thedailywhat:

Google Sponsored Link of the Day: I see what you did there, Braille Superstore, but your patrons may not.
[reddit.]

Now that’s how you write copy.

    thedailywhat:

    Google Sponsored Link of the Day: I see what you did there, Braille Superstore, but your patrons may not.

    [reddit.]

    Now that’s how you write copy.

    (Source: thedailywhat)

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    Jan 24
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    ndeddiemac:

passthemike:

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Damn, I’m jealous of a desk”?

Yes

My dog almost mauled Kristen Bell. True story.

    ndeddiemac:

    passthemike:

    Have you ever thought to yourself, “Damn, I’m jealous of a desk”?

    Yes

    My dog almost mauled Kristen Bell. True story.

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    Really hope the rest of Portland is still over there.  (Taken with instagram)

    Really hope the rest of Portland is still over there. (Taken with instagram)

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