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Update 2020: Currently based in Nyack NY on the Hudson River.


After taking the Yamaguchi Framebuilding course in Rifle CO, I am building bicycle frames by hand. More images on

And a few image here.


2015 AIGA National Design Conference
New Orleans

A 5-minute talk titled "My Five-Point Plan for Doing Projects."

I also gave a longer talk, which was not recorded, about the motivations and challenges of my peripatetic design career. Transcript here.


A manifesto of sorts.

My New York on medium

"It can drive you crazy with the perfection of the feeling of it."

Hopeful Enterprise

In October of 2009, with a one-way ticket, I moved to a small industrial town in northern Shangdong province, China, to work as a volunteer English teacher at primary/middle school. When the semester ended, I went to Shanghai for a couple weeks and, just before Chinese New Year, to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. For the next five months, Chengdu became my Chinese hometown of sorts. The trip came to an end in June, 2010, after one successful visa extension, one midnight near-run-in with the Chinese army in the narrow streets of Lhasa, many many bowls of spicy noodles, snow in Shandong and rain in Chengdu and thin air in Shigatse, and countless broken conversations with cab drivers. This, and subsequent travels, are unevenly and very partially documented at Hopeful Enterprise. If you ever get a chance to go to China, and especially Tibet, by all means: go.

Hopeful Enterprise China Photo Gallery


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