Writings About Work & Life

  • Pink Towels

    Published July 16, 2014

    I open my eyes and Buffalo Bill Cody, or Cody, as we call him, is wagging his tail wildly in the bed next to mine. My dad sits next to him, rubbing the sleep from his eyes, and I shyly wave at him, but he doesn’t wave back. I lean forward and wave bigger, insistent that he acknowledge that I am awake too. He mirrors the gesture and whispers “what time is it?” My phone is scrounged from its home under the pillow. “3:30.” Cody jumps from bed and licks my face, and I jump from bed too,...

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  • Things I’m Learning the Hard Way

    Published April 18, 2014

    It’s been about two months since I returned to freelance after two years of working with Chartbeat, and these last two months have been, well, hard. I’ve done full-time freelance before, but it wasn’t nearly this much of a struggle. Back then I was 25, and I didn’t care very much about building a long term sustainable business. I was mostly motivated by working in sweatpants, and telling myself I was so liberated because I didn’t have a “real job,” and hey no one can tie ME down!...

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  • Things I’m excited about

    Published May 8, 2012

    There's been so much going on behind the scenes at Owltastic that I've predictably dropped the ball on writing over the last month. But May is upon us! Here's a few things I've been up to these last few weeks: My website totally shrinks on phones I made a new shirt for United Pixel Workers (today’s the last day to buy it!). Loyal readers (or Twitter followers) may have noticed this comment on my blog awhile back. While it was trollish, I couldn't help but crack up at the mocking "my...

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  • In Control 2012

    Published January 11, 2012

    I'll be in sunny Orlando, FL February 20th – 21st for the 2012 In Control Conference. You should come too! Use the discount code INCTRLMEAGAN to get $200 off the ticket price. The Mall at Millennia in Orlando, FL. I used to hang out here all the time in college. Photo by Jason Hawkins I'm so excited that it's finally 2012, because that means next month I'll be speaking at the In Control Conference in Orlando, FL. I lived in Orlando for five years; it's where I went to college, met my...

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  • Owltastic around the web

    Published September 17, 2011

    This is just a quick update to brag about some stuff I've done lately. I've been putting off writing this post because self-promotion makes me icky, but I've had lots of caffeine this morning so I'm going to knock it out. United Pixelworkers Tee When the savvy team of shirt makers at United Pixelworkers asked me to create a design for them, I was thrilled. I've long thought there needs to be an official uniform for night owls, and now we've got one. Get yours soon, because come October...

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  • Flat, simple icons for interface design

    Published August 4, 2011

    Here's a bit of backstory on why I began hunting for icons, and a few thoughts about icon design in general. If you don't care about that, skip to the roundup. A few weeks back, a client remarked that they didn't like the folder icon used in a project. At first I thought nothing of changing it. I own about a bajillion icons, and how hard could it be to find or design a folder icon? As it turns out, finding quality, versatile icons is pretty hard, and designing my own is a nightmare. I should...

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  • Collecting things

    Published July 7, 2011

    My dad is a chronic collector. Every few months he develops a new obsession, rounding up as many of a thing as he can. He inspects, catalogs, and adores each item for months, then trucks it off to a pawn shop or antiques vendor to make room for the next thing. Here are some of the collections that filled our house over the years, not in any particular order: arrow heads, ink wells, pocket knives, antique belt buckles, military swords, Colt pistols, snuff boxes, Scrimshaw, antique currency,...

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  • Ahoy, ‘mates

    Published May 2, 2011

    Today is my first day as a Studiomate! Over my left shoulder, the Manhattan Bridge is stretching out across the East River. I've just had lunch with a group of my favorite creative people. Excited doesn't begin to cover it. I'm so happy to be part of this amazing little community of designers, illustrators, developers, and writers. I can't wait to work and learn with them. The view. Photo by Raul Gutierrez Also, this past week was my last at Hoefler & Frere-Jones. During my brief time...

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  • Making the type look better

    Published April 25, 2011

    I set out to write a quick post about the problems and solutions I've encountered while redesigning this site. Instead, this turned into a 1,000 word account of my attempt to make the type look better. For those who can't be bothered (and I couldn't blame you) here are the highlights: I like FF Tisa, check out MIN, and be true to yourself when designing your logo. As some of you may notice, I'm gradually redesigning this site. Here are some of the goals for this undertaking: Use a fluid...

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