I'm soulful, electric, and a bit hella nerdy.
I think about design and creativity the same way I think about life. It should be playful, informative, and collaborative. The best way to sum up how I ended up with this outlook is through a few thoughts that defined my life (and by define I mean are living in my brain rent free).
"So long, King Bowser"
My nickname is Bowser btw. Video games are hands down the best designed experiences we have. Majority of my work (and my personality traits) are inspired by these digital worlds
"Remember, you have to be twice as good, all the time"
I'm sure this is tatted across my brain. The indivisible weight this carries is exhausting...I know.
Somedays I just wanna be adequate. Luckily, I'm learning to give myself permission to just be me.
"I believe that for Black people, reading remains a radical act"
Enough said. Need a book rec? I got you. Reading is my favorite way of staying informed. There's also a bonus of getting to live in the head of another person (without using mind control).
There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.
Look at this gem, it's long, but it's hella important. My goal is to create realities where people feel like something was made for them.
As a designer, my vibe is being research driven and scrappy because the best type of design is immersed in the culture (down to the smallest human) and isn't afraid to get a bit dirty.
"How does it feel to be a big brother?"
Being the eldest of 6 boys taught me discipline, leadership and all that jazz, but it most importantly taught me the importance of listening, playfulness, and how not to take myself too seriously.
"Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something."
You're never too old to watch cartoons, no matter what they tell ya! I have been inspired countless times by the stories, the visual styles, the problem solving, the character development, and the (sometimes) utter chaos that goes on in cartoons.
"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change"
Yes. I would agree.
"Creativity requires freedom and focus"
Creativity isn't a switch, at least that's true for me. I'm at my best when I explorer wider than my imagination and then narrow in on the best thing.