AND OTHER THINGS ABOUT ME
My most preferred color is gray. Because I like to think I can approach any project completely neutral – ageless, genderless, cultureless and sometimes clueless - you know, like new eyes on it. But starting from a human perspective.
It also helps when doing laundry. Hence my wardrobe is pretty simple. I do buy-in to the Einstein and Jobs philosophy towards clothes. And with a few notable exceptions (Docs and Levi's), I don’t wear logos. But if I’m working with a product, I become one of its biggest evangelists. Which was interesting when I was working on a lot of women’s cosmetics. But my skin sure did glow.
Speaking of skin, I only have one tattoo. I got it when I was 18 as an initiation to a fraternity. Won’t mention where it is, but it’s a good reminder that we do silly things when we’re 18. Like join fraternities. Not that I have anything against tattoos. Just ow!
I think the best creators take a back seat and let the work do the talking. They’re not flashy. Just the opposite, in fact. They exude humility and thoughtfulness.
I’ve found that I can fit-in and work with any team, regardless of age or culture. And have created communications across a plethora of countries and languages. Hence not having much dialog in my book, because it usually had to travel. And I don’t really believe in generations. Just people.
A friend and colleague once called me the most patient person they know. And this was coming from a hardcore Buddhist that would go to the mountains in India and Nepal for months to study Tibetan. Thuk-je-che (ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ་།), khun Nat.
I pick-up random pieces of trash, say ‘hi’ to all dogs, take back shopping carts to the corral (good kartma), and have more than a few times returned carelessly discarded cigarette butts back to their offending owners.
Oh, and my favorite word is 'moot'. It's fun to say, and I like its meaning of being subject to debate or uncertainty. Seems like that's maybe how we should approach the work.