Dads. Children are gifts. They are not ours for the breaking. They are ours for the making.
I recently made a decision to cancel a work trip that I look forward to every year because I’ve already been out of the country for two full weeks this year and I didn’t want to be away from my family again, and this post has made me so very, very glad I did. I’m even leaving this current trip a day early, and I cannot wait to see my kids and give them their Icelandic gifts and hug them so hard and tell them how much I love them so many times that they’ll be sick of it. And I’ll never stop.
I lived in Switzerland for a few months in the mid-90s. It was a beautiful place, but my German was too lousy to consider staying there. One thing I took with me was the wonderful design of pretty much everything. In fact, the moment I decided to become a designer was when I first saw the logo of the SBB, the Swiss railway system.
It’s a simple, recognizable, gorgeous, clever piece of what I by then understood was some sort of art. Our parents had always encouraged us to paint, and the day I saw this on some wall in Lenzburg, I realized I wanted to paint like that.
I drew surf brand logos pretty compulsively when I was a kid, like 6th grade. I actually stole stickers that hung from t-shirts for sale at Pacific Sun and Sun Diego (before Quicksilver was ROXY and all of that nonsense, we’re talking like what 1991 or something) so that I could copy the logos, even the hard ones like Body Glove. My favorites were Rusty and the Gotcha shark dude. Oh man I just remembered Stüssy. That one, too. And then of course I moved onto metal band logos in junior high.
I am a designer now but for whatever reason, I am a terrible at logos.
David Siegel – “The Project Cycle” (1997)
Found it. Per s01e24.
Thanks, interlibrary loan!
David Siegal yelled at me on a conference call that took place at my desk with the client standing around me making live changes that I’d FTP so Mr. Siegal could see my work change in real-time. When I was 21 years old and a brand-new web designer. David Siegal is an asshole.