I don’t know how … A Mid Life Assessment

I’ve gotten to mid-life not entirely sure how these things work:

  • Flying Standby

  • Snapchat

  • Trickle-down Economics (pretty sure these don’t work)

  • Mail Order Catalogs

  • Toilets

  • Caucuses

  • Internal Combustion Engines

  • The Suburbs

  • TV Ratings

  • Wireless Technology

  • Network Television

  • Credit Card Points

  • Conservative Ideology

Poster: We All Need Room to be Human

For this year’s annual Good Apple Awards, the poster I designed is focused on prison reform. The design takes on the issue of overcrowding and the efficiency of treating people like they aren’t human.

Starting in 1619, slave ships crammed people into perfect configurations. Now it’s being done with cell blocks. A pattern of people with their hands up, outstretched, ready for inspection upon entry into prison. Is anyone able to let their guard down ever again?

For this issue, our list of demands:

  • reduce severe overcrowding

  • stop warehousing people

  • fewer people in prison

  • intentionally help people exit incarceration

Good Apple Awards
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom
Omaha, NE

I find perfect geometric patterns quite beautiful. And the maximized use of space comforting. But in this case, both the pattern and use of space represents a cold, calculated brutality.

It might seem logical to just say we should build more prisons. That misses the point entirely. Inspired by the Central Park 5, the New York Times 1619 Project, and Ramsay Bolton.

The Theater of Work

Design Alliance Omaha welcomes Clive Wilkinson to OMA by way of LAX. Architect, designer, writer, and strategist with particular expertise in the application of urban design thinking to interior design, specifically in workplace and educational communities. He will be signing copies of his new book The Theatre of Work and maybe even some posters, too.

Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA
Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ 7 pm
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha

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Create yet another account? Oh hell no.

Hey, everybody. I have Account Creation Fatigue, or ACF. Seriously. I had to create one on USPS.com the other day. I know, I know. Privacy and security. I get it. The internet these days is crawling with hackers, incels, bots, Russian operatives, and the alt-right. It’s a scary place. And we need to be vigilant. But goddamn. What used to take me less than a minute, to hold my mail, apparently is going to take 7 business days because the USPS website with my newly created account on it can’t send me a text message because my number isn’t, well, I’m not sure what my number isn’t. So instead, it will send me something through the mail. Or I can try to put up with their voice automated system where I lasted about 2 minutes. I mean kill me know. I guess just keep my mail coming. Hopefully the Amazon package thieves don’t take it as it overflows. The internet superhighway of interconnected utopia just ain’t what it used to be.

I’ll Never ... A Mid Life Assessment

A short list of things I’ll never be or do in this life:

  • Be President

  • Sky Dive

  • Smoke Cigarettes

  • Enjoy a Good Steak

  • Enjoy Listening to Wilco

  • Enjoy Blockbuster Superhero Movies

  • Go to Confession Again

  • Own a Pair of Jeans Again

  • Have a Chiseled Body

  • Sneak into North Korea

  • Write a Novel

  • Get into Gaming

  • Vote Republican

Put in your reps

I’m a fucking 250 pound tight end sweating it out at training camp flaunting it in front of the cameras looking to put in the time and make the cut.

Actually no, I’m an opinionated graphic designer with a social media account. And this isn’t an episode of Hard Knocks. This is my life. But where I’m the same as that tight end is that I know, as well as the tight end knows, the only way to get better at our own unique positions in life is to put in the reps.

You want to get better at design? Only one way to go about doing that. Put in the time.

Design, design, design. And then, design some more. Still won’t be good, but you’ll be gettng there.