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Mighty

It’s official: I’ve started a design studio called Mighty. I’ve been working under the name since earlier this year, and today I’m launching a small site for the endeavor.

The prospect with Mighty is simple: I want to work on stuff that matters. I want the things I make to benefit people, and whenever possible, the design work I do to have a lasting impact.

Here’s to new beginnings! Head over and say hello to Mighty. Many thanks to my talented friends: Jessica Hische for the logo design, and Liz Danzico for her help with the site’s content/manifesto.

Typekit

Typekit

Another big career announcement today, I’ll be splitting my days between running Mighty and serving as Creative Director for Typekit. As any regulars here will know, I have a deep love for typefaces and typography, and Typekit couldn’t be more tailored to that love. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work alongside some of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and continue to grow something I believe will help shape our industry for the future.

Portfolio Updates

I’ve also updated my portfolio with a bunch of projects that have launched in the last few months. A few from my time at Happy Cog: W. W. Norton, our oldest independent publisher, and The Amanda Project, a website and community counterpart to a book series for teens and tweens.

Earlier this year I worked on two Chicago-related sites: Chicago Now, a hyper local blogging network (working alongside Byrne Reese), and a one-day design sprint reworking the Chicago Tribune homepage. The Tribune team asked me to take a pass at a rough design they had already mocked up, basically saying “do as much as you can in a day”. This was a really fun experiment that I’d definitely like to try again. The design was later adapted by internal teams at other Tribune sites like the LA Times and Baltimore Sun.

A few months ago I was asked to do quick blog and store redesign for one of my favorite bands, They Might Be Giants (working alongside, Brian Warren), a lovely new site for my always insightful friend, Liz Danzico, and lastly, my two type-related loves, Typedia and Typekit.

I’ve been very busy lately and have lots of stuff coming down the pike. Stay tuned.


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