verbal croquis

podcast, not mine

Posted in links by verbalcroquis on February 22, 2009

Wanna hear a bunch of trend forecasters get really defensive about what they do for a living?

Click on “Podcast Three – Jan 09 Trend Master Class.” An hour and 15 minutes long, it’s quite an interesting panel. The array of different accents are also fun to listen to, but I’m random like that. The other two are quite interesting as well and I’m looking forward to more. You can also download the podcasts off iTunes. Check it out and let me know what you think.

current projects

Posted in my work by verbalcroquis on February 20, 2009

north to south:

1. rack of clothes, all in various stages of deconstruction and experimentation, from clothing exchanges and thrift stores.

2. wall of sketches. loose and fast, not very detailed, with some scribbles. it’s the next  collection, coming together like clouds.

3. drawing horse w/ drawing pad and brand new soft pastels. happiness, thy name is new art supplies.

4. bills and papers to read. index cards strewn across the drafting table, each with a new idea to ponder. other ideas on post-its stuck to the bottom of my computer screen like so much dribbling food off a baby’s chin.

5. bin of things I should take upstairs to the bathroom, like nail polish and the new toothbrush from the dentist.

6. camera. the big fancy one. it’s there for a good reason, I just know it.

7. jar of nuts. operation: snack more healthfully.

8, research materials for next collection.

9. new filing system! 98% done!  just need to add a few thing. see item 4.

10. bin of clothes that are victims of item 1 gone awry.

11. pattern for a wedding dress for my model, along w/ corkboard of notes. 

12. wall of sketches, big ones, of the next collection, with more details and even more scribbled notes, coming together a bit more concretely that clouds, like, say, slurpees.

Why Goal Setting Can Lead To Disaster

Posted in links by verbalcroquis on February 19, 2009

Check out this Forbes article. It’s all about disastrous results of goals set for goal-setting’s sake. An excerpt:

“… goal setting had negative and sometimes disastrous consequences for a company. Indeed, executives and business experts in those cases frequently failed to realize the prominent role that overly ambitious targets played in causing the eventual problem. One famous case … is the storied 2002 collapse of the energy-trading giant Enron. They cite literature noting that the once high-flying Houston-based firm used goals and an incentive system for its salesmen that was based solely on the volume of revenue that they generated–and not whether the actual trades were sound or profitable–which became a key factor in Enron’s implosion.”


Ok, so it’s not exactly 2 snaps in a circle in defense of my no-plan plan, but you get the general idea. Recession = reminder to not always stick to the same old same old. Now is a really great time to analyze what you’re doing and why you’re doing them, what’s going wrong, and become more self-aware of your attributes and shortcomings. Anyway, something to chew on.

the new plan

Posted in DE stuff,home life,the day job by verbalcroquis on February 11, 2009

is there is no plan.  

My entire career has been a result of planning. Methodical, like a template chess game shown online to teach new gamers. Sure, I could blame things partly on the economy, but mostly, I blame my erroneous planning. Not that planning is bad, but now is a good time to shake things up some.

I got laid off from my day job. I worked in an unessentials field, money dried up, our projects dried up, so now the two owners are on their own, trying to ride out the recession. There were some tears involved–I really like them.

So I, for the first time in a long long time, have only 1 job. Sorta. If being a 1 man show could be considered 1 job. And I’m really happy. Grateful. I don’t have any debt and I don’t have kids to feed.  I’m looking for work–the one I want the most is a technical illustration teaching job. *crosses fingers* I’m socializing. I’m relaxing.

Best of all, I’m making stuff. I’m drawing stuff and I’m liking the stuff I’m drawing. I went to a clothing exchange last month I’m doing little sewing experiments while I fix things. I’m slowly making things for a collection to show in the nearish future. My no-plan plan does not mean I’m shuttering my business, just approaching it differently. Now is the only time I can indulge in so much freedom, when I have no employees.

Blogging may or may not resume. Like I said, there is no plan. Just trying to go day by day making as many cool things as possible.

How are you?