My first creations of the day

I read (or heard) once from Tim Ferris that he tries to start each day by creating something. He mentioned that taking inputs either from email or social media can often leave you drained the rest of the day. I can’t find a quote anywhere on the internet but just know that a) that’s basically what he said and b) it sounds like something he would say so you’ll have to take my word for it. Regardless, in late 2019, I made it a goal to start each day by creating something. Currently, as of writing this (mid-May 2020) I do not have this habit down perfectly. Often it’s not the very first activity that I start my day with but often it’s the first thing I do during my workday. As of writing, a common pattern is to check social media when I first start my day, which is a habit that I am trying to break. Also, shout out to Derek Sivers for inspiring the idea of publically publishing these creations. I was listening to an interview with him on the Yo! Podcast with Rob Hope and poking around his website when his ‘now’ page concept caught my attention. 

Explore the collection

Below is a collection of my first creations of the day for the past few months. I am going to try the reasonable goal of publishing 2-3 per week. You will find designs, code, writing, photography, & anything else I deem “creative.” I will skip some days for reasons of privacy to my clients, personal projects, or my friends and I will often omit personal information. Feel free to explore the collection and hopefully it continues to grow.

Keyboard shortcuts to aid my forgetful mind

Keyboard shortcuts to aid my forgetful mind

I use a few important tools for communicating with clients in my freelance work. A separate email, a Google Voice phone number with a separate voicemail, and a Calendly account to schedule meetings and calls. All of which, I can never remember. So every time that I...

Unconventional UI Design

Unconventional UI Design

I did a quick Sharpen prompt this morning after a few client phone calls and email responses. The prompt was to create a scheduling app for Tupac Shakur, the infamous rapper. It's a super fun prompt and I definitely had a smile on my face the whole time. I went for a...

An ode to camping by yourself

An ode to camping by yourself

Over the weekend I made a mad dash to go camping by myself. I have been having a very stimulating few weeks with all the quarantine madness and I needed some alone time and quiet space. I drove out to some areas that I have been eyeing up on the map for hunting and...

A new place to publish my creations

A new place to publish my creations

I read (or heard) once from Tim Ferris that he tries to start each day by creating something. He mentioned that taking inputs either from email or social media can often leave you drained the rest of the day. I can’t find a quote anywhere on the internet but just know...

Portraits of some friends moving away

Portraits of some friends moving away

I had the opportunity to jump out on a lunch ride with some friends on a quick loop here in Bozeman. Luke and Jenna are moving to Arizona this weekend and they're great at posing for pictures, so I snapped a few of them at the top of the decent. I got a new hip bag...

Categories component for used bicycle exchange

Categories component for used bicycle exchange

I'm back on designing more for this theoretical used-bicycle exchange. This time I wanted to bust something out real quick. I gave myself a time limit of 15 minutes. I took a crack at the categories header for listings. Again, trying to stick with a simple, but...

New Email Signature for my Cottontail Creative email

New Email Signature for my Cottontail Creative email

I wanted to create a new email signature for my business email address for the brand I do my freelance business under, Cottontail Creative. I put together a simple signature in just a few minutes that works across devices, email clients, and in light and dark mode! I...

Portfolio Mockups for Boutique Living Client

Portfolio Mockups for Boutique Living Client

I really like the design for the homepage of one of my clients, The Residences at 132 Main. I created a few mockups for both the mobile and desktop versions of the site on some nice Apple devices. The mockups I used include, a dark mode desktop google chrome mockup by...

Listing Card for Used Bicycle Exchange

Listing Card for Used Bicycle Exchange

I wanted to create a product listing card for a used bicycle exchange website with some nice hover effects. I used Adobe XD to design the layout and animations. It's becoming one of my favorite tools in my workflow since it has an interface for many effects I use on...