The History of Typography

I’m Learning a Lot Everyday

As I was watching this video I couldn’t help but think… how did this happen?

By “this” I guess I mean… 

Every day I’m learning new things, new techniques, new ways of doing something, new ways to connect vision to reality.

Today I’ll build a website for The Summit, an event that Marko and I created last year to help youth workers dream about advancing their ministry in new ways.

Tomorrow I’ll finalize the interior layout for Every Picture Tells a Story, 2013 edition.

Everything about those two sentences are outside of my formal training.

  • I went to school to be a youth pastor, not a web developer.
  • I studied biblical theology, not the psychology of typography.
  • I was taught how to plan small events and retreats, not conferences.
  • I went to a school that taught the fundamentals of youth ministry, not advancing anything in new ways.
  • My education taught me a lot about books, reading them and not designing them. Much less taking them to market.

What the point?

Your knowledge, experience, skills, and aptitude are preparing you for something new.

This perspective has taught me that what I know got me here but what I’ll learn today will get me there tomorrow, closer to my ultimate goals.


Acquisition as Failure

This morning, Ben Chestnut (co-founder & CEO of Mailchimp) tweeted a link to an article written by Jake Lodwick. Jake created and sold brands like Vimeo & College Humor. He shares:

An acquisition, or an aqui-hire, is always a failure. Either the founders failed to achieve their goal, or – far likelier – they failed to dream big enough. The proper ambition for a tech entrepreneur should be to join the ranks of the great tech companies, or, at least, to create a profitable, independent company beloved by employees, customers, and shareholders.


Creating an endearing brand and cashing out is a dream for a lot of people. You read Forbes or see rich people on TV and you get sucked into the dream… “All I have to do is create something people love, make it profitable, sell it to a conglomerate, and retire.”

I’ve met lots of people who have this dream.

A Revolution with an Exit Plan


Why You Should Attend a Conference Outside of Your Area of Expertise


  • What am I doing here?
  • Do I fit in or stick out?
  • Will I learn anything?
  • Will I have a good time?
  • Am I just wasting my time & money?

These questions have stopped me from attending conferences and seminars. Really it is simple… If I have to give a day or two to anything it better be worth my time. And if its going to cost me a bunch of money? Too risky.