This past summer I was asked by my friend Carly Thomas to play guitar on her new EP, Explode. As a fan of both Carly and her music, I was more than happy to help. The EP drops on Friday, October 3, which is also when we’ll be playing a show at Call the Office in London, Ontario. More info can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

This past summer I was asked by my friend Carly Thomas to play guitar on her new EP, Explode. As a fan of both Carly and her music, I was more than happy to help. The EP drops on Friday, October 3, which is also when we’ll be playing a show at Call the Office in London, Ontario. More info can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

My friend Natalee asked me to take photos of her for professional things. I don’t think she expected me to have her sit on a giant tree stump.

My friend Natalee asked me to take photos of her for professional things. I don’t think she expected me to have her sit on a giant tree stump.

It just dawned on me today that I’ve had this pedal board for damn near eight years. Tonight I rearranged some things, once again trying to work out that perfect signal. It’s been years since I’ve played music regularly, but now that I’m getting back into the swing of things I realize I need to upgrade some of these old pedals, starting with that overdrive.

Sadly, my Vox AC30CC has a blown fuse, and I have not been able to locate a replacement in this city. Thankfully Edward has lent me his little Orange Crush 35LDX, but I miss old Voxy Cleopatra standing tall behind me.

Carly and the band are playing at The Black Shire Pub in London tomorrow night. We’ve got a couple new players with us who are working out quite splendidly, so it should be a good show tomorrow. Carly was in the studio today working on vocals for the new EP, and I can’t wait for you to hear it. I’ve done some of my best guitar work  ever on these songs, and it will be awesome to finally be part of a new musical project after so many years away.

It just dawned on me today that I’ve had this pedal board for damn near eight years. Tonight I rearranged some things, once again trying to work out that perfect signal. It’s been years since I’ve played music regularly, but now that I’m getting back into the swing of things I realize I need to upgrade some of these old pedals, starting with that overdrive.

Sadly, my Vox AC30CC has a blown fuse, and I have not been able to locate a replacement in this city. Thankfully Edward has lent me his little Orange Crush 35LDX, but I miss old Voxy Cleopatra standing tall behind me.

Carly and the band are playing at The Black Shire Pub in London tomorrow night. We’ve got a couple new players with us who are working out quite splendidly, so it should be a good show tomorrow. Carly was in the studio today working on vocals for the new EP, and I can’t wait for you to hear it. I’ve done some of my best guitar work ever on these songs, and it will be awesome to finally be part of a new musical project after so many years away.

I’ve been a reader of Offscreen Magazine since the first issue.1 As an independent freelancer, it was eye-opening to see how others in our industry work. When my friend Adam King told me he was contributing an article to the latest issue and needed someone to take photos of his work with Ethical Coffee Chain, I was honoured to help.

If you’re the type of person who finds themselves spending most of your day staring at pixels, I highly encourage you to pick up an issue of Offscreen, kick up your slippered feet, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the stories of your digitally-connected compatriots.



Actually, I was one of several contributors to the inaugural issue’s “Day in the Life” section. Seeing my day stack up against several others was a bit disconcerting, but I remain proud to have been included. ↩

I’ve been a reader of Offscreen Magazine since the first issue.1 As an independent freelancer, it was eye-opening to see how others in our industry work. When my friend Adam King told me he was contributing an article to the latest issue and needed someone to take photos of his work with Ethical Coffee Chain, I was honoured to help.

If you’re the type of person who finds themselves spending most of your day staring at pixels, I highly encourage you to pick up an issue of Offscreen, kick up your slippered feet, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the stories of your digitally-connected compatriots.


  1. Actually, I was one of several contributors to the inaugural issue’s “Day in the Life” section. Seeing my day stack up against several others was a bit disconcerting, but I remain proud to have been included. 

A Second Set of Eyes

I’ve been working as a professional designer for just over 6 years now. I started at a small studio where I had the opportunity to work alongside gifted designers who helped me develop my skills. When I struck out on my own as a freelancer, I did so partly because I wanted the freedom to work on projects of my own choosing rather than having them handed down to me. While my independence certainly made the work I did much more interesting, it also left a bit of a gap in my design arsenal: a second set of eyes.

Working with the team at Perch gave me the best of both worlds—an interesting design challenge to sink my teeth into, and a team of talented and knowledgeable people who could provide a thoughtful critique to my work. While I was the only person in the company with “designer” in my job title, each team member played an integral role in how the product came to be designed.

Now that I’m freelancing again, I realize I bore easily. This has been both a blessing and a curse working in this industry. A blessing, because it’s forced me to take on multiple types of projects working in a variety of mediums, all of which have helped me become the designer I am today. A curse, because sometimes that boredom is derived from my own work; I can only look at the same design element for so long before my natural instinct is to want to look away and move on to the next thing.

Sometimes a project is expansive enough to allow for this type of hopscotching between sections. A mobile web app I’m working on right now has a plethora of views and interaction states to sink my teeth into, which means if I find myself stuck on one part of the app, I can whisk away to another section and come back when my mind has had time to unclog itself. But, if when I return my brain is unable to work through the muck, I’m left to my own devices.

Freelancing is a lonely life.

But, I’m slowly starting to work my way out of my self-imposed bubble. I’ve recently asked a couple of friends if they would look at things I’m working on, and their input has been invaluable. As someone who tends to take pride in his independence, I’m slowly learning that swallowing that pride and asking for help is of utmost importance, both to me and my clients.

If, like me, you find yourself alone, banging your head against the desk as a deadline looms and a design solution is seemingly miles out of reach, perhaps reaching out to a trusted friend (or random Internet person) will help bridge the gap.