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[ 2020.10.25 ] Status Update

New Job

Last month, I accepted a role as Creative Director at DataStax, after contracting remotely for the company since the outset of the pandemic.

They’ve been a great company to work with, and as luck would have it, I found myself teaming up with all sorts of people I had previously worked with during my time at other tech companies — namely, Apigee, Google and Gradle — that had been drawn into DataStax's orbit. So by the time I was asked to come aboard full-time, it was a pretty easy decision to make. It's an exciting time to be joining the company, and there's a ton of potential in the design team we’ve started putting together.

I gotta say, I feel extremely lucky to be in the position I'm in and to have this bit of personal good news, at a time when almost all news is bad or worse.


While I had hoped to be back in the studio working and writing again after the shutdown ended, that just didn’t pan out. I wound up getting sick (again) with COVID-like symptoms, and quarantining at home until I had test results (negative, thankfully). And then got so busy with client work, that I didn’t have the time or energy to devote to side projects. It was tough to turn any work down, given the economic conditions of this pandemic. For all I knew, the projects wouldn’t be there tomorrow.

In the meantime, everyone that shares the studio decided it was probably safest and smartest to just move our workspaces back home for good. The pandemic isn’t ending anytime soon, and there’s no safe way for any of us to be in the room at the same time without the risk of infecting one another. My only problem is, I don’t have space at home to move everything back to. So now I’m looking for a house.

On the upside, the prospect of living somewhere that isn’t a loft or apartment has a lot of appeal at this point. In addition to getting all my books and things in one place, my dog will definitely benefit from having a yard. And I won’t have to navigate so many shared spaces that seem to inevitably involve close encounters with people who can’t be bothered to wear a damn mask. I just have to not think about how much it is going to suck to move all the stuff that I've accumulated in the studio.

Speculative Identities

My favorite side project is still dormant. Rich and I had a lot of plans for updating the Speculative Identities website, and I have no shortage of requests and material to investigate, but work’s shifting sands and the pandemic life have so far thwarted those efforts. I’m doubtful I’ll get the gears back in motion until after I find that house and have access to the studio at home. I feel bad because it seemed to have a lot of fans. And I really enjoy the work that goes into it.

What Else?

Maybe, if anything, I can get back to writing and posting here? Steps in this direction would probably make it easier to get back into the groove of posting for Speculative Identities. We’ll see what I can muster.