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In 2015, Sam Ducharme (or his trail name “Sam I Am”), a retired K9 prison guard, walked the world’s longest hiking-only trail … 2,189.2 miles from Georgia to Maine. Sam did it in one go – over six-months – and earned the well-respected title of “Thru-Hiker.” I heard Sam give his “Thru-Hiker Talk” at my local library – a talk he gives in libraries and community centers all around New England. His presentation – with photos and video taken entirely with this phone – was both laugh-out-loud funny and heartwarming. I contacted Sam to see if I could help get his story published. The timing was perfect for he did indeed need help. I sent him a proposal which included a thorough proofread of his manuscript, design of the front and back cover, and formatting his manuscript as an actual book with his photos in place for either self-publishing or submitting to a reputable publisher. With the material we have edited together and his book fully formatted, Sam has submitted a detailed proposal to a distinguished publisher of outdoor-themed books. At left is a draft of the backcover with Sam’s compelling introduction to his sole-searching hike (click to enlarge).

Visit Sam’s website to book his Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail Program: samtalkstrail.com

I am the webmaster for the Pettipaug Yacht Club (PYC), a dinghy sailing and rowing club in Essex, CT. Recently, PYC installed a Vantage Pro Weather Station by Davis on the clubhouse roof. The station generates an extraordinary amount of data – too much for the average sailor and rower, but a treasure-trove for the “weather geek.” On PYC’s homepage, links to weather and tide conditions at the top of the lefthand navigation meet most sailor’s and rower’s needs (click second image). But much more informatively is an in-depth PYC Weather page I built with the help of a club member (who manages the server for PYC’s website) and a Davis engineer. The page connects to the weather station which provides 5-minute updates to an impressive array of data fields and graphs (click first image).

Chester Land Trust (CLT) – a non-profit organized to acquire and protect land from future development – needed its website updated. Its original website was built in Website Builder, a proprietary GoDaddy application using pre-designed templates. To keep costs at a minimum and staying with GoDaddy, I changed the original template and updated the navigation and photographs to appeal to a growing membership.

In addition, I was asked to design a 36 x 42 biographical plaque (second photo) for a kiosk on a parcel of property recently acquired by CLT, called the Judge Motley Preserve. Judge Constance Baker Motley, J.D. (1921-2005), an African-American woman who broke many New York state racial barriers, purchased several acres of land near Cedar Lake and vacationed their with her family for 44 years. The plaque includes images of her with Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr., and marching with groundbreaking civil rights leaders James Meredith and Medgar Evans.

Fine carpenter and woodworker extraordinaire, Jesse De Geest (aka Samurai Carpenter) has built a successful YouTube channel featuring furniture and home remodeling projects using fine Japanese joinery and traditional Japanese tools. Calling out to his graphic designer fans, he extended a challenge to redesign his logo. (The prize: $100 gift card, a T-shirt and (I should think) a beer at his local pub in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Yikes!) But his quality work, high-octane energy and engaging personality made the challenge hard to resist. One singular characteristic of Jesse’s silhouette is the clever leather tool belt he has fashioned to hold his most-used tools. I’ve melded a “stock tool belt” into the logo. (Better … would be a carefully art directed photograph – with the posterization effect in mind – of the Samurai with certain tools identifiable on his vest.) My design also includes a customized logotype that I call Nakashima-san Medium in honor of George Nakashima. It’s a “kanji-styling” of the common font Futura Medium.

I took Crossover’s test to join its “elite worldwide talent” for remote work. Among the five or so tasks, two were design challenges:

  1. Redesign Crossover logo
  2. Develop booths, banners, swag and social media marketing for Crossover’s recruitment event in Budapest, Romania. The challenge was open-ended so I chose to translate two of Crossover’s catch-phrases into Romanian:
    • The Global Future of Work = Viitorul Global al Muncii
    • Recruiting Creative Talent Worldwide = Recrutarea de Talente Creative la Nivel Mondial

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.…

it could mean derision,
mockery,
isolation.

isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.

and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

there is no other feeling like
that.
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with
fire.

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.

~ Charles Bukowski