Thursday, 5 March 2009

Stuff and nonsense

So, stuff's been happening;

The thing is, is that Sequential Design is no more. The graphic design agency that Liz and I founded and ran with another partner, Wendy, has run up the curtain and joined the choir invisible. No biggie really, it was just that the company had run its course as it was and things needed to change. There's a bit more to it, but nothing I'm prepared to divulge on a blog. Suffice to say that it all ended very amicably and all parties involved are moving on to pastures new. For Liz and I that means that she's about to re-enter the world of paid employment, hopefully, and I'm going back to freelancing — under the new trading name of Grafica London – and to being a house husband/dad. It's a step that we're taking with a fair amount of trepidation, but hey, we can't be much more broke than what we are now, so what the hell.

To be honest, I always thought that if the day ever came when Sequential Design folded, it would be like killing my child, metaphorically, as the investment of both time and money to make the company work was not insignificant. But, amazingly, it feels like someone has lifted a huge weight from my shoulders. I felt much, much worse when Les Cartoonistes Dangereux folded for instance.

As for what I'm going to be doing from now on, well, it's really no different. I'm already picking up work, which is nice, and making new contacts. I feel much more confident in my abilities as a designer now, as I learnt a lot from Sequential Design, and that's in no small part due to working with Wendy (thanks W). It was nice to be able to work closely with another designer, but it was fraught at times too. We worked in very different ways, and that sometimes led to conflict, but I'd like to think that we're still friends and only on the other end of the phone line if help was needed.

I'm also going to be writing some stuff again, and who knows where that might lead. I'll be writing about comics, Apple, graphic design and being a geek, so if anyone out there needs a freelance who procrastinates, but never misses a deadline, and who knows his stuff, drop me a line. I also hope to update this thing a bit more frequently, although I've said that before. The 'net's just so damn interesting, though...

The house husband and dad bit is a little strange though. It's not that I don't know what I'm doing, or that I don't "enjoy it" (I actually find housework therapeutic in a perverse kind of way), it's the reaction I get from other people. I've noticed that some people tend to arch their eyebrows, as if the very mention of it is enough to emasculate me. I can assure you that running a dyson round a couple of times a week, and picking my daughter up from school hasn't made my balls drop off. Yet.

1 comment:

K. A. Laity said...

I think hoovering is VERY manly--sexy too! It's great to hear you sound so upbeat. You have an amazing sense of design which people will recognize as soon as they see it. Change is life: it's good to see you meeting it with such cheeriness.

(my verification word is "beeraw"!)