You know what? 2018 was a fun year. I traveled quite a bit, kept in touch with old friends while making new ones, and ate Ethiopian food for the first time. I also completed the necessary prerequisites to become certifiably capable of designing things, designed something independently that was good enough for a shoutout on […]Read More Isthmus + Urbanism | A Perspective and Prospectus of the Built Environment in Madison
Right hand at shoulder height, palm open. Close fingers and motion to the right. Bring both hands toward sternum as if holding a ball, right hand held higher than left. Rotate hands around the imaginary ball. Move open palms shoulder width apart, still parallel to each other. Flatten open palms toward audience. Each gesture would […]Read More Spinning the Top Of Mind
Saturday was always a very productive day in the Kemp-Baird household growing up. Both of my parents are ministers–senior ministers at different churches, no less–and have been since my childhood, so both would spend the traditional day of rest and recovery from the week prior in thought and preparation for the next morning’s service. The […]Read More Good Times Never Seemed So Good: How Two Colonial Cities Tick in the Information Age
Baseball is America’s pastime, and baseball fans are the ones keeping it that way. Not just the buy-me-some-peanuts-and-Cracker-Jack fans, but the true fanatics: the ones with worn-out gloves, rally caps, jerseys, alternate jerseys, and enough broadcast calls of their team’s greatest moments committed to heart to fill a box CD collection. Some are outwardly fanatical, […]Read More The Aficionado’s Scorebook for Baseball.
Get your scorebook here! My name’s Drew, and I’m a designer. That’s probably obvious. But what’s even better than getting to call yourself a designer is getting to think like one. When you think like a designer, you see philosophy and rationale in everything around you that creative minds and hands have shaped. When something […]Read More For the Fanatic With Finesse
I got a haircut the other day. I went to Ritual Barbers on Pinckney Street just off Capitol Square, marking my first barbershop experience involving both a motorcycle and a full-service coffee shop and bar in the same space. I really think both of these elements could be seamlessly incorporated with any business function, especially […]Read More Denmark, Finland, Wisconsin, & Haircuts
FRIDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2017–My uncle and I are closing out our last night in the City By The Bay at a wine bar on Chestnut Street in the heart of the Marina District. As I occupy the corner seat of the bar, the amber wave of my Anchor Steam Beer and the metallic hue of […]Read More Topography, Typology, and Tension: A Passing Glance at the Urban Fabric of San Francisco