Creating something

When I was about 16 years old, I always wanted to record my own full-length solo piano album.

But in my mind, there were all the obstacles. In college, I didn't have my own piano to play on and practice. And if I did practice, the songs I wrote were not "perfect" enough. 

And then, I didn't know where to go to record the album. And even if I did, it was probably going to cost too much money to do it anyways. 

And so, for years, I always made to myself excuses on why writing my own piano album was just going to be too hard. And so I kept putting it off. I always wanted to do it, but I never actually took the steps to move forward with it. 

It took my almost 9 years to finally tell myself that I was just going to make my piano album no matter what. So when I was 25 years old, I finally just decided to put everything together. 

I searched online for a recording studio in Orange County, California. It had to have a good grand piano - that was a must. And I found in Newport Beach, California. And it had some outrageously high expensive to record there, something like $120 per hour. But I had been saving money for quite a while since starting my graphic design business, so I had some savings to do this. 

The first thing I did was just book their first available opening, which was about 2 weeks away. So I booked a 4 hour session instantly. 

I did not know how long this was going to take.

Thoughts on minimalist design

My thoughts on design have always been about efficiency. When I started designed when I was around 12 years old the style then was very similar to what it was today. Super simple, lots of white space. I think mostly because I was just impatient. I wanted to make something on the computer, print it out for my music, or make a website, and be done with it and move on to the next thing.

There are times when minimalism is just about being practical. Not anything beautiful or unique. Just get the thing done, and move on with your life.