First things First
If you've been here before you may have noticed the domain change. Don't panic. I've redirected my personal domain at courtneystubbert.com back to this site. The old domain, punchgraphicdesign.com still points here for the time being. I still have clients and I still want to do what I'm good at to make a living. I really like doing design and solving problems. If you are one of my clients, or looking for a designer, I'M STILL HERE. The email account associated with the previous domain still works.
As I announced in a previous post, I've set up a web-focused design studio with my homie Paul. This is my day job now, and I really dig it. I will still be doing traditional identity and print projects for clients, but I don't need the Punch identity anymore, and I've come to the conclusion I don't need to maintain two entities for myself. At some point the services may merge completely. One thing at a time.
One of the driving forces motivating me to leave my steady paycheck, was the desire for a better art-work-life scenario. My previous employer made it almost impossible to create a satisfying creative space. I had awesome creative people working for me, and some good friends there, but the trust and top-down decision making was toxic. (You'll have to buy me whiskey to hear the R rated version).
The New Newness
So leaving a job in favor of creative (and mental) health and freedom pushed me into closely examining how I want to be online. As Frank Chimero recently pointed out on his blog recently, the feeling of having too many "silos" for my interactions with others has become a burden. I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets log-in fatigue.
After several years of maintaining two different personas online, and heavily favoring the one that was supporting the career, I realized it was just time to be one thing. A creative person. An artist. All of it in one place.
Bring that Beat Back
l want to put all my creative endeavors on equal footing. Showing design work for clients next to personal paintings and drawings has a tendency to make one feel like you are at odds with yourself, and that your site isn't properly focused. It may be a real issue, or it may be perceived, but I don't see many artists pulling it off well. More often than not you'll see an artist create separate spaces for their work so the "serious" art retains some kind of purity. I'm actually working on a blog post regarding this issue, but I have a growing feeling that this is a delusional construct.
It all comes out of the same brain.
Sometimes best practices can suck it. For now, this is what I need. Over the next few months I'll be building this thing out more - adding more personal work, fixing old and busted blog posts, adding paintings and drawings to the shop page. I'm still going to talk about design, music, skateboarding and pop culture. Opinions and commentary about the art world and contemporary art in general may start showing up more as well. I've spent the last couple years working closely with other artists through the residency program I founded with Eugene Contemporary Art, and I haven't taken the time to say some of the things I'd like.
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It's gonna be the wild wild west up in here. And I'm the sheriff.