My son Forest is 6 and enjoys archery lessons from a local coach in town. While talking to his coach I mentioned I was a graphic designer and he mentioned that he needed a logo and some apparel created. It just so happened that Forest needed a new recurve bow so a straight up trade was a made. One logo for one recurve bow. The bow was $150 and this is NOT what I would charge normal clients for a logo but factor in the local discount and I was up for the challenge. I had never bartered design services for a physical item before so I wanted to experience that. In case.., you know… the monetary system collapses and I have put my design skills to use in the post-apoaclypse, I wanted to see what they were worth.
I like my logos to pack a lot of meaning and depth. I already had the idea to use the rings of a tree cross-section to represent an archery target, and an bullseyed arrow could be pointing “north”. Actually visualizing the name is the best you can hope for in a logo. Here was my first attempt.
I submitted it to hunie.co and got some quality and actionable feedback from several people.
I made the recommended changes and uploaded another version for round two. The circle icons below are where on the graphic people have left feedback, a super handy feature for getting at those details.
At this point I considered the design final and decided to use my 3rd and final revision to get feed back on some colorways.
I received another three comments on the colorways and presented the finals to the client who was quiet pleased. While I normally would not do a logo for $150 I wanted the opportunity to work with(for) someone so far outside of my design startup circle. Forest’s archery coach did not even know how to use a computer and request the file on “tape”, not joking. The whole process only took a few hours and it felt good not having to pay money for something for a change. Thanks to ol daddy’s design skills, Forest is hitting more bullseyes.
So much to people’s surprise, I have a teenage son and am charged with raising and guiding this boy into manhood. As expected, it comes with all the cliched challenges your hear about and a second helping of ones you don’t.
One thing I have learned is that there are lessons they won’t learn no matter how many times you repeat them. Some of these lessons can be demonstrated, but some cannot. That is where movies come in. An impressionable 14 year old paired with movies that make an impression can seed the values of an confident and capable young man. At least that is my theory.
Gavin is 14, which is certainly an age where he wants to do his own thing, but fortunately is still an age where I can tell him what to do. Essentially he HAS to watch a movie of my choosing every week or he does not get any of his electronics.
With great power, comes great responsibility in movie selection. There is numerous ways to screw this up. I could opt for overly moralistic movies with clear ‘values’ but this would put the teenager off. It would come across as lessons instead of entertainment. I could also find movies I think he would like… what the kids are into… but this would not be challenging enough and an unchallenged mind does not grow.
I could also do what my own dad tried to do with me, select movies that were ‘great works of art’ but were also totally alien to my sensibilities. My dad was a cinephile and likely burned a sizable chunk of Netflix’s archive onto an endless stream of DVDs. The movies he had me watch were the Ingmar Bergman and Akirosawa cannons among others. Only rarely was there a movie selected that was made after I was born. I did see some good movies, but my attention was not kept, it was too far out of my grasp. With Gavin, I won’t make that mistake.
So the list below is the movies he and we have watched. I try to mix it up between movies that are just inside his attention span to plant some seeds, but far enough away that they will resonate… with confusion if nothing else. And to make the excercise enduring, I throw in some classic comedies that also form the basis of so many jokes in his own media watching that he does not get. Always good to get a foundation.
I should also note that I do not ask Gavin about the movie afterwords. It’s not a test, just an exercise.
The list, in order. If you have any suggestions, let me know.
I’m a big fan of Andrea Seabrook‘s work so it was really awesome that I got to do an interview with her for Decode DC. It’s about the Death and Taxes project. I gotta say, it’s strange to here my voice in between someone’s as recognizable as Andreas. How did I do?