Guest Post: Nick Lawhead // @nlawhead
Yes, this week I am as indicted as Lance Armstrong. For nearly two decades, I've carried the flag as long and as far as I could while Lance waved it in the middle of the Champs Elysee. I've debated, drawn lines and laid out strategy for how Lance was clean, more prepared, better organized and more chosen. I've gone to bat for Lance for as long as I remember most things in my life. I've tried harder, I've pedaled faster and I've wanted it more since Lance was in yellow. I've tried to ride like Lance. But alas, like everyone else, I was deceived. I'm really at a bit of a loss. The good thing is - no matter what - Livestrong is Livestrong and the idea of the yellow band is way larger than one man. Also, for as much damage as he ended up doing, I do think he made cycling more watchable for an American audience. The bad news is it turned out to be false, a fake, a sham. I couldn't be more let down. I understand lying, covering a mistake, trying to make good, becoming a better person. I really don't understanding lying, becoming better at it, improving my position on it and defending my point of view on it for nearly 15 years. I have the Lance t-shirts. I have the Lance shoes. I've lived strong. When this whole thing started, I really didn't expect to be angry or disappointed, but I am. Lance doesn't owe me anything, which is good, because he has nothing left to give.
After an alcohol induced blackout, I made self-aware glowing ice-cubes that beat to the ambient music. The electronics inside the ice-cubes know how fast and how much you are drinking. The cubes change color from green to orange to finally red as you keep drinking beyond the safety limit. If things get out of control, the cubes send a text to your close friend using your smartphone.
I love seeing dedication to a craft. Watching someone take on a craft and take it to the next level. To become better at that craft than anyone else and to become so specialized and make it their own is really personal and special.
In design I am inspired by other designer's work as well as creating a solution that best fits the challenges of the project. That often becomes the balance of form and function. Digging into and exploring the creative process.
In everyday life I am inspired by my family. My kids and beautiful wife inspire me everyday. To be a better person, a better dad, a better husband, a better designer. I am continually inspired by possibility and adventure. I want to always be someone who is down for whatever. Who is ready to dive into just about anything and who teaches my kids to be up for any adventure in life.
When I think about what inspires me I keep coming back to 1 particular quote. "The Journey is the destination." My goal is to do what I love to do with the people I love. I am continually refining that end goal and am realizing that it is a moving target, and I may actually already be there. I'm in the thick of my journey.