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Hi, I’m Brent! Graphic and user experience designer, father, with a curiosity about how we see the world.
I’ve written a couple eBooks as resources and blog regularly about things I’m learning.

Thanks(by)giving

In his book, The Gift, Lewis Hyde dissects gift-giving based on ancient cultures with gift-giving rituals. One of the key things that makes a gift a gift in these cultures, is that the gift must be given away by their recipients. Ancient cultures understood that gifts weren’t given to be… 

Your Great Story Starts With “One Day”

It snowed. It snowed! (It snowed last night…) Nothing changes the landscape and one’s perspective like a fresh blanket of white. Whether you respond by wanting to rush outside and play (like our three-year-old) or by counting the days toward spring (like every commuter), an obvious change in seasons is… 

The Thing Jack Taught Us

When he tumbled down the hill, breaking his crown and fumbling his ego, he taught us all a lesson. If you’re running too quickly, if you feel like your legs can’t keep up, don’t try to be the tough guy. You don’t need to “man up” (whether or not you’re… 

Frankenstein’s Night

Here’s a Halloween tale: — The evening was crisp and the moon was bright The owls were just waking up for the night Our friend Frankenstein was swiping his phone His dwelling was empty and he felt quite alone Kids were out asking for tricks or for sweets Dressed up… 

Design a Life With More Whitespace

Young kids have a way of maximizing whitespace when they’re colouring. Three marks on a paper can be a completed work of art that deserves a place on the crowded fridge. As they get older they learn to fill the page with colour (to the gratitude of many a parent,… 

What I Learned From 30 Days of Daily Blogging

One month ago I took up a challenge with a friend to blog daily for 30 days. Here are a few things I learned from the experience. 1. Constraints provide momentum. “What am I going to write about?” is one of the most common questions bloggers must answer for themselves,… 

The Small Things Have the Greatest Impact

Growing up, one of my uncles lived across the country. He’d visit maybe once each year. But for the short time I spent with him, he had a disproportionate impact on my childhood. It would start when he would arrive at our house. As we welcomed him in, he always… 

Diversity Makes the Soil Rich

Last weekend we visited Fort Whyte Alive, an environment education centre, home to wetlands and walking trails, a herd of bison, and thousands of geese this time of year. We learned about the prairie ecosystem, and how the prairie plants, wildlife and soil are intertwined, and essential to the health… 

The Work is the Reward

Last week Todd Henry offered a great piece of advice from the Bhagavad Gita: “You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work.” Often we strive for some kind of success or reward, the fruit of our work. We think the work (whether it’s a day… 

The Best Things Take Time

The best comebacks come to mind long after you need them. Usually they arrive shortly after you’ve given up waiting for them, while you’re in the shower, or on a long car drive. Same with the best ideas. That’s why, when possible, take Adam Grant’s advice, and procrastinate on purpose….