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Hi, I’m Brent! Graphic and user experience designer, father, writer, with a curiosity about how we see the world.
Check out my newest book Pay Attention.

An Autumn Morning’s Night

Autumn has arrived in full here in Manitoba. I’m daily reminded of the changing seasons during my morning running routine. While I was running during the mid-summer sunrise in August, I now lace up my shoes and head out into near-freezing temperatures and pitch black darkness at the same time… 

80/20

The 80/20 rule is frustrating, but often rings true. The majority of any project is easy, but it’s the last 20% that will take the majority of your time. And sweat. And tears. Yesterday I sanded down more than 80% of my deck with a big drum sander and made… 

Slow Drips vs Sump Pumps

Many writers I respect recommend a practice of daily writing. The daily drip helps you improve as a writer and slowly works on you and your readers. I admire people who publish consistently, every day, and have gone through seasons of trying this practice on for size, but it’s never… 

Success and Its Secrets

I went to a half-day leadership conference last week, where a bunch of big successful business leader types got up and shared their secrets to success. I usually enjoy conferences like these. Sometimes experienced leaders have a way of clarifying your thoughts or giving insight to a certain problem which… 

Hello, Cynic

Hello, Cynic Good to see (what I can see of) you again Glad to hear your ideals are still intact, your expectations still unmet by every person, place and thing And that you have resisted the urge to become attached to anything that will surely let you down in the… 

What We Pay Attention To

“Pay attention to what you pay attention to.” – Amy Krouse Rosenthal Attention is more valuable than ever before. Today we face a flood of distractions from billboards, shiny screens, and worldwide web of information. In the midst of a deluge of information, we scramble to focus enough time and… 

Deep Work and Children

“Deep work” is that place where you’re free from distraction and able to fully engage in your work for a length of time. To be in a state of “flow”. I’m trying to come to terms with the current fact of my context: deep work is nearly impossible when you… 

Down With the Shine

And all that comes here, it comes here to pass. – Avett Brothers, Down with the Shine I love shiny new things. Technology is amazing, and there’s nothing like buying the latest gadget, taking it home, admiring its shininess, playing with all its bells whistles. It’s magic. But a growing… 

Logo for Arete Endurance

Logos are just an arrangement of shapes to which we, over time and experience, attach meaning. I created this bunch of shapes for my running club Arete Endurance, which over the summer came to represent one of the highlights of my week, enjoying sunrises, crazy exhausting workouts, and laughs with… 

Step Outside

Quit these four walls These glowing screens This climate-controlled castle Shaped and wired to please Step outside Into never-ending fields and skies And fireflies Feel the evening breeze Which speaks in tales and riddles The passing of the seasons In the deep streams of time Feel small Dig your toes…