12 × 12: Mark Goodchild

1 2 x 1 2 : Twelve Interviews. A Dozen Answers.

A while back I got an voicemail from my friend Mark Goodchild about a new social media concept he wanted my opinion on. I actually hear a lot of these sorts of pitches (mostly from non-designers and mostly half-baked) but with Mark, I knew it would be thoroughly vetted, totally fleshed-out and completely well-conceived. That’s because he’s always been the hardest working, most selfless pro I know. Which isn’t easy to do in the highly competitive, egomaniacal music industry.

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12 × 12: Kyle La Mere

1 2 x 1 2: Twelve Interviews. A Dozen Answers.

The summer heat right now reminds me of an amazing (sweaty) fashionshoot I was part of last year at Kyle La Mere‘s studio. Kyle had just moved his studio, IshootRockstars, into a small loft in the Pilsen artists corridor and agreed to style and shoot new designs and models for my t-shirt company, Good Night TV. There was no A/C, blazing hot lights, greasy takeout and lukewarm drinks, but the shoot was perfect. And even though none of us were, Kyle made us all look and feel like rockstars that night. He’s an amazing talent and even awesomer human being. I’m honored to have found myself in front of Kyle lens on many occasions and I will always stand behind his work.

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12 x 12: Shazam Bangles

1 2 x 1 2: Twelve Interviews. A Dozen Answers.

Spring has sprung in Chicago and that means rolling around with your windows down and your speakers up. Thankfully, fresh sounds seem to surround this month’s subject, Mike Reuter a.k.a. Shazam Bangles. The Chicago soundsmith and I go all the way back to elementary school and the Arlington Heights Youth Basketball Association. I don’t remember much from those days except for the color of our jerseys (red and white) and that Mike was the best player in the league (we might’ve even won the Lakeman Tournament). Fast forward 20 years later to a rowdy loft party in Wicker Park, and I bump into a bearded Bangles behind the decks cuttin’ and scratchin’ with the same speed and dexterity he dominated the courts with when we were kids.

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How I Prepare For Marathons

Last week I achieved Purple status. Which in Nike+ land, means I logged over 2,500km (1,553mi) since joining NikeRunning.com.

This year I’m training for two marathons: the Illinois Marathon on April 30th and the Chicago Marathon on October 9th. Ramping up my mileage and hitting this Nike+ milestone made me think about all the concerns and questions I had when I ran my first marathon in 2009. I had no idea how to prepare, what to eat, what to buy or how to do it. So today I thought I’d post a blog mapping out the 5 things what worked for me. If you’ve never run a marathon before, hopefully this will help.

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12 × 12: Andy Gray

1 2 x 1 2: Twelve Interviews. A Dozen Answers.

This month, I checked in on my friend, Andy Gray, Managing Director at VSA Partners, New York. Andy and I met serendipitously while I was between jobs. What should have been a quick tour of VSA’s 7th Avenue office before dinner with my friend Travis Barteaux, turned out to be an amazing 2-hour conversation with Andy (and a job offer several weeks later). Even though I didn’t take the job, Andy and I have remained close and I consider him a confidant and career counselor of sorts.

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Infographics & Year-End Summaries

A few weeks into 2011, I received emails from LinkedIn and DailyMile containing simple infographic summaries of my 2010 activity. Their unexpected delivery offered a visual representation of my network’s upward mobility (55 LinkedIn connections who changed jobs) and my 2010 Chicago Marathon training (my DailyMile running stats). But more than delight, the two emails gave me a good reason to log in and get active again on two social networks where my activity had waned. Check ’em out…

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