sketch bysusanlin

Aug 13

Morning study with irises. Now dedicated to Robin Williams, RIP kind creative soul.

Morning study with irises. Now dedicated to Robin Williams, RIP kind creative soul.

Aug 10

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Aug 07

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Aug 05

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Purveyor of good vibes, Sometimes righteously angry

Ever heard this advice? Write the email reply to yourself, just don’t send it.

Expressing anger and resent is an important part of being human. Sometimes things are wrong, sometimes things make us angry. Most of the time, these are repeatable situations and offenses people deserve to know about, so they can avoid what you just lived.

It’s so important to have a support system and stating it like so makes it sound obvious. But what’s tricky is actively maintaining your support system. Don’t exhaust your friends or your audience, yet, warn them about the darker side. Take it in when your friends need it, but don’t forget, they are there when you need it. I admit I have trouble with bothering my friends in times of need.

Put out what you want to see more of. For me, I want to surround myself with good vibes. And thus, by virtue of that, wish to surround as many people as I can with good vibes.

Yes,  my family makes me angry.
What happened with Airbnb makes me angry.
Hearing about marginalized women makes me angry.

Understand that when we sound angry sharing angry stories, we don’t want to stay angry. We want you to know why things make us angry. We want you to be aware these issues exist.  We want to learn from it and improve.

At first, it made me nervous to publish anything not positive. Then I realized it affected my livelihood, our livelihoods, as creators and people. With the first post I heard from friends and new friends. Simply reading the post helped. These are constant reminders we’re not alone. And reminders things may never be the ideal at all times. But also it’s a reminder that it will get better if we are aware something is wrong and push back.

Let’s make it better, together.

Yes and yes and yes and yes: LKnK #9 -

I enjoy the League of Kind and Kindred letter series and am so glad to be a part of it.

Here is an excerpt –

In our fast-paced field, it’s easy to follow the noise, believing it is signal. It’s so easy to follow along and say “Yes!” to everything.

Aug 04

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Jul 31

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Jul 20

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Jul 15

A whole year of bothering!

A whole year of bothering!

Jul 10

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Jul 07

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Jul 06

20 something people showed up in Seattle and stuck together for a whole weekend in June.
What did it mean?
The internet helped me crawl out of my painfully shy self.
My friend mrh_is was the first to consistently favorite (or like, or star) the majority of the things I posted. It didn’t seem like much and I even thought it was an experiment with a Twitter robot. It amassed into a sort of confidence.
The internet lets me hold up pictures forever.


I started being able to meet new people at events whilst carrying around a sketchbook, freshly adorn with a new sketchnote. Before I discovered this strategy, I usually left events early due to intimidation. I do realize I wouldn’t be able to hold up my sketchbook forever.
The internet facilitated the meeting of some great people.
When I read the original Design Play manifesto, it piqued my interest. Would I even be invited to come? And if I were, how would I stack up to the legends? That all without the crutch of the sketchbook if I’d showed up. There was a moment I considered saying “Nevermind! I’m not cool enough!!”
I’m glad I showed up. It was time well spent. Watching Design Play come to life from a thought, participating in long email threads, meeting everyone, doing everything and nothing in particular for 3 days, saying goodbye last Sunday made me realize things don’t have to be so extravagant to be awesome and the legends you admire from afar are also people a slew of embarrassing moments.

20 something people showed up in Seattle and stuck together for a whole weekend in June.

What did it mean?

The internet helped me crawl out of my painfully shy self.

My friend mrh_is was the first to consistently favorite (or like, or star) the majority of the things I posted. It didn’t seem like much and I even thought it was an experiment with a Twitter robot. It amassed into a sort of confidence.

The internet lets me hold up pictures forever.



I started being able to meet new people at events whilst carrying around a sketchbook, freshly adorn with a new sketchnote. Before I discovered this strategy, I usually left events early due to intimidation. I do realize I wouldn’t be able to hold up my sketchbook forever.

The internet facilitated the meeting of some great people.

When I read the original Design Play manifesto, it piqued my interest. Would I even be invited to come? And if I were, how would I stack up to the legends? That all without the crutch of the sketchbook if I’d showed up. There was a moment I considered saying “Nevermind! I’m not cool enough!!”

I’m glad I showed up. It was time well spent. Watching Design Play come to life from a thought, participating in long email threads, meeting everyone, doing everything and nothing in particular for 3 days, saying goodbye last Sunday made me realize things don’t have to be so extravagant to be awesome and the legends you admire from afar are also people a slew of embarrassing moments.