“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

 Rob Siltanen


You’ve heard this quote, probably miscredited to Steve Jobs.  Regardless of who said it or where you heard it, chances are you felt something.  The creative industry is full of exceptionally minded people – people who may not see the world like everyone else.  Given the tremendous amount of individuals that seek to express themselves through their work competition for jobs can be fierce.

Having graduated with my BS in Graphic Design from a top school I thought my chances were going to be higher to get a job right out of the gate.  There are several factors that play into the magic of making a living – frustration, agony, and self-doubt being among them.  When we see so many people in our field that are ‘far superior’ to ourselves it can cast doubt in our ability to attain even minor success.  This doesn’t apply to just creative professionals, it’s prevalent to everyone, no matter the field.   

This website if for those people that are struggling to feel good, to be good, and to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It is geared towards the designer looking to make their way in this world, no matter the stage.  I’m not an expert – no matter how amazing I get with a subject I don’t like the word.  I’m not striving to be the best of the best.  I am, however, committed to myself and what I can do for the world.  That, I feel, will bring me more success than I could ever have thought possible (with a ton of hard work of course). 

What I do want is to help those who are struggling to feel better and be better.  Creativity is all subjective but it’s easy for us to feel like it’s absolute.  In the world of design there is a wide range of elements and factors that make something “good”.  I’ve seen a lot of square pegs trying to fit themselves into a round hole (“Hi, my name’s Dave and I’m a square peg”).  It’s easy to judge yourself based on what you think you should be – don’t worry about what you SHOULD be, worry about what you are and what you COULD be. 

What I need from you:  Your participation 

If there’s something you want to hear about, get my take on, or just say ‘hello’ – hit me up at talktodave@davesdraw.com.  I have social media and of course I’d love to see comments in the blog posts but email will be the most direct way to reach me.

Please know that I will always do my best to respond to everyone in a timely manner.  If you don’t get a response, it’s not because I don’t care – it may just be a case of having an inundated inbox and my inability to juggle all the balls in the air. Feel free to forward the message again if you don’t get a response – my door is always open.

So with that all being said, WECOME! Let’s get this party started!!!