Setting Vision

Within my circles (both social and professional), having a grand vision is a personal badge of honor. Right around now (January) we talk about how much we want to grow, change, and accomplish within any given year. Business celebrities are our inspiration, always marching towards something narrow and epic. Elon Musk – Go to Mars. Gary Vaynerchuk – Buy the New York Jets. Ray Kurzweil – Live forever. Where there is no vision, the people perish – Proverbs 29:18 I have to say, over the years I’ve fallen a little… Read More

Finding My Voice: Mastering The Art and Science of Having It All

This essay was my final assignment for my certification with Wake Up Warrior as an official Trainer. Warrior is the #1 men’s training program in the world. To learn more about Warrior, sign up for updates or follow me on Instagram. This story begins at a sudden end. As I sit in my kitchen, alone, several weeks away before I complete my certification with one of the most intense leadership programs I have ever committed to, my story begins as a quitter. For most of this year, I have been training… Read More

The 4 Pillars of A Location Independent, Family Driven Entrepreneur

We are deep into our Belize trip, and I can’t believe we have less than two weeks left before our unceremonious return to the Arizona desert. Earlier in the month, my daughter Reese celebrated her fifth birthday. As I reflected on her life thus far, I noticed a massive increase in my ability to be present as a father. Five years ago, when she was born, you could qualify me as “barely present,” consumed with personal and professional turmoil. Today I have graduated to “highly present,” and our 6-week family adventure… Read More

New Jar Features — Queue Updates + Weekly Reports

For those of you who don’t know, JAR is the name of the primary software behind Design Pickle, the unlimited graphic design service I founded. Like a pickle jar. Get it? JAR also stands for Just. A. Request. Product updates come in a few flavors. On the one hand, you have the beauty and grace of an Apple product launch, on the other hand, you have the mind-numbing barf of a Github update. Design Pickle updates are much like a magical fox sneaking through the woods. If you are careful, you… Read More

My 10 Year Plan To Become Homeless

In less than 21 days our apartment lease will expire, we will pack up everything we own, discard an embarrassingly high volume of college IKEA furniture, move our belongings into storage and accomplish something I have dreamed of for over a decade — true location independence. My family and I will set off to San Pedro, Belize for six weeks, and we will be legitimately homeless. For some, this might be a scary proposition. The consumption habits of American suburbia compounded with a doom and gloom 24–7 news cycle crushes… Read More

So I Bought A Company…

Late last year, an attractive opportunity surfaced with a tool we use and love every day, YesInsights. The software is a dead simple way to collect customer feedback, even NPS scores. If you are a Design Pickle client, you have received many emails built with YesInsights. By the way, thank you for always responding to every… single… one 😉 One afternoon I was emailing the founders, and through our conversation, I uncovered they were headed off to different projects, unsure of what to do with the tool. As someone who preaches against the dangers… Read More

Creating Human Connection

From the early days of Design Pickle, there has been a lot of attention put towards our international design team. While most people are indifferent as to where their designer lives, many people express strong feelings against the idea of working with someone outside of the US. Last year this issue came up enough I took to my blog to cover the topic. In my article, The Design Industry Is Shifting. Don’t Be Left Behind; I explored the idea of how innovation caused shifts within the labor force and recognized such… Read More

The Design Industry Is Shifting. Don’t Be Left Behind.

About once every two months a negative comment directed at Design Pickle emerges. Usually, in the form of a Facebook or blog comment, they take on the (roughly) same argument that somehow we are destroying the sanctity of graphic design with our business model. For example: Here’s a comment after my interview on the Less Doing podcast: Here’s a Twitter post: @arimeisel #Ep183 Cheap outsourced design & architecture may be “good” for biz owners but good for USA designers? That makes ZERO sense. — Brad Henderson (@bighowdy) September 18, 2015 And here’s… Read More

Five Start Up Lessons I Learned From Mr. Rogers

Last week my 3-year-old daughter, Reese, discovered the classic PBS show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Happiness surged through my heart as she sat entranced by the same show that taught a generation — my generation — how to live a life filled with kindness and curiosity. Over the years Reese has shown a great affinity for live action TV shows and films. Witnessing her favorite characters from Daniel Tiger (a Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood spinoff series PBS launched in 2012) come to life in the land of make-believe was a profound moment. Since her discovery,… Read More

My Secret to Sanity. Routines.

Sites like My Morning Routine make me laugh. It seems most entries are from single, young and/or kid-free individuals reflecting on the optimal window to drink black tea after their sunrise meditation session. Here is a great example from the site: “I usually wake up around 8:30 am, without an alarm, and the first thing I do is open the curtains…We live in a cool home my talented architect husband built on a little lake outside Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it has a wall of windows in our bedroom. The first thing… Read More