Today I mark another year as an independent design director, another year which has brought a lot of exciting opportunities. I’ve experienced a shift from working on a few long-term projects to a large variety of shorter-term ones across multiple industries, everything from high tech to health care. For a second semester, I’ve taught graduate students at the Academy of Art (one of my students won a Brand New Award for her work in the class). I even opened cuantogarabato, my Etsy shop.

But besides working and teaching, through freelancing I’ve rediscovered a passion for learning. In the past 12 months I’ve taken classes and workshops in diverse subjects, including type design in Italy, Portuguese (making my visit to Brazil here, here and here twice the fun), Processing programming, watercolour painting, finance, sign painting, even cooking.

Looking forward to the next twelve months!