KTHNXBAI 2014. OHHAI 2015.

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

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It’s the last day of the year again and just like what I did at the end of last year, I’m taking a look back at all the cool stuff I did this year. 2014 was definitely a year of growth in both personal and professional terms. And the recurring theme I find myself in year after year is that I’m learning more about the things that interest me and where I really want my career to go over the coming years. Also the fact that I’ve become more fearless in doing projects that reach way outside my comfort zone is a huge thing because it forces me to teach myself how to do new things without the help of anyone and without caring if I look stupid at the same time.

But I digress. Here is a list of all the things I did this year broken down month-by-month.

January

• I wrote a Photoshop tutorial on how to create a planet
• I recorded a time-lapse illustration video
• I found out that all my Aetheraeon work is huge among the witchcraft/wicca/astrology community on Pinterest
• I watched all 8 Harry Potter films in order for 8 days straight
• Opened up a shop on Creative Market
• Released the 50 Blends Project print series

February

• My MacBook Pro 15-inch died :(
• Wrote and recorded a new I Am The Galaxy track called The Mystery Of Memory
• I read Einstein’s Cosmos by Michio Kaku
• Was interviewed and featured on Media Temple’s Made On (mt) series
• Formally relaunched the Aeasea Design Co. & Type Foundry

March

• Started a (very short-lived) design Tumblr called Of Pen And Purpose
• I started drawing a lot
• I bought myself a telescope
• Released the Los Angeles Type Project
• I recorded a short film titled Awake. Amazed.
• Released a vector pack of 6 Circle Logo Emblems

April

• Got featured on Abduzeedo’s Daily Inspiration #1725
• I bought a Windows PC as a temporary replacement for my dead MacBook Pro and returned it only 2 days later
• Made a time-lapse video of how I make custom vector typography
• Made a wood-burning time-lapse video
• Stayed up late and took photos of the Blood Moon
• Got featured on Abduzeedo’s Daily Inspiration #1737
• Got featured on Abduzeedo’s Typography Mania #233

May

• Designed and released the Starters Print Series
• Started working on Aetheraeon again
• Went to Amoeba in Hollywood for the first time ever
• Got a new MacBook Pro
• Switched from being an art director to being a developer at Something Massive

June

Turned 24 years old!
Released my 4th font, Fissure, on Creative Market
Released my 5th font, Metros, on Creative Market

July

• Made a short video about my time at Griffith Observatory on 4th of July
• Grew a gnarly beard
• Saw the Pompeii exhibit at the California Science Center
• Sold my fonts as part of a 2 week-long design bundle sale on Deal Jumbo
• Started designing a bunch of space related stuff
• Found out my fonts showed up on a torrent site

August

• Arranged and recorded a metal cover of the original Pokémon Theme song
• Saw Guardians Of The Galaxy
• Bought an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro with money I made from selling fonts
• Recorded a smooth jazz track for CRCLS
• Announced the return of the clothing aspect of Aetheraeon
• Visited the Whaley House Museum
• Visited the San Diego Natural History Museum

September

• Launched the initial Aetheraeon Clothing Fall Line
• Bought an iPhone 6+

October

• Released a song called Haunted Airplane
• Released a song called White
• Released a song called Second Sunrise
• Released a song called Awake. Amazed.
• Released a song called Burn The Sky on iTunes, Spotify, AmazonMP3
• Became a member of the Natural History Museum
• Went to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

November

• Did a photo shoot for the Aetheraeon Winter Line
• Started watching Seinfeld
• Launched a new website for my music project CRCLS
• Saw Interstellar
• Met the curator of the Griffith Observatory, Dr. Laura Danly
• Went to the Natural History Museum and saw the Blue Moon Diamond
• Released the Aetheraeon Winter Line
• Had a Black Friday Sale for Aetheraeon

December

• Released an Aetheraeon Christmas Sweater bundle
• Played my first acoustic show in over a year
• Went on my 4th work retreat with Something Massive
• Started working on my 6th font
• Started up a YouTube channel for I Am The Galaxy
• Recorded a video play-through of one of my songs Movements Between The Silence
• Went to the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar

…and thats it! That is pretty much all the notable things I did in 2014. I’ve got to say, this post took about 2-3 hours to put together but it sure was fun looking back. The year feels like it went by so fast but when you analyze it month-by-month, you realize how long a year really is. Well anyway, I’m just stoked for 2015. I stepped up my game in 2014 but I need to step it up even further in 2015 is I want to reach all my goals.

A few goals I have in mind are to release more fonts regularly throughout the year and to finish writing my book. Also tend to my new YouTube channel and record more videos on a regular basis. Another thing related to that is to write and record the first full-length album for I Am The Galaxy. There’s still quite a few more things I want to do that I’ll announce throughout the year so keep an eye out for those things.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who took the time to check out all the stuff I posted throughout the year. The fact people like what I do makes me think I’m doing something right.

And so like the title of this post says;

KTHNXBAI 2014.

OHHAI 2015.