Andre Green - The Custom Bike Maker

What Makes You So Happy, I mean (looking at his home on a wagon) you live on the street... !?

I met Andre Green tonight living on 52nd Place under an overpass. I have passed under his spot numerous times always wondering who lived there. Tonight I decided to say hello, with one question in mind... What makes you happy? Also I might add, not knowing who I would find.

Without the chance even to ask the question yet, this fine man was already showing me the beauty in the world. "The beautiful blue skies, all of his bike parts, the skill it takes to turn wheelchair parts into pegs for haulin' ya friends," said Andre. Dude was seriously such a humble person, thankful for what little he had. When I did get around to the question, he smiled real big like and said "I am happy because I have everything I want, and the good Lawd gives me everything I need! I mean I get to build custom bikes and I am going to pick up my DVD player". Which I did find odd, noticing quickly that he did not have a tv nor an outlet at that. 

Met a cool guy tonight, his name is Andre Green and he makes custom bikes on 52nd Place under the bridge.

INQ..

Andre Green - The Custom Bike Maker || on 52nd Pl. Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2016

Andre Green - The Custom Bike Maker || on 52nd Pl. Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2016

Andre Green's Current Masterpiece | November 14, 2016

Andre Green's Current Masterpiece | November 14, 2016

Andre Green's view from his master suite | November 14, 2016

Andre Green's view from his master suite | November 14, 2016

Why "ISLAND-TIME" is not a good habit for designers and creatives

Island-time:
"The time vacuum created by the ocean's presence. Similar to stoner's time, everything moves nice and slow. This carefree aura even has the ability to travel with islanders and can engulf you in their presence." (urbandictionary.com)

In order to truly become a good designer, one that is sought after. This is a must to have in your bag of tricks... SHOW UP ON TIME! Really, be early by 15-20 and prep yourself. This is not just a good interview skill to have, but rather a form of respect. Coming early and leaving late is a form of dedication, it shows passion for what you do. It lets clients know that you are engaged and organized professionally. 

As a designer/creative it is really important for us to manage our time. being on top of your clock will waste less of your day and put more money into your pocket. Efficiency is key to any good design hustle, keep on crankin' on!

INQ..

 

HOW TO BE CREATIVE 101

I want to write this topic as if I were writing to myself... 

MY DUDE, OK, Let's get into this!
It's simple... DO IT, start, GET UP!... Ok but really! You are full of creative ideas and inspired on the daily to build something, that is down right badass. You have this skills to use any tool put in front of you, promise, just try! What are you scared of? What!? You do not want to create ugly?... Well, that's a sorry ass excuse, but I do understand why you think that way. Let me start with this.. try thinking about it as "Practice Makes Perfect". You need to do ugly before the real beauty of your work finds itself. Nothing starts out perfect, and nothing is perfect.  

“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”  
~Not Sure (sorry) Lynyrd Skynyrd

Enjoy the world, take it all in. Smile more and appreciate the ride life has for you!

INQ..

 

Why a design wage of $15/hr is really not ok...

First and foremost if you are a designer accepting jobs at this rate...
"YOUR KILLING ME SMALLS!"
But seriously, you are devaluing yourself and the rest of the design world. We are PROFESSIONALS college degree or not, we need to keep our standards. 

     Making a true living off of design and art is not for everyone. It's not easy to pass up money that seems so easy to get. "Do a quick logo for for $50?"... All I can say is DO-THE-MATH, divide that fifty-bucks by the hours YOU ARE going to put into it. In my experience's clients that did not want to pay wanted the most out of me, I ended up putting more into the project then I got out of it. I ended up following a path of uncertain direction and in the end accomplishing nothing more then practice time.

     Let's go back to that fifty-bucks for a second. Say you put an (1 hour) into researching the brand and getting to know their market and competition. Then you spend (1 hour) conceptualizing and sketching thoughts, another (2 hours) adjusting your concepts based on clients comments. You spend the next (1 hour) finishing the artwork and getting sign off from the client. Now you get to start finalizing the design, spending another (1 hour) finishing and prepping the final artwork. You have now spent 6 hours working on this logo, making $8.33/hr... you have just made less then minimum wage in most states...let alone what it's going to be.

     With the recent news of minimum wage raising to $15+ in the coming years, it is now crucial to understand this simple concept. What we do is a skilled trade, it takes years of mistakes followed by practice to perfect what we do. Yes, everyone has an opinion and the ability to be creative... but we are practiced. Our tools are costly and need constant updates... this includes our minds! "We need space" (post coming soon!) the more we are able to bring into our minds the more we as creative professionals will push out. I choose to not accept being classified by pay as a minimal pay type of worker. I have a college degree, thousands invested into tools as well as a space to create and bring my ideas to life, years of blood, sweat and tears poured into what I call my passion.

So... NO... fifteen-bucks an hour is really not ok... 
Not for recent graduates, portfolio work, shares of a company... that does not exist yet, Not for any excuse! In the end you need to invest into your brand and products, we can't create something out of nothing for free, and just cause I enjoy what I do doesn't mean I should not make a living off of it.

Signed in,
INQ..    

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Check this out... freaking awesomeness in Two Rivers, WISCONSIN! Only two and a half hours away in Madison (the capital!), is where our dude Chris Farley grew up. I did a report on Wisconsin in the 4th grade... all I remember is the state tree, a Sugar Maple. I just imagine this giant treat that you can take bites from.... mmmmmmm, sugar maple...

INQ..

_________________________________________________________________________________

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum has been open at their new location, 1816 10th Street, Two Rivers, WI 54241, since November of 2013. Our new address is a short distance from our original location with a stunning view of Lake Michigan. The building was previously owned by the Formrite Company of Two Rivers, and it's more than twice the size of the original museum.

Come check out our new home! Self guided tours are available anytime during our regular business hours. Guided tours of the museum are offered at 1pm and 3pm. Don't forget the Hamilton staff hosts educational demonstrations, field trips, workshops and offers opportunities for artists, printers, historians and other scholars to experience this vast wood type collection. Please contact the museum at info@woodtype.org or (920) 794-6272 for more information or to schedule a group visit.


Our Location

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
1816 10th Street
Two Rivers, WI 54241

PRODUCTbyPROCESS

NOTE TO SELF:

GREAT PRODUCT DESIGN INSPIRATION..

I have always been one to really love seeing how things were made. All the steps it takes to make what consumers see as the final product. It's what drives me to create product and to push the boundaries with material and design. This little gem of a website is one to have in the toolbox for days of inspiration and face melting design.

INQ..

_________________________________________________________________________________

Product by process is an online compilation of processes , material and interesting stories about products. Product by process is an attempt to go  beyond the polished products and objects that surround us and take a look at how they are manufactured and recycled. Productbyprocess.com, publications and interesting articles about process .

Product by process is an online compilation of processes , material and interesting stories about products.

Product by process is an attempt to go  beyond the polished products and objects that surround us and take a look at how they are manufactured and recycled.

Productbyprocess.com, publications and interesting articles about process .