The American Friends of Versailles

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Because of places like Versailles and Paris I have come to see life as fitting into three distinct categories.They are as follows : Number one, MAGICAL THINGS. Versailles is undeniably in this category. The second category is, THINGS THAT ARE SOMEWHAT LESS THAN MAGICAL. This is what is commonly referred to as a slippery slope. These are the things that can be creatively satisfying and they can often afford you luxuries like guitars or practicalities like paying the mortgage. But beware, these are the activities that occupy a good deal of your time and they will seduce you into rationalizing what you own over what you value. The third category is, HOW TO BUILD A DONKEY. This one is simple. If there is a lawyer or an insurance salesman in the room, you are building a donkey. If you had to choose between this reality and Versailles you would be daft to not choose Versailles. VIEW MORE


Applied creativity

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As far as design careers go I can honestly credit whatever success I have had to the early and ongoing influence of my friend Joe Duffy. The artistic sensibility that he brings to all of his work has helped me to be more demanding in my own pursuits. It has also helped me to give better direction to clients and designers that I have worked with and year after year the work of Duffy & Partners continues to inspire me.

As my work evolved into what everyone now calls innovation I must also bow to the remarkable talents of the folks at Fahrenheit 212. Geoff Vuleta, Pete Maulik, John McCabe, Mark Payne, Harry Smail, John Crawford Phillips, Marcus Oliver, Simon Duffy, Camilla Kristiansen and Pete White. While it is odd to acknowledge so many people, this group created some of the most intelligent and comprehensive work that I have ever been associated with. They drank like a rugby team and I love each and every one of them.


Paris and Environs


“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”  – Ernest Hemingway 

Because of my work with The American Friends of Versailles I have had a rare access to Paris. The grand fetes, the chateaux and the streets at odd hours when all the world is asleep. This is a small sampling of my photography from my favorite city. VIEW MORE

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