Mig is a graphic and web designer from Chicago helping lead brand and marketing projects at Basecamp. After hours, he spends a lot of time supporting the art, design, and technology communities. Naturally: Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls. Finally: Adnan did it and the dress is black and blue.
What do you wake up thinking about?
Ugh, what time is it?
What do I have to take care of at work today?
Which coffee shop am I going to work at?
Do I have any clean underwear left?
What's your morning ritual?
After waking up, I debate whether I should roll out of bed or snooze a few minutes more. If it’s Saturday or Sunday, I’ll try to remember what the hell happened last night. Eventually I rally, put in eye drops, and then make my bed. Even when no one is coming over for the day, I still make my bed. It’s a must, or… it’s OCD. Whatever. Then, I shower, brew coffee in my Chemex, and start my day.
How does social media play into your daily life?
If I’m being honest, social media stresses me out more than it did when I started my career. Having a small audience puts this weird pressure on you to say the right things, post the right photo. I don’t like it. But to a certain degree, I don’t think I’d be where I am in my career today without having had a presence online.
Are we more connected or disconnected than before?
I think we’re more connected online, which means we’re more disconnected in person. Nothing bums me out more than seeing everyone on trains and buses locked into their phones. Do people even know what it’s like to observe real life any more? It’s even worse when you’re out with friends and family and you’re trying to have a conversation with them—but they’re too busy Liking that photo of that cat doing a back flip into a hula hoop set on fire.
What is most important to you in life?
People; connecting them.
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