This year on Instagram I created 135 posts and received a surprising 15,383 likes. I'm not ashamed to say that's a number I'm proud of. These numbers were generated by 2017bestnine.com. My favorite nine are shown below.


My Favorite 10 Albums of 2018

  1. Arctic Monkeys — Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

  2. The 1975 — A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

  3. Jungle — For Ever

  4. Blossoms — Cool Like You

  5. Gorillaz — The Now Now

  6. DMAs — For Now

  7. Matt Nathanson – Sings His Sad Heart

  8. Johnny Marr — Call The Comet

  9. Gruff Rhys — Babelsberg

  10. Paul Weller — True Meanings


The Ten Best Books I Read in 2018

  1. Close Quarters – Angus McAllister

  2. Oasis the Truth: My Life as Oasis's Drummer – Tony McCarroll

  3. Now You See It and Other Essays on Design – Michael Bierut

  4. Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili – Louise Fili

  5. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity – Kim Scott

  6. Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything – Aaron James Draplin

  7. Any Road Will Get Us There (If We Don't Know Where We're Going) – Noel Gallagher and Sharon Latham

  8. The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders – Jacob Needleman

  9. Creating Signature Stories: Strategic Messaging that Energizes, Persuades and Inspires – David Aaker

  10. Lost Cat – Jason


1986 + 1996


A c90 MCMLXXXVI mixtape for flying navigators.

"I tasted freedom and I really liked it
–Phil Lynott

The Smiths, Crowded House, Chameleons...

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A c90 MCMXCVI mixtape for trainspotters.

"Design is thinking made visual.
–Saul Bass

Longpigs, Kula Shaker, DJ Shadow...

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2006 + 2016


A c90 MMVI mixtape for little miss sunshines.

"Opera? Just what the world needs: more fat women screaming.
–Peter Boyle

Amy Winehouse, The Fratellis, Pop Levi...

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A c90 MMXVI mixtape for fantastic beasts.

"I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat.
–Muhammad Ali

David Bowie, The 1975, Lady Gaga...

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2003 + 2013


A c90 MMIII mixtape for lost translators.

"Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money."
–Johnny Cash

The White Stripes, UNKLE, OutKast...

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A c90 MMXIII mixtape for Wall Street wolves.

"It was the day my grandmother exploded."
–Iain Banks

CHVRCHES, Jagwar Ma, Daft Punk...

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1963 + 1973


A c90 MCMLXIII mixtape for great escapologists.

"Oh, I just sing like I hurt inside."
–Patsy Cline

The Crystals, Doris Troy, The Chiffons...

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A c90 MCMLXXIII mixtape for wicker men.

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."
–Pablo Picasso

Betty Davis, T. Rex, David Bowie...

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