by Kirk Wallace
Kirk Wallace, BoneHaüs | Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Designer, Boston Massachusetts
Cmrcl. Illustration / Design studio of Kirk! Wallace & Sküllboy


As an illustrator and graphic designer, I'm able to do what I love for a living. That doesn't mean I'm content, satisfied, or even happy with a lot of what I do. I am creating this blog to share some insight that hopefully both you and I can learn from about my experiences in the world of designing for a financial and emotional living.

Talking on Minimal at Creative Mornings

A few months back I had the chance to talk with a lot of amazing people in Boston for Creative Mornings. More info about it -

Promotional artwork by Richie Stewart. Photos by Zach Wolfe

The Invitation

When a great friend and incredible designer, Richie Stewart asked if he could call me to talk about the idea of me talking I was totally dumbfounded. I figured it had to be some practical joke at first, but after explaining a bit more I was nothing but humbled.

I met up with Keith Frankel (@theKeithF), who runs the Boston chapter of Creative Mornings and Richie for some pizza in Boston later that week to chat about the ideas and things just rolled from there. 

Nervous Anticipation

The month leading up to the talk was super frightening. I was nervous, confused, scared, everything. I didn't really know what I wanted to talk about but Richie and Keith said they could see already that I had plenty to say just after meeting up for the pizza. Keith helped me realllllly cut out a lot of crap in my talk, taught me how to present it, what the people are going to be interested in, whats unnecessary, what point of view to take, etc. I'd be sooooo fucked if he wasn't as trained a professional as he is.

With that and some of the crew from dribbble backing me confidence, I had what I needed to get in front of all the beautiful people!

I go over a lot of how the talk came to be in.. the talk so feel free to check it out

Boom! Done! Finished, phewf.

Post-talk thoughts

I was blown away by the response. I was nervous every second leading up to the talk despite the calming tone in Keith's talk and the late night phone calls from Richie telling me how relaxed the environment will be etc. It wasn't until I was introduced that I really got excited to get up there and once I did, the sick stomach totally went away. I shook out the nerves with a few cuss words, some laughing and realized quickly, these people are all on my side. They're here to share a story with me. I wasn't talking to them so much as we were all talking together.

People locked eyes with me, nodded yes, laughed when I tried to make them, and seriously truly seemed to care about what I was saying. And there were a lot of them (a lot of you). That really made me feel great. The response was phenomenal, I felt great after, and people wanted to talk more after.

I remember talking to my friends and having a small line waiting to shake my hand and my friends said 'i think they are waiting for you' to which I scoffed and then realized, "oh shit. you're right." So I felt really lucky to be able to meet the people I did and hopefully inspire in some way or another because that day totally inspired me for a long long time after.

So thanks everyone I don't know if I'll be talking again anytime soon (barf) but I'm definitely happy to have that accomplished, vomit free!


Here are my slides for you to see more carefully if you want!

More Photos here!