Obligatory map…

In my ‘grownup’ job, I deal with maps (have for 20+ years now) and WordPress has a basic web analytics (fancy word for activity tracking) that gives me a rough idea of where my visitors are coming from. It’s not as fancy as the analytics on my portfolio page, but it’s better than nothing.

So today I decided to post a map of all the places people have visited my blog from, at least for 2019.

Countries that visited Data Monkey Designs in 2019 (as of October)

As you can see, I don’t have a huge amount of traffic, but this is more about sharing than clicks.

Not My Circus

I think we’ve all had those moments when it’s all going down the tubes and you realize….not my circus, not my monkeys.

In honor of this colloquial phrase to signify it’s not your problem, I whipped up these little designs. Nothing fancy, just one of those spur of the moment ideas that I cranked out.

Thankfully, the phrasing lent itself well to the combining. NMC = Not My Circus, NMM = Not My Monkeys.

Enjoy.

Sobriety of reality….

With life, some projects come to a standstill. In my case, work on Trigrams and some other card decks came to a hiatus. In an effort to keep some personal work alive related to those projects, I decided to research the real cost of a Kickstarter project, mostly focusing on Trigrams.

With the few articles I read, the sobriety of reality set in. While games like Exploding Kittens and Cards Against Humanity were runaway hits, many other funded projects ended up either completely breakeven or net loss for the teams.

So, why discuss here? My design work, as mentioned before, is mostly a hobby. While I do occasionally sell patches on eBay, it’s not my primary occupation. Reality revealed itself that some of my projects may simply remain concepts, some more developed than others. Much like my military rank card deck, other forces seem to stall the best-laid design plans.

For now, it seems some of these projects will remain ‘in the vault’ as it were. Perhaps, at some point, the stars will align and my creations will move from drafting table to reality. Or maybe a benevolent patron will stumble my way 😉

Until then, stayed tuned.

Article links:
http://carolmertz.com/2016/05/the-dirty-details-of-self-publishing-an-indie-tabletop-game/
https://medium.com/@JohnTeasdale/how-we-turned-140k-on-kickstarter-into-40k-in-debt-and-how-we-broke-even-1f86d80fe50f
https://www.polygon.com/2015/2/25/8102751/exploding-kittens-kickstarter-rich

Commission or not

The bulk of my design work is self-initiated, with a few requests scattered in. I’ve received requests at work, or suggestions to submit ideas. The one area I really haven’t strayed into is the world of commissions, where a new customer requests a design based on a concept. I’ve thought about adding a ‘services’ page to my portfolio, but haven’t taken the step.

My main worry is that design right now is mostly self-expression, an outlet for my sarcasm and critiques on things in the world. I also have to balance my day job with any potential work (not expecting to quit the day job by any means).

If anyone has thoughts on this, please let me know. This is definitely one of those times I wish Jacquie was here to consult.