Otis Lindsey Creative

Feeling Thankful…


Tonight I am feeling especially thankful for all that I have and have been given the opportunity to experience… This is just a rambling (but truly genuine) list of some of them.

I’m grateful to work with such fun and passionate creatives that truly challenge me.
Glad to have 11 interns that remind me what it was like to be in their shoes and how exciting it is to be able to jump into the “real world.” They’re helping me see what we do with fresh eyes and remember that yes, we do some really incredible work that is super fun to create.
Glad that it can actually be fun to work late in the office.
Thankful for the right perspective or being able to change it when it’s negative.
Glad that I’m still so connected to so many wonderful and talented friends from Watkins and that they still influence me as a creative despite being out of school for a good while.
Glad that I work with a company that supports my personal and professional growth in ways I never imagined.
Thankful to be with someone who pushes me as a creative and understands the emotional ups and downs that go along with each new project. Allen challenges me to always be better - his drive and talent makes me aspire to reach further and dig deeper.
Glad that my co-workers know that I get particularly giggly at a certain time of night and appreciate my weird laugh.
Grateful that I can share my experiences and insights with others.
Thankful that I have a family who believes in me and was supportive 8 years ago when I changed my life course completely. Not every parent would be as receptive and open minded as they were.

Some days I can’t believe I get paid to come up with ideas and create things.  I’m jumping in to every project that comes my way knowing that I can push hard to make it great and a positive experience for me, my client and/or my team. I’m so very glad that I’ve found what I’m passionate about and that it can be part of my everyday life. When I was younger, I had my whole life planned out. Thank goodness it didn’t come anywhere close to what I expected.

A New Perspective on Clients

A few months ago I stumbled upon Michael Bierut’s honest and insightful presentation for the NYC CreativeMornings series. Sometimes the client/designer relationship can be extremely frustrating. Expectations get misaligned. They’ll shoot down your favorite ideas and directions. They ask you for crazy requests that will most certainly ruin everything you’ve worked so hard to create. One of my friends used to say he loved everything about being a designer, except for the clients. However, Michael believes that they can potentially be the best part of the process.

His points really helped me shift my perspective on ​how I approach my clients and my work, understanding what I owe them and how to manage the good and the not so good. I’ve started working to become more than a designer or art director, and apply discipline and planning to my client relationships. There is a significant difference in how I now approach my client projects - I set up clear expectations and make sure we stay aligned throughout the process, and I no longer expect them to understand design decisions without first walking them fully through my thought process and strategy. I’ve also become more honest and push harder for what I think the right solution would be. I think it shows in my recent work and in how well the relationships are working. It really makes everything more enjoyable on every level.  It’s worth the full 49 minutes, trust me.

2010/01 Michael Bierut from CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

Overcoming Self-doubt.

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Self doubt is paralyzing. Personally, I struggle with it a lot. Prior to the start of most projects begins an all too regular and tedious laundry list of anxiety and personal misgivings. The inner critic starts it’s rant with “No way this is going to be good. Nothing you’ve done has has lived up to what it should be. No one will like it.” And on and on. You may be familiar with this type of conversation inside your head.

It’s funny when you’re so immersed in your own self-doubt that you forget that other people are human. You forget that the people around you are dealing with the same struggles you are, at least have fought them at some point in their lives. They somehow seem perfect and invincible, easily making decisions and making their dreams come true. It leaves you wondering, How the heck do they do it? Will I ever get there?

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Pair a group of badass female runners together in a 4-person relay marathon and you not only get a serious fitness rush, you get a pretty killer custom team t-shirt design from the designer on the team (this girl). We’re original, I know, but being able to scream "I feel pride! I feel power!" while running with your teammates for a race is the best thing ever. We just signed up for a half marathon in October. New designs will certainly be in the works.

Pictures of us are from two weekends ago at the Color Run (Saturday) and the Knoxville Marathon Relay (Sunday). Like I said, we’re pretty badass.

I think that the advice I would give is that naive optimism is everything. I think a lot of people approach the world thinking that things are reserved for people who are qualified in some official capacity. Some people assume they could never be as good at something as some master, which makes them self-defeat before they start. I think some things that are really incredible were achieved because people were really naive when they began—they had an idea, set out to do it, and learned along the way.

Hand painted typographic love for you. Hope you’re feelin’ it.

Hand painted typographic love for you. Hope you’re feelin’ it.

Working on a wall mural i designed created out of thousands of push pins. It has been an excellent lesson in patience and appreciating imperfections…  Looking forward to sharing the finished product!

Working on a wall mural i designed created out of thousands of push pins. It has been an excellent lesson in patience and appreciating imperfections… Looking forward to sharing the finished product!

Working on my updated portfolio site this weekend. While it feels like a constant back and forth of liking my own work and hating it, I’m in a good place right now. I like the creative that I am and that I continue to grow into. I’m thankful for all the experiences in the last few years and the opportunities to create work that I am passionate about. Hoping to launch the site very soon, and trying not to get too stuck on perfection.

Working on my updated portfolio site this weekend. While it feels like a constant back and forth of liking my own work and hating it, I’m in a good place right now. I like the creative that I am and that I continue to grow into. I’m thankful for all the experiences in the last few years and the opportunities to create work that I am passionate about. Hoping to launch the site very soon, and trying not to get too stuck on perfection.

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Right now, it’s this weird arc where people are into me and they’re asking about what I’m doing. A decade ago I didn’t get any of those questions and I still charged ahead as hard as I do now.


Who cares? Just go for it. Try to do good. A lot of motherfuckers are doing bad. “Aaron Draplin tried to do good and loved it along the way”—that sounds pretty good. God, I don’t even know if that sounds right when I stop and think about it. Do I want them to say, “He made great logos?” It’s like, fuck, who cares? Maybe it’s like, “I met that motherfucker and he was cool as hell.” And by “cool” I mean, he was fun to talk to, gave a shit, and had the guts to go for it. There you go. That’s what it’s been about. Some of my favorite guys were cool as hell to me when I met ’em and I’ll never forget those moments.

—Aaron Draplin, answering the question “What legacy do you hope to leave?” on The Great Discontent

Thou Shalt Do Epic Shit - Rainbow Edition

Thou Shalt Do Epic Shit - Rainbow Edition

I’m working on a lot of new projects, including planning a new portfolio site to be released later this spring. It’s exciting to be creating work that I am passionate about!

I’m working on a lot of new projects, including planning a new portfolio site to be released later this spring. It’s exciting to be creating work that I am passionate about!

I Am Putting Myself to the Fullest Possible Use, Which Is All I Think That Any Conscious Entity Can Ever Hope To Do…

— Stanley Kubrick

New Holiday Cards are now for sale at my Etsy Shop and OMG in East Nashville. Check them out!

I’m really lucky to work for a fantastic company like redpepper. I knew from the beginning just by reading the company’s core values that it was different.

We believe everyone is uniquely creative.
We actively support personal growth.
We provide creativity with provable benefits.
We love what we do or we won’t do it.
If we’re not changing, we’re dying.

redpepper called on our design team to create custom posters for our office and gave us the chance to do anything we wanted, which is a rare opportunity indeed. I have always loved collage and wanted to use that as my medium. After many nights of cutting up old books, magazines and ephemera, my design was complete. The final poster is hanging with the other beautiful designs in our Nashville office.

Album packaging design done for the talented musician Dave Armstrong - hand drawn vintage and typographic elements for his debut album Your Voice, A Violin; Your Tongue, A Tambourine. Take a listen to the album, it’s filled with sweet sounds and melodies that you’re bound to fall in love with.