Why the K and why the change? K marks the beginning of my name, which although I’m not fond of, made sense as a starting point. Secondly I’m not getting any younger so an image rather than a visage or profile seemed a nice change. Having said that it is apparently commercial suicide to have a logo rather than one’s face plastered on things because the people like to see who they are connecting with. True enough, however some of those I most admire flew in the face of fashion or what was deemed an easier route and so to the new branding.
This simple graphic pretty much encompasses much of what I’m about.
1 The letter is part of the English alphabet which in turn makes up the language which I speak, write and teach. It has a child-like innocence to it but is also accomplished as it is minimalist.
2 It is both illuminated as if to say ‘switched on, open for business’ and attached to architecture, so graphic, design and urban modernity play a role.
3 The K happens to be at an airport so the essential travel and culture aspects are also present adding strength or meat to the bones laid out by the aforementioned design element. Staying with the cultural aspect, I wanted to communicate across borders and frontiers, hence the airport and languages. An interior leading to the wider world outside.
4 In the digital age of self-publishing, biography has become a familiar frame i.e. where born, which clients, how many likes, in short how popular. I wanted to strip it right down to modes of operation from which the individual viewer can select which interest he/she/they choose to follow. This also allows me to add more languages and hopefully reach more people. The older more in depth biography can still be found on some of the sites but the ‘about.me’ page is intended only as a front window.
And the blog?
The blog was born when my previous travel employer went bust taking two years’ of my wages with it. I hence needed an outlet to showcase all the work I had produced as an online portfolio of sorts. Initially this was hotels and airlines but as life moves on I started to write about other things. For starters my books which have gone unnoticed for nigh on two decades. Another reason allows me to see who is tuning in from where instead of sending out press to a lazy media whom are more interested in covering the latest output from the same A list writers, actors, and musicians who have been fortuitous to have their careers deemed important and reported on time and again rather than those of us creating from a grass roots level. There are of course too many creatives to cover so who to cover? Difficult yes, but not impossible.
Occasionally I write about things of an esoteric nature.. notably the very unpopular song lists – still my synesthesia (American spelling) remains as fascinating to me as the landscape I interact with and have been lucky to witness from airplane seats, hence I am compelled to cover its strangeness. Culture sometimes takes in unlikely subjects such as football, times of day, weather conditions and I try and relate these to the central themes of travel and/or music. Then there are other events such as the recent Bowie death and tragedies such as the Taipei metro massacre while I was based there. What I am not able to do though is foresee how long a cafe may exist so some of the blogs may now seem irrelevant in the onward march of time. As always I am very grateful for those tuning in here what with the vast wealth of reading material on the web. Hoping there is something here for the discerning among world citizens out there. Stay tuned!