I work in the aerospace industry, have decades of ad agency experience – which ultimately means a lot of hysterical anecdotes to tell at parties – have lived on three coasts, and challenge myself every day to improve what I know about design. You never get satisfied, either. I have made a living building decks and fixing architectural woodwork in Brentwood, spent 4 years making in-store signage for McDonald’s, Photoshop-rendered interiors that never existed, published a magazine and developed national awareness-building programs for American Express. I have served on the local board of ASID, created “miraculous” websites, lectured on marketing and designed a few logos. Ads I created have appeared in Architectural Digest, Luxe, Veranda and California Homes. I collect various examples of things I find well designed, like a 1913 National cash register, Staffordshire, a barrel-top inlaid desk from Milan, die-cast cars, and font catalogs from around 1900. And then there’s photography...