Inside Hue: Kyle Steed - Exploring Self-Initiated Works (Part One)
This article first appeared in our pilot issue of Hue Magazine: Outset. To purchase a copy of Hue, click here.
out•set (noun) - the start or beginning of something
'Life is all about beginnings. But sometimes it seems like we are always looking ahead to the ending. Think about it. How many times have you sat down to read a book and after you’ve flipped the first page wondered about how things will end? Or when you hop in the car for a road trip, how long until you’re ready for it to be over? Or in our careers, how often do we wonder when the next big thing will come along and take us out of our current position that we’re so discontent in? The danger of thinking this way is that we miss out on the here and now.
Once you’ve finished the book, you move on to a new one. Once you arrive at your destination, you have to make the trip back home. And once you achieve that “next big thing” in your career, well then you are probably like me and are already bored by it and ready for the next, NEXT, big thing. Do you see a pattern here?
The answer isn’t found in our discontentment hoping to find a better way, but rather in simply being content where we are. Being present, if you will. But that’s easier said than done. I’ve had my fair share of frustrating jobs in my life. From washing golf carts all summer in the Texas heat, to serving hot food on a buffet line to retirees. But it wasn’t until I stopped doing what I thought others expected of me, and started making my own path that things began to change. After I stopped looking to others to affirm me in my work, and looked inside at who I really was. That has been the biggest paradigm shift in my life.
Then a light bulb went on. It would have been around 2010-2011 when I connected the dots between what I was drawing in my journal and the web. By that I mean, I finally figured out how to take my drawings, scan them in, and use them in my web designs. I was working on a new design for my website and was frustrated with all my other options for fonts. So I decided to draw my own. Without truly realising what I was doing, I was paving the way for a whole new chapter of my life to be opened. After I launched my new website with my name, hand-drawn, featured prominently in the header I was stunned at the amount of great feedback I received. At SXSW (annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin) that year, my website was featured in a lecture about typography on the web, listed as the prime example of how to make your own type. It was such an honour. This was something to keep pursuing.