This is the first of what we hope will become a regular feature here on the blog, embarrassment willing. It all began a few weeks ago when Sean started looking through some of his archives on an old, dusty hard drive. He queued up some of his earliest design—oddball art school projects, initial contract work, even flash videos!—for us to see, critique, and generally chuckle at. That got us talking about everyone's first endeavors in design, art, and being creative in general. We discovered that we each had our own examples of awkward and undeveloped work. Fortunately, now that we had enough distance from our naive and headstrong former selves, we could see these projects for what they truly were—stepping stones towards the creative people we are today.