As a writer, Jeremy asks good questions and analyzes rhetoric. As an analyst, he makes sense of data. Having spent almost two decades studying writing theory (from syntax to genre) and having practiced that theory, he’s able to make words work in any context and for any purpose. On top of that, he spent several years in graduate school studying cultural apologetics. So what does all this mean for MarketPlace?

It means that Jeremy has an acute ability to measure a client’s interest and motivations; to listen well and translate what he hears into words; to say what a company or business wants to say but hadn’t known how; to make a company’s products, services, and identity sing to the marketplace.

“As human beings, we have a natural compulsion to fill empty spaces.”

– Will Shortz, New York Times crossword editor

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chair design

Lately, in the living rooms of friends; in coffee shops and restaurants; and in certain business spaces (I list only those examples which I’ve eye-witnessed), I notice furniture. Specifically, I’m drawn to chairs. And I’m heartened by what I see: real wood, conscious design, homage and innovation, and a gaining, ultimately, of form on function.

I’m not a student of architecture or design theory, but I trust that I can apply to others the principle that I recognize in my life, the idea that the aesthetic choices we make reveal not so much who we currently are as what we hope for, form giving outward shape to our inward needs.

Perhaps this is a choice available only to those with the luxury to choose, but the culture in which I live typically has that choice, and what emotional longings it expresses are no less meaningful for that luxury.

These chairs, as I read them, express hope and desire: for the thoughtful use of our resources, for the valuing of individual craftsmanship over mass fabrication, for the stripping away of veneer.