On my way to teaching my graphic design students in Georgetown, I walk through a small park flanked by ginkgo trees. Each fall, the fan-shaped leaves flutter to earth in a carpet of gold. The ginkgo tree has been around since prehistoric times, and that fan-shape is the only form of its kind amongst all of the many-varied leaves on earth. That remarkably ordinary leaf says so much: following an ancient pattern each season, from spring-green waving in blue skies to grounded gold beneath bare branches, yet still retaining its bright uniqueness, its uncanny sun-fueled charm and ephemeral spirit. Just like people.
thejoshuatree is my way of making visible all of the branches—art, design, writing— that grow from a singular curiosity about the playful mystery of life, with roots in storytelling. Consider it less of a marketing pitch and more of a visual essay. Each time I encounter a ginkgo leaf, I see it truly for the first time, unique yet part of a pattern. While I embrace the responsibilities and discernment of being in my 30s, I still take time to see the world as if it were new, observing without judging— like a child, in many ways. Stories reveal themselves only after observing them humbly.