The reluctant soloist.

The Soloist  Marc English, Driftwood, Texas (most of the time). Online educator, graphic designer, speaker, explorer — twenty years a soloist and still wrestling with the fact. Candid about the core solo challenge of building a team when there’s no organization automatically surrounding you with one. “I always wanted to be part of a band,” says English.

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Lyrics Matter  English’s touchstone: “‘I was alone, I took a ride, I didn’t know what I would find there.’ Revolver. Pretty much covers it, no?”

My OS  As a designer who teaches design in online grad programs, English is constantly writing critiques of student work. It’s helped him “articulate design ideas sharply, a huge asset when later dealing with clients.” His operating-system tip: practice explaining your ideas in writing.

Gear  Google Earth. “I use it as some use porn.” Examine topography, choose back roads, open photos people have dropped, and get excited about new places to go. Applicable to any journey. Doesn’t hurt to have a motorcycle.