"When I'm a Dad" Is a Designer's Love Letter to His Future Kids

By on May 2, 2016 in Inspiration
"When I'm a Dad" Is a Designer's Love Letter to His Future Kids

Back in 2010, I became a father for the first time and it completely changed my life for the better. Looking back, I don't even recognize the person I was prior to that day in February five years ago, and frankly, I'm a little embarrassed. Being a dad is the best thing that's ever happened to me, and now, with two kids in the home, it's one of the things that makes me the happiest. They've made me a better person, and for that, I'll be eternally grateful.

But I remember what it was like before I became a dad, and let me tell you, it was scary. Wondering what life would be with a child to parent? Most of the time I could barely remember to pick up laundry at the dry cleaners — how could I manage as a father?

One man, designer Tom Ander Watkins, put together a book about his thoughts on the subject, and it's beautiful. And as if that wasn't enough, he's also put together a cool website with a refreshable GIF that celebrates fatherhood in a fun way. Below are a few shots of the project, as well as a brief video. Enjoy, and don't forget to check out his website!

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When I'm A Dad from Tom Watkins on Vimeo.


Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he's not working on one of the many projects in his queue, he's looking for fun and irreverent things online to share with his friends.

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12 Comments

  1. EricWizKidOdom

    This is awesome! I'm already a dad (of 3 rotten boys, and a soon to be born baby girl), and this makes me want to take the day off work and go do something crazy with all of them!

    Great work @Tom Anders Watkins - absolutely beautiful!

  2. BMachina

    Ohh man...! This is SO inspiring! Realy dig on @Tom Anders Watkins work. I'm going to make something great right know!

  3. FreshDesignElements

    This is so beautiful. Design and idea.
    I'm a father of a boy (4) and a girl (3) and it is the best thing ever!
    When I'm on the computer and my daughter comes home, she comes and sits on my lap and she wants to draw hearts. She can't yet, so I hold her hand and we'll do it together.

    Great work @Tom Anders Watkins You'll be the greatest dad.

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