Industrial Designer Chris Leykam Finds Inspiration on Two Wheels

Industrial Designer Chris Leykam has designed for New Balance, Rockport and Tommy Bahama. He was Co-Founder and Designer of WICKIT-X, an experimental mens apparel company that sought to bring environmentally-friendly garments to dirtbikers and BMX riders. WICKIT-X created durable separates made for the outdoor enthusiast with natural materials found right in the environments they ride in. The process included developing mood boards to discover relevant seasonal color, graphics, and patterns.

Chris Leykam’s original art graced the DINERS theme motorcycle from the TV show of the same name on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). The motorcycle was featured in the American Motorcycle Association’s “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles” exhibit and coffee table book alongside bikes owned by Brad Pitt, Carlos Mencia, Keith Urban, Peter Fonda and bands Journey, Rush and Foreigner.

Inbetween design projects, Chris dirt bikes the back roads and trails of his home in England for inspiration and does freelance design for companies in the motorcycle and apparel footwear industry.

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Read a free excerpt of DESIGN YOU  with illustrations by Christopher Leykam

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Dare to Dream Your Biggest Dream, I DARE YOU

While Connecticut residents may not feel great about the UConn women’s basketball team loss last night, the bigger takeaway is dare to dream as big as you can. The winning shot for Mississippi State was a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer by the smallest player on the court, the 5-foot-5-inch point guard Morgan William. Talk about defying the odds!

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The next Farmington DESIGN YOU Meetup will be Thursday, April 13th at 7pm at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, 2nd floor lounge, West Hartford, CT. This is a one-time meeting location change after which we will return to the Farmington Library every other week. BE SURE TO RSVP 

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Read a free excerpt of DESIGN YOU 

with illustrations by Christopher Leykam
Order DESIGN YOU at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and iTunes

DESIGN YOU Quote of the Day: Satchel Paige

“Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” Satchel Paige,  Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who became a legend in his own lifetime by being known as perhaps the best pitcher in baseball history by his longevity in the game and by attracting record crowds wherever he pitched.

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The next Farmington DESIGN YOU Meetup will be Thursday, April 13th at 7pm at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, 2nd floor lounge, West Hartford, CT. This is a one-time meeting location change after which we will return to the Farmington Library every other week. BE SURE TO RSVP 

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Read a free excerpt of DESIGN YOU 

with illustrations by Christopher Leykam
Order DESIGN YOU at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and iTunes

DESIGN YOU Quote of the Day: Sting

“You have to be yourself. Be very honest about who and what you are. And if people still like or love you, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s their problem. Be yourself, no matter what they say. ” Sting

All the well-intentioned voices in your head-parents, teachers, coaches, employers, colleagues, friends, significant others-should not be louder than your own voice. Listen to your heart for that’s where you’ll hear the most important message about where your life should be headed.

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The next Farmington DESIGN YOU Meetup will be Thursday, April 13th at 7pm at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, 2nd floor lounge, West Hartford, CT. This is a one-time meeting location change after which we will return to the Farmington Library every other week. BE SURE TO RSVP 

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Read a free excerpt of DESIGN YOU 

with illustrations by Christopher Leykam
Order DESIGN YOU at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and iTunes

DESIGN YOU Quote of the Day: E.M. Forster

“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” —E. M. Forster

Don’t be merely interested in life. Lead yours with passion. Live your destiny.

 

with illustrations by Christopher Leykam
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The next Farmington DESIGN YOU Meetup will be Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7pm at the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington. BE SURE TO RSVP https://www.meetup.com/Farmington-DESIGN-YOU-Meetup/

DESIGN YOU Quote of the Day

 

“Basically, I feel fortunate to have realized what the goal is in life. There’s no point in dying having gone through your life without knowing who you are, what you are, or what the purpose of life is. And that’s all it is.”  George Harrison

 

 

 

The single greatest commitment we have is to our self; to find, free and follow who we are and what it is we are meant to do with our life.

with illustrations by Christopher Leykam
Order DESIGN YOU at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and iTunes
Read the latest post on the Farmington DESIGN YOU Meetup page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DesignYouMeetup/ 

 

The next Farmington DESIGN YOU Meetup will be Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7pm at the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington. BE SURE TO RSVP https://www.meetup.com/Farmington-DESIGN-YOU-Meetup/

DESIGN YOU Quote of the Day: Bono

“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” Bono

 

Live your dream, even if it makes you different from everyone else. Because YOU ARE! And, that’s the secret sauce of living your destiny. You have something to give to you and to the world that no one else can.

with illustrations by Christopher Leykam
Order DESIGN YOU at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and iTunes
Read the latest post on the Farmington DESIGN YOU Meetup page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DesignYouMeetup/ 

 

The next Farmington DESIGN YOU Meetup will be Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7pm at the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington. BE SURE TO RSVP https://www.meetup.com/Farmington-DESIGN-YOU-Meetup/