Hey Brandon! How’s it going?
A couple of questions for ya.
Now that you own and operate Offset, and have designed/released two throws through that brand, has anything changed about how you evaluate or review yoyos? Did you gain any insight on why certain design choices might be made or found any deal-breakers you wouldn’t have considered?
What was your experience been like designing and releasing the Variant and the Outlier? I know you’ve spoken a bit about them on your YT channel and your podcast but could you maybe go into what you found especially challenging or surprising?
I’m always curious about different regional trends etc. Do you notice any differences between trends in Asia/Pacific vs the West? Maybe any differences in how contests are run/organized, or sponsorships (for example, how you mentioned that qualifiers are still a thing in Australia)? How about with yoyo design. I feel like I’ve heard references to Asian/Japanese design aesthetics vs here in the US before but not much. Or is there enough communication/exchange between the various pockets of our community that differences are minimal?
Lastly, I’m a big fan of the podcast and I’m really hoping for a second season. Do you have any plans beyond the six or so episodes you originally scoped out?
As an aside, I’m loving the podcast. I love hearing the stories behind the names and brands we interact with and watch. Great job so far! Hope you keep it up!