All posts tagged lectures

  • My 5 favorite talks from Interaction15

    Didn’t get to go to Interaction15?

    Wouldn’t even if you didn’t know about it because you’re not an interaction designer?

    Never fear! here are my favorite talks in a nutshell (and why). I will preface with telling you that there were usually three talks going at a time and so I certainly didn’t attended all of them, but I still really liked the ones I ended up at. They’re each about an hour long.

    Mike Monteiro: Keynote from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo.

    This is a great talk for any creative to learn how to talk about themselves and Monteiro is a super engaging lecturer. He’s talking about how important it is to be able to see your work with conviction and why you need to. Something that a lot of people working in creative industries struggle with.

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  • Meg Jay: “Why 30 is not the new 20”

    “Do something that adds value to who you are. Do something that’s an investment in who you might want to be”

    Carissa sent me this with hesitation saying it would either motivate me or antagonize my fretful nature. Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist who’s talk is about making the most of our 20s, contrary to our culture that is increasingly tell us (“20-something-year-olds”) that we have all the time in the world and that we basically have a decade before we have to start being “serious.” What Jay emphasizes is that this “benign neglect” of making a meaningful impact during these years is dangerous and that we’re missing a particularly special period of our lives that can govern the rest of our future.

    Not to make you freak out or anything.

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  • “Kern & Bern: Conversation With Design Entrepreneurs” belated reaction

    I’m so behind, but I’ll try to write a little something anyway, for my own memory’s sake. (Note, some of this is from my post written for the AIGA/NY blog)

    So last Thursday, I went to an event called Kern & Bern: Conversation With Design Entrepreneurs hosted by co-authors Tim Hoover and Jessica Heltzel who led a four-person panel of current design entrepreneurs who have made careers around their varied interests, passions, and backgrounds.The Kern & Burn project started as a series of highlights from Hoover & Heltzel’s interviewers with various designers and eventually evolved into their kickstarter-funded book featuring 30 in-depth interviews with design entrepreneurs. I wanted to get the book, I should have gotten the book, but it was $30 and I didn’t get it. One day. When I’m famous.

    On the panel was (from right to left):

    • Peter Bucanan-Smith, who founded Best Made Company, a company who’s first product was high-end axes and now creates high-end ourdoor gear.  He used to work a designer until he decided to sell axes instead
    • Kate Bingaman-Burt, a professor at Portland State University and professional illustrator. She makes really fun and playful illustrations, I like them
    • Tom Gerhardt, co-founder of Studio Neat, a company that has successfully started a number of crowd-funded commercial projects after creating Glif through Kickstarter
    • Keenan Cummings, creative director of Wander, an upcoming location app, and Days, a creative visual diary app.

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  • Another one to add to the list: Laurie Rosenwald

    On Saturday I had the tremendous good fortune to help out with a workshop by illustrator Laurie Rosenwald through AIGA. I had seen her work before through little animations she’d made for David Sedaris and then back-tracking to her own personal videos after really enjoying the design style. I remember after seeing this video coveting the raw style and honesty in the work, the same reason I enjoy James Victore‘s work (and person) so much.

    the shrink pimp from laurie rosenwald on Vimeo.

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  • The intersection of time, money, and thought (and Stefan Sagmeister)

    Whether or not an onlooker would feel likewise, I’ve come to a point in my career where I feel comfortable with the amount and quality of clients but I am still struggling with the art of asking. I find real, personal value in my process of creating a design and that value is coming up short with some of my interactions. I’m coming to this point where I want to be more than a number per time.

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  • Sebastian Errazuriz on ‘Hacking Life: Using Creativity to Break into the System’

    Today I went to an AIGA lecture by Sebastian Errazuriz, a Chilean artist based in New York that was pretty interesting. He was the first presenter in a series called “Hacking Life: Using Creativity to Break into the System” and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. First of all, he wasn’t even a graphic designer. :)

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  • Sarah Kay’s TED Talks

    I think expression is important. It’s not secret that how much I value the arts. It’s more than something to look at or read, no matter how superficial something like…a blog post…might seem. It’s time, energy, and introspection. Even if it’s not meaningful to you, the observer, the process of creating it sheds light on the author/artist. I know that shortly after beginning this blog (2 years ago!?) that I felt like just writing about some of my pithy bopping around town was really therapeutic to me.

    So, what are you doing that makes you happy? That makes your life richer?

  • It’s been a year…

    since this…

    Whoa. My one year BA anniversary! It’s flew by! It’s been a year since I started my five year diary! I’m on the second row now! At this time last year…I think I was probably at the Buckhorn with Carissa!

    I can’t even comprehend right now.

    Last Thursday I attended Cliff Kuang‘s fantastically stimulating talk about Co.Design. He talked about what good design means to him. How good design is made. How he curates it. To him, design is not a thing that can be showcased or is a passing trend (like fashion or sports) but it’s a lens through which we see the world. It informs the way we interact with it and it’s becoming a bigger part of the average Joe’s life as well. It’s more integrated into business decisions. Design.Co showcases not “design” but as innovations in products (ways of thinking, architecture, etc) through design. Design actually influencing the product and our interaction with it. He’s the one that showed me the MIT Media Lab logo that I thought was simply fabulous.

    It was so good in fact, that I’m forced to think once again about what I want to do. What I’m really passionate about. Ugh. But then there’s a road block. So I thought I was try smaller and think about things I know about myself, which yes, is unfortunately similar to what that girl did in The Hunger Games. Don’t judge me.

    I believe in myself. I mean, for all the self-doubt I carry with me on a day-to-day (second-to-second) basis, I really do think I’m capable of pushing back whatever is pushed at me. I believe that I am a creative person. It’s the hot, red flames of stress, deadlines, and panic that make it bloom like meadow in bloom. And I want to be pushed. Even if I am just a cog in the machine, I want to feel like the best cog in a machine that’s kicking ass.

    I need a catalyst. And that’s quite unfortunate. I consider myself an extremely self-motivated person, but my weakness is that I need something to set it off. I’m more of a once-the-ball-is-rollling kind of person rather than a someone who kicks the stopper. Is that a paradox? Let’s say: I consider myself someone who puts out fires instead of one who starts them. My ambitious, idealistic, and well-meaning To-Do list is growing longer and longer…

    I’m not done learning. Not that anyone is or really can be, but I still can’t stop thinking about the things I want to learn. I want to take more classes. Web design? Coding? Java? PHP? Copy writing? Does that sound fun to anyone? I think it takes a certain type of person to graduate and settle into their job. To somehow settle into their future and do it for the rest of their lives. I’m not there yet. There’s too much unrest in my wee heart. There are things I haven’t seen, places I haven’t been, painfully awkward situations I haven’t hilariously gotten myself into! I keep thinking that all my best friends have been spending the last year abroad while I’ve been…making car payments and buying iPhones (ok, I do love my iPhone though). It seems nice to be content, but there is something that makes me want to keep going.

    If I were a plumber, I’d build pipe dreams. To be fair, I think if I did carry out all the of the 1,000s of whims I come up with in the course of a year, I could be fairly successful in them (see no.1). And I don’t know if this is  a good thing or a bad thing, it’s just a thing I know about myself. Once something flutters into my thoughts, it quickly wedges itself into my brain wrinkles and takes roots. Then I can’t stop thinking about x, whatever x, is. I want to accomplish the project and take off–right away! As soon as possible! Now! Yesterday! Please!! While it can be cumbersome sometimes and a bit emotional (not like, girl emotional, but Regular), it means I feel passionate about things. Who’d want to give that up?

    I’ve been thinking about what I want for a while now. What’s next. What goes through my mind most is what Michael Salvo said in a talk to the Professional Writing minors: The jobs our children will have don’t exist yet. Maybe mind doesn’t either! Heck, I’d be happy if it did already exist and I just didn’t know about it!

    I love design.  I really do. But I’m not 100% positive how I’m meant to interactive with it. How I can be the most effective 60-inch powerhouse of concentrated energy.


    So stay tuned.

    You know I have a lot more laconic blog posts in my back pocket. I always do.

  • Some design reflection

    I love this lecture by Chip Kidd. I love his zest.

    It’s not often that I go to some lecture or forum and not enjoy it a least a little bit. At the very least, I’m content and don’t really regret going even if it’s not the most extraordinarily compelling.  Opportunity cost stuff, you know.

    However, last week I went to a two hour creative forum (with an hour of mingle time) and I mostly regret staying. Recently, it’s been the norm for me to see somewhat eccentric, passionate, and energetic people. The two designers they feeatured were…and of course I only saw them for two hours and they probably have a whole different side of them…the stereotypical high-brow design-tools that the media makes fun of. The kind Woody Allen would want nothing to do with. There’s confidence and there’s arrogance. They didn’t feel like any of their clients were capable of being insightful, creative, or understanding their work. That’s no way to be. Everything should inspire and influence you. There are many kind of wonderful design styles that can influence you. There are surprising perspectives that anyone can show you.

    They talked about being reductionists. As in, they were able to find the “true essence” of the project and represent it. As in, a lot of white space, short phrases, periods, black type. They describe having a several hour presentation of their work with their clients where one of the partners reads out of a 20-page packet of design justification. Doesn’t that sound horrendous?! They said sometimes their clients don’t understand how amazing their work is so they have to explain it to them. They explain every single thing they did do and explain every single thing they didn’t do. Ugh.

    They were the polar opposite of the idealists-we-can-change-the-world designers. They talked about limitations and making sure that their clients stayed grounded. In the way that some people feel the need to justify work that is subjective by making it scientific, they have to justify their art by dragging everything through an arduous process which distances themselves from their clients and audience as superior.

    I believe that good design embraces its audience. Clarity and simplicity are not the same thing. There is a way to make meaningful design in varying levels of complexity. I believe that no one should be lectured on why they should or shouldn’t like something. Even if it’s not instantaneous, it should hit them like a ton of bricks.

    James Victore described it like this: You want your audience’s reaction to be “Huh? WOW!” not “Wow!…Huh?

    Something has to give. And it’s not serifs.

  • 5: Things in the works

    01. Going up to Laramie today for Jordan’s birthday. Jordan and his multitude of bands will be having silly concerts.

    02. Going to the CBCA Business for the Arts Awards next week.

    03.  Attending the incredible graphic designer Aaron Draplin‘s lecture next week.

    04. Very sure that I will be attending Denver’s Uke Fest when Laura and her friend visit me in May.

    05. Just got tickets for the Feist/Bon Iver concert at Red Rocks in May as well!!