This quote really resonates with me this week. A year ago I was a pixel pusher, brand creator, designer, project manager… I wore many hats but the outcome was for someone else’s benefit. From home I’d design buttons for social events, design wedding invites and stationary and geek out over DIYs for our apartment…that was my procrastination.
And now, almost a year later, I’m doing that as a job. It isn’t all unicorns and rainbows…turns out stressing out, fearing failure and working non-stop is part of working for yourself. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been “procrastinating” taking time away from paper and origami, trying out new things, meeting new people in hopes that through procrastination, ideas might spark. It’s only been a week but I’m pretty inspired generally speaking…here’s why:
Have you heard of Creative Mornings?
If you haven’t, look them up right now! Creative Mornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community around the world. It’s a two and a half hour lecture, once a month, provides free admission and free breakfast…why wouldn’t you want to go? Last August I went to my first CM and loved it! Since then I’ve been to five. Each time I go back, I meet one more person, get a good quote to ponder over and eat a free breakfast…Did I mention the free breakfast?
It’s my experience that these lecturers and the themes covered are applicable to everyone, not just the creative community. Creative Mornings Vancouver asked Heather Dawn Jones to be the speaker for this month’s theme minimal. She has a visual art practice that emphasizes the transformation of ordinary and discarded objects into beautiful pieces of art. Her process is anything but minimal. And she begins talking about this struggle she had creating this presentation; how she searched for minimal within her work. My interpretation from her talk is that she lives a minimal lifestyle, and in turns it challenges her creativity.
“It can be done, it’s not easy…you have bad days and good days like everyone else…turns out struggle is part of doing what you love.”
Something that resonated with me the most, is at the end of the talk she said something along the lines of: “It [living your dream] can be done…it’s not easy…you have bad days and good days like everyone else…turns out struggle is a part of doing what you love.” Amen sista!
From Now: a not-for-profit conference for people to come together, learn and discuss how technology is integrating into and changing our societies and culture.
Saving the best for last! This was pretty much the coolest conference ever! Six speakers with topics ranging from digital cities and creating games for good to biohacking and sex-bots. I mean talk about mind blown! Nick Badminton, Michael Fergusson and Amal Graffstra resonated with me the most.
Michael, owner of Ayogo, a gaming company making games for healthcare, spoke about using Play to improve the adherents of healthcare. Currently, Ayogo designed a game for dietetics, youth and adults. The game created a narrative that challenges the individual to do an activity (like jumping jax for 15 mins or keeping track of their food) in order to create a healthy lifestyle. For any diabetic or any parent with a diabetic child, this is huge. He touched on the power of play and its power to teach us important societal rules. Hide-and-go-seek for instance, teaches a child to hide from strangers, gives an opportunity to read your peers: are they sore losers? Are they empathetic if they find you too soon? These practices, while currently used in games design to fight aliens, kill zombies and fly fighter jets can be used and is now currently being used for healthcare.
Amal Graafstra, CEO of dangerousthings.com, represented the very interesting and exciting things about technology. His talk focused on topics such as biohacking or transhumanism (transforming the human condition), but brought up many questions about privacy and ownership of information. He demonstrated how something as simple as an RFID tag could be used to replace keys, store medical information, make a phone call or play a youtube video. The human body, if it isn’t already, will be the ideal vessel for technology. At the end of the talk, Nick Badminton had him insert an RFID tag. As a “print heavy” designer and for someone who mainly deals in paper, this was crazy. The idea of having personal information in an RFID tag that is in my hand is just crazy. I think the thing that really hit me was that this is something we’ll be seeing more of within the next five years. Maybe not so grass roots like… but in 10 years time, when societal norm has me inserting a chip put into my hand, it’ll be stamped with some big name on it and it’ll seem so normal. This idea of personal privacy and protecting my meta information will be looked on as a thing of the past.
“So in 50 years time, marriage will be a financial necessity, children will be born in India from women who get paid to have children, ‘relationships’ as we see them now will consist in a virtual world where we can personalize and control everything.”
Nick’s talk covered sex and technology. Honestly, I wasn’t sure where this was going to go, but it was one of my favorite talks of the day. He covered all the taboo subjects: porn, orgasms, sex bots, vibrators. And by the end of his talk I could only sit there in shock and amaze thinking… “So in 50 years time, marriage will be a financial necessity, children will be born in India from women who get paid to have children, “relationships” as we see them now will consist in a virtual world where we can personalize and control everything.” This world sounds sad doesn’t it? But that was the whole point of his talk and much of the entire conference: With technology comes much possibility but at some point we have to bring humanity into the mix. Relationships aren’t something that you can control, making love isn’t perfect and seamless and having a child isn’t the same as buying a custom bike…Or is it?