A few weeks ago I attended TEDxSoCal, an independently organized TED event in Long Beach, CA. What an inspiring day! I guess that’s what happens when a group of passionate speakers and listeners come together for the sole sake of learning and ideas.
The event was broken down into sub-topics of Lifelong Learning, Sustainability, Well-Being, and Creative Cultures, with the spectrum of talks ranging from ocean conservation to coffee-soluble sugar packets. From a design standpoint, I particularly enjoyed learning about Solarflora by Nectar Design– public art pieces with the ability to transmit solar power to surrounding buildings.
I also had the fun, quick project of designing the event’s program. I decided to take a utilitarian approach by binding informational cards with a handy hook-ring, providing a “carabiner pen” and ample room for notes. There’s nothing worse than seeing print material scattered across the floor of an event, so I was happy to see the program hanging from many belt loops. :)
I definitely recommend attending a TEDx event in your area. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for the main TED to get inspired (unless you have thousands of dollars lying around… then by all means, go!)
Falling head-over-heels for the new website Pinterest. What an elegant solution for collecting, organizing, and sharing inspiration via virtual “pinboards.” Normally when something catches my eye on the internet, I save it to my desktop with the wholehearted intention of someday blogging it, or printing it out, or doing something with it… only to forget. Problem solved. This site will be perfect for making mood boards for new design projects (ie: collecting color palettes, type, & imagery to generate an overall “feel”.)
Here’s to dwindling more hours away on the internet, hooray! Lord knows I don’t stare at this screen enough. Let’s be friends!
Loved Stefan Sagmeister’s TED talk, “7 Rules for Making More Happiness.”
He poses the question, “Can I pursue happiness in design?”
“Do more of the things I like to do and fewer of the things I don’t like.”
Our ability to measure and apportion time affords an almost endless source of comfort… “I’m afraid I’m booked solid through the end of the month,” says the executive, voluptuously nestling the phone at his cheek as he thumbs the leaves of his appointment calendar, and his mouth and eyes at that moment betray a sense of deep security. The crisp, plentiful, day-sized pages before him prove that nothing unforseen, no calamity of chance or fate can overtake him between now and the end of the month. Ruin and pestilence have been held at bay, and death itself will have to wait; he is booked solid.”
Isn’t it funny how much control we think we have over our lives?
Is it normal to have this many active sketchbooks? SEVEN. I have a small library of scattered thoughts archived without rhyme or reason.
I’m not even going to show you my pen drawer.