Friday, October 8, 2010

fall into inspiration

A few weeks ago I attended the Cusp Conference and like last year it did not disappoint. Listening and learning from some of the brightest, talented people is always inspiring, encouraging and humbling. And as instructed I emersed myself, letting it all flow over me and through me.  I found most of the speakers very insightful, and others just some "ear/brain" candy.  I couldn't begin to give an accurate synopsis, but  did manage to jot down a few snippets that I thought were inspiring, hope some inspire you also:

"All design is an act of optimism"
- Sean Adams talked at length about the whole design and experience of Disneyland.

"Sustainability is a series of informed trade offs"
- Natalia Allen, is an textile designer creating eco-friendly products, including a textile that is reflective based on her need for something to wear while running at night while still in college. 

"Work your best, for you." 
"Live life and make art at the same time."
- Olivia Bee, a 16 year old photographer from Portland, creating authentic images  for Converse and Nike.

"Recognize conflict and work through it"
-Maggie Breslin observes, researchs and designs efforts around decision making for patient-centered hospitals. 
"We have what we need – no more, no less."
- Frank Chimero a graphic designer that created intrigued with the infinite potential of every little bit. 

Words + Pictures = more comprehensive learning
-Josh Elder who gave a explicit speech on how comics let the reader fill in the sequence creating more active and imaginative learning.  

"Resources + Passion + Confidence + Abiltiy = Change"
"help create the fearlessness"
-Liz Gerbers, a change agent in academia, believes confidence is the main ingredient to evoke learner to make a difference.

"Recognize conflict and work through it"
-Maggie Breslin observes, researchs and designs efforts around decision making for patient-centered hospitals. 

"Our largest untapped resource is the time of creative people and their disposalable income "
-Mark Hatch, CEO of the Tech Shop in Raleigh, NC. - a dream workshop with all the tools a inventor would need, a Maker Space - I so want to visit the Shop. 

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
-Mickey McManus CEO of Maya, insisting that the next big leap for innovation is not at the peak, but on a whole new mountain. 

"I like to make things"
-Amy Kouse Rosenthal who will be at the Bean in Chicago at 10.10.10 at 10 pm. THIS WEEKEND, who will go with me? Last time she did this was 08.08.08 at 8 pm. here's the video.  
WHO's IN?  

But whenever I take in so much information, it takes a while to digest it. Then slowly, patterns emerge. There was so much, but I hope some of these quotes inspire you to make something, do something, be something to evoke change - because change is good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Cherylyn. Just checking in and checking out your lovely work. I'm in the area now and would love to get together and talk shop. Let me know if that's something you may be interested in. Take care. Jess