by Dannielle Cresp on September 28, 2010
The other week I was lucky enough to attend the Semi-Permanent conference held at the MCEC (Jeff’s Shed).
It was an interesting experience for me as I had never been to a conference before let alone a design one. I felt a little bit apprehensive about going as the tickets weren’t cheap and because I feel like a bit of an impostor to the design community, as my formal background is not in design but in business and logistics.
I was really glad I went though. There were a lot more students and a lot less professionals than I thought there would be but the conference itself was really cool.
My favourite speakers were Timba Smits; Gerard Saint from Big Active; Orion Tait from Buck; Andy Jenkins – graphic designer and the art director of Girl Skateboards; Brad Eastman of Beastman; and Simon Allen of Pixar.
I found all of these speakers incredibly interesting to listen to and I was glad in a way that I didn’t do much research on them before hand. The Pixar presentation was a little bit disappointing as he didn’t really show or tell anything that isn’t on any one extras of the Pixar DVDs, but that’s how it is when Disney are pulling the strings.
Here are some of the images I captured on my little camera during the two day event…
Big Active- Album Covers
Andy Jenkins Skateboard designs
Andy Jenkins – Girl Table
Beastman – Pizza Box lid Painting
You should have a look at all of their websites as my little camera doesn’t do them any justice! Links are above.
I am really glad I went even if I ended up feeling very overwhelmed at the end of it. It was a little bit too inspiring. I think I will take a lot away from it in the long run though.
Do you know these artists? Did you go? What do you think of their work? Tell me in the comments!
Also: I met Timba after his presentation and got him to sign a copy of Wooden Toy Quarterly. I tried to make polite conversation and he looked at me like I was mad. – Just another awkward moment for the memories… I’m such a nerd.
by Dannielle Cresp on September 14, 2010
Do you remember that clothing brand from the 90s ‘No Fear’? I do. It was my big brother’s choice of streetwear at the time. While I think the clothes were a passing thing I always remember the tag line of the brand, and for me it’s as true today as ever before:
Never let Fear stand in the way of your dreams
Easier said than done, though. Especially if you’re as shy as I am.
I figure, to overcome some of my fears I have to share them – a problem shared is a problem halved right?!
So here goes:
- I fear that this business will be a flop
- I fear that I will never be able to afford to live where I want to
- I fear that people won’t take me seriously
- I fear that my business will be such a success that it will implode
- I fear that I won’t be able to be a useful member of society
- I fear that my opinionated mouth will get me into trouble
There they are, written for all the world to see (or who ever reads this blog). But just because I fear those things, does not mean that any of them will ever come true. I think fear can be useful. It makes you work harder and smarter. It makes you think about what you really want and how you are going to achieve it.
- My business won’t be a flop, if I work hard and smart and if I allow it the time to grow. And if it is, at least I can say I tried. I took the leap into small business and I’m all the better for it.
- Does it really matter where I live as long as I have a roof over my head and food in my belly?!
- Some people will never take me seriously, it’s just the way it is
- If my business is a huge success I can always hire someone to help me
- Getting out of bed in the morning and working on something (anything) makes me a useful member of society
- And, my mouth will always offend someone, so why worry about it. If they don’t like it they can always just not listen
Does Fear take hold of you? Do you fear these things too? Maybe you fear something else.
Remembering that fear makes our lives more exciting can reduce the paralysis that it can bring. I have to tackle my fears head on. Face them and they shrink, hide from them and they grow. I think it’s something I’m not perfect at, but something to work on.
So tell me in the comments, how do you tackle fear?