I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

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My First Conference (Part Two)

I’ve been try­ing to work a seem­ing­ly ran­dom col­lec­tion of thoughts into a fol­low up post about New Adven­tures con­fer­ence. It’s not real­ly hap­pened so I’ve cho­sen to just throw them out there to any­one who is inter­est­ed.
Over­all I enjoyed the day, it was fun, infor­ma­tive and pushed me out of my com­fort zone, teach­ing me things about design and myself that are valu­able and I am pro­cess­ing in order to improve.
Most enjoy­able was Bren­dan’s talk. He was the most enter­tain­ing in deliv­ery and engaged the audi­ence excel­lent­ly. His pas­sion for design is infec­tious, but some­thing I felt myself iden­ti­fy­ing with straight away. I don’t obsess over using the right pen­cil, but my friends can attest that I do obsess over oth­er seem­ing­ly point­less items.
Most dis­ap­point­ing was Veer­le Pieter’s talk about inspi­ra­tion. I real­ly enjoy Veer­le’s blog, and so was look­ing for­ward to hear­ing her talk but, for me, it had too much exam­ple and not enough insight. I was hop­ing for some process­es which peo­ple could adopt or adapt to make their own and use as trig­gers in the cre­ative process. I know we all work dif­fer­ent­ly, but hear­ing how some­one goes about find­ing inspi­ra­tion when all they are hit­ting is brick wall after brick wall can be inspir­ing in itself. Veer­le also seemed to con­tra­dict some of the talks from the morn­ing, with a theme of doing some­thing a cer­tain way because you like it rather than for a par­tic­u­lar rea­son. Whilst design is sub­jec­tive and some­times we go with our gut, there’s usu­al­ly rea­son for doing it beyond “I like it”.
Most thought pro­vok­ing was Dan Rubin’s talk on matur­ing the indus­try by devel­op­ing a lan­guage that has mean­ing and that every­one can under­stand. Hav­ing moved to a new job around 3 months ago and hav­ing had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work on a cou­ple of web jobs, this struck a cord. The things I mean when I refer to some­thing and the things they mean when my new col­leagues refer to some­thing are eas­i­ly con­fused on these jobs, how­ev­er, when it comes to a print job every­one knows exact­ly what the oth­er per­son means.
Elliot’s talk, Andy Clarke’s, Jon Tan’s and Mark Boul­ton’s were also some of the most infor­ma­tive, inter­est­ing and thought pro­vok­ing talks that left me feel­ing inspired and moti­vat­ed. Good stuff that I have already noticed is inform­ing the way I work.
New Adven­tures was a real­ly good day, which I thor­ough­ly enjoyed, hope­ful­ly I’ll get to a few more in the future and I’m cer­tain­ly hop­ing that I can make it to New Adven­tures 2.

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