A quote from Ping Fu’s moving CreativeMornings talk last month.
I can’t wait to see all the different interpretations of Money in relation to creativity. This will be interesting.
Did you see last month’s moving New York talk by Ping Fu?
Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker and a political prisoner. To be beaten and raped for being born into a well educated family. To be deported and having to start over without family or friends.
She also knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software innovator, a CEO and Inc magazine’s entrepreneur of the year. To give speeches that inspire and to advise the president of the United States.
Ping Fu’s story is a story of two worlds. A story of pure human resilience.
I am truly excited to announce that CreativeMornings will be hosting unified themes across our 40+ chapters in 2013. This month, over 5,000 attendees will meet up at CreativeMornings events on six continents for speakers that relate to our January theme, “Happiness”.
Imagine 40+ local conversations all contributing to a much bigger global conversation. I truly believe that this is what will set CreativeMornings apart from any other organization and that will connect our communities across the globe. I can not wait to see how our host cities interpret the themes. Exciting times!
A big thank you to Mailchimp for sponsoring the themed month!
“Stop waiting for something to happen or for someone to give you permission to do things.”
- Kate Kendall
A quote from Kate Kendall’s CreativeMornings/Melbourne talk. Watch it here.
I enjoyed listening to Paula Scher talking about how she went about designing the new Windows 8 logo.
Design legend George Lois ended his fantastic CreativeMornings talk with powerful advice for us creative types: It’s all about being courageous. Watch it, it’s only 1:40min.
(What do you think of this new format of us sharing CreativeMornings Shorts?)
Last month, CreativeMornings/NewYork teamed up with Spectrum and invited advertising legend George Lois to the Met in celebration of the exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop.
Lois is perhaps best known for the more than ninety-two covers he designed for Esquire magazine between 1962 and 1972, but he is also a prolific art director and author. A fantastic talk, by a design legend, in a humbling venue. A magical morning all around.
The 500 people event took place in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, November 16, 2012! George’s talk was filmed by Met staff and edited by Ben Hallman. You can see photos of the event over on Flickr thanks to Katherine Miles Jones.
Our speaker at the October 2012 CreativeMornings/NewYork was the incredibly charming, deep and thoughtful Maira Kalman. Maira is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and product designer. She has illustrated numerous covers for The New Yorker magazine and has written and illustrated more than a dozen children’s books. Her articles and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Interview, and many other publications.
The event was generously hosted by the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
And it’s thanks to the generous filming and editing work of Ben Hallman that you are able to watch this talk online. If you would like photos of the event, please check our Flickr set. All photos by the wonderful Katherine Miles Jones.
Hanna Brencher writes love letters to strangers. She strongly believes in the power of pen and paper and started a global initiative that encourages strangers to exchange love letters. Poetic.
TED just launched Playlists. Clustering the most watched talks around specific topics. Neat.
I was lucky enough to see this fabulous talk by NASA Astronaut Donald Pettit in person a few weeks ago here in New York at the Luminance Conference. Donald Pettit has called the International Space Station home for a total of 370 days. While there, he’s captured some of the most mind-blowing photos of space – and Earth – we’ve ever seen. In his talk Donald gives us an inside look into what it’s like to take photos of space, why bringing 10 DSLRs with him is actually necessary, and the reason why hard drives tend to fail in zero gravity.
Hey designers, book lovers and design enthusiasts; Don’t miss this weekend’s Designers & Books Fair 2012.
- Book Design at Pentagram with Michael Bierut, Abbott Miller, Emily Oberman, Eddie Opara, Paula Scher and DJ Strout (info)
- Karim Rashid in Conversation with Debbie Millman (info)
- Steven Heller and Louise Fili: A Conversation with Debbie Millman (info)
John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work — and even a computer made of people.
Interested in John’s thinking on leaderhip? Check out his most recent book Redesigning Leadership (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life).
The third Brooklyn Beta, organized by my studiomates Cameron and Chris, is currently happening three blocks away from my apartment. This morning, on my way to get coffee, I bumped into several familiar faces that I usually only see virtually on the various social media channels. Quite Surreal! Brooklyn Beta feels as if my Twitter stream has come to life. Look, real people, not pixels!
If you want to follow the #BrooklynBeta Hashtag for the remaining 1.5 days of the conference, you should check out this tagboard page. It aggregates all content hashtagged #BrooklynBeta from Twitter, Instagram, App Net and Facebook. Nifty!
Also, if you’re in NYC but didn’t get tickets to the actual conference, check out the Beyond Beta schedule. So much good stuff happening!
Today we had our extra special Benefit CreativeMornings with two thoughtful talks by Jason Santa Maria and Simon Collison. The talks were nothing short of fantastic and I can not wait to share them. And how much fun was it to sip Mimosas at 9am and indulge in some photobooth fun! Check the photos here.
The Rain Room art installation makes me want to book a flight to London, asap. Created by rAndom, it allows visitors to pass through a downpour without getting wet. Cameras map human movement in the 100-square-meter room and send instructions for the rain to move near people, yet not too near, as they traverse the space. Fascinating.
Read more over on Architizer.
Also: rAndom spoke at CreativeMornings/London. Watch their talk.
If you’re an avid reader of my site you are most probably familar with my passion for making conferences and the talks that come out of it more accessible. Hence me starting CreativeMornings.
I was thrilled to find Besquare, a personal project by Craig Lockwood, featuring lots of insightful talks by leading forces in the industry.
Not everyone has the possibility to fly to conferences around the world. Besquare makes it possible for anyone to watch the talks at home. But if you happen to have the urge and moneys to go and attend a conference in person, check out his growing conference listing.
Read Craig’s post on why he started Besquare. His goal seems to become a dedicated host for all conference videos. Let’s just hope, it will stay accessible. Fingers crossed.
So happy to see my studiomate Jason Santa Maria interviewed over on The Great Discontent. Jason is all kinds of wonderful; an amazing designer, layered with serious thoughtfulness and topped off with a huge heart. Oh, and he is a fantastic speaker.
Clay Shirky argues that the history of the modern world could be rendered as the history of ways of arguing, where changes in media change what sort of arguments are possible — with deep social and political implications.