Category Archives: life

Merry Christmas!

A day late, but the joy still lingers. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Google Maps WIN!!

One of the things I love most about technology today is the incredibly fast access to information that it provides. I realize this has the potential to be both a positive and negative aspect of our digitally networked world, but last weekend it was nothing but positive.

For months, my girlfriend and I had been talking about an upcoming wedding. One of her best friends was getting married, and my girlfriend was a bridesmaid, so she was going to be with the bride all day before the wedding and I was going to arrive at the wedding on my own. We had multiple conversations in which she told me the wedding was at the Seattle Yacht Club, so when it came time to leave for the wedding, I just searched for the Seattle Yacht Club on Google maps and was on my way. I arrived at the wedding twenty minutes early, but the parking lot seemed strangely empty. I walked in to the Seattle Yacht Club to ask where I could find the wedding, and my suspicions were confirmed. I was in the wrong place! I quickly called my girlfriend. “Oh yeah, its at the Seattle Tennis Club. Sorry,” was her reply. She immediately texted me the address for the Seattle Tennis Club, which I copied and pasted in to Google maps on my iPhone. Once I had the directions, I drove like Mad Max, made it to the ceremony five minutes before they started and had an amazing night celebrating with friends.

Thank you for the WIN Google maps!

Social Media & Digital Communications – My New Ventures

I have been meaning to post more frequently, but life has been more busy than usual and full of many transitions. About a month ago I moved back to the amazing city of Seattle, WA to take a position as a Digital Communications Coordinator for a local non-profit. I am incredibly excited about this position, and in starting this venture I have discovered a  couple new passions:

1. Social Media – I knew that I loved social media, but being immersed in it from a business perspective, developing strategies and building relationships with new communities has sparked a passion in me and I am excited to see where it will take me.

2. Digital Communications – Social media being one aspect of digital communications, I am excited to explore the broader world of digital communication and further learn how to develop strategies for telling the story of a brand through engaging content and the effective integration of various digital communication tools.

So, as I continue to post my inspirations, expect the above passions to start making some more frequent appearences.

im here – spike jonze

a little emo, but i love it.

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Go Deep – Bruce Mau

“The deeper you go the more likely you will find something of value.”

Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child) – bruce mau

“Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.”

forget about good – bruce mau

“Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of the unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.”

allow events to change you – bruce mau

“You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.”

bruce mau’s incomplete manifesto for growth

Visionary. Innovator. Creative. Bruce Mau was one of the first designers I was recommended to take a look at when I first began the journey of studying design. His book Massive Change, done in collaboration with the Institute Without Boundaries, was the first of his work I encountered, and the hook was set. His passion for using design to effect positive change in the world is inspiring and I think we would all benefit from engaging with the questions he is asking. Another piece of Bruce Mau’s work I have found inspiring is his Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, which “is an articulation of statements exemplifying Bruce Mau’s beliefs, strategies and motivations”. I think each of these statements hold immense value, and not only for designers. So for the next 43 days I am going to post a statement from Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto as a kind of daily meditation which I hope will inspire some creativity.

Andrew Zuckerman: Wisdom

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