Saturday, October 29, 2011

For the love of it.

Sketch wall at Pivot: AIGA Design Conference.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Phoenix, AZ: Here I come!

Lay-over flight essentials.

This week I will be in Phoenix, AZ! From now until the 16th I will be volunteering, sketching, tweeting, photographing, note-taking, and soaking up as much knowledge, advice, and inspiration I can at Pivot: AIGA Design Conference! Two years ago I had the privilege to attend AIGA's Conference: Make/Think in Memphis, TN as a student at Grand Valley State University. I left that week feeling so incredible that it kept me motivated for the years to come. This time around I decided to register as a volunteer. I truly believe in the awesome things AIGA has to offer and love the idea of getting to help behind the scenes and watch it all come together.

On that note, I am about to board a plane in Denver to head to Phoenix! I will try to keep updated as much as possible this trip, if not I promise photos and awesome stories to come.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

Last night when I returned home from a quick trip to Meijer I found every social networking and news source I followed to be completely overtaken with one thing: Steve Jobs, the creator and former CEO of Apple had passed away at age 56. It was as if with every refresh of the page I saw another dozen little Macintosh Apples popping up. We are a generation that was revolutionized by the things Steve Jobs created, things others could only imagine. He was a college drop-out who started Apple in his parent's garage; he is an inspiration and a visionary.

As I type this from my beloved MacBook Pro I want to take a second to say thank you. As a recent college graduate struggling to figure out where I "fit" into the world it becomes more and more obvious sometimes you need to step up and create your own future. If there isn't something working, change it. If you aren't happy change that too. Start a revolution, why not? He told Standford grads at a commencement speech recently, "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." What incredible advice. I can only imagine how many speeches, blog entries, and prayers are being written and spoken about Steve Jobs right now. You were here only a short while but in that time you did some pretty amazing things.

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.
So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."

– Steve Jobs