Today I received my first photo of Americo, a 12 year old boy from a poor village near Cusco, Peru. I’ll be sponsoring him until he’s old enough to take care of himself. It’s a wonderful feeling to suddenly have a meaningful connection with a little chap over 6,000 miles away.
The year 2010 was an important and epic one for me, so as it ended I wrote about it in some detail. In doing so, I set myself the goal of documenting each year I survive, and as 2011 was equally epic in some regards, I really want a record of it for the future me.
I learned many things at Brooklyn Beta last week, but one lesson in particular will stay with me for some time. Taking to the stage to announce our ambitious new web app capped a humbling and fear-inducing afternoon. Despite years of experience presenting to crowds, I was a mess.
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Conor O’Driscoll for his excellent One Minute With website, which is gradually blossoming into a fine little resource for delving into the heads of us designery types.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying the beautifully designed mixes over at Designers.MX, curated by Blake Allen and Josh Sullivan. So, it was a pleasure to contribute a mix, although I opted for something a little more, erm… risky.
I’d been hesitant about writing a review of my 2010, partly because it is something I’ve avoided each year, and also because I had such a brilliant and eventful twelve months that I hate the idea of appearing arrogant or self-indulgent. Ultimately, I decided that this would be something I’d like to reflect upon at a later date, or might be of use to someone else. So for those reasons, I think it’s justified.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Belfast and back for Build. It was a tale of trains, planes, boats and automobiles, terrible weather, and one of the most inspiring conferences I’ve ever attended.
Having just spent ten of the best days of my life in New York and San Francisco, I’d planned to write about some of my experiences. However, there is way too much to cover. Therefore, I simply present a list; a personal diary entry to trigger my own memories of people and places in years to come.