Having summarised my year as both 2010 and 2011 drew to a close, I’m learning to enjoy writing these reviews now. Early worries about being a “show off” or the irrelevance of my experiences to others have worn off, and I see this as a cathartic task that teaches me as much about the coming year as it does reflect on the one just passed. So, here’s my look back at an incredibly busy 2012.
Last month I was thrilled to speak at the Creative Mornings Benefit in Brooklyn, alongside Jason Santa Maria. By way of record, I’ve pulled together videos of both talks plus my slides and a few thoughts in this quick post.
Earlier this month I spent four days in remote Nisswa, Minnesota where I delivered a keynote to around 350 designers, alongside Pentagram’s Paula Scher, book designer and Batman author Chip Kidd, and heroes of illustration The Heads of State. It was a breath of fresh air, and it made me think again about what I present and to whom I present it.
I recently got back from a trip to Seattle, where I presented at An Event Apart for the first (and hopefully not the last) time.
On the morning of Thursday 10th November 2011, I was excited about closing the day’s talks at Build. Then, just before lunch, something happened. Something unexpected and incredible, care of Wilson Miner.
Back in November, I was lucky enough to speak at the wonderful Build in Belfast. I reflected on over two years of specific investigation into our craft, and I think it’s one of my stronger talks. I certainly stand by the messages.
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.
I have been fortunate enough to contribute to numerous publications in my time, but without doubt the contribution I’m most proud of kicks off the beautiful and important first edition of The Manual.