We’ve pulled some of our favorite takeaways from popular talks to give you 2-5 minute videos packed with inspiration and motivation. The perfect length for a quick break between projects, or a preview before seeing if you’d like to watch the full 20 minute talk. Check them out.
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What originally started as a friend-sourced presentation for an AIGA student conference grew into an amazing resource with tidbit and thoughts from an excellent lineup including Debbie Millman, Jason Fried, Tina Roth Eisenberg, and Jason Santa Maria.
While many of the videos date a few years back, the advice and inspiration is as relevant as ever! Great 2-3 minute clips of wisdom to watch.
Have you ever played Layer Tennis?
Layer Tennis is a live design event where matches are played using video, animation, sound, photos, type and lots more, but the basic idea is the same no matter what tools are in use:
Two competitors swap a file back and forth in real-time, adding to and embellishing the work. Each artist gets fifteen minutes to complete a “volley.” A third participant, a writer, provides play-by-play commentary on the action, as it happens. A match lasts for ten volleys and when it’s complete, fans say what they think and help declare a winner.
The primary Layer Tennis Playoffs are hosted by Coudal Partners in Chicago, but you can play against a fellow designer for fun to sharpen your skills and break up the ritual—part of Mig’s advice to spend less time on things.
Give it a try!
Mig Reyes outlines the game in his talk on backwards advice from May’s CreativeMornings/Chicago event. Jump to 18:26 for a play-by-play of his duel against fantastic letterer Jessica Hische.
Ready for some backwards advice? Mig Reyes kicked off our May theme with a talk about untraditional approaches he has taken that keep him constantly rethinking and reworking his design process.
From burning your business card to spending less time on things, Mig tells us what we should be doing to learn and expand our art/design practice.
"The future can be scary for a freelancer, but it can also be beautiful."
Photographer Paul Octavious took the stage at Chicago’s April event where he spoke on the future, but not before looking toward the past—telling his personal story from polaroids as a five-year-old to where he is today.
A great watch for photographers and appreciators alike.
In honor of May’s theme, ‘Backwards,’ Mig Reyes spoke at our Chicago event—giving some backwards, or untraditional, advice. Here’s a recap:
Burn your business cards.
Mig points out that there’s an odd way we introduce ourselves in America, where we tend to lead with our title. “We define ourselves by what’s on this business card, this title, when really, we’re robbing ourselves of a lot of really great possibilities if we just forget about our title,” says Mig.
He tells us to consider ruining our business card, or at least losing it. No one will hire you to do the über-specific job-title you have already anyways, so don’t let it define you.
“All your life we’re told to make things, maybe we should break them,” says Mig. He goes on to talk about his experience with humblepied.com, an initiative to capture great advice, all over iChat. In creating the website, he had to break a lot along the way.
Breaking things is dangerous, but that’s how you learn. Mig advises us to break things and take them apart.
Make ugly things.
“There’s this unhealthy obsession in design with making beautiful things,” he says. Citing the work of Jan Tschichold, Mig says that we’re taught how to design ‘well’—in the same vein as Jan, but what about the David Carsons? Where is the next generation of people making things ugly?
Making beautiful isn’t always the point. We shouldn’t be sticking to the safe groove of design we’re in; we should mix things up and make ugly.
Spend less time on things.
Here, Mig introduces us to a few ways he broke up his design routine by spending less time on things. Like making things ugly, spending less time allowed Mig to drop some of the pressure and responsibility of making something beautiful and time-intensive.
Layer Tennis proved to be a great way for Mig to flex those skills under a time crunch, playing the likes of Jessica Hische and other artist/designer extraordinaires.
In an epic turn of events, the everything was turned on its head for the month of May, as chapters around the world each had their own take on the month’s theme of ‘backwards.’ The proof is in the photos: check out this set from CreativeMornings/Chicago with Mig Reyes, a previous chapter organizer mixing things up as speaker for the event. Photos by Matt Soria.
Check out the rest in their Flickr Album.
The Chicago chapter of CreativeMornings is organized by Kim Knoll & Kyle Eertmoed. Follow along with them at @Chicago_CM!