The speaker at January’s CreativeMornings/Melbourne this year was Beci Orpin, an extraordinarily talented designer and illustrator. Beci couldn’t have been more appropriate for that month’s speaker, as she just oozes with happiness.
She shared with the audience what happiness means for her, and a few lessons she’s discovered to keep it always present in her life.
Will Gay is a Creative Director at the happiest place on earth.
“You think that would be enough,” he told the audience. Working as part of Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group—the in-house advertising agency for the Walt Disney Company, Will leads a diverse and talented creative team made up of artists, writers and designers. He couldn’t be happier. In this talk, Will speaks on that process of finding happiness and making his work into something he loves.
“I left Digital Kitchen in 2009 with the idea that I wasn’t going to take any client work for a year. If it all blew up in my face, I knew that I could either crawl back to DK and ask for my job back, or, if they wouldn’t have me, maybe somebody else in the city, but the risk at that point was just trying it. It was a year.”
Nick Campbell spoke at the very first CreativeMornings/Chicago of 2013. In this video, Nick talks about how he transitioned from 80% to 92% happy by quitting his job to do what he loves.
The speaker at January’s CreativeMornings/Aarhus event was Søren Stiller Markussen, one of the best baristas in the world. In 2008, he was chosen as sixth in the world, to be exact.
We kicked off 2013 with our first globally themed month—talking all about happiness across all of our chapters. Søren believes that you should do what makes you happy, and, for him, that’s all coffee. “I make coffee because it makes people happy,” he says.
Six reasons why Søren says you should drink great coffee:
1. It’s delicious, creamy, has a nice aroma and great body.
2. It’s a good ice breaker for conversation.
3. It’s a good first date meeting.
4. It’s like wine—when it’s good, you can’t get enough of it.
5. Coffee = coziness.
6. And it makes people happy.
Watch the talk.
Talented designer and illustrator Beci Orpin was the speaker at the very first CreativeMornings/Melbourne event of this year. Talking about what happiness is for her, Beci titled her talk: Happiness is…
Beci has to force herself to work in her sketchbook, but it creates a rewarding process and leads to some of her best work.
If you’re not making mistakes, you’re probably not trying hard enough or pushing yourself hard enough.
Riding my bike.
When you have a challenging problem, sometimes you just need to take a step back and change your pace—go for a walk or ride your bike, just get out of studio. It will make you feel 100x better.
Ignoring the rules.
A willingness to break the rules can lead to different opportunities, and set you apart from the rest of the pack.
Having my cats around.
Become who doesn’t love being surrounded by cats?
Doing different things allows you to move into different fields and make a variety of work. It also keeps you from getting bored.
Find your creative community and people than you can watch and learn from, as well as be inspired by.
Running your own race.
It’s really easy to compare yourself to your peers. Being jaded is a big waste of energy. Stop worrying about what other people are doing, and focus on making sure that you’re doing a really good job at what you’re doing.
Watch the talk.
The speaker for January’s CreativeMornings/Edmonton on Happiness was Mark Anielski, an expert in measuring the sustainable well-being of communities. Having developed the Genuine Wealth model and Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) as new well-being evaluation tools, Mark is also recognized as one of the world’s experts in valuing nature’s capital in national income accounts and greening the GDP of nations.
In this talk, Mark asks: “What the economy is for, why does it need to keep growing, what is happiness anyways, and what is this thing called money?” His talk forces the audience to ask these questions of themselves, and, hopefully, leads you to some conclusions of your own.
Joe Stewart of Huge Inc, kicked off the very first CreativeMornings/LosAngeles of 2013. Joe is the Partner & Global Creative Director at Huge, and spoke on the difficulty of maintaining
happiness satisfaction as a designer. The power of inspiration shouldn’t be underestimated, Joe says, and walks the audience through some of the things that inspire him to do what he does and the coming of a digital revolution.
Three cheers to Levi Obery for video production.
We’re pretty in love with Marta Armada and Javier Usobiaga of SWWWEET’s slidedeck from January’s CreativeMornings/Barcelona. Epitomizing the duo’s quirky aesthetic and passion for doing what they love, Marta and Javier shared these great visuals alongside their talk.
1. Good work
2. Keep always learning
3. Build nice things
4. Improve skills, gain skills, stay motivated
5. Trust your gut
6. Choose wisely
7. Share the love
8. Be happy!