Here I sit at DesignThinkers Toronto waiting for Michelle Dougherty to take the stage. Attending a large design-centric conference like this seemed like something outside my grasp up until recently when a friend and mentor, April Condon asked if I would be interested in accompanying her and the company I work for, Discover Charlottetown generously invested in my future with them and sent me to attend.
Over the past few years, about 7, I’ve taken a lot more notice in film and opening title sequences as a result of attending Interactive Multimedia. Some that I’ve gone googly-eyed over are Anne with an E, True Detective, Boardwalk Empire, and West World. So I was jazzed to discover that Michelle and her team at Imaginary Forces created half of these! And Stranger Things *mind blown*.
Honestly, Angela Bains‘ 10-minute lightning talk deserved so much more time. While her message was strong and she did a beautiful job of delivering it – the subject is very important.
Alex Center‘s keynote started out humorous and high energy, poking fun at himself and pumping popular music – but this gave way to his main message; caring is the key to success. Care about others, care about yourself, and take your time. Alex is a cool guy! After 11 years working with Coca-Cola on products such as vitaminwater, Powerade, and smartwater – I was relieved to hear this was his primary takeaway.
After a long and inspiring day, I’m left anticipating tomorrow’s presentations! Stay tuned – first up, Michael Bierut!