"What focus means is saying no to something that with every bone in your body you think is a phenomenal idea and you wake up thinking about it, but you say no to it because you're focused on something else."
I spent this past weekend in the lovely city of Memphis at the first (of hopefully many) Creative Works Conference. This conference turned out to be an intimate experience with creatives from all walks of life (designers, photographers, developers, illustrators, letterers, videographers, etc) sharing not only successes, but also vulnerable stories of trials and failures. This turned out to be exactly what I needed and, from the sound of it, what other people needed as well. Instead of speaker after speaker sharing 10 points to success or how they made it big, it was a breath of fresh air of honesty and humility.
A small thanks to a few people:
Josh Horton: Thanks for stepping out there and attempting something that had to be scary and a lot of work. It most definitely was a success. Do it again.
Jesse Bryan: Beautifully profound work. Often, I get tied up in the superficial. What we believe is our best differentiation from anyone else. Love that.
Danielle Evans: You win the "Most Vulnerable Talk Ever" Award. It was beautiful and something we all needed to hear. Thanks.
Greg Lutze: Great one liners of truth that I think challenged and encouraged everyone. "I'm pretty sure the road to hell is lined with likes and follows." Drop the mic. Walk away. Thanks for sharing what VSCO is all about. I can say I am now an even bigger fan of what y'all do.
Joey Ellis: You are freaking hilarious. Keep doing you.
Matt Lehman: Keep rocking that 2009 portfolio. Your work is always on point and you are a down to earth guy. Thanks for sharing your heart. fashionABLE. That's good stuff.
I didn't get a chance to explore the city as much as I wanted to, but I got to see/visit/eat a few things that I love.
For years I have scrolled through post after post on Fabien Barral's blog Graphic Exchange. I have always been impressed with Barral's ability to find and feature high caliber, quality design work on the blog. It was a pleasant surprise to see some of my work on there this past weekend. To see the post and other great work, click here.
For Labor Day weekend, I surprised my wife with a trip to Austin, TX for our four year anniversary. It was a magical time getting to spend some solid days wondering the streets of Austin, eating good food and visiting some cool sites and shops. These are a few shots from the weekend.