Creative Mornings

This morning I went to Creative Mornings at MEET – put together by Swiss Miss. Khoi Vinh, design director of the NY Times, spoke about what the ’90s taught him. His main points were:

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If you can’t read it they are: 1. Tell the truth (about who you are and to your self), 2. Understand the problem (before you try to solve it), 3. Don’t skimp (on time, resources, etc.), 4. Fads are bad (don’t try to design in a style or incorporate it if it does not feel right), 5. Let a thing be what it is (don’t be like Prince and his symbol) and 6. A little bit of self-delusion goes a long way (look at Right Said Fred’s “I’m too sexy”).

Along with his main points he included some of his own work from when he was just starting off. As some one who has only worked in the design industry for about a year, I always find it refreshing when other designers are willing to talk about their failures (design wise) or growing experiences. I thouroughly enjoyed his talk.

For each Creative Morning, there is an ice breaker question. This morning it was “what can you teach me?” My answer was:

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My favorite answer is:

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His sweet Hawaiian shirt only made it that much better.

All photos via Creative Mornings Flickr.

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