I didn’t set any goals last year, and I achieved every one of them.
I didn’t achieve any I didn’t set as well.
2007 was a huge year for me. The beginning of the year had me finish up a contract with Confluence Commons, work on Endoze Design a bit more and finally fold a company that I had spent a year building, Politics by Design. I went to SXSWi, which changed my views on the tech community. After SXSW, the only thought that crossed my mind was “it’s the community stupid.” I decided to take most of the year off and really listen to the tech community. I subscribed to over 300 blogs, read the paper, New Yorker, and attended every tech meetup I could find (and even started my own event).
I lived up to a lifelong dream of doing work for Widen + Kennedy (an experimental interface design). They did the California Raisins commercials, which I credit to being my first real introduction to how design can cause emotion. I loved those damn things, and I love that I got to work with them. I also did some work with the amazing Interaction Design (Matt Walsh is the most impressive interaction designer I have ever met) department at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Both agencies do amazing work and taught me lessons that far outside of design, interaction and usability.
I was able to spend an amazing summer in Boulder, working out of the TechStars office (which is an unbelievably good program if you are thinking about applying).
I then got hit by this thing called Startup Weekend, which has taken up the majority of my time since the first weekend. I was able to have some good friends move to Boulder, and develop some amazing relationships as well.
I love where I live, it puts a smile on my face every morning.
I have had an amazingly good year. With such an amazing community around me, it is really hard to complain.
My 2008 Goals:
- Describe what I do better (I make stuff… and get people together… and drink coffee…)
- Learn to Love Email
- Plan a Few Parties
- Build My Dream
- Create a Short Film
- Build on Weight Loss Success
- Connect with More Great People
- Love and Learn
- Blog About Meaningful Topics
- Volunteer More