We Are All Artists [HOW Design Live]

  • May 28, 2014
  • INK Team

I had the honor of attending HOW Design Live conference in Boston this year – and I was pretty blown away. First, I had never before been surrounded by so many talented graphic designers. Are there really that many of us!? (Yes.) I loved that there was an air of acceptance and mutual understanding. No one talked about who had more experience than who – we were all on the same playing field.

But more than that, there was an overwhelming feeling of inspiration. The kind of inspiration that makes you want to jump into your best work, be your best self, and fully live out your passions.

Here are some of my favorite takeaways from the conference – many of which apply to non-designers as well. Take note!


Ask a kindergarten class how many of them are artists, and they all raise their hand. We are all artists. You might just have to uncover that side of you again. (Seth Godin)

Confidence does not equal courage. You might have the confidence in your skills, but do you have the courage to put yourself out there? (Seth Godin and Debbie Millman)

When you start to have a feeling of resistance and “I can’t do this,” dance with it! Embrace it! That is the perfect opportunity to throw your fears aside and find a true sense of accomplishment. (Seth Godin and Debbie Millman)

When it comes to design, technology or any sort of forward-thinking industry: if you are doing the same thing you were doing six months ago, you’re doing it wrong. (Frog Design)

Look for mentors to guide you for any of your interests, and take on extra work that you are not asked to do. (Stanley Hainsworth, Tether)

You teach people how to treat you. Ideal clients are created by the way that you lead. (Peleg Top)

Ask yourself, “If how I spent today is how I spent the rest of my life, would I be happy?” (Maria Popova, Brain Pickings)

Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. (Maria Popova, Brain Pickings)

What if you treated everyday like an experiment? You would inhibit your internal inhibitors, and feel free to play. (Sam Harrison)

When we worry and have anxiety, our world feels small. But when we are feeling creative, our world feels big and the possibilities are endless. (Sam Harrison)

In order to start a trend, someone needs to find something a value in what you’re doing. (Logo Lounge)

Do more of what makes you happy. (Johnny Earle, Johnny Cupcakes)

Get rid of anything excessive in your life (TV, Facebook, going out), and you’ll be able to focus on what you want to accomplish. (Johnny Earle, Johnny Cupcakes)


What are your inspiring and motivating drivers? Which of these takeaways speak most to you?

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