Our speaker at the March 2012 Portland/CreativeMornings was Aaron James Draplin (http://www.draplin.com). The event was generously hosted by Ziba (http://ziba.com) and sponsored by 52 Limited (http://www.52ltd.com). Many thanks to Pro Photo Supply (http://prophotosupply.com) for lending us the gear to capture the talk and to Paul Searle (http://psearle.com) for shooting and editing this video.
December 15, 2009 Nori, Nick, and I left Colorado Springs in search of warm weather and lots of bouldering in Hueco Tanks. The trip lasted almost a month. Here is a video I made with some hard sends as well as plenty of classics.
Black Diamond athlete James Kassay, who hails from Melbourne, Australia, traveled to Hueco Tanks last year, ditching the Aussie summer heat for the primo conditions of an east Texas winter. Here is the video he edited together from the trip, featuring a slew of hard problems in the V12 to V14 range—more than 13 minutes of pure sendage.
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“We shape our tools and our tools shape us.” As more of the tools we live with every day become digital instead of physical, our opportunity – and responsibility – as designers is multiplying. We live in a world of screens, and we are the ones who decide what goes on them. We are in a unique position to have an impact – one that lasts longer than the next redesign or the latest technology. What happens when we stop thinking of ourselves not just as developers or experience designers, and take up the mantle as a new generation of product designers for a digital world?
Wilson Miner is a designer and web developer based in San Francisco. Currently the head of design for Rdio, a new social music service, Wilson has also previously been responsible for co-founding neighborhood news site EveryBlock, leading the first comprehensive redesign of Apple.com in more than 10 years during his time at Apple, and co-creating the original version of the Django web framework. Wilson is returning to Build after speaking at the first conference in 2009.
Creative people are usually deep thinkers, obsessively pursuing thorough lines of inquiry. Most of us shaping the web are no exception, each eager to learn, analyze, and share as we swim against an endless tide of information and opinion. To succeed we must understand our strengths, and develop an integrity by which we find our focus and measure our contribution. It’s not so much about a destination as it is about just doing. Join Simon as he takes stock of where we’re headed – both as an industry and as individuals – with stories designed to inspire and make us more optimistic about our roles in building the web.
Simon Collison is a web designer, author and speaker with over a decade of experience at the sharp end. Based in Nottingham UK, Simon co-founded Erskine Design in 2006, which he ran for over 4 years before his recent departure to return to freelancing—using some of his new-found freedom to organize the recent New Adventures conference and begin work on an ambitious new book.