This week I had the pleasure of speaking alongside 10 other creatives at Pecha Kucha Belfast on the theme of journeying. If you are unfamiliar with the Pecha Kucha it is a:

simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.

My talk had two strands, a little bit about my own journey and lessons learned from life on the road in the design industry.

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I discussed the books that inspired me along the way and boiled down my lessons into five bite-sized takeaway points:

  1. Get Gonzo

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas inspired me to immerse myself in my work in the same way the character Raoul Duke did in the book. Gonzo journalism is about putting the reporter at the heart of the story and I feel creatives should do the same. When we fully commit and put ourselves into a project we can better understand what is required and often produce much better results.

  2. Think Different

    Electric Kool Aid Acid Test inspired me to see things differently in the same way the Ken Kesey, the hippies and the counter-culture of the 60′s did in the book. We shouldn’t be afraid to break rules, we should challenge the status quo, and question what we think we know. Don’t follow the trends, set them.

  3. It’s the Journey

    The Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance taught me the importance of the process. In the book we can see traveling is as much about the journey as the destination. In the same way we shouldn’t put so much emphasis on the goals as we spend most of our time working towards them.

  4. Friendship is Key

    On the Road tells the story of Jack Kerouac and his friends as they road-trip across mid-century America. Whether you are traveling across the country or working in business you should surround yourself with people you like and who like you. The journey becomes so much richer when shared with friends.

  5. Break Free

    Into the Wild depicts the two-year wilderness trek of Christopher McCandless. What inspired me about this book is that McCandless had a burning passion to drop out of society and travel… and he did it. If you are passionate about something you should follow that dream and risk a future of adventure without the security of a job you don’t enjoy doing. Break free!

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The videos from the night will be online soon, until then you can watch the videos from the last event themed curiosity.

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