We’ve got two weeks left in Orbital Boot Camp, and it’s been a really wonderful summer.

As the Boot Camp is primarily an educational program, the final output is a talk on lessons learned rather than a demo day.

There are over 20 students in the boot camp, so we’ve scheduled our final talks over two nights in order to ensure adequate air time for each student.  Each student will have 5 minutes and one slide to share, and we’ll go back-to-back.  The Boot Camp team will be doing talks as well.

Talks are open to the public, and we’d like to invite you all to attend.

Space is limited, so please RSVP:

If you are free both evenings, I would encourage you to come to both as the projects are all quite diverse.  We’ve set a limited number of pay-what-you-want tickets, and all proceeds will go towards paying for food and drink for the evening.

For a glimpse at what the students have learned so far, here’s a link to our blog.

Hope to see you!

Work on Being Wrong

People commonly dream of being successful, largely so we can be right about something. We want to say “I told you so”. We want to show the world how we had the right idea all along.

Here are a few reasons I think you should plan on being wrong from time to time:

1. If you’re working hard and still coming up wrong about things, you’ve likely placed yourself around others who are more seasoned and skilled than you are. There’s never a bad time to learn and be mentored by others who are better than you. 

2. When you work in groups and you open up for letting others be right, you’re giving them an opportunity to make something great. People love working around those who empower their creativity. Being wrong can be wonderful for team building. Let everyone put their stamp on a project. Let others be right and they’ll follow your lead. 

3. Often, when you think you are right, you stop searching for new ideas. You stop asking questions and opening up to solutions you don’t even realize exist. Insisting on being right frequently means stunted growth.

Swallow your pride and be wrong from time to time for the good of your work. 

It’s Time I Talk About 30 Weeks

A couple of months ago, I heard about 30 Weeks. The program is a big experiment backed by Google’s Creative Labs that wants to test the theory that designers would make great founders. I’ve read a lot of discussion and debate on the topic, and had my own opinions supportive of the concept, so I decided to dig deeper. 

Most people I know think of me as a designer first, and that would be accurate. Running a studio, it’s what I do with all of my time. However, I came late to the game. I went to design school at 28. Before that, I was blindly trying to start my own thing. I was always taken with the idea of entrepreneurship, and pursued it for a few years in my 20’s with various ideas. I learned a lot about failure, preparation, connections, emotional ups and downs… the whole package. I only went to design school when I realized that there was a creative side of me that wanted a deeper education and that I felt would be the missing piece in my future endeavors. Since then, I’ve had a wonderful experience running a small shop and working on great projects with even greater clients.

Anyway, to make a short story into something tweetable, I got into 30 weeks. I applied, was invited to join a design sprint/interview and worked with a wonderful group of creatives, and was accepted into the program. 

What this means is that, for 9 months, I’ll be working under the mentorship of some powerful and accomplished creative minds in tech. It will be a rapid fire jump into creating value through design, collaboration and development. The team at 30 Weeks wants to see all the projects successfully launch, so they’re giving an insane amount of energy and attention to providing resources. 

And that resource pool is impressive. Some of the brightest, most successful, and most seasoned minds in NYC design and tech are involved and will be helping with mentorship, education and connecting the individual teams with opportunities. I’m lucky and blessed to be a part of such a talented and carefully selected pool of designers who are going to be bringing a lot of great ideas to the table. A year from now, things will be much different than they are. 

As an additional note, there’s the question as to what is to happen with Display. It’s been hard to get going over the last few weeks as client demands have been insane but I have a show recorded and am currently editing. There were a lot of issues with the sound that I wasn’t able to hear when I tested the recording, but I’m going to use it to learn more about editing and see if I can fix the levels. I intend for Display to actually help feed my future projects, as I am generally working toward a games focused future. I really felt that positive affirmation as I recorded the show that the format is good and the topics will be well received. I hope that gut feeling doesn’t let me down. Either way, it was a ton of fun and is something I look forward to doing more. I hope to have a show live soon, so more news on that later.