I laughed, I almost cried, I got the chills and I danced on stage. No, I didn’t have a nervous breakdown. I went to the most recent TEDxMileHigh event.
Over the past couple of years, TED talks have become increasingly popular among creative types. TED is a series of conferences and speeches based around the theme of: Ideas worth sharing. Full disclosure: I attended the youth conference reserved for students age 12-22, and the speeches were altered slightly to fit the audience, but the line up was the same as the main event the following day. June 1’s conference focused on the idea of taking risks and risk vs. reward.
For me, the most unique thing about this TED talk was that I was inspired by ordinary people. I had built it up in my head that TED only brought on speakers that discovered something or wrote a dissertation about some creative avenue that no one else had ever fathomed. However, I just saw people. People that you’ll see walking the streets locally. People that have an idea and they truly believe in it. Enough so that they’ll risk embarrassment to thousands of strangers.
The speaker that resonated with me the most was comedian and cancer survivor, Woody Roseland. He spoke about how he befriended another young man battling cancer that unfortunately passed. And one night he was waiting for the light rail. He saw a sign that read “You are here,” and it motivated him to make a change in his life. To take full advantage of the fact that he survived and that he is still here.
His speech motivated me to really embrace the fact that I am here. I should be doing all that I can. I should be out on the streets canvassing for the ideas that I truly believe in. Sometimes that means shouting through s megaphone on street corners, other times that means putting my nose to the grindstone and beefing up my graphic design portfolio. But mostly, I think it means learning all that I can, while I can.
I’ve committed to a summer-long challenge of designing daily. And I mean daily. Whether its just a poster idea bouncing around in my head or a new business card iteration, or something work related–I’m going to have a body of work come summer’s end and take advantage of the fact that I’m lucky enough to be breathing and have a passion that I’m working toward.
The TEDxMileHigh Youth tech crew wil be posting videos from the conference on Youtube throughout the month of June. Look for me, I’m the guy dancing on stage in a black hat.
With a specialty in lighting and graphic design, Bryan aims to blend his artistic passions together in a seamless manner. His experience in graphic design includes traditional print (newspaper/magazine layout), brand identity/logo design and expressive typography with his latest venture being motion graphics. He’s always trying to find a way to connect the dots between his passions—something says he just might find a way.