The Golden Circle: Ask Yourself Why

In this TED talk, Simon Sinek talks explains that the way great leaders inspire all comes down to the reason "why". I first heard this talk a couple years ago at a training on Agile Testing. The instructor discussed using the "Power of Why" to lead and inspire various members of the team. I ended up revisiting it again recently when thinking about the "why" in my personal pursuits. Simon gives a great talk.  He also uses Apple as his main example/muse in explaining the Golden Circle and it works. Definitely worth the 18 minutes. Share your favorite moments below! Enjoy! 

Kickstart Your Week :: AppSeed

I'm happy to be back with another Kickstart Your Week post! Note: Although I work in IT and took programming courses in school, I am not an App Developer. However, when I saw this Kickstarter campaign I was absolutely blown away! It is really an incredible thing. AppSeed uses computer vision to make the process of going from a sketch to a prototype faster and smarter. 

Using OpenCV, AppSeed:

  • Captures your sketched design
  • Identifies contained areas of your sketch and allows you to make them into a number of UI elements, including: Buttons | Maps | Streetview | Form text inputs with more to be added based on your feedback
  • Allows you to run the prototype on your mobile device
  • Allows you to share the prototype as an HTML5 prototype with others
  • Send the designs to a layered Photoshop file for editing
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AppSeed in Photoshop

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As of October 5th, AppSeed already reached funding but I still thought I would share this with you because you can get in on the Kickstarter action until October 9th. To state the obvious, this is for individuals interested in creating prototypes for mobile apps.

According to professor and AppSeed creator Greg Goralski in his interview with Forbes-

"[AppSeed] is made for people that create apps professionally.  It is built for the studio environment and to assist in the professional creative process. To allow for more iteration, more brainstorming, to get better ideas at the beginning of a project. As a teacher, I also see this as a great learning tool."

Once you watch the video, it'll all become clear. LOL

So if you were ever or are currently interested in creating an app or at minimum hand drawing an idea for an app to give to developer to create for you- it's worth at least the $8 level of investment.

If you would like to read more about AppSeed and the inspiration behind it, check out the interview by Seth Porges on Forbes.

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The Poem Store

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ArtPoem by Suskin

I first heard about the Poem Store after coming across an article entitled, The Poem Store with Empty Bookshelves. I was already intrigued by the Poem Store because well, I've never heard of a "poem store" so I had to click and read more. Jacqueline Suskin is a traveling American poet. She takes her typewriter with her on the road and sets up shop enriching the lives of the people she meets with the written word. Passersby talk with her and share their thoughts on a topic and she writes an original poem for them on the spot using her typewriter.

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Since Jacqueline is using a manual typewriter and individual pieces of paper, she does not have a copy of all of her work and encourages those who have received a poem to post them on her site. She gives her poems away and in turn receives a donation. This is such a beautiful concept. Below is one of my favorites from Jacqueline Suskin's website.

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Poem by Suskin

I really appreciate a good poet's ability to capture moments and emotions in such few words. The last book of poetry I read was Inner Course by Toni Blackman. I bought it several years ago and it is one of my favorites. Hmmm... I am thinking about the poem I am going to request and what the topic could be. Do you have a favorite poet? If so, who is it?

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Thank God It's July! I'm so happy that it is July. I made it! June was such insanely busy month. Don't get me wrong it had it's fun moments but I was perpetually on the move. My brain was fried by June 27th! July looks pretty similar but with more activities that are simultaneously work and fun. I look forward to sharing recaps of some previous events with you this month as well! Here are a few cool things that happened in June.

  1. I moved to a new spot! I'm so excited to report that I have moved to a bigger crib with awesome windows. However, the fact still remains that I despise packing and moving.
  2. I helped plan a bridal shower for one of my good friends. You can find the photos on my instagram page.
  3. I attended Project Management training. I look forward to finally taking the PMP Exam sometime this year. Project Management is a beautiful thing.
  4. I managed to make it to Taste of Two Cities at Rash Field and eat some pretty great crab fries.
  5. I hung out with BLM friend Karen from Your Stylist Karen and went to Truckaroo. I finally had a chance to get the lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster that my husband is constantly raving about. What can I say? It was good! More to come about Truckaroo!
  6. I started my Spanish Class in DC at Fluent City. I look forward to sharing more about that as well.
  7. I attended the last Faith Cafe for the summer at my church. I look forward reading the rest of The Circle Maker. This is a book I would definitely like an audio copy of!
  8. I began working on some restructuring to the blog/brand. I want to share creative content more frequently and have been working on some new methods of doing that! You should see some changes by the end of the summer.

What was June like for you? Do you have any big plans for July?

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Friends of Type: Inspiration is Everywhere

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Check out this visually stimulating typography by Friends of Type created as a wall mural for BBDO New York’s office café. The style of each individual piece is amazing.

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Want to know more about Friends of Type? Here is a great overview of what they are about pulled from their site.

"Friends of Type features original typographic design and lettering – fresh visual content – practically every day, by the four primary contributors. Posts are meant to log ideas, express ourselves, and inspire each other and our readers. The last week of every month we feature a guest designer, someone we admire and think will elevate our work and the site through their contribution.

This is a sketchbook, an archive, a dialogue. The posts are sketches and ideas on visualized language; a collaborative habit born out of the realtime interactions that made us friends in the first place."

Searching for inspiration? Look no further than Friends of Type.

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Wine in the Woods 2013

Wine in the woods 2013 collage I had a great time this weekend at Wine in the Woods in Columbia, MD! It was my first time actually making it out to this wine festival. It seems like every year something would always come up and I would have to miss it! Even with the threat of rain there were tons of people and a great turn out. There were over 30 wineries, live bands on two stages, vendors, wine education, and gourmet food. I enjoyed walking around and sipping wine from the different wineries. The people were friendly, the music was great and the food was delicious. My husband and I ended up getting another order of Old Bay Wings from The Corner Stable to snack on between sips. Not only were the wings great but the mozzarella sticks and fries from The Corner Stable were delicious too! I found my self wanting to linger at their booth even after we received my food just because of the music they were playing!

Wine-in-the-Woods_2_1 Below is a short list of some of my favorites from the festival. Boordy is always one of my favorite Maryland wineries so definitely keep them in mind next time your out shopping for something different!

Riesling (semi-sweet white) Boordy Vineyards Hydes, Maryland

Vidal Blanc (semi-sweet white) Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery  Eden, Maryland

Müller-Thurgau (semi-sweet white) Penn Oaks Winery Silver Spring, Maryland

Traminette (sweet white) Linganore Winecellers Mount Airy, Maryland

Strawberry (sweet fruit Wine) Linganore Winecellers Mount Airy, Maryland

Linganore also hosts some cool festivals. Visit their Facebook page to find out more. The next festival is the Caribbean Festival on May 25th and 26th. For information about other wine festivals and events, click here.

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Upcoming Events

Happy Friday! Here are some cool upcoming events! I am REALLY looking forward to attending the Gathering tonight! Food Truck Mania!!! I will be taking pics! If you haven't already, check out my photos and follow me on Instagram! For more information about attending one of The Gathering events. Visit their Facebook page or website! 476095_595939083757838_922619834_o

BIAS - fashion reaction, is an art exhibition curated by Julie Bent that will be at the Hamilton Gallery May 2-31, 2013. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, May 3 from 5-9 p.m.

"Fashion - a river running through the landscape of human experience. Fashion defines future eras and responds to current societal trends. Fashion is embedded with commentary on our culture - a window into people’s desires."

Participating Artists: Jude Asher, Julie Bent (juror) Ron Cohn, Marcus Dagold, Joe Halperin Jason Hamp, Melissa Harrison, Rosemarie Hughes Amy Klainer, Michael Patrick O’Leary, Theresa Reuter Anita Schreibman, Jacob Shorter, Natalie Steinbrunner Bridget Z. Sullivan, Elisa J Wells, Dontavius Woody Jessica Wyatt and Rachel Younghans

For more information visit the Facebook Event page.

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Next up is the Harbor East FashionEASTa event on Saturday, April 27th! I went to this event last year and took plenty of photos! It was a great time! I look forward to going again this year. It's fun to check out the beautiful new clothes and people watch. Sassanova is having special guest designer Daniel Saponaro of Hutch at their store with an extra 15% off trunk show items!

 

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I hope to see  you at one of these events! Have a great weekend!

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Tech Savvy :: Right Brain/Left Brain

diverse_books Throughout the last 9 months, I've been feeling driven to reconcile my right brain, creative side and my left brain, technical side. Over the past few years, I have kept my technical and creative sides very separate. You may be thinking, "Technical side? What technical side?" Well folks by day, I am an Information Technology (IT) professional who over the past 9 years has had the opportunity to lead and work within incredible teams that were key in pioneering significant changes in Federal Health Care. Why would I keep that separate from my creative side? Good question. For awhile, I believe I subconsciously worked under the [incorrect] assumption that being creative and being technical were mutually exclusive. Clearly this is not the case. In fact, in 2000 while I was upgrading my Sony VAIO with more RAM, a new wireless card, and video card while working at Circuit City (nerd alert), I was also the go-to crafty person in my circle of friends and family that started an event photography company and gave everyone handmade greeting cards. Even looking around, there were (then) and are (now) plenty of creative technical web developers, application developers, engineers, and scientists. Just visit TED.com  or look around at the latest phone or social media tool and you can see that for yourself.

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Or perhaps it was the "grass is greener" mentality. The idea that individuals in creative professions just have "it" better. Whatever "it" is! LOL However, after working and networking with professionals from both sides of the fence over the years, and witnessing the struggles and rewards of each, I have come to the conclusion that the grass isn't greener. In fact, it is equally green. With all of the advances in technology, it is almost expected that a professional have some type of technical understanding and creative ability no matter what job or career path they pursue.

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There were three fairly recent activities/events that have helped me reconcile both my technical and creative talents and abilities.

1.Visits to StyleCareers.com

StyleCareers.com is the largest, fashion-only job listing site on the Internet. It has a lot of job listings. In fact, there tend to be quite a few job listings for IT Project Managers, Web Developers, and BI (Business Intelligence) Analysts. Pretty cool, eh?

2. Create Baltimore & a Creative Class Refresher

In February, I attended Create Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University. It was the 3rd event of it's kind and the first time I attended an unconference. Event attendees were from a wide variety of occupations, such as, engineering, education, information technology, arts, design, and media; all gathered together with a common goal to  help make Baltimore a lively, thriving, sustainable city. During this event, I found it interesting that not only were the majority of the attendees transplants to Baltimore but that many of the event leaders and attendees had a technical background. Although I may not share the same perspective as some attendees on certain goals for the city, I was delighted to see the innovation and creativity I so often see inside of myself, in others with a technical background. This event reminded me of the interesting concept of the creative class by Richard Florida (which has its critics) that I read about a few years ago.

3. LinkedIn

My LinkedIn network has been steadily building over the past year. I've wanted to update it but was stuck on which career to depict on my profile. My two worlds had begun colliding with associates wanting to connect from both my IT career and my other creative pursuits. I started conducting research on what to do in this situation. Some "experts" recommended using only one profession on your LinkedIn profile. Others recommended creating a profile for each profession (which I read somewhere may be against LinkedIn's TOU). I started to come across the solution I was looking for the more I looked through LinkedIn profiles. The answer was not selecting one or the other but combining both areas of expertise and writing a professional headline that reflects your background and experience. This is exciting and is something I plan to do with my blog as well!

Long story short, I plan to integrate things more going forward. *smile* I will continue to produce similar creative tech features like I have in the past. You can also check out links to some cool tech bloggers on the sidebar. Please note that this list includes my awesome, tech gadget expert husband, Mark from Tech Snobs!

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