Hybrids Rule Everything Around Me (BlendConf)

A60068bce2e73de3a37ca9d2dbe36092?s=47 Bryan Veloso
September 07, 2013

Hybrids Rule Everything Around Me (BlendConf)

Hybridism is your new bicycle. Generalism is making a comeback. Specialization is dead. Being a "jack-of-all-trades" in this day and age is a sought after and almost enviable position to be in. But what does it mean to be a hybrid? It may take more than just learning outside the box.

Gather by the campfire and listen to the tale of one self-taught hybrid. After years of refusing to cross the asile, learn about what it took for him to do so. Hopefully you'll be able to find your own inner hybrid and trek your own journey forward effectively using the ecosystem this community has built.

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Bryan Veloso

September 07, 2013
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  1. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Hybridsrule everything around Me A talk given with ❤ by Bryan Veloso BlendConf 2013
  2. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Specialization is dead.
  3. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. No, not really.
  4. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Specialization is not in style.
  5. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. So what in style? is
  6. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. of all trades? ... but master of none? http://sjsdblogs.com/brandoncaceres/2013/03/20/descriptive-writing-the-jack-of-all-trades/
  7. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. a generalist? eh, tiny bit boring... sorry bermon. <3 http://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/p/5/000/1db/2e8/0b64190.jpg
  8. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here.
  9. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Yo jack-of-all-trades, I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish but hybrid is the best title of all time.
  10. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. But “unicorn” is pretty cool too...
  11. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Unicornsrule everything around Me
  12. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Generalistsrule everything around Me
  13. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Hybridsrule everything around Me
  14. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Good morning. (respond if you’re awake)
  15. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. I’m @bryanveloso.
  16. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. i live in downtown los angeles.
  17. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. with my wife @iceymoon.
  18. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. 1 and
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    nothing important will appear here. 2
  20. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. 3
  21. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. 4 soon.
  22. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. 5 cats
  23. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Current Motto: In fandom we trust. Website: Under construction, lol. I co-founded @revyver.
  24. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here.
  25. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here.
  26. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here.
  27. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here.
  28. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. the light side
  29. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. the dark side
  30. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here.
  31. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pros cons &
  32. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism has no barriers.
  33. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism has no barriers. 1999 Photoshop
  34. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism has no barriers. 1999 Photoshop 2006 Django (Python)
  35. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism has no barriers. 1999 Photoshop 2006 Django (Python) 2011 Objective-C
  36. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism has no barriers. 1999 Photoshop 2006 Django (Python) 2011 Objective-C 2013 On the Mac App Store!
  37. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism has no barriers. 1999 Photoshop 2006 Django (Python) 2011 Objective-C 2013 On the Mac App Store!
  38. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism is dynamic. This month: I feel like creating a web app. Next month: I feel like creating a native app. Spoiler alert: I can do both!
  39. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism requires a change in principles as you grow. “Should I really strive for pixel perfection if that perfection sacrifices performance?”
  40. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism brings awareness to restrictions. This is illustrated by the entire “designers should code” movement.
  41. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism defeats ignorance. A hybrid can’t afford to be ignorant of anything they work with. They desire to know all.
  42. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism invites ignorance. When you’re on that journey to know all, remember empathy.
  43. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism == control. For the control freak in all of us: Decide to design it in Sketch AND host it on Heroku. Come at me.
  44. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con specialization == safety. There will always be a need for them. Specialists focus on vertical movement and perfection.
  45. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism == vulnerability. Jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none? Exactly. Variable knowledge creates vulnerability.
  46. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con Without proper practice, abilities are lost. Attempts come with significant time requirements. hybridism cannibalizes specialization.
  47. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. pro con hybridism cannibalizes specialization. for me... Without proper practice, abilities are lost. Attempts come with significant time requirements.
  48. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here.
  49. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. My brain can no longer comprehend how i did this. On a good day, it would probably take 2x as long to do.
  50. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here.
  51. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. !(ಠӹಠ!)
  52. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. how.
  53. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. how. did.
  54. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. how. did. i.
  55. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. how. did. i. even.
  56. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here.
  57. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. So, let me tell you a story.
  58. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. I’ve been designing in some capacity since I was 13. My first website was a Final Fantasy 7 fansite. Avalonstar was also a thing at one point.
  59. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. In 2005, I turned that hobby into a career. Graduated college with a degree in business, joined Facebook. Still kinda sorta in college.
  60. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. “I will never get into programming.” Said around 2006. PHP was icky and I couldn’t understand it. I wanted to be a pure designer.
  61. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Let me really tell you a story.
  62. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Don’t panic! There’s a pony. This is the Django Pony from the Python web framework of the same name. I am its father. o_o;
  63. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. This is the story of Hello! Ranking. A story of how my wife and Japanese Pop music made me a hybrid and changed my life.
  64. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. This is the story of Hello! Ranking. This is a story told in 5 parts. J-pop Idols Motivations Struggles Lessons Shipping discovering fandom. the desire to fulfill a dream. shortcomings and stack overflow. stop being the roadblock. ... or fear thereof.
  65. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. This is the story of Hello! Ranking. This is a story told in 5 parts. J-pop Idols Motivations Struggles Lessons Shipping discovering fandom. the desire to fulfill a dream. shortcomings and stack overflow. stop being the roadblock. ... or fear thereof.
  66. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. Idols?
  67. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. You mean this?
  68. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. ಠ_ಠ
  69. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. While I have always been a fan of Japanese culture...
  70. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. I got into J-pop idols through Jen’s “influence” in 2005 and I never looked back.
  71. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. Japanese Culture In Japanese culture, idols are (usually female) media personalities in their teens and early twenties who are considered particularly attractive or cute and who will, for a period ranging from several months to a few years, regularly appear in the mass media, e.g. as singers for J-pop groups, actors, TV personalities (tarento), models in photo spreads published in magazines, advertisements, etc. — Wikipedia https://speakerdeck.com/bryan/music-morning-musume
  72. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. Talent is a factor, but not as effective as personality & charm. https://speakerdeck.com/bryan/music-morning-musume
  73. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. https://speakerdeck.com/bryan/music-morning-musume Ϟʔχϯά່ɻ ʰΘ͕·· ؾͷ·· ѪͷδϣʔΫʱ Morning Musume — Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke 2,340,653 views
  74. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. The very nature of idols: their personality, talent & look encourage favoritism. https://speakerdeck.com/bryan/music-morning-musume
  75. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. Idols.
  76. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. Are.
  77. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. Interesting.
  78. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. But the idols are only part of the equation. Fandom is about fans. https://speakerdeck.com/bryan/music-morning-musume
  79. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. https://speakerdeck.com/bryan/music-morning-musume People.
  80. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. https://speakerdeck.com/bryan/music-morning-musume Recognition.
  81. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. J-pop Idols discovering fandom. https://speakerdeck.com/bryan/music-morning-musume Hello! Team.
  82. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. This is the story of Hello! Ranking. This is a story told in 5 parts. J-pop Idols Motivations Struggles Lessons Shipping discovering fandom. the desire to fulfill a dream. shortcomings and stack overflow. stop being the roadblock. ... or fear thereof.
  83. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Motivations the desire to fulfill a dream. We wanted to build for the community we loved. We felt we could give them something better than forums and wikis.
  84. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Motivations the desire to fulfill a dream.
  85. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Motivations the desire to fulfill a dream.
  86. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Motivations the desire to fulfill a dream.
  87. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Motivations the desire to fulfill a dream. We wanted to build for the community we loved. We felt we could give them something better than forums and wikis.
  88. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Motivations the desire to fulfill a dream. We were genuinely interested in trends around ranking. Favorites change on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. “Who was your number one?” was our prime question.
  89. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Motivations the desire to fulfill a dream. I wanted to fulfill my wife’s dream. Love is truly the greatest motivator. *cue awwwwwwws*
  90. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. This is the story of Hello! Ranking. This is a story told in 5 parts. J-pop Idols Motivations Struggles Lessons Shipping discovering fandom. the desire to fulfill a dream. shortcomings and stack overflow. stop being the roadblock. ... or fear thereof.
  91. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. I realized I was a horrible communicator.
  92. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. “That can’t be done,” because I didn’t know how. Self-taught is self-taught. The pride of wanting to learn yourself hinders the need to ask for help.
  93. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. There‘s little worse than the pain of cluelessness. Cue staring at the screen for 8 hours or the feeling of uselessness for not having the right answer.
  94. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow.
  95. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow.
  96. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. Stack Overflow became my savior, when I asked the right question.
  97. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow.
  98. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow.
  99. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow.
  100. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. Metamorphosis is painful. Endless refactoring, I know that feel now.
  101. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. September 2008 – May 2011 (Codebase 1.0)
  102. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. October 2011 – May 2013 (Codebase 2.0)
  103. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. The hardest part of this entire project? Design. This was the ultimate personal project. Not finding a design? The ultimate humiliation.
  104. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. jumping from style...
  105. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. jumping from style, to style...
  106. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. jumping from style, to style, to style...
  107. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Struggles shortcomings and stack overflow. I struggled to cross my own principles for the good of the project. It suffered.
  108. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. This is the story of Hello! Ranking. This is a story told in 5 parts. J-pop Idols Motivations Struggles Lessons Shipping discovering fandom. the desire to fulfill a dream. shortcomings and stack overflow. stop being the roadblock. ... or fear thereof.
  109. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Shipping ... or fear thereof. Ship? What ship?
  110. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Shipping ... or fear thereof. 5 years later, we haven’t fully shipped. It’s now an urban legend in some circles.
  111. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Shipping ... or fear thereof. Just because you don’t , doesn’t mean you don’t learn. I can put Django on my résumé now, and I continue to learn and grow despite not shipping.
  112. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Shipping ... or fear thereof.
  113. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Shipping ... or fear thereof. Ok, so we did ship something.
  114. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Shipping ... or fear thereof. Hooray!
  115. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. This is the story of Hello! Ranking. This is a story told in 5 parts. J-pop Idols Motivations Struggles Lessons Shipping discovering fandom. the desire to fulfill a dream. shortcomings and stack overflow. stop being the roadblock. ... or fear thereof.
  116. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. So what have I learned? Wait for it... Wait for iiitt...
  117. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock.
  118. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock.
  119. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. Turn discouragement into motivation. Can’t even name the number of times I was this close to giving up. Cheer up emo kid, it gets better.
  120. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. Indirect help is best. Direct is better, if you learn from it. Special thanks to Greg Newman, Marty Alchin and Donald Stufft for being that direct help for me.
  121. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. Help can appear where you least expect it.
  122. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. March 2013 – Present (Hello! Base 1.0)
  123. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. March 2013 – Present (Hello! Base 1.0)
  124. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. This process is as much about bettering you as it is about bettering your skill...
  125. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. ...so Bryan, get over yourself. You want to ship this right? Stop being the roadblock.
  126. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. Everything is a challenge. You know what I have to say to that?
  127. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. Everything is a challenge. You know what I have to say to that?
  128. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. Failure makes success an even sweeter feeling. Now I know why companies have launch parties. When I launch, I know I’m throwing one.
  129. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. “Just ship it.” is not easy, but it is necessary. For self-proclaimed perfectionists, shipping early is borderline nightmarish. Work to get over it.
  130. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. “They all want you to win.” — Tim Berglund, trainer and all-around dapper — gentleman @ GitHub
  131. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. This is the story of Hello! Base. This is a story told in 5 parts. J-pop Idols Motivations Struggles Lessons Shipping discovering fandom. the desire to fulfill a dream. shortcomings and stack overflow. stop being the roadblock. ... or fear thereof.
  132. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. This is the story of Hello! Base. This is a story told in 5 parts. J-pop Idols Motivations Struggles Lessons Shipping discovering fandom. the desire to fulfill a dream. shortcomings and stack overflow. stop being the roadblock. ... or fear thereof. Coming soon! (Hopefully! :D)
  133. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Lessons stop being the roadblock. It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.
  134. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. The first step is the toughest. Make that first step today. When you get your devices back, look up something you’ve always been meaning to learn.
  135. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Scratch your own itches. No, you’re not trying to build the next Facebook. Solve your problems. The point is to keep your motivation and excitement high.
  136. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Build. Force yourself to build. Remember when CSS was foreign to you? But you really wanted to build that fan site, so you learned and you built.
  137. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Don’t simply ask questions. Craft questions. You get out what you put in. The more specific the question, the more specific the answer.
  138. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Knowledge exchange through pairing. Trade design for development or vice versa. Even better, build things together and learn.
  139. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Listen. I can’t learn anything from hearing myself talk. Learning first comes through the ears, then out the mouth.
  140. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Be a babelfish. Gain understanding. A designer asking “yo, I need these variables available in the template” is certainly more than most devs hear normally.
  141. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Never, ever give up. If you ever find yourself in a place where the new is just too hard to take, just remember a 30-something Asian kid still hasn’t released his social web application yet.
  142. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Questions? Concerns? Contact me anytime for anything! @bryanveloso or bryan@avalonstar.com
  143. For the benefit of people who sit in the back,

    nothing important will appear here. Hybridsrule everything around Me Thanks for listening to my talk! ❤ BlendConf 2013