Be Good At Lots of Things

D67fff74178013024d833b3eec6cf27f?s=47 Lynn Fisher
October 11, 2015

Be Good At Lots of Things

A talk from Phoenix Design Week 2015.

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Lynn Fisher

October 11, 2015
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  1. HELLO! Lynn Fisher @lynnandtonic

  2. FOCUS

  3. SPECIALIZE

  4. BE GOOD AT ONE THING

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  8. INTERMEDIA

  9. INTERMEDIA

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  13. CREATE ART IN THE SPACE WHERE DISCIPLINES OVERLAP

  14. TRY

  15. LEARN

  16. BE GOOD AT LOTS OF THINGS

  17. IS IT POSSIBLE?

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  19. SPECIALIZATION IS A GOOD THING

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  21. WHERE HAS OUR CURIOSITY GONE?

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  23. SPOILER ALERT

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  26. SPOILER OVER

  27. “You’ll never be as good as someone who spends all

    their time on it.”
  28. YOU DON’T KNOW ME

  29. THAT’S OK.

  30. “You don’t have to become a pro to get value

    from learning something.” PHILIP ROBERTS
  31. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GOOD AT SOMETHING?

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  34. EVERY PROJECT IN EVERY INDUSTRY REQUIRES WORK OF VARYING DIFFICULTY

  35. EVERY PROJECT IN EVERY INDUSTRY REQUIRES WORK OF VARYING DIFFICULTY

  36. “If there’s anything worse than a web designer who doesn’t

    know how to code, it’s a web designer who codes poorly!”
  37. “Developers need designers, not bug making machines.”

  38. “I’m not a developer and I wouldn’t want my code

    in production.”
  39. WTF?!

  40. “Our culture doesn’t support beginners.”

  41. “I’m a bad teacher.”

  42. “Do you only hire senior developers?”

  43. CODE DOESN’T CARE WHO WROTE IT

  44. WHAT ARE YOU?

  45. “A title has no business attempting to capture the seemingly

    infinite ways by which individuals evolve.” RANDS
  46. BEYOND CATEGORY

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  50. YOU ARE NOT A PIE

  51. “Don’t dilute someone’s skill set by trying to expand it,

    play to the strengths of your team”
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  58. THAT’S OK.

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  63. CREATE ART IN THE SPACE WHERE COMMUNITIES OVERLAP

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  66. LITERALLY EVERYTHING IS ABOUT PEOPLE

  67. BRING YOUR WHOLE SELF TO WORK

  68. BRING YOUR WHOLE SELF TO WORK

  69. “Do or do not. There is no try.” YODA

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  71. TRYING IS VALID AND VALUABLE

  72. IT REMINDS US WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A

    BEGINNER
  73. WE MAY FAIL

  74. “You’re not a real ______ unless you ____________” SOME JERK,

    PROBABLY NOUN ARBITRARY CONDITION
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  76. WE DEFINE WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE ARE GOOD

    AT
  77. WE DECIDE WHAT MATTERS

  78. “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very

    silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” HENRY VAN DYKE
  79. PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE OF SO MUCH

  80. TRY

  81. LEARN

  82. BE GOOD AT LOTS OF THINGS

  83. THANK YOU Lynn Fisher @lynnandtonic