Creative Mornings

Ryan Gravel and where we want to live

This morning, I attended Creative Mornings to hear Ryan Gravel talk about how a city's infrastructure affects the way we live.  His master's thesis was the idea paper behind Atlanta's Beltline, which now connects many diverse neighborhoods and communities. describes the project as "a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other."

Nothing affects THE STREETS more than the streets, so I was interested to hear Ryan talk about the evolution of his idea.  While he was studying architecture at Georgia Tech, he spent a year abroad in Paris.  He started noticing how the physical world in Paris was changing the way he lived.  He walked everywhere and bought fresh food.  He felt healthier.  Speaking of the streets in Paris, he said - 

These grand boulevards and streets aren’t just about moving people from point A to point B...They are the foundation for our economy. But more than that, they are the foundation for our social life and our culture.
— Ryan Gravel

When he came home and needed a project for his thesis, he focused on the idea of making Atlanta a place where he wanted to live.  People in Atlanta picked up on the idea - 

Did he succeed?  He tells a personal story here - 

Every city I go to has some project like the Beltline.
— Ryan Gravel

Ryan is working on a project with Atlanta Design Studio called Atlanta City Design to determine what we want to be when we grow up.  He will be there tomorrow (Saturday, June 25) - 

And now for some fun.  We started off the morning watching people crack eggs on their heads - 

Let's end on a stylish note - 

Another Creative Morning

This morning I attended Creative Mornings at Armour Yards.  Blake always starts it off with something fun.  Here's a clip from the trivia game - 

And then, we heard from journalist Celeste Headlee.  She gave us a reality check regarding communicating with other people - 

Everyone you will ever meet knows something that you don’t.
— Bill Nye as quoted by Celeste Headlee

The style of the Creative Mornings never disappoints.  Maybe there's something here that will inspire you to have a more creative morning... at least in the way you dress -   

Creative Mornings

This morning, I attended Creative Mornings in Midtown.  The speaker was Stefan Kjartansson, who was born in Iceland and co-founded the Atlanta design firm Armchair.  

He teased us with a list of 30 design principles - 

And then, spoke about the first 7 - 

His whole presentation was well-designed and inspiring.  

I don't think any of the principles were brand new to me, but they were things that I often forget.  It was good to see them all together.   If I can get him to send me the whole list of 30, I will post them for you.  I like the first principle the best - "Think by Making".  The doing informs the thinking.  As an introvert, I can easily get stuck in my head (and my chair), so it's always good to be reminded to "DO".  

Here's a short video of Stefan discussing the design principle #4 "Learn then Unlearn".  I think it's interesting that he followed up a success with something he called "silly".  How do you top your last success?   

He used something beautiful to illustrate the principle #5 "There's beauty in the ugly".  So, I think what he really meant was - "Don't do something normal."  I can certainly find beauty in unusual art and design, but we see a lot of art and design that is weird just to be weird or ugly just to be shocking.  Do "weird" or "shocking" when it supports your message, but ugly for ugly sake is just...ugly.  As a good designer, he couldn't even do ugly.

After the talk, I took a few photos of the attendees -  

The guy in red said that he is "Santa".  

The event was worth the time.  And free!  See you there next month...