20 something people showed up in Seattle and stuck together for a whole weekend in June.
What did it mean?
The internet helped me crawl out of my painfully shy self.
My friend mrh_is was the first to consistently favorite (or like, or star) the majority of the things I posted. It didn’t seem like much and I even thought it was an experiment with a Twitter robot. It amassed into a sort of confidence.
The internet lets me hold up pictures forever.
I started being able to meet new people at events whilst carrying around a sketchbook, freshly adorn with a new sketchnote. Before I discovered this strategy, I usually left events early due to intimidation. I do realize I wouldn’t be able to hold up my sketchbook forever.
The internet facilitated the meeting of some great people.
When I read the original Design Play manifesto, it piqued my interest. Would I even be invited to come? And if I were, how would I stack up to the legends? That all without the crutch of the sketchbook if I’d showed up. There was a moment I considered saying “Nevermind! I’m not cool enough!!”
I’m glad I showed up. It was time well spent. Watching Design Play come to life from a thought, participating in long email threads, meeting everyone, doing everything and nothing in particular for 3 days, saying goodbye last Sunday made me realize things don’t have to be so extravagant to be awesome and the legends you admire from afar are also people a slew of embarrassing moments.