Tim has been designing digital experiences for 15 years. He’s currently a user experience designer for interaction design studio Flow. In other lives, he’s been a designer, a gardener, an engineer, a record shop manager—and an artist.
To acknowledge yourself as an artist is to make an embarrassing admission of your own self-importance. Or is it? To be an artist is just to make art. Your art may be in the things you make, the things you do, or the things that you say. The things that expose your creativity. The things that open a window onto who you are.
My mistake was keeping that window closed. I kept it closed for years, only opening it for the occasional breath of fresh air, the light wind in the wake of an occasional visitor, gone, before I had a chance to talk. I thought opening the window would be embarrassing. I thought everyone would realise how pathetic I was. I thought it would hurt.
But I was wrong. In this talk, I’ll describe the small, but significant steps I took to stop being embarrassed about being an artist and start being proud of what I do. Because what I do is who I am.
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