Burning Man

8 January 2014

The tech world can make you jaded. That’s why it’s important to get inspired by sticks, witches, and Burning Man.


>> We don’t make distinctions between IA, UI,
>> and UX.
>> Yeah, to us they’re all meaningless
>> acronyms.

>> We want to inspire people to live more
>> productive lives.
>> And then we want to IPO because most of
>> our salaries are stock options.
>> And then we can inspire even more
>> people.
>> It’s all about the inspiration.
>> Inspirations great, but mail me that
>> IPO, that’s the big one.

>> When we were kids, we all saw
>> possibilities in the simplest of things.
>> Like if we saw a stick it could be a cow
>> in a
>> ranch or a magic wand, but then you grow
>> up, and then when you
>> see a stick, you just think of it as a
>> stick, and that’s
>> why I don’t like labels, and when I see
>> sticks, I see endless possibilities.
>> See, I take more of an academic
>> approach to design, but.
>> Yeah, I never, never really grew up
>> that
>> is why I have an inquisitive curious naive
>> mind.
>> That is what keeps my eyes fresh, I’m not
>> jaded into what the industry is doing.
>> I am free from that academic approach of
>> knowing things.
>> We also both love to dance.
>> I was a ballerina, from the ages to
>> five to
and I like to channel my creative
>> energies through dance.

>> It really helps me clear my head.
>> Definitely makes you more focused
>> designer.

>> The fact that I can build something and
>> then see it
>> and use it after I build it, is really
>> fascinating to me.
>> I feel like I’m a witch and I just made a
>> potion.
>> I’m like Steve Nicks, Rhiannon reigns like
>> a bell
>> through the night and wouldn’t you love to
>> love her.
>> You’re not, you’re not really a witch
>> right?
>> No, but I think I’m Stevie Nicks.

>> We try to unite as a design team.
>> I mean, I think that’s why Nate and I came
>> together at Burning Man last year.
>> Yeah, we, we put up a piano in the
>> desert.
>> Oh.
>> And then lit up in all these crazy
>> patterns.
>> And then it played a piece by Mozart.
>> And then it exploded.
>> And then we took like those scraps from
>> the piano and made a go kart.
>> And I think that’s when we really came
>> together.
>> Yeah, especially during the lawsuits
>> from all
>> the people who got burned by the piano.
>> I mean, that’s what Burning Man is all
>> about, it’s the lawsuits.
>> Piano’s and fire.

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