My First Graphika Manila Experience

I had long wanted to attend Graphika Manila. To me, it was the design and art event to be at because of the guests who would be there to give a talk. Last year they had Seb Lester and in 2014, Jessica Hische.

This year, I decided to take the plunge and get a ticket. I got a student early bird discount so my ticket was cheaper than the one advertised. I expected to go alone, but thankfully a bunch of people from work were going. In the end, I was the only non-designer in the group, but it was fun to hang out with them. I was inspired not just by the people talking onstage, but also by the ones I was with. No bull guys. 🙂

Here’s a few pictures from both days.

IMG_1458Gemma O’Brien

IMG_1442Timothy Goodman ends day 1 with a bang

IMG_1524Everyone enjoying Harvey Tolibao’s presentation on day 2, which was really brilliant, in a stand-up comedian way.

IMG_1485Simone Legno

IMG_1542Simone, Gemma, and Timothy

Looking back on Graphika Manila, my favorite lessons came from Matthew Encina of Blind.

At one point he three points that he takes to heart when it comes to his passion:

  1. Be yourself
  2. Start before you’re ready
  3. Learn it, teach it, own it.

But of all three, what stood out the most for me was “Start before you’re ready.” All too often we wait inspiration to strike, or for the “right time” to come before we do something. Then again, how do we know when we’re ready? How do we know when the time is right? His advice is close to Nike’s “Just do it”. It will happen.

He also said, “Embrace your passion. You’ll never know how it’ll play out.” Many of the speakers showed how they started out without having formal study of art or graphic design, but it was something that they wanted to do. They indulged it and kept working with it, until they got to the point where they were considered experts in their field. A lot of people start with an interest in art and design, but not everyone sees it through. So keep at it, keep doing, and who knows where you’ll end up.

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