While watching the hustle and bustle of fishmongers from a little coffee shop in the biggest fish market in the world in Tokyo, I'm taking this opportunity to reflect on my latest insights I have gathered from my travels so far.
Dancing the Bon Odori, a traditional Japanese dance, among locals while wearing a beautiful kimono taught me that you don't have to cut yourself off from History and traditions to remain relevant in todays's world.
Laughing until you can no longer breathe with newly acquainted fellow designers, taught me that the bond between creatives runs much deeper than Apple computers and Adobe software (what a relief!)
Walking a zen garden that was conceived in the 1600s in Kyoto, taught me the timeless awe thoughtful design can generate. (If you look closely and with a bit of imagination, you can see that the rocks embody a tiger with her 2 cubs leaping across a river...)
Discussing the business of running a successful design studio with veteran Japanese Creative Director, Fumi Sasada, taught me that there is more than one way to approach team dynamics to achieve great results.
Having a client meeting from the departure hall of Bangkok airport taught me that location or attire doesn't make someone a "professional", but integrity and commitment does.
On another note, I'm excited to announce that I've started working with new and inspiring people! First, as the Branding & Packaging team member of The Science Kitchen in Berlin, Germany; second, as the Art Director of Danielle LaPorte Inc. in Vancouver, Canada (a couple of years ago, Danielle's book, The Fire Starter Sessions, ignited a new, bolder, part of me, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be part of the team!).
And now I'm curious: what are the discoveries or lessons you have learned of late?