You Are Not Special Commencement Speech from Wellesley High School
“You’re not special, because everyone is.”
“The empirical evidence is everywhere, numbers even an English teacher can’t ignore. Newton, Natick, Nee… I am allowed to say Needham, yes? …that has to be two thousand high school graduates right there, give or take, and that’s just the neighborhood Ns. Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools. That’s 37,000 valedictorians… 37,000 class presidents… 92,000 harmonizing altos… 340,000 swaggering jocks… 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs. But why limit ourselves to high school? After all, you’re leaving it. So think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you. Imagine standing somewhere over there on Washington Street on Marathon Monday and watching sixty-eight hundred yous go running by. And consider for a moment the bigger picture: your planet, I’ll remind you, is not the center of its solar system, your solar system is not the center of its galaxy, your galaxy is not the center of the universe. In fact, astrophysicists assure us the universe has no center; therefore, you cannot be it. “
“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. Go to Paris to be in Paris, not to cross it off your list and congratulate yourself for being worldly. Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6.8 billion–and those who will follow them. And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special.”
Refugees United is an online family tracing tool that assists refugees and other stateless people to find and search for lost loved ones. Refugees United commissioned MediaStorm to create a documentary that both told the story of Refugees United, as well as chronicled the lives of refugees that are currently separated from their family.
A gorgeous start for our 2011 spring semester. All computers in our studios are brand new, 21.5 inch I-mac with upgraded software. Here is the complete software list:
MS Office 2011
Adobe Mater Collection – full install with all add-ons
Apple Final Cut Pro Corel Painter
Fire Fox Browser – with Web Developer add on
Type designer Matthew Carter, the father of Big Caslon, Galliard, Cochin, Miller, Georgia, and Verdana, has been named a MacArthur Fellow for 2010. From SND
Type designer Matthew Carter has been named a MacArthur Fellow for 2010. The $500,000 no-strings-attached grant, often referred to as the “genius award,” is given to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”
CSU Fullerton, CSUF Titan Student Union – Pavilion B
CSUF Graphic Design Club Cal State University Fullerton & the AIGA Orange County
is proud to present this special speaking event with Sean Adams
– On the surface, AdamsMorioka seems benign and safe. The visual works are reassuring and seductive. The colors are fresh and clear, the imagery is optimistic and friendly, and the forms are simple and accessible. There are no dense, oblique, and pointless compositions; no angry, distopic, and offensive images. It’s a happy, clean world. But, then, on closer inspection, this world is complex. The ideas are multi-layered and work for multiple audiences. Design legend Ed Fella, says, “AdamsMorioka makes more from less.”
While speaking at a conference in London, chairman and publisher of The New York Times Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. made a major statement about the future of his publication: “We will stop printing The New York Times sometime in the future, date TBD.”
He was there to talk about the changing journalistic business model and to touch on the Times‘ upcoming metered paywall for online content, but it was his concession about the bleak outlook for the print edition of the paper that’s become the major news.
Last year, Chicago based designer Scott Thomas, the design director of the Obama campaign, has created a book to tell the story on how the design was used by the historic campaign. A chronicle of the art and design from the campaign.
“Using the same grassroots fundraising model as the campaign, the book was created through Kickstarter, a new company dedicated to funding creative endeavors through small donations by committed individuals. Using the Obama fundraising model was the perfect way to insure the book’s quality and integrity.”