TypeKit, New Friends & The Mistake
I had the pleasure of making new friends at the start of the week due to the AEA conference. Friends that I have met on Twitter, but hadn’t yet had the opportunity to spend time with in person. I’ve come to realize that one of the most important details in life is creating new friendships and laughing. I certainty had a lot of that the past two days. From meeting up with friends at the Media Temple party in SOMA to going to the Typekit closing party in the Mission. The in between stages of dinner, taking BART and enjoying life with people was certainly the highlight of my week
I have decided that instead of just talking about things I want to do, I am really putting my foot down for 2012 and really doing them. It may mean less tweeting (Yay for you guys! I know I tweet often) and less time on social media. But it will also increase social media. By doing, and then displaying what I am completing, it will bring a lot more influence and insight to you. I figure, it’s a win, win situation! So this week, making new friends and going to events was apart of my #DoNotTalk goal. Sometimes I just want to curl up in my bed and watch Ancient Aliens all night. But it’s great to get out and meet new people and build relationships that I’ll have for the rest of my life.
On the other hand, I do make bad decisions. I wore the wrong shoes.
I wore them to work, wore them to dinner, then wore them to the Mission for the Typekit closing party. I am way home, I had an older business man walk me to my stop, to make sure I got on my cable car safely. He said he saw me struggling in my shoes and suggested that I keep an extra pair of flats in my purse next time. Then after said I was an angel. It was so kind and not creepy. It’s amazing the quality of people you meet in the city. We didn’t exchange names, it was very un formal, but he left as soon as my cable car appeared. Almost as if he was an angel. I was really thankful for that, because I was feeling uneasy walking home late at night, in shoes I could hardly walk in. Yet someone, kind enough, took the courtesy to walk me my stop.
Overall, I’ve learned many lessons this week. Which will always some how tie into design, work and moving towards my goals.
Enjoy the photos I have posted above in the slide!
TinyCo. is hiring, how exciting!
We’re growing like a weed (A very pretty one!). You should come join me and many other creative and smart people. We make awesome mobile games that bring joy to lives all over the world.
We’re specifically looking for: Product Managers, Data Analysts and Software Engineers.
Although, if you feel you don’t fit those, you can look see if there is one that applies to you HERE.
This is a great opportunity and if I was you, I wouldn’t pass this up!
(This post was made on my own initiative).
iPhone Snatched From A Lovers Grip
I learned my lesson, big time. Walking in downtown San Francisco I had my white iPhone ripped out of my hand. Yes, two guys walked right up to me, ripped the phone out of my hand and ran away so quickly they were gone almost as soon as I turned around.
It happened so fast, it was clearly not the first time they’ve done this. It also happened to a friend of mine at the BART station. She said it was two guys, around the same age I described and they tried taking her phone, but she responded quicker and was able to hold onto hers.
I was texting and walking. Two things I shouldn’t have been doing at once. Clearly wasn’t aware of my surroundings and if you know anything about me, I am not a very intimidating person.
Thankfully I am getting a new phone via Verizon and will back in the Apple world. My iPad has been very helpful and I will say Verizon’s customer service in Downtown SF was extremely helpful and understanding.
So lesson to all of you that live in big cities and even small towns. Don’t text and walk and always be aware who is around you when you have your phone out. I don’t think it goes for all models of phones, but if you have anything expensive and worth taking, be careful!
Make sure your phone has a lock on it and has a mobile security app on it.
If it ever does happen to you, just incase, go to all your websites, credit card sites, banks and change your passwords. Don’t forget to report it to the police so they can file it.
Changes & The Power Of Networking
Hi Guys! I wanted to give a brief update on what has been going on in lovely San Francisco and some things I have learned while living here so far.
I have been here over 6 months now and I feel like I just moved here. The city is beautiful, the people are pleasant and the food is incredible. I love that I can walk out of my apartment and go to several little restaurants on my street. Finding dive coffee shops is one of my favorite things to do and making friends with the local owners is also a nice plus. The design community is awesome and I have wonderful friends here that I know I will have for a life time.
I recently took a position at TinyCo as a UI game artist! I never thought that this time last year I would be working at my dream job. Literally. I couldn’t be happier and the opportunities are incredible.
I also got an iPad, today. Finally! I have been in engrossed in it since I opened the box. I am not quite sure how I functioned without it. I cannot wait to get the Bamboo stylus for it so I’ll be able to draw and create wireframes!
Living in the valley has already taught me many lessons and opened my eyes to the power of networking. The valley is small, and I feel that for every 3rd person I meet, they know someone that I know. It’s pretty tight, and reputation means everything.
If you live in the valley you had better have two things to grow in networking:
1. Personal website
I’ve gone from asking “Do you have twitter?” to “What is your twitter handle?”. I feel like I should just go to meetups with a T-Shirt that just says “@HillaryHopper”!
Going to meetups is pretty awesome because you can network with people in person. Get a feel for how they truly are and not just one side of them that you see on Twitter or Facebook. The internet can only take you so deep, but meeting in person can give you the opportunity to make your connections stronger.
If you want to grow in your industry, whatever it may be. You need to go where the industry is. You’re not just going to wake up one day and see the industry outside your window with a rainbow floating over it. Sometimes you just have to make up your mind and go after it. It’s risky, scary and quite possibly stupid to everyone else. But I know that I would have rather have tried and failed then lived my life with regret because I was afraid of failing.
We always downplay ourselves as human beings, putting dreams and goals on pedestals. When honestly, we should tell ourselves that they are attainable. I believe that if someone truly wants something, they can achieve it. We are incredible beings with brilliant minds, it just takes work sometimes to grow into your fullest potential.
So on that note. Go start networking and perusing your dreams like crazy! Because really, you have nothing to loose and a bucket full of dreams to gain.