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September 22, 8:30am • Instacart • part of a series on Compassion

Announcing our new local partnership:

What could you do in a year if you were fully supported? Imagine pursuing any project you desire, a space to talk about your process, with full support. What project would you work on?

The Adobe Creative Residency empowers talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project, while sharing their experience and process with the creative community. Adobe provides Residents with access to the best creative tools and resources, along with guidance from advisors and a full salary package.

Learn more about the program here.

We do our best to give you great talks, inspiring spaces, and tasty coffee every month, but the best part of CreativeMornings is the people. So we’re showcasing a few of the faces of CMSF, and you could be next!

Meet Melody

What’s your day job?

I am a Product Designer at Instabeat, a company that makes wearables for swimmers to train like a champion. I talk to swimmers to understand their needs and problems, discuss the scope with stakeholders based on our company’s resources and priorities. Then, with all those criteria in mind, I proceed to design a mobile app for swimmers. (Am I editing my Linkedin Profile?) We are always looking for swimmers to test our product, please contact me if you are interested in being a tester :) !

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Tough question. I grew up in Hong Kong where I was used to eating all kinds of different food for breakfast everyday. I really don’t have a favorite that I always fall back on. What I eat for breakfast really depends on what I feel like when I wake up, what’s in the fridge and how much time I have.

If I feel like eating sweet and have enough time, I may leave home 20 mins earlier to stop at a Chinese bakery to get warm pineapple custard bun straight out from the oven. If I don’t have enough time, I may make toasts with half-inch-thick of Nutella spread on top. If I feel like eating savory, I may scramble some eggs with herbs or I may eat a croissant. My list of breakfast food can go on and on without repeating. However, I definitely don’t like to eat cereals with milk or energy bars for breakfast.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in SF?

SFMOMA, the space in the new SFMOMA gives me such calming effect that nowhere else in SF matches. I can look at Gerhard Richter or Agnes Martin’s works all day.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

The 1985 movie ‘Brazil’ I watched at the Roxie Theater on Christmas Day. Besides loving all the surrealist plots, settings and costumes in the movie, I was particularly inspired by the idea of it being “unapologetically ridiculous and intentional” all at the same time. It feels like a fresh air for me and makes me more comfortable being absolutely ridiculous.

In the spirit of this month’s Mystery theme, tells us an answer about you, that you only know the question.

令狐沖

You can find Melody at @allegretto_vivace and mel0dy.com.

We do our best to make sure we have great talks, inspiring spaces, and tasty coffee every month, but the best part of CreativeMornings is the people. So we’re showcasing a few of the faces of CMSF, and you could be next!

Meet Michael


What’s your day job?

By day, I’m a UX designer at Airbnb and work on our design language system. At night, I refresh Beyoncé’s instagram and await the release of visual albums and/or concert tickets. #stayready

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

I hear bottomless mimosas are popular. I prefer bottomless potatoes. In any form factor. Fried extra crispy. Blessed.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in SF?

The Potrero Hill Community Garden (San Bruno Ave & 20th St) has panoramic views of San Francisco and a wild abundance of plants. The other day, I discovered a chicken coop tucked away in the garden and assume it’s legal. The chickens were indeed alive when I snapchatted them and applied the appropriate stickers.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

There’s an exquisite nature documentary narrated by Meryl Streep called Wings Of Life. In the film, she pretends she’s a flower and says things like “I’m going to tell you, on behalf of all flowers, about life from our point of view. You think we’re just fragile wisps of beauty, unaware that beauty is our strategy.” This movie has inspired me to be Meryl Streep.

In the spirit of the Fantasy theme, if you had one wish what would be it?

What’s my fantasy? Getting 9 hours of solid sleep!—the kind of sleep babies go around flaunting in public, unconscious of their surroundings, swaddled in warm sheepskins. Indeed, mine is a 2-part fantasy of deep sleep and adult-sized strollers available to the public on demand.

Where can people find out more about you?

I like to make GIFs of nature walks and drag queens (separately) on Instagram as @michaelaustinsui and I share news about inclusive design on twitter as @soundslikesue

We make sure we have great talks, inspiring spaces, and tasty coffee every month, but the best part of CreativeMornings is the people. So we’re showcasing a few of the faces of CMSF, and you could be next!

Meet Asis

What’s your day job?

I design mobile user experiences for all the app undertakings at Healthline media. I work with an amazing team of product manager, developers, editorial designers and illustrators. I feel, my work is like trying to compose a symphony on the business side and delivering a performance for the users. There are tensions, lot of going back and forth, clutter but eventually it leads to clarity and you have a design. This is then consumed by the users like a piece of music which is delightful and fulfilling.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

My favorite breakfast is a sinful omelette made with mushrooms and chorizo cooked in butter. The Scandinavian low carb high fat diet has been working wonderfully.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in SF?

Many many places, to an extent that’s the beauty of SF. If I have to pick one then it has to be at SFMOMA to brood over sitting across the “Red Curves” piece by Ellsworth Kelly.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

Right now, in this week and the last I’m inspired by an entrepreneur in India, Shashank MD. He’s an underdog who hasn’t graduated from prominent school, yet by sheer perseverance is single handedly changing the Indian healthcare system.

Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t be able to guess.

That I’m an introvert. This has always surprised people.

Where can people find out more about you?

I’m all over the web :)

1. www.asispanda.com
2. fb.com/asis.panda1
3. twitter.com/asispanda
4. medium.com/@asispanda
5. instagram.com/lastnamepanda

We do our best to make sure we have great talks, inspiring spaces, and tasty coffee every month, but the best part of CreativeMornings is the people. So we’re showcasing a few of the faces of CMSF, and you could be next! 

Meet Tania

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What’s your day job?
Graphic Designer.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Acai bowls. It’s like having ice-cream for breakfast!

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in SF?
Dolores park. You never know what you’ll find there.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Lately I’ve been trying to stay true to myself.

In the spirit of September’s Magic theme, what do you find magical that others might not?
Crows. They are really smart animals. Crows are awesome.

This was my first Creative Morning’s talk, awesome experience. Will def try to go as many as I can!


Connect with Tania through her Instagram and on Twitter.

We do our best to make sure we have great talks, inspiring spaces, and tasty coffee every month, but the best part of CreativeMornings is the people. So we’re showcasing a few of the faces of CMSF, and you could be next! First up, meet Sophia.

What’s your day job?
I do Product Design with a UX focus. I am currently collaborating with the team at Openfarm.cc, a wikipedia for growing edible plants. On week ends, I bake sourdough bread.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Mashed banana, cinnamon, peanut butter on tartines and green tea… :)

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in SF?
Probably ride my bike up to the highest corner of Dolores Park and enjoy the view and the fog, if not the sun :-)

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Noisebridge hackerspace has been persistently inspiring to me: How do you rethink an organization with no hierarchy and 100% based on individual initiatives? And even myself as a person, what drives me when there is no obligation?

“If you want something done, DO-IT but remember to be excellent to each other when doing so.” is their motto and Noisebridge is a playground of expression. On the top of that, it inspires giving back to the community as we receive a lot without even asking. And of course everything is open source and towards accessibility. Love the mindset there!

In the spirit of this month’s Magic theme, what do you find magical that others might not?
Bread! The way it is never made the same, between the leaven’s science and the art of shaping, the look of the crust and the crumb, the way it taste and smell, the way it nourrishes, the way it is not the same just out of the oven and after 3 days, the way it builds memories…

Connect with Sophia through her website and on Twitter (@sophiakc).


We’re delighted to welcome AND CO as the newest partner of CM/SF! They’re a resource for freelancers that brings together the best of tech with a human touch to help you get your work done, get paid, and learn from other independent workers. Partnership Manager Andrew Ward shares why it was important for them to connect with our community.

Support.

It’s essential for us all. From the solitary to the most connected of humans, support keeps us moving and motivated through the ups and downs of life and business. For creatives across the world, and especially freelancers, support can often be hard to find. It’s important to have a collective of intelligent thinkers around you that will spark ideas and challenge your work to reach its maximum potential. Whether it’s a mentor or a respected colleague in the creative field, together you provide support for your ideas, creations, and general relationships.

Be it the momentary break from a stretch of solitary work or the routine meetup to discuss your recent projects, creatives occasionally require support from their community. When you find a great group, cherish it and give back to it so others can benefit from it just like you did.

It’s that ethos which embodies CreativeMornings chapters across the globe. Since its beginnings in New York City in 2008, CreativeMornings has spread like wildfire, igniting creative minds and forming communities in each city it establishes chapters in. The growth of CreativeMornings built an amazing support network that helps creatives meet fellow creatives and get inspired more than before. From Brooklyn to Austin to Aarhus to Zurich, 151 cities across the world now embrace the idea of a monthly breakfast lecture, 20-minute talk, and the sweet, sweet perk of free, delicious coffee—all in the name of furthering a supportive community. Each month, creatives have a place to discuss, network, and enjoy the company of the community they might not have otherwise tapped into.

That’s why AND CO is proud to be the newest supporter of CreativeMornings/San Francisco!

With so many great cities to potentially work with, San Francisco was a hard, yet obvious, choice. As a hotbed of creative and innovative freelancers, AND CO knew it had to link up with the great folks at CreativeMornings/SF. With incredible leadership from the likes of Rita Troyer and dynamic speakers like Sim Thadani, it was a no-brainer to be part of the community and provide a bit more support to the creative network. For AND CO, freelance is our focus and supporting the community at large is our end-game.

By combining leading smart technology with skilled Chief Operators, AND CO generates invoices, tracks payments and hours logged, and even answers some tax deductible related questions, amongst a growing array of offerings for our members. In doing so, freelancers open up their schedules—allowing them to focus more on their craft and business rather than the millstone-like burden of administrative tasks and learning complicated invoicing software.

We hope you’ll be at the September 30th event! And in the meantime, be sure to get 20% off the first 3 months of your AND CO membership by clicking here.