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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!

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MEET ARIELLE

What’s your day job?
Currently, I run a small-but-mighty team of digital communicators at a nonprofit organization.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Cheese, lox, tomato, and red onion on the obligatory cinnamon raisin NY bagel. But the Dungeness crab eggs benedict with fresh popovers at Cliff House are a close second.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in the city?
I tend to wander by foot on the randomly rare free afternoons I have, winding up at second-hand shops and first-rate bakeries. I especially like ReLove on Polk and Mr. Holmes on Larkin, respectively, but I don’t get to either as often as I’d like.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
I’m under orders to slip more color into my visual diet—which most friends would likely be surprised to hear. Despite my usual intake, I’ve still been deficient. And since I’m about to relocate to a winter-bound city, weeding out darks and neutrals—mostly from my wardrobe—has become mission critical. But I also continue to ignore the spread-out, foot-wide strips of Mexican-style floral-printed vinyl that I’m about to sew together to make a tablecloth. They’re currently all over my wooden floor. When you can easily ingest eyefuls of bold, beauteous pigment, it can easily spark new and creative ideas, just via accessibility, whether or not that project comes together right away…

What’s on your bucket list?
My father-in-law is slated to start hospice soon, and in light of an upcoming move to Cincinnati (hello CIN CMers!), this is doubly relevant. I’ve always had a lengthy bucket list, but for now, paring down my household belongings to 257 sq. ft. to fit in a U-Box is the current line item. I have two sewing machines, including an industrial one, and I’ve always kept and collected a lot of craft-worthy materials, so we’ll see how the paring down goes. Minimalism to me feels like nudity; I’m an accessories queen.

Where can people find out more about you (Twitter, Instagram, or website)?
Find @metropaislitan or write metropolitanpaisley@gmail.com ‘cause hearing from humans is cool.

March’s theme is Courage


When researching or writing about courage, other traits fall into the mix: risk, vulnerability, curiosity, empathy, and action.It seems, then, that courage has nothing to do with your title or level of expertise. It’s not for the few or the gifted. It’s an act of humanity, of choosing to take an action that is risky because it demands vulnerability and curiosity.Courage has no specific form and knows no bounds. From starting a side project to the act of listening when you would rather interject, every day we are wrapped in opportunities to exercise courage.We need your courage. It’s going to be risky and will require vulnerability. A posture of empathy and curiosity will empower you. And above all, you must take action.This month is presented by our global partner WordPress.comThis month’s global exploration of Courage was chosen by our Oakland chapter and illustrated by Annie Wong.

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!

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MEET BRIAN

What’s your day job?

I’m a Designer & Researcher within User Experience, and a recent* transplant from downtown Los Angeles. I just took a new role with Intuit, which I haven’t started quite yet.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Mimosas and/or sunlight.

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

I would drive down the Great Highway along the coast, from the Sea Cliff to the Zoo, are my favorite views of the ocean in San Francisco. During the drive I sometimes swing over to the Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park if I need some green tea, and green space.

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

A serendipitous road trip through Southern California before I start my next role. Today I will be driving into Joshua Tree. For myself, it’s easier to think clearly when I’m in the silence of the desert, because my life tends to be so erratically loud.  

Share with us an anecdote of your first time at CM/SF.

Being new to SF I hadn’t heard of this group before. I was invited by a handsome designer at the eleventh hour, and 20 minutes later I got to spend my morning discussing art with creatives instead of guzzling coffee, and applying for jobs on my patio in Potrero Hill.

Where can people find out more about you (Twitter, Instagram, or website)?

LinkedIn, if you want to connect with me professionally. Query Brian Hildman to find me on there.

February’s theme is Curiosity


Curiosity is many things—a trait, a mindset, and a skill. To wonder about the things you don’t know and to actively fill those gaps with knowledge is to consciously enrich your life.It’s also the secret sauce for creativity. Curiosity silences ego and encourages us to ask why. By constantly asking why we keep the channel open, allowing inspiration, perspectives, and ideas to mold our work and ourselves.The more you practice being curious the more opportunities abound. Sometimes all it takes is tilting your head up and just marveling at this thing called life.This month’s global exploration of Curiosity was chosen by our Malmö chapter and illustrated by Oelwein.

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!

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MEET BRENDA

What’s your day job?

I design interiors and I coach interior design.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Jook (rice porridge) with sesame sticks and lots of white pepper. Or half an avocado with lemon squeezed onto it.

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

I love the wonderland that is the Conservatory of Flowers!

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

I’m completely obsessed with paving patterns on streets and sidewalks, both intentional and random, old (like in Shanghai or London) and new (like at the High Line in New York).

Share with us an anecdote of your first time at CM/SF.

A couple of years ago, I was running late to the Creative Mornings presentation by Aminatou Sow and we actually rode up to the meeting space in the same elevator!

Where can people find out more about you (Twitter, Instagram, or website)?

I’m @b2trees on Instagram. My website (updating mid-February) is www.brendalam.design.

Imagine for a second that you have to write an email that goes out to 200,000 people. You spend all week on it, making sure there are no typos or broken links. You schedule the email.You walk into the office and the first thing you hear is, “The most important link is broken.” It’s too late, the email is registered by the servers; it’s now a beam of light carrying information through fiber glass under our oceans.Imagine that feeling of failure—sweaty palms, concerned looks by colleagues, heart rate thumping.Or better yet, what if you stopped imagining?Anxiety is a story that we tell ourselves; it’s a magnification of possible failures paired with self-talk that undermines our chances of success. Anxiety is created from within, not outside. Self-sabotage may always be part of the creative process and the sooner we can accept that the clearer we can be in the decision we need to make to move forward. This month’s global exploration of Anxiety was chosen by our Bucharest chapter and illustrated by Evelin Bundur. Thank you to our global partners — MailChimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com — for their generous support.

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!

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MEET KEITH

What’s your day job?

Presently, I’m a multi-hat wearing Freelancer… i.e. offering creative direction for a high tech client’s collateral, CD package design for a indie musician, signage illustration for a farm to table restaurant, and multi-cam videography and editing for a SF startup’s full day conference.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

An omelette with a side of warm scones and some robust coffee… black please. Toss in some home fries…. hold the chicken sausages for another day!

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

Too many… a relaxed stroll through the latest offerings at the Legion of Honor… follow up with some sticky goodness—Cinnamon Currant bread (with walnuts) from Acme Bakery in the Ferry Building. Eat in moderation!

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

Following the inspirational presentation by Amy M. Ho last month, I’ve begun reading “Rethinking Incarceration” by Dominique DuBois Gillard.

In the spirit of last month’s theme, Context, share with us an anecdote of your first time at CM/SF.

Enjoyed the chilled morning walk from Embarcadero BART to IDEO for Shoshana Berger’s presentation… got there early and waited about 15 min for the doors to open… brrrr. I’m spoiled attending OaktownCM gatherings where I can usually park a short block away!

Where can people find out more about you (Twitter, Instagram, or website)?

A few samples of what I’ve been up to: https://kcriss.myportfolio.com/

creativemorningssf:

December is all about #CMcontext!


Imagine your typical morning coffee or tea, how it tastes and the way it makes you feel. Now imagine being on a remote island, sun rising, with your drink in hand. That sip is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted—that’s context.When we feel something is out of context, it’s because there’s a mismatch in the intention, behavior, and environment. Looking at the Mona Lisa in a dark basement versus The Louvre surrounded by people taking photos creates two different memories.This month’s global exploration of Context was chosen by our Minneapolis chapter and illustrated by David Schwen. Thank you to our global partners — Adobe, MailChimp, WordPress.com, and Shutterstock — for their support.Find your upcoming December event ➜ bit.ly/cmcontext

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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 DYLAN


What’s your day job?

I work in Sales at a small startup and am transitioning into Product.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Do cinnamon rolls count?

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

Salumeria in the Mission. Get the granola. Just trust me.

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

My girlfriend. She believes in me more than I believe in myself. This makes me believe I can do it.

In the spirit of this month’s theme, Death, what’s on your bucket list?

Cross the USA via motorcycle.

Where can people find out more about you (Twitter, Instagram, or website)?

I need to add more writings…but here! - https://medium.com/@Scandylan

Death has inspired humanity since time immemorial, influencing ideologies and storytelling to our understanding of life and how we live it. To our ancient ancestors, the fear of death was a palpable and daily motivator. Although our world is infinitely safer than it was centuries ago, we are still driven by the fear of death and we expertly attribute it to even the smallest events: traffic, deadlines, a mistake, public speaking, your boss’s name on your caller ID on a Saturday. What we have done well as a species is leverage the fear of death to inspire achievements that seemed impossible, to create work that needed to be made, and to discover insights that help us live well. This month’s global exploration of Death was chosen by our Miami chapter and illustrated by 2016 Adobe Creative Resident Syd Weiler. Thank you to our global partners — Adobe, MailChimp, WordPress.com, and Shutterstock — for their support.

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