Imogen Parry spoke at our September 2015 event about Life s#*tstorms, invisible illnesses, neural pathways, self-compassion & why we all need a Fail Club.

There are many things you look for in a great designer. An eye for detail, a desire to experiment, an understanding of composition, colour and aesthetics, a firm grasp of the zeitgeist. But IMHO one of the most important qualities a designer can have is empathy.

About the speaker

Imogen is the co-founder of information design micro-studio The Infographers. This husband and wife team love to transform complex ideas, processes, and data into simple, beautiful infographics, sketchnotes, and data visualisations. The Infographers have helped a Crown Research Institute visualise polluted waterways, Oxford University Press teach students, TEDx Wellington capture ideas, and a Nelson-based greengrocer sell potatoes. They are are data storytellers, lovers of clarity, and believers in the impact of information, visualised.

Imogen is a founding member of Fail Club, where she has learned that exploring her failures with others builds connectedness, courage, and empathy. And she blogs about wellness, renewal, resilience, and wild places at Tiny Sanctuaries.

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Sharing out our own failures and listening to the failures of others in a safe, kind environment has really come to be the embodiment of extending empathy—extending it to others and importantly, to ourselves. — Imogen Parry

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