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Designers at the ready – Rich is speaking at WordCamp Bristol

Here at Pragmatic we’re always very proud when a member of our team speaks at an event. You guessed it, this week we’re showcasing another talk that one of our team members will be doing. This month our Creative Director, Rich Copping, will be speaking at WordCamp Bristol.

Creative Director Rich CoppingThis year, WordCamp Bristol is taking place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th of May. It’ll be held at University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry. This particular talk from Rich will be on Sunday 19th at 12:15. Right after the snack break and just before lunch – a perfect slot!

Rich has written many blog posts about design in the past. From ‘Design thinking and doing‘ to ‘Our design principles journey‘, he’s covered the subject far and wide. However, something he has yet to discuss is how to be a confident designer. At WordCamp Bristol, he’ll be giving a lightning talk on ‘Creative confidence and shifting designers mindset’.

Without revealing too much, because we wouldn’t want to spoil the talk for you, we can give you a little preview as to what will be discussed.

Let’s take a look shall we?

Rich will be sharing some useful tips to help you increase your creative confidence, in a way that’ll positively shift mindfulness. Rich found that a recurring theme within creative industries was the notion of ‘Imposter Syndrome’. It’s something that many of us experience in our roles, however Rich discovered it was more pertinent in creative industries. He’ll be sharing some of his stories and insightful knowledge that he has learnt from experience in different creative industries.

Rich has been in the creative field for around 20 years now – the first half was spent in global advertising agencies and the second half has been in digital agencies. He describes the ‘Mad Men’ culture of global advertising to be ruthless. This is especially the case given that Facebook and Google’s ad dominance has changed the landscape dramatically for the old agency model. On the opposite end are digital agencies where everything is much more considered – from your working environment to the content you’re producing. It’s clear to say which industry he prefers to be in.

We encourage you to be at Rich’s talk to find out more, but something that he’ll be discussing (spoiler alert) is the importance of incorporating meditation and mindfulness into your day to day life. For designers and creatives, making a habit of meditation can bring many useful benefits such as freeing up creative block and better managing workplace relationships.

Not long to go, but …

If you can’t wait until Rich’s talk on the 19th, last year he also spoke at WordCamp London a part of a panel discussing ‘Applying Design To Complex Problem’ which you can watch here. We hope to see you soon at WordCamp Bristol! As always, if you see any of us, come and say hello, we love a chat!

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