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Bryan Zmijewski  Ranger


New Year, New Changes

Today ushers in a new day for Forrst as ZURB is now driving the site forward. As ZURB's Chief Instigator, I wanted to share a little bit about us and why we've accepted this wonderful responsibility. Long before I understood design, I was making art in middle school on a Commodore that my parents got for listening to a vacation rental pitch. I was amazed at how I could make a program that would display a picture. It was eye opening. Years later, I was introduced to an Apple IIGS that furthered my interest in digital art. I'd spend hours noodling over pixels to recreate sports logos, athletes or objects. In those days there was one undo, but small stuff like that didn't ever get in the way of making things. This new medium sparked my creative energy. Like many of you, I'm sure you also have your own stories of how you got involved in creating stuff on a computer. Stories that bring us all along the same path through the forest that is the web. Forrst is a unique opportunity for designers and developers to share their work and learn from each other. The stories you tell about the work you're creating is magical and uplifting. No matter what stage of your design or development education, there's always something you can be learning. It's what makes our careers so exciting. It's also what makes it challenging- so much to learn, but never enough ways to keep on top of everything. ZURB has been committed to helping people learn over the last 15 years and it's what's kept us fresh as a company. We intend to grow with you, the Forrst community, and learn some things along the way. We'll also have some fun along the way. So, how will we be driving Forrst forward? Ambitious plans won't cut it as we have to earn your trust. So we'll skip the feature laundry list, though we'll keep the conversation going. What we will do is share our immediate efforts to push Forrst in the right direction. Kyle got things started in 2009 with the right ideas and we intend to evolve the ones that make the most sense for the community. Not everything has been peachy lately and we're not oblivious to people's concerns. We have three focus areas to strengthen the community: 1. Renewed focus on providing service and building a solid community: We're here to listen, participate and foster a healthy design community. 2. Increase design community engagement: With 15 years of design experience, a product suite of design tools and a top 20 open source project, Foundation, ZURB is here to jump start activity on the site with quality feedback. 3. Center the community around design feedback: We're going to provide the resource and tools that you need to solicit and give solid design feedback. It's a straightforward plan based on fundamentals that work. We're focused on helping people succeed. We want to see Forrst give people an opportunity to learn design and develop better products. We're here to listen and foster a healthy educational environment for all designers and developers to grow in their skills. Show and tell is so yesterday — we're here to learn! Thanks again for all those over the years that have made Forrst a great place to learn. Bryan

Does your company support creativity?

60 Minutes did a nice piece on David Kelly highlighting his contributions to Design Thinking. If you get beyond the buzzword, he's got some nice things to say about fostering creativity in businesses. As a student at Stanford, he was my adviser, as teacher he was my faculty lead and eventually he ended up being my boss at my first job. The piece does a nice job capturing the culture that IDEO has created. My question is: Does your company support creativity? If so, how?