Abduzeedo 2010 in Review
Another year has passed, 2010 is about to end and I will try to summarize the year in this post. I think that is a good way to share some experiences so we can learn with each other, as that has been the whole idea of Abduzeedo since the day one. There's also a post at Seth Godin' blog called “#YearInReview What did you ship in 2010?” which motivated me to do the same here in this article.
So what did I ship? Well I have to say it’s pretty hard for me to say what I shipped, I could list a bunch of sites I did, freelance projects and presentations I delivered, however I will share with you some things that happened in my life in consequence of the decisions I make in the beginning of 2010, it’s much easier since my whole idea for 2010 was stay on the road as much as I could and meet new people.
The last year started with a big change, I decided to go to San Francisco in mid January with the Wellknown.as team, which I barely knew them, in order to finish and released their app. It wasn’t an easy decision since I had just come back from another trip and the right thing to do was to settle down a little bit, but I decided to take the plunge.
The idea was that we would go and work on that project 24/7 in order to finish it, however I ended up doing much more than working, I’ve visited new places, met people I really admired and made new friends.
Meeting New People
In another post I wrote called What I have learned after almost 4 years of Abduzeed I mentioned about the importance of traveling in my life.
This year I spent 6 months away from home, I haven’t planned none of that the only thing I did was say yes to the opportunities I had and because of that, a whole new series of opportunities were created, and with them new things happened. I had the chance to meet some amazing people, guys like Vitor Lourenço (Designer at Twitter), Everaldo Coelho (Designer at Apple), the mighty James White, Bert Monroy, Trey Ratcliff, Zorana Gee (Adobe), Rodrigo Mazzilli and Divoxx (Wellknown.as), Demian Borba and family, Jacob Cass, Francois Hoang (AoiroStudio) and many others.
With James White in San Francisco at the FITC
Abduzeedo Meetup São Paulo
I also had the chance to speak in design conferences and universities in Brazil and USA, which was simply awesome!
I am really thankful for that because that led me to a whole new direction in my life and gave me much more motivation to do what I love, and everything only happened because I decided to go to San Francisco even though that decision didn't make much sense back in the day.
Out goals for 2011 for Abduzeedo are the same as the day one, keep sharing things that inspire us and also share as much as we can about things we learn. We are also increasing our team of contributors with Nathan Weller and Marcos Torres now and others I’m sure in the near future. Besides that we have a big surprise scheduled to May, but we still cannot talk much about it, so stay tune.
Another goal for Abduzeedo is a revamp in its design, as you have already seen, I’ve been posting some new designs like the new logo that can give you a hint about the direction we are heading to, so we are going to a much more minimalistic approach in order to focus even more in the content.
When I started Abduzeedo 4 years ago I didn’t plan anything, I never imagined it would grew or have the amount of traffic it has today, I did because I love to talk about design and also I had to do something after losing everything in my office’s robbery.
Today I can say that what started as a side project has become the biggest promoter of my work changing my life completely. If I hadn’t started the blog I’m sure I would have never gotten the chance to work for the clients I worked, met some people I met and also gotten a job offer from Google.
Back to the beginning of this post, lots of things happened in my life in 2010 and with all this things came more decisions to make. One of them was a very important one, that was working for Google. So in 2011 I will be leaving Zee and moving to California where I will be joining Google as Senior Graphic Designer. I'm just waiting for my VISA :)
I’m sure this decision I made is just the beginning of a series of new things that will happen in my life and that is what makes life so exciting, I know I will love some and must regret others things that will happen but I will have to go through them in order to learn that.
So I'd like to thank all of you for the amazing support you have given to Abduzeedo and I wish you all a fantastic 2011 and don’t be afraid of change, embrace it. Follow your passion but always remember what Barry Schwartz says in his fantastic book The Paradox of Choice:
“The secret to Happiness is low expectations.”
Happy 2011 to all!
2010 in Images
Apple Event at Yerba Buena San Francisco
@amlight and my new baby, MacBook Pro 17 SSD in Raleigh, NC
Abduzeedo Porto Alegre Meetup
Speech in Canela, RS
With Alexandre Keese at Photoshop Conference 2010 in São Paulo
Zorana Gee at Photoshop Conference 2010 in São Paulo
Pacific Highway 1
Waiting in line to get an iPad
After spending the night in line for the iPad launch in San Francisco
With Vitor Lourenço at Dennys in San Francisco
Visiting Adobe HQ in San Jose, give a little presention over there :)
With Vitor Lourenço, Rodrigo Mazzilli and Rodrigo Divoxx
With the master Bert Monroy
Poster of the Photoshop Battle in Porto Alegre, Brasil
With my parents in San Francisco
With Everaldo Coelho in San Francisco
Speech at the Platt College in San Diego, big thanks to Demiam Borba
With Francois Hoang in NYC
Abduzeedo Meetup in Curitiba, Brazil
At the iSeminar in Recife, Brazil
San Francisco, the city by the Bay