Watching every TED talk videos is an enriching journey. I learned a lot as an audience, but I also wondered what it was like to be a builder of this experience. Thus, when the crew audition of TEDx event held in my school started in March, I didn’t hesitate a second before submitting my resume.
I had never participated in such a large scale group project before. During our first meeting, my heart pumped like an overheated engine, but also filled with excitement.
Working with a group of elites! What else could be more inspiring than that?
However, holding an event is never an easy thing, especially when it’s a professional TEDx.
As a member of the production team, my task was to design the logo, t-shirts, posters, pamphlets, and merchandises with my teammates. When we were brainstorming about the logo design for our theme “enlightenment,” we took quite a while to capture the physical form of this abstract idea. After weeks of revising, we finally came up with the universe, referring to infinite inspirations. With that done, the making of other items became much easier.
Though TEDxWegoHighSchool was organized by students, we expected it to reach the level of the official one. Looking for the fittest lecturers, promoting to the right audience, designing visuals and merchandise, managing digital media, finding suitable sponsors, and making photography records… each aspect was just as crucial as others. All of these had to be done within two months, so the process was doubtlessly intense and exhausting.
Overnight discussion and hours of work weren’t anything new.
Your aesthetics wouldn’t always work in others’ perspectives.
What you spent 3 hours on would possibly be rejected in a 3 minute discussion.
The first version, second version,... tenth version, finally done.
The reality was not always delightful, but I understood that was just the way things worked, and there was nothing wrong with that.
It was just like a preview of the design industry.
This experience made me grow. A lot.
I was really grateful to be a part of these wonderful people that worked toward a common goal and supported each other like brothers and sisters. When all the speakers finished their sharing and the applause started, I, too, felt enlightened.
xx, Winnie WYC
Event day 活動花絮 by Zoe Lee 李唯伊