Find Your Enlightenment

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.

觀賞每一部TED talk影片都是一趟充實的旅程。我在身為觀眾時學到很多,但也好奇當自己是那趟旅程的建造者會是什麼感覺。因此,當辦在我校內的TEDx活動開始招募工作人員時,我就毫不猶豫的送出了履歷。

我從來沒有參與過規模如此龐大的團體計劃。在整個團隊第一次開會時,我的心跳得如過熱的引擎一樣激烈,但也同時充斥著興奮之情。

和一群精英共事!還有什麼比這更能啟發人呢?

然而,辦活動從來就不是件易事,尤其當它還是一場專業的TEDx。

身為設計團隊的一員,任務是和其他組員一起以這次的主題「啓蒙運動」設計活動標誌、上衣、海報、手冊以及紀念品等等。我們花了挺長的時間試圖將這個抽象的概念實體化。經過幾周的修改,我們終於以宇宙星空的版本定案,象徵的是無限的靈感。當這部分完成後,其他品項的設計就容易多了。

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.

雖然TEDxWegoHighSchool 是由學生主辦,我們期許它能達到官方的水平。從尋找講者、做好行銷、設計擺設和紀念品、處理網站和社群媒體、找到契合的贊助商,到過程中的影像記錄,每一部分和其他的一樣非常重要。這些全部都得在兩個月之內完成,想當然過程是非常緊湊且累人的。

熬夜討論和連續幾小時的業務成了家常便飯、

自己的美感和別人觀點不一定都會合、

花了三小時做出來的東西有可能在三分鐘的討論中就被否決了...

做出第一版、第二版、...第十版,終於好了。

現實不會總是那麼美好,但我也理解事情本來就是這樣運作,沒有問題。

就像是嘗試進入真正設計業的感覺一樣,

這個經驗使我獲益良多。真的很多。

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.

我很感激能成為這個團隊的一員,一起朝著共同目標努力並如手足一般互相支持。

當所有講者分享完畢,台下掌聲響起時,我也有種被啟發的感覺。

xx, Winnie WYC

Event day 活動花絮 by Zoe Lee 李唯伊

@_winniewyc_