What if there was no Plan B? by Mel McVeigh

What would you do? How would you live your life?

Ever since I was 16 my dream was to live in Madrid, Spain, be fluent in Spanish, be a full-time creative, artist and photographer and live the vida loca.

Yet, I am in my mid-forties and I still haven’t pursued this dream. It had become the story I would tell over beers at the bar to anyone who would listen but I never did a single thing about it.

I went to Spain once in my 20s but I couldn’t work there at the time without a visa, so I left. I didn’t even try.

Since then, I have always made other plans. I followed the path away from creativity in my 20s when I got into digital strategy & product management. It just seemed easier and was definitely more lucrative. I stopped making art and taking photos altogether in my 30s. I got married in Australia and had a wonderful family. I moved to London to grow my amazing digital career.

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Walkabout. Taking a break to find yourself — radical mindfulness everyone should try at least once by Mel McVeigh

I am on a dirt road in the middle of northern Italy, it’s the middle of nowhere, its pitch black, there are mosquitos literally ravishing my body in ways I can’t comprehend and I am waiting, waiting, waiting for people I have never met to pick me up.

This is safe right? It’s normal to trust people you have never met. It’s normal to book a flight to Italy to a place you have never heard of, to meet people you have never spoken to, to work on a project you care passionately about with five days notice. You will be trusting the advice of strangers, based on finding them in a google search and deciding within 10 minutes this was the best thing you would do this week. And it wasn’t expensive — the flight was €40.

It was by far, the smartest thing I had done that week and one of the many most amazing decisions and experiences I have had over the last six months on my walkabout.

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Visual storytelling  —  inside the box by Mel McVeigh

To create innovative products we are constantly reminded to think outside the box. Extend your ideas further but for the purpose of some products, well, any digital product that has a visual dimension to it (so well, pretty much all) I am going to argue that it is now fundamental to think inside the box. And it is a mistake for brands and product teams if they don’t.

See the full article on medium... here...

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Visual conversations — the limits of my language by Mel McVeigh

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” Wittgenstein

My new project is the perfect mix of experience & algorithm, art & science, human & machine, images & words. At the centre of it all are visual conversations, narratives designed by humans but stitched together with some lovely machine learning algorithms.

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