Looking for a ‘good news’ story to spark an upbeat theme for the Monkie blog, I came across this feature on the BBC website on how a computer scientist has helped change the life of a graphic designer suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. See the video on the BBC at:
http://bbc.in/2gczAXU (Source – bbc.co.uk – © copyright 2016 BBC)
As someone who finds drawing a completely natural activity, the story made me realise the value of a talent I all too often take for granted. As such, it suddenly compelled me to ensure that talent was always put to good use. But how?
How do I ensure that ethics underpin all that I do as a creative for commercially focussed clients? It’s a tough one. Ultimately, we each have the right to decide how we put our talents to use but how often do we actually exercise that right?
Which leads on to another thought-provoking aspect of the story: how lame does the plethora of wearable tech’ that saturates the gadget market seem, beside the ’emma’ that Haiyan Zhang has created?
In the ’emma’, Haiyan has created something truly life-changing for Emma (and hopefully many others besides), by bringing together what seem to be, existing technologies, just with a different focus.
If nothing else, Emma’s story makes me realise I must value more, my gift of creativity, and when that gift is put to use, to do so with an honourable purpose…