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Day 3: A Morning of Design Heroes

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By day 3 of any conference, we are tired. The days begins by
7am and doesn't end until the last blog post is
written. Yesterday that meant after 10pm. But we don't
complain. It's all good and we feel fortunate
for the opportunity to be a part of the FUSE experience. (It doesn't
hurt when we're presented with Mimosas and Cosmopolitans during networking
breaks.) So even though we are a bit bleary-eyed this morning, the fabulous IIR
masterminds know how to carry this FUSE frenzy forward for one final day.

The content here is always diverse and there is truly
something juicy for every discipline represented amongst our audience. This morning,
I assume designers grabbed seats early as if anticipating an iconic rock star taking
the stage. It's not every day we have an
opportunity to rub elbows with such design heroes.
Generally in life, I use the term hero sparingly. Dictionary defined as a person of 'distinguished
courage or ability, admired for brave deeds and noble qualities'
makes this title pretty lofty and one that should be reserved for a very select
group. But in this FUSE context, I'm going with it. Because,
you see, I'm quite sure a large number of us consumed Marian
Bantjes, Bruce Mau and Stanley Hainsworth's words and images in
such a way that fuel the work we all do to make the world a more interesting
place. This is mentorship at its best. They embody the belief that it is
possible to love what you do and do what you love.
No matter your age, profession or level of achievement, we
all need someone to look up to. We need someone to inspire us to reach for
more. We need someone to move us to make a difference. We need many "someones"
in our lives.
This is what FUSE is all about. These leaders with
distinguished abilities to design, lead and influence our culture, 'hang'
with us. We will share Mimosas at our morning break. We'll
all walk through the lunch buffet line together and some will even exchange awkward
moments in the restroom. Ok, that's weird, but you know what
I mean.
Heroes are the someones we need amongst us. Thanks to all our
speakers for sharing your distinguished abilities.

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