Making my California Summer / by Anthony Schmiedeler

As I start my next journey in design for people with User Experience at Cerner I thought it would be nice to reflect on my (productive) summer along the west coast.

It all started with a video. Then all of the sudden I had a job 1,500 miles away.

The first thing I had to do was make a new home in the Orange Cottage. My room was on the left.

The first thing I had to do was make a new home in the Orange Cottage. My room was on the left.

I got to learning (and making) pretty quick with a Rapid Ingenuity One-Pager. And the learning (and making) didn't stop over the weekend because I had the luxury of attending a workshop about social change led by Catapult Design. Pictured above: Mapping systems at the Catapult Design Lab. 

I got to learning (and making) pretty quick with a Rapid Ingenuity One-Pager. And the learning (and making) didn't stop over the weekend because I had the luxury of attending a workshop about social change led by Catapult Design. Pictured above: Mapping systems at the Catapult Design Lab. 

The next thing I had a part in making was a prototype for a new learning game called Faceball. Somewhere in between that I made this animation about cupcakes and/or professional development depending on how you want to look at it.

The next thing I had a part in making was a prototype for a new learning game called Faceball.

Somewhere in between that I made this animation about cupcakes and/or professional development depending on how you want to look at it.

I made some new friends at Facebook that led to seeing a great talk by Martin Venezky.This is the Facebook Analog Lab.

I made some new friends at Facebook that led to seeing a great talk by Martin Venezky.This is the Facebook Analog Lab.

I made some food.

I made some food.

I made some scars.

I made some scars.

I connected with some motivated veterans and community leaders at the Mission Continues and helped build a garden at El Toro elementary school. Word is we might be starting a KC platoon...

I connected with some motivated veterans and community leaders at the Mission Continues and helped build a garden at El Toro elementary school. Word is we might be starting a KC platoon...

Of course we made some memories.

Of course we made some memories.

I made a couple of trips home. One for business (the job interview) and one for pleasure (pictured above: Bonnaroo).

I made a couple of trips home. One for business (the job interview) and one for pleasure (pictured above: Bonnaroo).

I made more friends at IDEO.org, Volume Inc, and Google. We even got to visit the Stanford d.school! This is IDEO.org skills library where you can check out lessons from your peers. They should have these everywhere.

I got some new clients in my barbershop of one. And wrote, doodled, and logo'd for fun.

I got some new clients in my barbershop of one. And wrotedoodled, and logo'd for fun.

We designed a blitz and hacked a cricket (it sounds weird because it was). 

We designed a blitz and hacked a cricket (it sounds weird because it was). 

I even did some freelance work on the side and started working on a MOVIE with BetterThanFiction Productions (details probably not coming soon). 

I even did some freelance work on the side and started working on a MOVIE with BetterThanFiction Productions (details probably not coming soon). 

And I can't forget about the lifelong friendships I made with some very talented people. Thanks for everything Keir, Sam, Ehsan, and Melina! And my spiritual advisors at Future: Greg, John, Mike, and Blanca. What a summer.

And I can't forget about the lifelong friendships I made with some very talented people. Thanks for everything KeirSamEhsan, and Melina! And my spiritual advisors at Future: Greg, John, Mike, and Blanca.

What a summer.