Antti Kupila

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View over the green room at Sid Lee, Montreal

Exploring San Francisco

So..I’m sitting here, writing this from my new workplace, AKQA, from the other side of the globe compared to all my previous posts here. Very exciting. I’ve never been to the US before, and also working at a big company makes stuff pretty different. Well, everything’s been great so far and and frankly i can’t expect anything less from the future.

I would add some cool (cheesy) photo of the Golden Gate or something, but I haven’t got any photos of SF yet. Still, I have my camera with me and will post some pics as i get some on .. uh .. the sensor. I could add that as a hobby photographer the city is amazing. Loads and loads of cool districts. Add to that the cool cablecars, the hills, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge you can’t miss a typical postcard-San Francisco-photo ;)

By the way; If any of my readers are in San Francisco drop me a note and we’ll go out, grab a couple cold ones :)

Two hours with Fredrik Härén

We at Hyper Island had yet another super interesting lecture, this time with Fredrik Härén, who spoke about creativity and ideas.

Fredrik is a natural speaker (well, he does it for a living, so that’s probably what you’d expect), and content was really great. In just two hours we was able to inspire probably everybody in the class to think in another way, to think outside of the box pretty literally. In addition to this he interacted a lot with the audience and spiced it up with loads of humor, which of course stepped it all up yet another notch. There’s no way i can convey what he said in written text or even in person, especially not in a short blogpost, but .. i guess it’s worth writing about anyway :)


So, what’s an idea? Fredrik showed us this formula.

  • P = Person
  • K = knowledge
  • I = input

So basically an idea is a person combining his or her knowledge with outside input. Interesting concept, but when you think of it, it becomes more reasonable – give me one idea that hasn’t isn’t a combination of something existing. So, with having more knowledge and more input, you get more ideas. As simple as that. Yeah, i know it doesn’t sound like that here, but sure felt like that after the lecture ;)

Anyway, i can’t do much more here than express my gratitude to Hyper for arranging the lecture, and Fredrik of course, for coming. If you have a chance to attend a lecture with him, do it. He’s a funny guy with good stuff to say, definitely worth a couple bucks (in return you’ll get ideas that will make you a millionare) ;)

Fredrik Härén is a writer and has written a whole bunch of books of which one, the ideabook, seemed really interesting. I’ll most definitely be getting that one.

Father’s day

Now, this has to be some sort of a sign.

Today, Nov 12th, it’s father’s day, and I hear from my good friend Thomas Jaatinen that he is going to be a father. Thomas is the same age as I am, and we’ve been to the same school & class praticly our whole lives (except now when I’m at Hyper), so I gotta say it feels a bit weird. Well, he and his girlfriend Daniela have been toghether for about 3 years now, so it didn’t really come as a shocking surprise, but a surprise, oh yeah. Either way I’m very happy for them and wish all my best to Thomas and Daniela.

I believe it was the spice girls who sang “two become one”. I sing “two become three”!