Image Credit: ProjecString: Turning an Everyday String Curtain Into an Interactive Projection Display Ⓒ 2022 Wooje Chang, Yeeun Shin, Yeon Soo Kim, Woohun Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
As we get closer to rounding out the first quarter of 2023, it’s time to check on your New Year’s resolutions to see how they are coming along. We asked the SIGGRAPH 2023 Conference Committee about their resolutions to help spark new ideas for the CG community. Read on to hear which resolutions are top of mind for key SIGGRAPH leaders, and take some notes on how to implement them into your own practices.
Experience the Joy
What came to mind when I thought about this is “Experience the Joy” — basically to focus on joy or joyfulness. So often, those of us who use advanced and emerging technologies in our daily work can lose sight of the joy that technology brings both us and those who we create for when we are in the midst of a deadline, long periods of long hours, or crunch time. It’s not the usual kind of New Year’s resolution, but I feel joy in creating, coding, and experiencing new technologies and their expressive potentials.
Organization Is Key
When I am super busy and dealing with different issues in work, the windows on my desktop start piling up. By the end of the day, I may have 50 different windows open. Often times, they are windows to websites or directories with half-done projects or research. They form a bit of a to-do list for me and remind me that I have to finish that item. But the problem is that I cannot find the window I need easily; therefore, I spend a lot of time looking for things I need. In moments of panic, I open new windows, which exacerbates the problem. My resolution is to try to group my windows in a logical fashion this coming year. The windows with my course materials will be in one area of the screen, my archive work browser windows all organized as tabs in one window, my SIGGRAPH committee work in another, and so on. If I can master the art of organizing my windows logically, I know it will save me time and reduce stress. As a New Year’s resolution, I’m aware of the “lose weight,” “exercise more,” and “relax more” goals that I have set before will never happen, but I’m going to add them to my important to-do list as soon as I can find that window!
Create Your Boundaries
A better work-life balance. My aim is to avoid getting drawn into responding to emails and work requests outside of normal working hours, weekends, and public holidays. It’s important to prioritize having a break from the multitude of communication mechanisms people use to gain our attention at all hours.
Check off your new year’s resolution of submitting your latest innovations to SIGGRAPH 2023 before it’s too late!