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When I was about three years old, my family and I were down the Jersey shore when a heavy rainstorm hit. (It is important to note that when it rains any more than a drizzle on Long Beach Island, the streets fill so high with water that it is not uncommon to see people kayaking along the roadways.) Anyway, after t… Read More
When I was about three years old, my family and I were down the Jersey shore when a heavy rainstorm hit. (It is important to note that when it rains any more than a drizzle on Long Beach Island, the streets fill so high with water that it is not uncommon to see people kayaking along the roadways.) Anyway, after the rain had passed, my parents decided to take me for a walk. That’s when I came across the most perfect puddle I had ever seen.

Obviously my father could feel my excitement because he called out to me in a stern voice: “Chelsea Abbigail Lipman, don’t you dare go in that puddle!” Without hesitation I turned back toward the puddle and bolted, with my little blonde pigtails flapping in the wind. Then came the splash. I lunged my entire body into the puddle, making sure not an inch of my clothing was left dry.

My parents burst out into laughter. I guess you could say the cuteness of my defiance outweighed my inability to listen to my mother and father.

I like to think that design is similar. Sometimes we need to question the norm and go beoynd what is known to be right and proper, because it is through pushing the bounderies that brilliant design is made, the kind that makes people react. Sometimes a designer needs to leap, unafraid of the unexpected. Read Less
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