DIBI conference 2017 - Christopher Murphy



A writer, speaker and designer based in Belfast, Christopher has founded a number of successful digital startups. A passionate educator and mentor to many young entrepreneurs, Christopher leads Interaction Design provision at The Belfast School of Art.

Informing his role as an educator, Christopher is a practicing designer whose work spans a variety of media, both analogue and digital. His work has featured in numerous magazines and books including Eye Magazine, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading design journals.

The author of numerous books – and a regular contributor to Net Magazine, Offscreen, Lagom and others – he is currently hard at work on Tiny Books, which publishes short, sharp books for creative entrepreneurs that explore the design of business and the business of design.

Have you ever had an idea for a side project, perhaps a potential business, but never quite managed to get it off the ground? Chris shared some practical advice in his talk, that will encourage you to follow your dream, make the calculated leap of faith and turn that idea into a reality.

Chris explains you need an equal balance of passion, money and skill to create a purpose for completing a task, creating a new product, or following your dream.

Chris explains you need an equal balance of passion, money and skill to create a purpose for completing a task, creating a new product, or following your dream.

Chris started the talk with an inspirational message "Time treats everyone the same". We only have 86,400 seconds each day. Make each second of each minute of each and every day count. He explained that the average man has 31,025 days in his lifetime, and Chris has already lived a large majority of those days. He regrets nothing, he has taken many risks in his life time, some good some not so good. They have all contributed to getting him to where he is today and he encourages us all to take more risks.

He enforced that every day you live you should love doing what you did that day. What you choose to do as a career, should be something you love to do, or are skilled at doing, but never for the money. In the long run, if you choose to do something you love, become well skilled in doing that 'thing' someone will be interested in it and you may make a lot of money. Find your purpose!

Its difficult to find do, seeing your purpose or the end goal. Athletes durning training are encouraged to visualise the end goal, the runner winning the race, the basketballer making that shot in the last few seconds. Regardless of the situation it's important to imagine/dream the possibility of an achievement to help make it become real. Martin Luther King once said "I have a dream", he not only saw a future that he wanted but also invited others to join his invisible force to envision the future everyone could have.

The journey from receiving a brief, the 'fuck off' stage, and collaborating your ideas from the 'FO' stage all at last minute. 

The journey from receiving a brief, the 'fuck off' stage, and collaborating your ideas from the 'FO' stage all at last minute. 



Have you ever dreamed of running a business? Have you ever imagined a future where your business aligns with your passions? Have you ever had an idea, but never quite managed to get it off the ground and turn it into a reality?

I've been there and done it many times and, as an educator, I love helping others achieve success through the creation of sustainable and profitable businesses.

In this practical book – with accompanying screencasts, slide decks and worksheets – I'll help you get started so that you can turn your idea into a reality, building a profitable business.  




2. The art of procratination by John Perry

Procrastination - just about everyone has struggled with it. This charming, highly readable book by an internationally recognised Stanford philosopher offers a new outlook: instead of focusing on your deficits, recognise the myriad things that you do accomplish while avoiding "the important project." Laced with stealth advice that you can put to use, it's funny, wise, and useful to boot. John Perry's insights and laugh-out-loud humour bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfort's On Bullshit. This very readable book educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that actually you can accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating.


3. Managing Oneself - Peter Drunken

We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: with ambition, drive, and talent, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession?regardless of where you started out.

But with opportunity comes responsibility. Companies today aren?t managing their knowledge workers? careers. Instead, you must be your own chief executive officer. That means it?s up to you to carve out your place in the world and know when to change course. And it?s up to you to keep yourself engaged and productive during a career that may span some 50 years.

In Managing Oneself, Peter Drucker explains how to do it. The keys: Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself?by identifying your most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses. Articulate how you learn and work with others and what your most deeply held values are. Describe the type of work environment where you can make the greatest contribution.

Only when you operate with a combination of your strengths and self-knowledge can you achieve true?and lasting?excellence. Managing Oneself identifies the probing questions you need to ask to gain the insights essential for taking charge of your career.