My Year in Review: 2013

Posted in Life, on

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve neglected my blog since going freelance earlier this year. To be fair to myself, though, I like to blame the scarce updates on my commitment to the Pastry Box Project, which had me contributing monthly posts for 2013. If you count my book, too, I’ve actually done more writing this year than any other!

Here’s a look back on other personal highlights of 2013. I hope to make this a yearly tradition — a good way to reflect and set goals for the future!

January

Nottingham, UK
I travelled to Nottingham in late January to spend time with Simon and finally attend his conference, New Adventures in Web Design, after promising a couple of years ago that I’d make it someday. Good job, as it was the last one, and it was as fantastic as I imagined! A particular talk by Jessica Hische inspired me to finally put the gears in motion to go full-time freelance. When I got home, I made plans to leave at the end of February.

February

Well, I did it. February was my last full month at the Idea Factory after nearly five years. It was a tough decision, but I can now say it was for the best and I couldn’t be happier with my choice. My co-workers threw me a lovely party and gave me the best, nerdiest gifts! Union Jack flag vintage chest? Lightsaber chopsticks? Stormtrooper tank top? Oh yeah, they know me!

March


Instead of jumping into freelance client work right away, I took March off to work on personal projects. I signed a contract with UK publisher Five Simple Steps and spent a few weeks writing my book, a Pocket Guide to Colour Accessibility. I also was a guest on Episode 46 of The East Wing podcast with Tim Smith.

Times Square, New York City
Toward the end of the month, we decided a celebration of my newfound freelance life was in the books, and we took a real holiday to New York City where Simon finally got to be a tourist for the first time!

March also had two of the three gigs I attended in 2013, Sigur Rós at Madison Square Garden, and Arkells here in St. John’s. Both were amazing in totally different ways.

April

My birthday was in mid-April and I turned 30. Eek. A couple of weeks later, I spoke at my first conference of the year, FITC Toronto, and hung out with one of my best friends, Christie, who I hadn’t seen in five years!

May


In May, I put the finishing touches on my website to prepare for a double-feature launch alongside my book. (Did I mention that it only costs £2, and that you should totally get a copy?)

June

Capilano Suspension Bridge
June was absolute madness in the best way possible! I kicked off the month with a trip to Vancouver to speak at the third annual Interlink Conference. Simon joined me there, and we met up with my friends Mike & Nina who showed us around with a gorgeous day cycling around Stanley Park, followed by some of the best Japanese food ever. Another highlight for us was Capilano Park — totally worth the admission.

The Rooms, St. John's
Next, we headed back to St. John’s for Simon’s first visit to Newfoundland, where he spoke at Go Beyond Pixels alongside Jeffrey Zeldman, Jonathan Snook, Lea Verou, and others. It was Jeffrey’s second visit to Newfoundland and it was great to have him back again, as brief as it was!

Simon met most of my friends and family, and yes, he did get Screeched In at Christian’s. Natch.

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
We left Newfoundland and headed straight to Italy, where we spent the next ten days or so eating our way across the top of “the boot.” We visited Cinque Terre, the Vespa museum in Pontedera, San Miniato for a wedding, Florence, and finished up in Venice. Such a gorgeous country.

Whitby, UK
I stayed in Nottingham for a couple of weeks post-Italy and just got into the work routine before heading back to Canada again, but not without a few weekend trips (like the one pictured above in Whitby).

July

Withings Achievement Badges
Compared to June, July was a little dull. I spent it at home here in Newfoundland, zipping around on my Vespa to make sure I got to enjoy the short summer. I worked full-tilt on 36 illustrated badges for France-based Withings and their Health Mate web app.

August

Lisbon, Portugal
I kicked off August as a guest on the always-awesome Shop Talk Show with Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert.

Later in the month, I headed back to England again to continue work and take a weekend trip with Simon to what I thought was supposed to be Wales. The night before, he told me that actually, we weren’t going to Wales, and that I should bring clothes for hot weather instead. I didn’t even find out where we were going until we arrived at the airport and he surprised me with a trip to Lisbon! Multiply the surprise tenfold when he proposed to me the very next day! (I said “yes,” of course!)

September

We broke the news in September and celebrated with friends and family — the first stop being in Brighton when I was slated to speak at Reasons to Be Creative. Later in the week, we attended dConstruct, which has become somewhat of a yearly tradition for us!

Cupcakes!
Back in Nottingham, we celebrated Simon’s 40th with an awesome house party. So. Many. Cupcakes. I also finally met my long-time friend Dave on a fleeting trip to London, topped off by dirty diner burgers to celebrate Greg’s birthday. So good.

October

Grimaldi's Pizza
Just a couple of short weeks later and we were off to New York City where I spoke at the Future of Web Design in Times Square – I never dreamed I’d be speaking there someday! Mid-week we moved over to Brooklyn where I finally got to attend my first Brooklyn Beta at both the Invisible Dog and the Navy Yard. I swear the entire Internet was there, and it was wonderful.

After parting ways with Simon for the last time in 2013, I headed home to Newfoundland for a few days before heading to Halifax to give my last conference talk of the year at HPX Digital. During the conference, I was interviewed by Stacy Mulcahy for the BitchCast, and got to see a wonderful gig from The Walkmen.

November

I signed my biggest freelance contract to date for Simply Accessible, and while I don’t want to give anything away yet, you guys should sit tight and expect some exciting new things in 2014!

December

To my delight, I was asked for the second year in a row to be a contributor to 24 Ways. I wrote about “Credit Etiquette,” where I explained how and why we should be giving credit to co-workers and collaborators in your portfolio so that everyone benefits.

Geri in net magazine, January 2014
I was also thrilled to be interviewed by net magazine for their Showcase in the January 2014 issue (#249) where I talked about freelance life and how I made the plunge. What a great way to end the year!

Looking Ahead

2014 is already shaping up to be another amazing year. We have a few trips lined up back and forth over the pond leading up to the wedding in August, and I’ve got my one-way ticket to the UK already booked for September 26th. I sort of can’t believe it. I’m thinking about doing a 365 photo project to document it all (but on Instagram, because I can’t be bothered to do dSLR shots, and I know it’s going to be a busy year). We’re also thinking about getting a dog, making us both first-time dog owners, and the thought of that is making me way too happy. Oh, and my Pocket Guide is expected to become a real printed book in the first quarter of the year. So much to look forward to, and I can’t wait!

Happy New Year!

Photo of Geri Coady

About Me

I’m Geri Coady — a designer and illustrator from St. John’s, Newfoundland — now living in Nottingham, UK. I've got an eye for detail, a passion for the web, and I'm ready to work with clients worldwide. Want to learn more?

17 Comments

Graham Stinson
  • Graham Stinson

Excellent review! I met you briefly when I said hi to Colly at Brooklyn Beta, and I'm beyond bummed that I didn't know you're a Newfoundlander! I grew up on the Canadian Prairies, and always had a soft spot in my heart for the maritimes - especially Newfoundland, the cultural hub of Canada.

Ah well, serves me right for not paying better attention.

Congratulations on your engagement and your upcoming move across the pond, and all the best to you and Simon!

John Locke
  • John Locke

Hi Geri:
The photography in this year end recap is amazing. Quite and amazing year. Congratulations, and here's to an epic 2014!

Simon Collison
  • Simon Collison

Thanks for the well wishes, Graham! Liked that a lot.

Ashley
  • Ashley

2013 was a great year for you. I enjoyed reading this / looking at the photos a lot. I'm looking forward to being a small part of your 2014 memories (and Simon's, of course!). Happy new year!

Petra Gregorova
  • Petra Gregorova

What a busy but eventful year that has been for you. Looking forward seeing you later this year and be part of your and Simon's big day. You both have a fabulous 2014!

Priya
  • Priya

Phenomenal survey! I met you quickly when I said hello there to Colly at Brooklyn Beta, and I'm past freeloaded that I didn't know you're a Newfoundlander! I experienced childhood with the Canadian Prairies, and dependably had a weakness in my heart for the maritimes - particularly Newfoundland, the social center of Canada.

anky
  • anky

Really amazing survey I appreciate this very much windows 10 command prompt. If you are looking the some amazing type of the data which have the good content and users always find the best result with it where command prompt windows 10.

best writing essay
  • best writing essay

It is introducing many topics to view my year wise reviews. The articles they are issuing to understood the best assignment writing service uk resources. So, we can help anyone with the following features.

godaddy $1 wordpress web hosting
  • godaddy $1 wordpress web hosting

I read your article and this is such a good article and good content and my new year is godaddy $1 WordPress web hosting going to the Great and awesome.

usmankhan9
  • usmankhan9

She is good in making plan and then act upon it. Some more facts she reveled here which may help us to make the effort less to do similar activities. However, I actually need to know about karamba but your review is good and near to facts of life.

zhen12
  • zhen12

2018 Qingdao Bay Soccer Coach Bayern Training Class 2 was held on the 23rd in the Sino-German Ecological Park.NFL Jerseys This is the first class of the second class to be held in Qingkai. Through the 2017 Bayern coach training basic training class and the first-level training class,NFL Cheap Sports Jerseys 25 sports teachers from all primary and secondary schools in Qingdao participated in the Bayern Secondary Class. as

kspires223
  • kspires223

Wow..... I loved that picture of NY. A very beautiful city dream of many people whole over the world.
admin192


$1 Hosting Godaddy
  • $1 Hosting Godaddy

Wow. what a amazing post. I really impressed with this. All the pictures are really amazing. I want to been there once in my life. I would like to thanks for sharing this great post with us. Nice to visit again with your next post.

macy brown
  • macy brown

You put your all efforts done the great work. Get the latest trendy dresses and many discount offer on online fashion products. Men and women both can complete their fashion need here tillys coupon codes click and get the maximum saving discount offer.

sahil arora
  • sahil arora

MY YEAR IN REVIEW: 2013 I read some articles on this site and I think your blog is really interesting and has great information. Thank you for your sharing.

sunil shrestha
  • sunil shrestha

Love the blog. Very unique and creative blog. I prefer this kind of blogs.
192168router

Sanju Raja
  • Sanju Raja

Awesome blog. I am very happy on this blog.
http://192user.pw/

Leave a Comment

Please enter the word you see in the image below: