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The Story Behind the Name

By 23 January 2014 

Leonardo da Vinci at Intellect

I’m a geek.  There’s no hiding from it and there’s certainly no getting away from it.  Being a geek is intrinsically a part of who I am and what makes me tick.  I love Rubik’s cubes (not great at solving them), information technology, any TV show or movie that begins with “Star …”, the periodic table, pulling things apart to find out how/why they work and of course, I’m fascinated by anyone who can actually do any of the above.

My best mate, Tony, is not a geek.  Don’t get me wrong; he’s highly intelligent and extraordinarily creative and has a unique world-view that I confess baffles me at times.  He’s fascinated by science, but would rather paint it than do it.  He has taken some of the most interesting photographs I’ve ever seen, drawn amazing sketches and when he puts mouse to mouse pad, creates some of the most unique graphic designs you’re likely to see.  I’m flat out drawing breath, let alone a picture.

I’m constantly amazed at how two wildly different people can be friends, almost brothers, for more than twenty years.  Happily, this is one thing I don’t want to pull apart to find out what makes it work; I just accept that it does.  One thing that we do have in common is a great respect for art and science and the people who work in these fields for the enjoyment and betterment of others in this world.  It goes without saying then, that if we are going to have a hero and a source of inspiration, it would have to be Leonardo da Vinci.  Not only could da Vinci render amazingly detailed sketches, create beautiful sculptures, paint enduring works of art and write extensive manuscripts, he was also a musician, philosopher, scientist, engineer and inventor.

An unquenchable thirst for knowledge and boundless imagination is what truly set da Vinci apart from his peers and indeed, any other person in human history.  He was the archetypal Renaissance man, and the benchmark to which all who have followed him aspire.  Of course, if you are going to have a thirst for knowledge and boundless imagination, you’re going to need a towering intellect to back it up and da Vinci had this by the bucket load.  The man was a genius after all.

Inspired by da Vinci’s ability to combine the disciplines of art and science, we combined Tony’s artistic ability with my powers of all things geek and launched a website development and graphic design company.  Even with the two of us and a team of dedicated and talented people working with us, we’ll never reach the level of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius.  It’s a great dream to strive for though and our admiration of da Vinci keeps us focused on being the best artists / designers / developers / coders / entrepreneurs / coffee fetchers we can possibly be.  All you need is a little imagination and  …  Intellect.

Bye for now,
Jim

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