was the first time I met Cindy Li.
I drove to the Art Academy of Cincinnati to volunteer with the In Control 2009 Web Design Conference during the week of final exams. I was still a college student then and thought Cindy was a student as well because she had a huge backpack on while we waited for the rest of the crew to show up to help setup the conference.
I remember someone asking what was in the backpack because we had to go up quite a few flight of stairs to which Cindy replied her “laptop and 3 spare batteries”!!! 😂
Turns out Cindy wasn’t a student (in fact I think I was the only student) but we both were from Florida. I learned she worked at Yahoo! (because I was jealous of her awesome hoodie) and AOL (which did you know that it was AOL that purchased Time Warner and not the other way around? Fun fact I learned from Cindy)
On the way back from InCtrl pre-launch happy hour, a group of us noticed a guy with his shirt off doing push-ups on the corner; joking around Daniel Burka takes his jacket off as if he was going to do the same thing but instead he stops. So Cindy Li decided to do the push-up and I learned a valuable lesson that day. Never do a push-up infront of Daniel Burka.
I remember showing someone the photo and them saying “I should post it online make sure to tag it with hashtag CindyLi”. I had no real idea how many people Cindy Li impacted at the time and it wasn’t until I posted the photo did a search on flickr for “#CindyLi” that I began to learn of all of people she was able to bring together and make friends with.
Cindy was super easy to talk to and get along with. I didn’t feel like it was a student and professional talking to each other but rather two people who enjoyed design.
Today I learned she passed away. I was in shock and angry. I cried.
I can’t stress how great of person Cindy was. In those short three days I made a friend. I really admired and looked up to Cindy. She was an amazing person.
I hope to able to continue to share the kindness that Cindy Li showed me with others and will miss the joy she brought to the world.