The Design of Perception

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Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali (1937)

As a designer, I do my best to uphold the tenets and principles of good design in all the things that I’ve created over the years. These intractable rules have come down to us from all the various art and design movements that form the history of visual communication. It is usually when we violate these principles (due to time, budgets, or compromises) that we get into trouble. All forms of visual media have to deal with this problem. Despite these principles however, it is perception, the mind’s eye of the viewer, that can supersede any rules or principles, regardless of how true they may be. Continue reading “The Design of Perception”

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The Design of Perception

Meta post: Write 12 blog posts in 2017

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2016 was very hectic for me, for both good and bad reasons. Some of that busy-ness (business?) may not have been necessary, given that being busy is not necessarily the same as being productive. Looking back over the year, there were probably some projects that could’ve been skipped, but hey, 20-20 hindsight and all that. Looking ahead, 2017 is a whole new year, with all new opportunities to get things on track and moving forward! Continue reading “Meta post: Write 12 blog posts in 2017”

Meta post: Write 12 blog posts in 2017

So I built a bot…

This was originally posted on Medium, but I’ve added some new stuff at the end.

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My job at Mercedes-Benz is intentionally mysterious. But I can say that it helped inspire me to investigate the weird world of chat bots. To help me get started, I asked my friend Sandi MacPherson about how she made her bot. Based on her experience, I followed suit and tried making one myself. It has not even been 24 hours yet, and it’s been quite interesting so far… Continue reading “So I built a bot…”

So I built a bot…

Overcoming Negativity

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A while back we talked about designers and negativity on the podcast. I hope you listened to it because it’s an important topic that can affect many of us in creative fields. Being constantly told ‘No’ or constantly taking criticism is difficult to bear sometimes, and it can sap a lot of your positivity.

Today, I want to talk about the other side of it. How do you deal with someone else in the workplace who seems inextricably trapped in their own negative perspective?  Continue reading “Overcoming Negativity”

Overcoming Negativity

Designing in Public

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In conjunction with a previous post on “Designer Diplomacy”, I wanted to jot down a few words on the importance of working in public. I don’t mean setting up your workstation downtown in Union Square, though that might be kind of a cool way to work! No, instead I think designers should also find ways to make what they do more public in the companies and organizations we all work in. Continue reading “Designing in Public”

Designing in Public

Designer Diplomacy

So if you have been a follower of mine on Twitter, perhaps you know that I recently came back from a (business) trip to Germany. I wrote some other thoughts about my trip earlier, but now I want to talk about something more specific to design. When I came back to the office, I made a remark to a coworker about how I felt like some kind of a ‘design diplomat’, in the sense of having to negotiate design stuff with our colleagues.

I made the remark in jest, but in thinking more about it, the idea of a design diplomat actually makes a lot of sense! Continue reading “Designer Diplomacy”

Designer Diplomacy

The Gratitude of Seeing the Forest

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This is something I wrote while I had some time to think and reflect. Obviously, I’m not currently sitting on a plane… 

I never imagined that I would be here in this moment. Years ago, I was frustrated and fed up. Everyone around me seemed to be doing so well, joining cool companies or doing interesting work. I wanted a piece of it but it always seemed just out of reach. I was ready to go do something else. Drop design entirely and be something else, anything but me. Continue reading “The Gratitude of Seeing the Forest”

The Gratitude of Seeing the Forest