Great inspiring talk from WIRED by Design, Chef Chang discusses how he balances creativity with hard work, passion, iterations, and learning from mistakes to his current success in culinary world. Success is all about how you learn from your failures and keep improving yourself, nonstop.
My current design environment and focus are in the development of a product, user interface design, iOS design, and marketing advertising. My main inspirational sites that I visit on a daily basis are Behance and Dribbble, which everyone is familiar with. My inspiration usually don’t come from work that are similar to mine, but manifests after perusing different mediums that I typically don’t use. In order to be a better and well rounded designer, being able to dip my toes into a little bit of everything allows me to generate new ideas and keep my creativity fresh in the field.
My biggest inspiration at the moment is James Altucher. I discovered him via Quora and I listen to his podcasts, subscribe to his writings, and learn about his personal experiences about being successful in both career and personal life. We work in silos during our day jobs, churning out designs based on client demands, and following someone else’s vision. In order to achieve greatly, you need to back away from your project and see how your work fits into the universe of things. Altucher shares about how to be a better communicator at your craft, how to master what you love, and most importantly, the importance of saying “No” to difficult situations but still come out on top.
Colossal has quality curated pieces that features designers in art, design, photography, and culture. What sets this blog apart from other sites, is the curation of artists that work with extremely detailed and time consuming mediums. The sheer hard work and perfectionism of these artists really give me a new perspective and pushes me to think even more outside of the box. It also engages me to create works on a monthly basis, to achieve the same level of attention and passion in every aspect of my projects.
This whimsical ecommerce husband and wife website features a lot of vintage, playful, and casual type products that are extremely charming. Personally, I’m a big fan of the Bon Voyage collection https://riflepaperco.com/collections/bon-voyage/ featuring a lot of excellent hand-painted illustration work with strong attention to detail. All the products are carefully selected to showcase consistent quality and brand for the company. I’m also a big fan of the product image shots and the clean UX/UI interface.
Being able to present product vision to your consumer in a beautifully crafted experience, have always been an important goal of mine. It’s not an easy task to create consistent, quality experience and propel creative vision through branding and tactile touch of packaging design. When a product “gets it right”, creating that intimate storytelling from beginning to end, I can’t stop to notice and appreciate the details.
Vimeo Staff Picks
Motion graphics and visual effects in video have always fascinated me. It was one of my dreams as a designer to be able to work as a visual effects artist. I took AfterEffects courses at SVA in NYC and never had the chance to truly work in this medium in a professional setting. This is one of the areas that I’m pursuing on a personal level to challenge myself in a medium that I’m not familiar with. In UX/UI design on the web and mobile devices, you have the chance to do user based testing, and revise your product based on user interactions and feedback. With art mediums such as video and fine arts, you have full control and responsibility of conveying the emotions that you want the user to receive. The idea of crafting that deep emotion and inspiring your audience, is something truly inspiring to me and fuels my drive. On a weekly basis, I turn on “couch mode” on Vimeo and watch Popular Vimeo Staff Picks. I feel that Vimeo has a good level of artistic curation that Youtube just cannot compete with.
Postcards for Ants is an ongoing painting project by Cape Town artist Lorraine Loots who has been creating a miniature painting every single day since January 1, 2013. The artist works with paint brushes, pencils, and bare eyes to render superbly detailed paintings scarcely larger than a small coin. On her website you can “reserve” a future painting (it’s all booked up for this year), and she’s also printed five limited edition postcards for each day. Check out her entire project on her blog http://www.paintingsforants.tumblr.com/archive
Animator and director Mikey Please of Parabella Animation Studio just released his latest stop-motion animation project, Marilyn Miller. Marilyn Miller is a followup to Please’s BAFTA-winning animation The Eagleman Stag, and makes heavy use of tediously sculpted styrofoam models and complex long-exposure lighting to tell a story of creation and destruction. The film was photographed and animated by Mikey Please and Dan Ojari. And you can see a bit of behind-the-scenes footage here.
This is a personal 175 page, 12x12 photo dedication celebrating our one year together. Photo layouts and photos were all taken using my Canon 5D Mark II during our travels, adventures, holidays, and time between two cities: New York and Boston. Compiling this book gave me great personal pleasure because in the world of digital design, one rarely gets a chance to create something physical and tangible that they can hold in their hands. See more detailed photos under Design Link: Year One / 2014
Multidisciplinary designer Richard Clarkson experiments with products, lights, and furniture.
The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.
Since eBoy's launch in 1997, the Berlin-based design firm has become the gold standard in pixel art, earning both commercial and critical success with their uniquely elaborate 8-bit aesthetic. Their work has appeared in innumerable ad campaigns, magazines, and art galleries, yet the company itself has remained surprisingly simple - just three men, moving pixels around a computer screen, still honing their craft to perfection.
Using sheet after sheet of carefully cut glass, Ben Young builds both abstract and realistic interpretations of waves and bodies of water, undoubtedly influenced by growing up near the beautiful Bay of Plenty on the northern coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
"I never been comfortable in the place I’m in, I can’t stop and sit. It’s a constant engine that just keeps driving me to things that are unknown to me. It doesn’t matter if I can’t feel my fingers, It doesn’t matter if my face just feel like it’s getting sand blasted. What matters is someone can feel that, when they look at a picture."
National Geographic Creative photographer and North Face athlete Cory Richards to create a promotional piece to demonstrate the scope of his work and the passion and athleticism that accompanies him in the field. A Tribute to Discomfort brings the viewer through Cory’s stunning work, his unique sense of humor, and his quest to create photographs that relate a common humanity.
The Drinkable Book is a life saving tool that filters water and teaches proper sanitation & hygiene to those in the developing world. Each book is printed on technologically advanced filter paper, capable of killing deadly waterborne diseases. Each page is coated with silver nanoparticles, whose ions actively kill diseases like cholera, typhoid and E. Amazing and revolutionary invention.
An excellent product with considerations of not only design, form, technology, and consideration for it's user in need. Designed by: Aaron Stephenson
Kartell Bourgie have been on my mind for the last six years. Ever since I saw a photo of this lamp, I knew I wanted it. The price point for this acrylic lamp is sort of steep, so I never had the courage to buy it. This weekend in NYC was the perfect awakening. I had just recently purchased a new iMac and I wanted to do a bit of decluttering to start my workspace right.
I wanted to keep it very clean and minimal. You can’t see in this photo, but I’ve brushed all my small nit-nacks onto the table behind me. The lamp is really a statement piece. It comes in a variety of styles, matte white/black, or shiny metallics. I wanted wanted this in clear, so it can look nice and simple.
My NYC apartment is quite small, and having more glass surfaces can make the room feel a lot bigger. I’m extremely satisfied with this lamp, and happy that I finally got it. :)
Selfies from the new iMac
I’m not a morning person. When the alarm clock buzzes, I snooze it least 20 times before it’s seconds to extremely late.
This morning was no different.
Alarm buzzed, I stared at my iPhone blindly and sifted through my daily poison: Instagram, Facebook, Email, and Calendar. (In that order). Staring at a mountain of To-Do list, usually gets me going, but not today.
I rather just lay in bed, bury my face in my pillow.
My bed is my safe place. I’ll go to sleep, take some Tylenol PM and pass out. All my problems solved, instantly by ignoring them. I feel like the constant need to run away from things, because I feel the world is closing in, creeping into my personal space.
At times I feel like the noise of the world is so overwhelming. That’s why I love the silence of my bedroom, where it has the magic effect of creating a zen-like atmosphere. I guess that’s what you call the “recharging state” of an introvert. Absolute silence in the healing bay.
I find myself running away from life and career decisions by avoiding making firm choices. I also have the tendency to dip my feet into territories that I’m not fully committed to. I’m afraid to disappoint people, but mostly I’m afraid to disappoint myself. A few months ago, I sized myself up in my design career by interviewing at a bunch of high tech companies without considerations considerations. I didn’t mean to be insincere with my curiosities, but I felt like I needed to do it for me.
I needed to find out what’s out there, and who I can be. Where I stood in my career, among other top elites. Are my skills up-to-par? Am I inspired? Am I surrounding myself with people I can learn from? and most importantly.
Am I happy?
Everything eventually leads to mediocrity unless you keep pushing for more. We can shape ourselves into anything we want, but what is it that we want? Are you taking every opportunity possible to maximize your own potential, and reaching out of your own comforts for the sake of achieving your dreams? Are you failing enough? Learning enough, reading enough, engaging with the community that drives your career forward?
Seems like there isn’t a minute to waste, at this pace, anyone could feel overwhelmed with these goals. On the other hand, if you have your nose too deep in self-improvement, you might miss out the essence of life.
Learning to say No and avoiding burnout is a crucial and necessary skillset that is pertinent to any designer’s success, and this should not be taken lightly. Choosing projects that you are truly passionate about, will leave you much more fulfilled in life.
Great Read: “How the Power of Saying No Saved My Life” by James Altucher. http://jamesaltucher.quora.com/How-The-Power-Of-NO-Saved-My-Life
On Feb 1 2013, I was determined to make my last year of my 20s the best year of my life by living to the fullest, embracing the now, and following wherever my heart takes me.
It was a great experience documenting a second a day for 365 days. This gave me a whole new perspective on how to approach the first year of my 30’s with greater love, appreciation, and gratitude for everything I have in my life.
Filmed with: iPhone in New York City
Music by: Daniel Kim - Pop Danthology 2012
Cesar Kuriyama’s 1 Second Everyday
Notables by Month:
- February 9 - Wearing Marvel Lizard mask to terrorize kids at Toys R’Us
- March 26 - Gizmodo posted my Linkedin design on their site
- March 29 - Made my first Draw My Life Video
- April 22 - First time firing someone at my job. I had to google for tips.
- May 23 - Blu refuses to do Cat beard http://cat-beard.com
- June 8 - First date with my bf
- June 29 - SO SPARKLY
- July 8 - LA Santa Monica Pier
- July 27 - BF changed his fb update. Not official til its fb official. LOL
- Aug 1 - First time ever stepping into Queens
- Aug 20 - VaynerMedia Brooklyn Hot Dog spandex wearing delivery man http://wunwun.com
- Aug 30 - Someone was bandsaw-ing coconuts
- Oct 12 - Carved my first pumpkin
- Nov 02 - Blu’s buddah style
- Nov 21 - Walking with Zombies on way home
- Nov 30 - Crazy Birthday Candle on a cake I made
- Dec 11 - Jelly at Monterey Bay
- Jan 11 - Ivan ramen, so good
- Jan 31 - Anti-Semitic Elmo from Times Square wasn't in at work
- Feb 1 - Turned 30!
My small New York city apartment is filled with a graveyard of notebooks that I've abused through college, meetings, and work. Each half used, or partially doodled.
I've kept a journal since I was a child. Sifting through the clutter of a million sheets of decorative stickers, to textured charcoal paper pads I used in college, these notebooks are scattered and alone.
Waiting to be selected, to be loved once again.
I've always had a real love for paper and pencil. The idea of holding a pencil for creative work seems like a lost art in the digital age. I was such a perfectionist back then, I always primed the page by erasing a perfectly white sheet, just to make sure it's "PERFECTLY white."
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I remember in highschool, I worked on this colored pencil piece of Final Fantasy 8 for 2 months. I hid the drawing under my bed, so my mom wouldn't find it. It was a gift for my ex-boyfriend. Rinoa was one of his favorite characters from the series.
I rummaged through the closet until I found this nice box. It held one of my nicer leather journals that I've purchased previously. It was gold foil bound ruled notebook. I used it as a form of diary when I was doing a long distance relationship with another ex-bf. It’s weird to read through your old writings, and view your past through a different lens.
Seeing your reflections through this time capsule, staring at old wounds, could be very satisfying in an evil way. ☺
There were a lot of things in there that didn't need to be revisited, yet I couldn't tear the entries and toss out the notebook. It felt like tossing a part of myself into the trashcan. Logically, I tossed it back into the dark corner of the closet, where it belong.
I really haven't used paper notebooks as a journaling platform anymore, I switched to digital. I blogged on my wordpress, typed notes into my iPhone, wrote dates in my Google Calendar, and soon my hands forgot the familiarity of penmanship.
The personal touch and character of your voice is lost. The inability of backspac-ing through your thoughts, allowed handwritten journaling to be a lot more raw, unhinged, real.
Moleskine. It brought me back. It is the perfect mini size to jot down my thoughts and create a short to-do list. The unfamiliar initial feeling soon dissipates as you get closer to your words on the page, focusing on every point as your pen meets the paper. Ever since I've rediscovered the joys of writing on paper in the digital world, I couldn't turn back. I've bought 4 more Moleskins since then, and I don't think I can ever live without writing down my daily tasks again.
ModNotebooks, a company that syncs paper notes into a cloud. Pretty neat. The only downside is that you’d have to buy their proprietary notebooks ($25). http://modnotebooks.com