I’m finally beginning to realize it’s not about thoroughly planning out every single detail and nailing them down but more about how to thoroughly prioritize the successive movements of how the pieces will fall into place as you continuously move forward.
I know it seems pretty basic, but I hope this will serve as a good reminder. I’ve never been a good chess player…if that serves as any consolation.
I Googled myself and found this…
Marketing, branding and communication cannot be owned by one department in the business. It needs to be the mindset of the entire corporation.
TOMORROW RIGHT NOW
They say your death is behind your right shoulder at any given moment. I believe it. At any moment, any one of us could get hit by a bus, catch a stray bullet, or be diagnosed with cancer. It happens all the time, everyday. Some refer to these types of happenings as potential exit points from this reality—points in time where everything could (but doesn’t have to) end as we know it. They can be understood as an actual point in time, such as a car wreck, or as the avoidance of a point in time, such as beating cancer. It is postulated that each one of us will have several exit points throughout our lifetimes, regardless if we are aware of them or not. It seems that these potential points of exit, if lived through, are the most poignant and direct reminders for us to live everyday as if it were your last.
What would you do if you found out today that you only had six months to live? Or two weeks? One day?
The root of our practice is located in the usefulness of the work, not the form that it takes.
The Shape of Design
We need to give ourselves permission to be the person with an idea. We all deserve a shot at making our ideas real. Don’t just think about your ideas but carry them through.
We ask tough questions of our clients and their industries. We need to know: Why are things done this way? What problem is it solving? What can we get rid of to make it simpler? Designers are receptive to new input by definition, and that makes us inherently more malleable than other kinds of workers.
This adaptability means designers are not only adept at facing change, but also at initiating it.
Gift exchange is not a form of barter. Partners in barter talk and talk until they strike a balance, but the gift is given in silence.
Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged of others. Health is the primary duty of life.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Why have I been trying so hard all this time to define and mold myself into what is “good” by others’ standards? Why haven’t I, instead, concentrated on what I think is interesting, fun, and solves problems effectively by my own standards? I’m starting to realize that nothing else will “gel” or make sense with me unless I agree with them. Regardless of how much I desire to make someone else happy, it won’t ultimately satisfy my own desire to solve the same problem in my own particular way.
This in no way negates the need or openness I have for others’ opinions, I’ve just come to realize that I haven’t been allowing myself to be heard, even within my own thoughts. Essentially, if I have no respect for my own opinion, how can I expect myself to effectively and empathetically listen to others?
Never let a good crisis go to waste.
We were able to achieve something iconic without imposing a big engineering effort on the internal components. As a designer, you have to be sensitive to the economic realities of the people you’re working with. You can’t always lead them down the path of going custom every step of the way. Good design has to be thoughtful. I think it’s more than just the aesthetic consideration that you have to take into account.