It’s actually surprisingly hard to be kind to ourselves, specially when we are talking about our future selves. “Whenever you can, do something kind for Future You.” Try think of the future you as a close friend whom you care about. What advice would you give that close friend? Would you tell them to skip the gym and eat more junk food?
Before reading about this speech, I had no idea on the differences between “Responding” vs “Reacting” to life. This is so incredibly elegant story reminding us we shouldn’t let life happen to us, but instead we should be responding purposefully to what’s around us. Please read it, I don’t think my explanation can do it any justice.
Running is easy, running efficiently and injury free is pretty hard (believe me, I’ve had my fair share of knee and ankle injuries) These tiny device currently on Kickstarter for just 12 more days could be the best running coach you could hope for. It promises real time feedback on your running, tracking and giving you feedback on your form and fatigue level. I so want one, but I don’t run enough to justify the $129 USD price tag.
Free money is surely a good thing right? How about free money for everyone but you? And what about free money for absolutely everyone? The term “Helicopter Money” is kinda like Quantitive Easing to the extreme. It could be a good thing for the short term, but it’s effect for the long term is pretty unclear. Also big thumbs up to The Memo‘s newsletter for their “What the Heck…” section
If you are an illustrator and is interested in selling your designs, this is a fantastic website. You upload your artwork (preferably vector) and it allows you to sell it as t-shirts, phone cases, cushion covers or even hats. Some amazingly beautiful designs
What an eventful week! So much happening I’ve also started to look my internally at the problems I have been facing. Asking myself why I do certain things or why do I fear certain things (my greatest fear is that I am not smart and/or incapable, that I don’t deserve success). [The Good]Finally got myself back into some muay thai training, I almost fainted half way in the class but it felt so good when I realised I actually survived (shocking how much my fitness level has dropped) [The Good] Side project is moving along, no idea if it’s worth the time at this point [The Bad] There’s some stress financially at the moment, which adds to the pressure for the side project to move quickly [The Bad] The 3.5 hours of commuting is pretty annoying and huge waste of time, trying to be more productive with podcasts and writing this email
P.S. Thanks Jay for reminding me how shocking my first ever newsletter was.
“Show me your friends and I will show you who you are.” How many “close friends” do you have? It’s definitely about the quality over quantity here, and the shocking thing is not having enough could mean you die younger #SeriousStuff
I think it show be obvious to be productive, having a todo list is critical. What this little app does is help you focus on getting one key thing done a day first, then you can look at smaller tasks. I would also recommend you write down your todos for the next day at the end of the day, it lets you get started quicker the next day and allows you to remove yourself from it to enjoy the rest of the evening.
I LOVE old film cameras, I love how they look as much as the quality of you the photos it self. As we are moving more toward smartphone photography (which I both appreciate and detest) These beautiful designs are being discarded and forgotten, this amazing project is bringing them back to life.
Tips and tricks used by startups and large corporation to make you spend more. Its really surprising how many ways they can come up with to psychologically detach you from your perspective of “money”. Does anyone remember facebook coins?
I’ve been suffering from an alarming number of back, shoulders and ankle issues lately. Its worrying and a hell of a wake up call to better look after my body. If you are interested in improving your general mobility level I highly recommend this Tim Ferriss podcast with Gymnastic Bodies
What’s been happening? The last 2 weeks has been absolutely crazy, mainly due to a number of minor family issues and side projects. Finally things are looking as if it’s moving in the right direction again, it’s very tiring but I hope things will work out. fingers crossed! [The Good]Found a much nicer way to commute to work, allowing more time and space to read or relax [The Bad] Struggling with being ok with the unknown much more than usual [The Bad] Screwed up my ankle, it feels like it’s jammed and not in the right position a lot of the times
I am incredibly surprised at the popularity of Pokemon Go, even more so on how long this craze has been going on. It turns out there’s an entire science behind how addictive freemium apps are designed.
Is it a good idea to listen to music while you work? What about when you are trying to learn somethign new? It turns out some very smart scientists already have the answer.
Fear is a strange thing, the fear of failing has literally been paralysing me, big opportunities are arising yet it’s incredibly hard to grasp it with nearly enough strength as I want to. Its like an invisible mental and emotional wall is always nudging me to delay or avoid it altogether. [The Good] I’m very grateful of my jack-of-all-trade background, it literally forces me to look at problems as a whole [The Bad] My email inbox is stressing me out, one of my fear is that I am inadequate that I don’t know enough, so I feel compelled to read as much as I can with every newsletter.. which is 10 more than I have time for.
Have you ever thought about which came first? The ability to be productive or be confident in what you are doing? When we aren’t feeling confident, we might hesitate every step of the way. So the question is, can you slowly build up your confidence by actively doing?
“Why do we take care our smartphones more than ourselves? We know approximately how much battery a phone has, but what about yourself?” Brilliantly said by Arrington Huffington on creative live. I need to allow myself to sleep so much more!
How are you? This week has been a bit tiring one on my side, the excitement of a new job has fated and while I’m still learning about the company and it’s operation it can be rather frustrating at times. The positive side is that I am slowly building relationships and making friends.
[The Good] Slept for 10 hours last night, that made me so happy [The Good] I might have a long commute, one of the bonus effect is that it allows me to spend a bit more timing thinking quietly to myself [The Bad] Coding HTML emails for Outlook 2003
How good are you at conversations? Are you distracted or are you really paying attention? Are you listening to the other person or listening just enough so you reply with something witty? NPR radio host Celeste Headlee has some fantastic points we should be paying attention to make us better listeners and have more interesting conversations.
I believe knowing how to code (even just a tiny bit) makes me a better designer. Having a good understanding of grids and responsive flows makes it easier for me to work with developers, I don’t have to take risks in making assumptions which may or may not result in making enemies with developers.
We are such strange creatures, I’ve never really thought about it, but I think this statement is true for me “People who speak two languages may unconsciously shift their personalities when they switch from one language to another.” Check out this simple but fascinating list of facts.
“If you are judging your output by your tiredness, you are sure to be misled” I think I need to have this printed and stuck on my wall as a reminder. it’s not about working hard, it’s about working smart and on the right things, tiredness should not be a badge of honour and I need to remember that.
I’m not sure how I didn’t know about this TV series. An absolutely fascinating record of 14 British children since 1964 with one episode every 7 years spanning 49 years. This could very much be the very start reality TV. Some of their stories are rather exciting, whilst others can be a bit sad.
Hello Ladies and Gents,
So much has been happening in the past week, I’m now at a new place of work. The environment is very different to how I’ve worked so far and I’m having to pick things up rather fast, it’s a bit frustrating at time, but also exciting. [The Good] New work, New challenges 🙂 [The Bad] Spending my days in smoggy HK island will take some getting used to, got bit of a flu
A short blog post I wrote last week on learning to use FramerJS for prototyping. Both Invision and Pixate failed to create the type of animation and interaction I was hoping to experiment. *The demo is a completely rebranded and repurposed interface to protect my client.
Business ideas are literally a dime a dozen, they are completely worthless until you can REALY proof they work. This Validation Board can help you walk through the steps you need to take to fully test whether business idea would work.
I can’t really explain it, but I seem to be pretty bad at tying shoe laces. They are always coming lose and to me, they waste so much time, something like this would make me pretty happy. (Yes, you would be correct to think I’m rather strange).
Fubiz is not a new website, but it is one of my favourite for visual inspirations. Fully of innovative designs in various mediums, this french website is absolutely packed with truly amazing designs every single day.
I am without any doubt, a child of 90s movies, I loved movies back then, they have a certain quality and excitement around it that modern movies nor TV shoes just can’t recreate. Until Stranger Things that is, highly recommended
Hello from Hong Kong!
It has a bit of an exciting week for me, since my last newsletter I’ve had two presentations as part of an interview process and I’m very excited to say, things are looking pretty good. Hopefully I have a bit more interesting news to share next week 🙂 Wish me luck! [The Good]Might have an interest job very soon [The Good] Been going to the gym a few times and are enjoying it [The Bad] Not too much this week, feeling pretty good (despite the heat)
As a designer, its pretty easy to think you know what’s best for your client, the colour they should use, the style they should adapt and even the tone of their voice. However the truth is, there’s no way we can know more about a business than those who work in it day in and day out. That’s why I think it’s so important to get stake holders involved and prototype WITH them instead of for them.
Beautiful talk by Lisa Bodell on how to change your work place for the better by being SIMPLE. Instead of mundane procedural meetings, things shoudl be kept simple so that we can focus on what we actually feel passionate about.
I love this quote by Peter Brucker really makes you think if we spend enough time thinking about are working on, are we doing it just because we are going through the motions of ‘work’ out of laziness, or are we spending the time and energy on what is needed?
I REALLY REALLY liked this article – being harsh on yourself is unproductive and unnecessarily stressful, instead we should take the approach of “treat yourself with the same kindness that you would a close friend” it’s a long learning process because we are all so used to the “No Pain, No Gain” mentality
So a lot has been happening lately, which includes moving from one side of the world to another. I am finally back in Hong Kong and desperately trying to sort my life out. Which is why I have been so awful at writing these newsletters, [The Good] Things are slowly coming together, First priority is finding a job! Been having a few interviews, so I might have some good news next week [The Bad] I am reminded how doing ‘small’ quick website projects are never quick, going through a slightly painful wordpress job at the moment
So here’s my first attempt at using FramerJS. I only looked into it out of frustration. Marvel and Invision wasn’t handling the animation well enough and Pixate got too weird and complicated really quickly, so since I had bought Framer with Sketch together many months ago, I might as well gave it a try and it was… AMAZING!
Imports from Sketch pretty easily
Once you understood how functions/animations are structured it’s really easy
The prototype changes as you TYPE (no need to save)
Can share to mirror prototype to mobile really easily
I had to learn CoffeeScript
The sharing function is REALLY basic
No Password protection for prototype
All prototypes uploaded will be available for download (I’m embarrassed of my code!)
Can’t delete a prototype once it’s shared, you have to email support
Prototype is pretty slow in iFrame
My First Prototype
Here’s my first attempt with Framer with a fictional project, let me know what you think? Is there a better tool out there?
Once upon a time we used to get bored, and what’s more shocking is that we were pretty ok with being bored. Constant connection to the internet and Facebook meant we no longer spend any time just gazing into space and reflect upon ourselves.
This concept makes me sick, this frustrating constant is unfortunately a way of our society, basically the poorer you are the more money works against you. Bills are higher even if you use the same amount, you have to spend more on repairing cheap cars and you can take advantages of bulk buys. it’s pretty shitty. Another article on this crappy problem.
If you are designer, watch as many talks by Mike as you can, then read all his books, I’m only about 1/5 of the way through his stuff, but can already tell he is fantastic. Here’s a good one to start one How Designers Destroyed the World.
If you ask me “How much is it to make a website”, I’ll answer with “How much is it to buy a car”, the answer is the same: depends what you are after! A 10 year old Ford is going to be very different from the latest Aston Martin. This site asks you a bunch of questions and gives you a rough idea of the cost, not perfect, but it’s a helpful indicator.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I seriously need a break [The Good]Unfortunately, I really can’t think of much [The Bad]Missed all my goals last week. No meditations and no job offer in HK [The Bad]Superbly stressed at the moment, so many things happening left, right & centre
Unfortunately, I know a lot of people who I think are unfit to be parents, either emotionally or mentally. This quick animation shows just how much your parents can effect your self-esteem / how much you like yourself.
I know the article title is a bit awkward, it’s suggesting something that is supposed to be so natural to us should be studied with cold hard science. You don’t actually need to worry about the ‘hard science’ of it all, it actually just talks about how important it is to make an effort in making the right kinda friends for you – people you like, people you get on, people make you a better person and not just whoever you happen to know already.
Many of you may have heard of “Everything is Awesome” the song from the Lego movie, it’s certainly very very catchy. Well, Greenpeace heard it too but disagreed with Lego because the amount of damage Lego is causing to the environment. In response they made this Ad.
I love legos so much, please don’t make me hate you, clean up your act please!
How’s your week been? I’ve started job hunting in Hong Kong, had several skype interviews so far, some went well, so not so sure about, both exciting and nerve racking. I also realise I much prefer in person interviews, I would prefer it if I could see the person I’m interacting with instead of just skype audio. [The Good]I’m still writing my 5 minutes daily journal [The Bad]Anxious about moving back to Hong Kong, so much to sort out [This Week’s Goal] Go to Gymnastics training and be awesome [This Week’s Goal]Get a job offer in Hong Kong