How was your week? I’m not sure if it’s related to the full moon or the heat, but it has been a rather tough week for me emotionally, between feeling lost and frustrated sleep haven’t been easy…fingers crossed on a better week
As a designer, it’s almost in our best interest to keep design as mysterious as possible, so that everyone comes to us (me) for help when they have a design question. But the truth is, it’s actually pretty straight forward. Guy Kawasaki did a fantastic job putting this tool together with some amazing learning resources.
If you are anything like me, you probably get around 20 emails a day from various news and product websites, although I’ve been aggressively unsubscribing myself from these platforms, there are still some I actually enjoy receiving, but i would rather they don’t disturb my work, which is exactly where Unroll comes it, it learns about your emails and send you ONE email a day with everything inside.
I write this newsletters for several reasons, it allows me to stay in touch with my peers in related field and it forces to write on my blog on a regular basis, it is also allow me to market myself. This articles goes into depth on why we should create in the open.
Studies has shown the way our brain is wired begins to solidify around our mid 20s, our ability to learn slows down dramatically, luckily it’s still possible to train ourselves to keep our minds plastic and flexible.
[Good] Work seems to be going smoothly, although not as fast as I would like [Bad] Failed to find time to meditate, also been incredible angry/frustrated in general [Goals] Read just 10 pages of “Design is a Job” a day
Is Silicon Valley really the fantastic entrepreneur paradise media and various “gurus” claim it to be? One amazing quote mentioned is this: Your favorite part of having a smartphone is never having to call anyone. Frightening stuff right?
A sneak peak to the book Facebook created to “explaining company’s mission, history, and culture to new employees” one of my favourite page is plan for either 6 months or 30 years (Personal note, I’m not keen on facebook for their attitude in personal privacy and internet.org scam)
Francis Ford Coppola said something like, “the best favour you can do for yourself is only work on things that you believe in, because then you’re not lying. You’re telling the truth. And if you’re telling the truth, then it looks like you’re telling the truth.” So, that’s the favor I give myself. I choose to represent products that I actually believe in. Then I don’t have to act. Found via: http://wistia.com/blog/sandwich-video-interview
Ever wish you had more than one number or email account to give out? This service allows you to have “multiple disposable phone numbers and email aliases on a single device, managed with the tap of a button.” Unfortunately, it’s US & Canada only for now
We’ve been using this nifty app for showing interactive prototypes to clients and although I still find it a bit slow it is growing on me, it integrates well with Sketch and photoshop, i’m also interested in trying out it’s competitor marvelapp.com
Let’s Make Mistakes
I’ve already mentioned Mike Monteiro’s “F**k You, Pay Me” video last week, this week I found out he actually has a podcast, well worth a listen for all designers and creatives
This is a topic very close to my heart, I have personally spent a frightening amount of time considering suicide, I’ve rarely spoken about this out of shame. I was convinced the world is better without me. I’ve even spent 3 days deciding on the exact method and location. It’s a very frightening place to be, if anyone would like to talk about this, please do not hesitate to get int ouch with me.
Last month Google updated their SEO algorithm to award better result ranking for websites that are more mobile friendly, have a look at this guide to understand what can you do to help your website’s ranking.
I strongly believe how you start your day will have a huge impact as to how your day will continue, it’s worth making the effort to plan your mornings to give you that extra boost for the rest of your day.
Although I do not yet have any kids, I do think about our current education system a lot and I don’t mean just what kids are taught in school, it really should start from the home and it should be FUN, another fantastic podcast.
A quick 3 minutes video on how meditation effects our mind and why you should try it (even just 2 minutes a day) I strongly believe in the power of deep breathes to help stress and anxiety (both of which I suffer from recently)
A fascinating article on the Pound, the tool BuzzFeed use to really understand how social sharing works and the web of connections it creates.
The human mind is such a funny thing, we actually like being lied to. We desire control so much that the “illusion of control” can greatly improve our experience of uncontrollable outcomes
Yes, this is my own work and I am proudly and shamelessly featuring it in my own newsletter…because it’s mind. It’s still powered by wordpress but aside from some standard plugins, it’s mostly my own design and code which I admit is not perfect but at least now I can have much better control of the site and it’s future development. Can’t wait to finally execute some of my ideas.
[Good] GetFit.hk has launched, been getting much better at command line, Git and Sketch. It’s challenging but also rewarding [Bad] Failing really badly at sleeping before 12:30 and have mental block on meditation lately, not really sure why. [Goals] Half way through my 10,000 Push ups challenge, I need to keep up with 360 push ups per day to complete it. Chest and shoulders are incredibly sore, fingers cross with it easing up
Have a good week everyone. Would love to hear what you think of this week’s newsletter, please do email me back.Chi
I’ve been fascinated by argument lately, the science and categorisation of good and bad ones and I came across this useful and funny website on logical fallacies. If you prefer more serious stuff I recommend “Types of Argument” from Oxford University
On the rise and fall of startup SellAnApp. A project check I had personally invested over 100 Euro into back in 2012. This article is a postmortem on partnership, team dynamic, share vision amongst the founding team.
I’ve started experimenting “Space Nutrient Station” (a Soylent variant), just lunch so far. The taste to the liquid food is not as bad as I original thought, it’s very quick and convenient, Just add water, shake, stir a little and lunch is ready!
Three minor problems though. First is how quick it thickens up after mixing, so I really do have to consume it within 20 minutes or it becomes a really thick porridge which I can’t get out of the bottle.
The second problem is that a single bottle (supposed to be 1 third of your daily requirement of 2000 calories as well as all the other nutrients we need) is just not enough, like a normal lunch I get rather hungry around 5 – 6pm, I was rather hoping the protein and fibre would help resolve this issue.
Lastly and more annoyingly is that I’ve been really gassy in a rather embarrassing kind of way…(I’m also very curious if it has anything to do with the flu i’m currently recovering from.)
What is a platform in terms of the startup world? Why does some platform do better than others? “How Airbnb beat Craigslist”, “How Youtube and Vimeo continue to coexist” and “Why Medium is so powerful for writers”
A simple but truthful list of 63 points on what developer Ben Dixon had learnt about startup over the past 5 years, well worth a look. Items includes “2. Someone’s always already working on the same idea and that’s not a bad thing” and “52. That was not “your idea” unless you shipped something, otherwise I invented Facebook, Nest and Oculus Rift”
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver shows exactly how important it is to put things in context, talk about mass government surveillance and no one bats an eye lid but put it into everyday context such as personal photos… you’ll get another reaction.
I’ve already mentioned 100% Food (Space Nutrient Station) before, after being inspired by a friend experimenting on Soylent, I’ve decided to give it a go. Currently only replacing lunch with the liquid food, soon I’ll replace it with both lunch and breakfast, I’ll write more about this next week.
We are creatures of habits, habits allow us to think less with our conscious mind and rely on our subconscious to function, good products allow us to form habits around them, this video shows you that works.
Anyone who has learnt to code would understand the challenge comes in learning all the basics and understanding how to put things together. This site teaches you how to write codes needed for existing software products.
[Good] Work is going pretty well, even did Archery Tag with the team. [Bad] Still no laptop, I know it will at least set me back $1500 but most likely more for the display, should find out more on Thursday. So frustrating! [Goals] Sleep before 12:30am EVERYNIGHT and finish the book Made to Stick this week
Ever wondered what all those numbers on your camera means and how to get those blurry background (Bokeh effect)? This free online simulator is just the thing. Super easy to use
Currently reading this book on why some ideas stick and spread while others just fizzle away? This book breaks everything down so you too can start spreading your ideas.
Something I’ve heard twice in this week, this principle not only applies to families but also successful individuals and companies – Which is great news, it means there’s a pattern for us to learn from