Culture Thought of the Day

Encouraging people to take risks, although critical, is not enough for people to make informed decisions and take elaborated actions. Helping them explore where, when, and how to draw the line is perhaps far more important. The former is inspiring, the latter is leading.

Designerly Quote of the Day #20180828

When you get far enough along the spectrum that you really know the difference between bad and good, and how much there is to know, and that you will always be surprised, and are convinced you’re nothing more than mediocre— that’s when you’re at your best. That’s when you get the best results. You’ve put…

Designerly Thought of the Day #20180817

Persistently thrive to become so good that people can’t ignore you. Share selflessly. Help responsibly. Learn endlessly. Think constantly. Do creatively.

2x2x2: Six Books You Deserve As a Designer

Do designers still read books? Despite the proliferation of short-form web content, books are still a thing. The former is very good at keeping us well informed, while the latter still best at delivering elaborated, accumulated, and well-organized collection of knowledge. Here are six books that helped and are still helping me. I hope they…

Bookview: An Intelligent Career

Our average “career books” are usually emotionally inspiring, pragmatically instructive, but, unfortunately, profoundly lacking in helping us reflect and elaborate deeply in a holistic, self-defining way. Many of them give us what we want, but not what we need. No book can tell us what “I” need, because the true career- or life-defining ideas and…

Book Review: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport Amazon | Author Site The official summary is worth quoting in full: “Follow Your Passion” is Bad Advice. Here is What You Should Do Instead… In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Not only is the cliche flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have…

About Choice

Making choice could be really hard. What we talk about when we talk about choice? It’s not about what choices we make, but about how we make them. I recently watched a movie, About Time, which, to me, feels like a warm, sweet love letter of musing to the concept of life, that is, in…