One thing I deeply appreciate about living in Seattle is the abundance of nature spots and greenery that surrounds the city. It's there that I'm able to recollect my thoughts and realign my energies especially after a full week of looking at screens.
Studies have shown (NY Times, The Atlantic) that walks in nature have been found to reduce our tendency to ruminate, or to compulsively over think or obsess over negative thoughts, which in turn leads to a better state of mental health.
Nostalgia can be an empowering thing. For me at least, everytime I look back at the work I did at ArtCenter, it grounds me and realigns me to why I am doing what I'm doing.
I found this paper from my Intro to Modernism class that I wrote a year ago. Being in the industry for about a year now, it was refreshing to read what I wrote about design from an academic point of view. Thought I'd share this here.
"...in today’s society that instinct would make us fat, so we have to adapt to this new way of life. But our hardware cannot change that fast. So computers should help us update our human software instead."
...Virgin Money Lounge caught my eye. It is a service that takes care of your personal needs, not just the functional, routine banking needs. It is a place to work and relax, get financial advice, join networking events, etc. It is even a place where you can leave your kids at without worry. It does all this while reinforcing the typology of a bank as a safe haven, an institution you can trust, accomplished through a relevant physical presence.