"I have never believed that art is part of design. One is a commercial interest and one is a personal interest. The one thing a designer does most is deal with other people’s interests.
When you have to compromise and deal with business realities, that’s being a designer. When you are solving a problem, that’s being a designer. I don’t like to conflate the two."
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So many nuggets of gold in this interview that 99u did with Dave Snyder. A lot of it really aligns with the lessons I've learnt over the course of the last 3 years since graduating from ArtCenter and getting into the industry...
In the spirit of Creative Strategies, I decided to do a quick 2hr vector and animation exercise, inspired by a fishing trip to Kelong Acheh in Malaysia a few years ago with some friends from school during our INSEAD MBA exchange. It wasn't my first time there and I always remember kelong trips to be uber relaxing with the constant sea breeze and absence of technology. Read More
I managed to pay a visit to the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum in January, and finally got to upload some of the pictures I took from there.
One thing that stood out to me was how he uses fashion and couture to elevate the status of women, and empower and define the idea of what femininity means through the clothes they wear, defining a legacy along the way. In a way it reminds me a little of Coco Chanel too, how she used fashion to define the modern woman. That's something I find really powerful amongst iconic fashion designers . Read More
The term 'optically kinetic' generate some intrigue in me as I was watching this video on Sydney Cash's sculpture via NotCot. Reminded me of the Sonos logo and how it was designed to create movement as you scroll through.
Interesting, especially as we have migrated most of our experiences and information consumption to the digital space. A good relative of this would the the parallax scrolling effect seen across so many web experience. As we move into a future where our experience of the internet will be away from screens, would these optically kinetic interactions still be relevant? What would be the new trend for displaying and overlaying information? Especially in conversational and voice UI. Read More
"You learned to throw a ball, pick up a cup, tie your shoes, and open a door by watching others. When you were older you probably learned how to ride a bike or drive a car by having someone show you how to do it.
So if software is more physical now (in app form), why shouldn’t we learn how to do it by watching other people?" – Josh Elman Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More