Heard of this great talk by philosopher Ruth Chang. Hard choices cannot be quantified, it’s a judgement from our own heart. If we believe it’s right, it will be. All we need are enough reasons to push ourselves to become the person who we want to be, no matter what kind of choices we make in life.
What can culture, art and craft do for Chinese small villages?
This summer, me and my friend visited a touristy place: Phenix in Xiangxi, a well-preserved old town in Hunan Province, China. With the intention of looking for inspirations and collecting Miao embroider from traditional women crafter, we found more than what we expected.
What is the difference between marketing and graphic design?
After being trained as a graphic designer for years, I started to realize that this industry has many overlaps with business areas in marketing and managing. People sometimes treat graphic designers as the ones who only deals with craft ( How it looks), which we don’t really liked. And there are also people who think that graphic designers can help them to create a complete marketing plan, which we don’t really do. There is a conflict between how other people define graphic designer and how we would be willing to be titled.
Some great words from Paul Rand, really enjoyed reading it. Here are some notes that inspired me.
Good design adds value of some kind, gives meaning, and, not incidentally, can be sheer pleasure to behold; it respects the viewer’s sensibilities and rewards the entrepreneur.
The roots of good design lie in aesthetics: painting, drawing , and architecture, while those of business and market research are in demographics and statistics; aesthetics and business are traditionally incompatible disciplines.
One of my primary school (from 1997-2000) classmates - Yuting Liu at Hongqilu elementry school in Zhuzhou, is working on her PHD at Yale University, and not to mentioned she graduated from one of the most prestigious school from China - Beijing University for her undergraduate. I came across an article she wrote for her high school and thought a lot about the definition of diligence and excellence.
I am teaching a class only have 6 students. Most of them are quiet and shy. Whenever we start critique, seemed only I was the one who talks. I was always thinking that I am pretty good at motivating, I used to share a lot of my own experience and teach Chinese students specific ways to be motivated. However, I have to say that culturally it’s so different, as everyone’s purpose to be in class is different. I talked to another teacher, he said that it is definitely hard to ensure everyone in the class the same level of involvement, since they have diverse background, personality, and ability to handle things. However, when I talk to another professor in our department who seemed very good at motivating students, I learned several possible ways that will somehow work.
Recently, I heard about OPA planning system created by motivational speaker Tony Robbins. OPA means “Outcome, Purpose and Action” and it refers to the very order of achieving a goal and procedure to make it really happen.
I like the idea of looking into the result before any action. Many people, make a list of to dos everyday, but not really sure if any of those will create outcomes that we really care about. This is a visualizing process, when the goal is clear, the unconscious mind will at some point push our actions. Then it’s the purpose: WHY do we want to outcome?
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A new course I am teaching this semester - Drawing 1.
I sure had fun in the class. Around 20 students might be the biggest number that I have since I taught. Every time when finishing this course, I just felt very satisfied and filled with pleasure all over my mind. Almost 3 hours class felt like 30 min, it just passes through.
In the Minneapolis 2013 AIGA conference, I was chatting to random people who walks around during breaks. When I saw this man with white beard that seemed filled with wisdom, I cannot help to talk to him. I asked if he is a designer and how often does him come to AIGA. Without finish the complete answer, our conversation was interrupted by a young lady whose name is Su Mathews. She asked me: Is this your first time attending AIGA, how could you not knowing Kit Hinrichs? At that moment, I know exactly how much wisdom and inspiration was hidden behind those white beard. The next day, I hugged Kit and told him that I sure should know him, because of the amazing things he has accomplished in his design career.
Accidentally, I saw a course today on Lynda.com introducing Kit Hinrichs and his studio. I finished watching it all at once. Again, this well-known graphic designer seemed so live in front of me telling all his passion about design, illustration, business and American flag collections. Just loved his mind-set, philosophy and creative energy on design and life.