If you’ve been reading this blog for a bit, then you already know that I’m a major supporter of documentation. It’s good for your portfolio, it’s good for predicting or explaining value, and it’s also good for yourself. Just ask Nicholas Felton, the whose been creating annual reports (famously) since 2005.
Last month Mashable reported on the growing trend of people tracking their individual data, for example Dan Meyer, who says: ”It just speaks to the natural tendency to introspect, look inward… I do it for the same reason people journal or blog about their lives.”
While by no means a full-fledged graphical report, here are a few interesting stats about the past two years on Daily Design Idea (all gathered through WordPress’ own “My Stats” tool):
Top 3 Search Terms leading searchers to the blog:
architect (6,904 times)
street art (3,617 times)
Paula Scher (500 times)
Beyond the home page, Top 3 Pages visited:
the post What does an architect look like? (9,163 times)
the post Fantastic photographic reenactments (2 of 2). (1,341 times)
the post A challenge from Paula Scher. (1,275 times)
So what does this mean going forward? I definitely plan to use Twitter more consistently and finally do a long-awaited update to the Paula Scher-inspired tshirt designs. I’m also hoping to publish more interviews (get ready for some great insight from Nate Poel), bring in more guest writers, and live Tweet more events.
March 28′s daily design idea is document your progress (and plan for more of it in the future!) and you’ll be that much more likely to make – and achieve - great goals.
As a blogger, you hear comments like “the ‘average blog’ has the lifespan of a fruitfly” all the time. And unfortunately, many people do abandon new blogs before they return significantly on their time investments. While I admit that I have not hit my “daily” writing goal by a long shot, I’m still very proud to say that I’ve kept up this blog for two years now. And it’s led to some exciting connections and discoveries that have definitely made the whole thing worth it.
adorable image by Flickr user nappent
Two year’s ago today I wrote the following post to kick off this blog. Even though I’m now off the design track in my career (and more onto a research-like track), the post is still very relevant:
I’ve been thinking design ideas for years now… and have been toying with archiving them for almost as long. When I read GOOD’s “Ten Steps to Becoming the Designer You Want to Be” by Laura Seargeant Richardson, I decided to (metaphorically) make the leap and (actually) start a blog.
March 12′s design idea is get your ideas out of your head – get them out onto paper, on a blog, in a sketch, through conversation. Start working through them (and then get someone else involved!). I believe that great design always involves inquiry, brainstorming, and collaboration. That’s what this blog is for, and hopefully it really will help me become the designer that I want to be.
It was surprisingly and refreshing (no pun intended) to see this delivery truck the other day:
Not only am I thrilled that Coca Cola is doing their part to lower emissions and generally be more fuel-efficient in the delivery of their product, I’m glad that the trucks got to keep a distinctly Coca-Cola visual identity. It would have been a shame to lose the iconic red for a less recognizable (and overdone) green color.
March 7′s daily design idea is embracing new practices and maintaining your core identity are not mutually exclusive. Kudos to Coke for trying to have it all.
From a distanced perspective, everything about K’House is phenomenal. The Philadelphia-based coworking community Indy Hall has teamed up with uber-cost efficient and sustainable residential developers Postgreen Homes and with award-winning architecture firm DIGSAU to propose a new brand of co-housing. The project’s values are “community, openness, sustainability, accessibility and collaboration.”
So what’s not to love? It’s hard for me to admit this, but I’m hesitant enough about living with one other person – despite the obvious benefits (including cost and energy savings, increased safety, opportunities for socializing, and more) – let alone a true, shared, intentional community. That said, I’d love to come around to the idea of living in this type of development/neighborhood. Maybe Indy Hall will consider accepting tenants for trial periods?
March 6′s daily design idea is what is your comfort zone for the scale of your home (and particularly the number of people you share it with)?