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From the archives: Becoming the designer that you want to be.

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.


March 12, 2012 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

GOOD’s 30-Day Challenge for March: Art Every Day.

via GOOD (March 1, 2012):

“…we’re using March’s GOOD 30-Day Challenge to dare ourselves to make time for art in our lives. Below are 31 ideas for incorporating art into your month. If you’d like, you can try to do all 31 tasks in a week, or take your time and space them out. Either way, every time you’ve completed a task, come back to this page and check off the one you’ve done. At the end of the month, we’ll tally up all the actions to quantify how much more artistic everyone got in March.”

photo via Flickr user ignatius decky

The list of challenges is great, ranging from important basics (“Visit a museum or gallery” and “Send a friend a link to your favorite artist’s work”) to more disruptive actions (“Create something handmade and give it to someone” and “Create an artist’s workspace in your home”).

Share your progress on Twitter and learn about the progress of others with the #30DaysofGOOD hashtag.

March 1’s daily design idea is make time for art in your life.

March 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

640 images, 80 seconds, 1 trip around the world.

This stop-motion short is too good not to share, plus I’m psyched that the website documents their process (at least to a certain extent).

Discovered via GOOD (April 30, 2010). Watch it at

March 13’s daily design idea is be more like Alex: be adventurous in your work & faites “un voyage pas commes les autre.”

March 13, 2011 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

DeChristopher and his motives.

via GOOD (February 8, 2011), the New York Times (March 4, 2011), and the U.S. Department of Justice (March 3, 2011):

Recently, GOOD provided some background on the spontaneous (and – in my opinion – admirable) undercover actions of Tim DeChristopher: “Back in 2008, a multi-million dollar Bureau of Land Management land auction–one that was set to turn over hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands in southern Utah to oil and gas companies–was disrupted by a quiet, 27-year old economics student who simply walked in and started bidding. Today, Tim DeChristopher, aka Bidder70, is facing two felony charges for this act of civil disobedience.”

Yesterday, DeChristopher was found guilty by jury (a ruling that many predict will be appealed again); he faces up to 10 years in prison.

SALT LAKE CITY – Tim DeChristopher thanks his supporters, 3 March, 2011 just outside the federal courthouse where he was found guilty of two felonies for disrupting a Utah BLM oil and gas lease auction in 2009. PHOTO ©2011 by Ed Kosmicki/Ed Kosmickiphotosourcewest.com801 455 5573

Kirk Johnson’s blog post “Do Motives Matter? The DeChristopher Verdict” brings up some weighty questions in the wake of this trial. After pointing out that “the American legal system tends to pay obsessive attention to a person’s motives and mental state” (which can make the difference between vandalism and a hate crime, for example), Johnson writes that “Judge Dee Benson told the lawyers that the case would not be about why Mr. DeChristopher did what he did, but only whether he did it. Federal energy policies and concern about climate change, which were in fact the core drivers of Mr. DeChristopher’s actions, as he has said in many interviews, would not be put on trial, Judge Benson ruled.”

On top of that, “whether the [Bureau of Land Management] was correct in its decision to offer these parcels for oil and gas lease sales was not the question which this jury was asked to resolve. The jury was asked to determine whether Mr. DeChristopher’s disruption of the BLM’s auction of oil and gas leases violated federal law. We believe that the jury properly found that it did,” Carlie Christensen, U.S. Attorney for Utah, was quoted as saying in the U.S. Department of Justice press release about the trial.

I have mixed feelings about admitting this, but I agree. DeChristopher did break the law, but by accepting that risk he managed to make a huge difference. DeChristopher himself even admits it: “I had signed a piece of paper downstairs [before entering the auction] saying that it was a federal offense to bid without intent to pay. But I decided I could live with those consequences, and I couldn’t turn my back on this chance to make an impact.”

March 4’s daily design idea is what would you risk to make an impact?

March 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm 1 comment

Getting friendly (via GOOD).

Two recent articles in GOOD offer up ideas for getting friendly with strangers. In the first, Allison Arieff asks if the NYC subways are ready for Conversation Cars, while the second, “How To: Picnic with Strangers,” features the mostly Melbourne-based site Eat With Me.

While not as randomized as, say, Chat Roulette, opening up these kinds of avenues for interaction with strangers is definitely a bit beyond your everyday control freak. That said, they also provide an excellent opportunity for some intellectual stimulation, some advice, or just a good laugh.

March 1’s daily design idea is how (un)controlled do you like your interactions to be?

March 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

Craving some generosity?

via GOOD (Nov 10, 2010):

“Generosity may be a psychological universal according to a new study from the Harvard Business School. That is, generosity appears to be an evolutionary trait akin to sex and eating that provides benefits to individuals (and our species as a whole).” The study included research that lead to an experiment testing correlations between prosocial spending (spending money on others) and self-reported social well being.

The best part? “As predicted, there was a significant main effect of spending type, whereby participants randomly assigned to recall a purchase made for someone else reported significantly higher SWB (social well being) than participants assigned to recall a purchase made for themselves.”

December 11’s daily design idea is maybe we should more easily give in to our primitive need to give?

photograph from the City of Dreams golf course at FIGMENT 2009, by Flickr user oneiroi

direct link to “Prosocial Spending and Well-Being: Cross-Cultural Evidence for a Psychological Universal”:

December 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

Companies that care (employee edition).

Speaking of ideal work environments, what about the non-physical environment that you work in? For me, this is harder to define than its physical counterpart. I do, however, find myself in pretty full agreement with GOOD’s 10 criteria that they used for deciding the 30 places they want to work:

November 30’s daily design idea is what criteria do you use for evaluating the quality of a potential employer? How do you define a company that cares?

November 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

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