An embarrassing story about debt, cutlery, and costumes

Eighteen months after quitting college, I find myself in a predicament between cutlery and cash.

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November 28, 2020

KonMari your creative life

Applying the KonMari method to your creative life lets you quickly find inspiration from the books you read, the articles you curate, or the quotes you have saved.

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November 10, 2020

How Figma changed online collaboration for design

Designing a beautiful app, writing a great book, or recording a song in a studio takes a collaborative effort. Why digital products should follow Figma's lead by baking in collaborative features from the start.

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October 16, 2020

How to break the sleep code

Why a Japanese buckwheat pillow is the secret tool for a better night’s sleep.

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September 5, 2020

Face masks: A superpower for introverts

Wearing a mask provides introverts a superpower to feel comfortably quiet, simultaneously outsourcing our social expectations to be loud, onto a piece of fabric.

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August 27, 2020

How selling knives gave me the confidence to become a self-taught designer

I didn’t realize it at the moment, but that simple choice to sell knives gave me the confidence to quit college and seek out a nontraditional path to becoming a designer. 

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August 27, 2020

The 'check engine' light of design feedback

Great design doesn’t appear from the abyss. It’s a back and forth process that feeds itself on strong feedback loops. How do we get better at giving thoughtful feedback?

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August 27, 2020

An unnatural collision of spaces and routines

As the pandemic smashed the world, the rooms in my two-bedroom apartment have created split personalities for themselves, almost unexpectedly.

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August 27, 2020

Communities warped by design

The size, shape, and texture of our communities slowly change over time. It’s as if they naturally made up their minds in how to evolve. People move in and out, and development happens here and there. It’s subtle in that we barely recognize that it’s constantly morphing.

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August 27, 2020

Read more by reading slowly

A few years ago I read a book, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.” Not long after, I blindly referred the book to a friend, who immediately asked me to give me a 30-second pitch on why he should read it.

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August 27, 2020

The most important thing you need to know about design

I’ll let you in on a secret that you may not have been told: You, my friend, know what good design is.

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August 27, 2020

Missing a pedal

25 miles into a 600-mile bike trip between Montreal and Buffalo, the right pedal of my bike falls off.

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July 22, 2020