Archive | March, 2011

4. Design is understanding how people think

7 Mar

“When we’re talking primarily about good typographical rules and creating a balanced visual hierarchy, those things are not subjective. Those just are. You can guarantee that people will react a certain way to these things. And we’re not actually looking for an emotional connection where we might be with color and the more artistic layer if you will. That’s the nice thing about design. At its core level it’s not really subjective. It’s just a matter of good balanced decision making and not cluttering things, not overcrowding.” — Dan Rubin

Design is empathy, psychology, and basically understanding how people think.

Blog post from finch – Designer, writer, thinker, man.


3. Take a Break

7 Mar

Stefan Sagmeister’s TED video “The Power of Time Off.”

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2. Who saves the day with a knife and a fork?

2 Mar

Do you know how to fix a paper-jammed Multi-Functional Printer without proper tools?

Yeah yeah, we (another colleague and I) tried pulling out the paper, opened up every possible part of the printer, clips, turned it up-side-down, nearly everything we could think of. We wished we had a pair of forceps, or pilers, even tweezers would work, but too bad, nothing was there. No tools. Nothing.

Then comes the branch manager (I work for a chain restaurant, which has a main office in one of the branches), whom took a look at the printer for 5 seconds, left, came back with a knife and a fork.

Yes. I just said A KNIFE AND A FORK…how creative can you get??

He also brought in a pair of pilers, but it wasn’t small enough to work with. He did have some trouble trying to get the ripped pieces of paper from inside the printer. But eventually with his skilled usage of the knife and fork, along with limited help from the pilers, he got all the jammed paper out. It took about 10 minutes.

The man who saves the day with a knife and a fork.


I’m still amazed.

1. Boys vs. Girls

1 Mar

…Boys receive more encouragement growing up to be competitive, particularly in sports, while girls are encouraged to be more co-operative.” — Fashion Magazine