Something to remember when:
- brainstorming with PMs
- you’re stuck on a specific use case
- discussing objectives for the next quarter
- analyzing results of a user study
- working on a slick prototype
- creating a presentation for an executive
- facilitating a large group meeting
Went back into the woodshop and came out with this little guy. Involved just a wee bit of pine wood, some chop sawing, some chamfering, some sanding, some nail gunning, some wood glueing, and some wood staining.
Thanks to Wood Thumb in San Francisco.
For the past few months, I’ve been struggling with intestinal dysbiosis. It means that there’s an imbalance in your gut flora. I developed this condition from a number of different things – a parasite infection and it’s anti-parasite medicines, food poisoning abroad and antibiotics. I’m not entirely sure which one really did it.
Some days are ok. Many days are miserable. On these days, everything I eat gives me intense abdominal pain, and I can’t focus on work or design or really anything. It stops me from traveling for work, eating out, being comfortable in a variety of social situations.
Most of my energy now has been focused on which foods and probiotics I should be taking to get better. Every day is an experiment. I learned that grapefruit and avocados makes me feel worse but chia-millet bread and eggs are ok. I no longer eat anything containing wheat, milk, onions, and a plethora of other foods. Eating one wrong thing will undo all the right things that I previously ate that day. I get scared when I have to go somewhere that doesn’t have the foods I need.
Quite honestly, I’m scared all the time.
My parents ask me whether my stomach has improved every time I talk to them on the phone. My answer is always “not really.”
I don’t want to give up. If you know anyone who’s gotten better from dybiosis, tell me their story. I need to get better.
These stairs are my Thursday morning inspiration. I love the thought that went into these designs; the architects didn’t just think about the utility of stairs but how they would shape the space around them. There’s something that feels lightweight and carefree about stairs that bend. They look sculpted rather than assembled.
To abstract something is to break it down into it’s simplest form.
Abstract: The Art of Design is a new Netflix series that showcases designers and artists in different fields. The first episode, which features illustrator Christoph Niemann, talks about the essence of creative work and abstraction – the ability to look at an object in a completely new way that helps connect the artist to the viewer.
It felt really refreshing to see a documentary that talks about the creative process. The finished piece is often not the result of some pixie dust but of just getting to your desk, sitting down and giving yourself time to explore the right solution.
I highly recommend it to all designers and artists – regardless of what field you’re in. Below (and above) are some of Christoph’s artwork:
For New Year’s Day 2017, we (Kevin, Anjali, Hiba and I from Google Maps) made this greeting for folks around the world 🙂
It was worth the extra couple of days of work just to read the twitter responses after:
Google Earth’s satellite imagery has recently gotten a lot better. As you get a more complete view of the world, you can start to uncover the world in new ways. I found myself deeply immersed in it one day – first by zooming to Cairo, then to Dubai, then to the rest of the world, gravitating towards geometric shapes that we’ve built and repeated, among the rectangular tiles of green and yellow that we’ve designed through agriculture. Humans are crazy. We’ve changed our world in a massive way – we’ve changed its mountains, forests, grasslands and even rivers. Below is a sample of what I’ve found.
More strange things
Words you can read from space (anyone here good at reading Chinese?)
Shapes in agriculture