Entries in the Month : September, 2009


Wednesday, 16 September, 2009

Content One of the websites I visit recently posted about how living abroad increases creativity. A described experiment revealed how more subjects who had lived abroad were successful in completing a task than those who had never lived abroad. More interestingly for me was the following quote, which reminds me of Moleskine's marketing message about their "legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two century".

Anecdotal evidence has long held that creativity in artists and writers can be associated with living in foreign parts. Rudyard Kipling, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Gauguin, Samuel Beckett and others spent years dwelling abroad.From the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Taipo Waterfront Park

Aligning travel and creativity has always been a no-brainer for me, since new experiences must undoubtedly form the basis for inspiring some forms of creativity.

Actually 'living' somewhere foreign seemingly reveals more in-depth experiences since more time is spent on a day-to-day basis immersed in a different culture.

A difference between 'travel' and 'living' can be seen in how accessible a foreign culture has become. I fully appreciate the chance to live in Hong Kong - a bonus since it's also my parent's home country, though still foreign to me.


Wednesday, 09 September, 2009

Content Discussing how presenting imperfect work can help isn't meant to be an excuse for lazyness. And get over any thoughts of excusing the fact that you've simply run out of time and haven't been able to finish either.

During the course of a project, (not necessarily design based) you'll probably have several stages where you'll need to present work in progress to your client. It makes sense that at each stage, depending on what you've agreed to do, you'll want to present the best work that you can. However, I've found that producing your best work in progress can also mean leaving out some features and leaving in bugs.




Wednesday, 02 September, 2009

Content Why is it that so many of my peers collect designer toys? Probably the same reason I would. They look good as they're designed by people like us. They're undergone an exquisite production process and harbour attention to detail. That makes them desirable right? It also makes them expensive. Hell, we're working so we can afford it, and since they're so costly, they become exclusive. Limited edition. Not many of them in the world.

Taipei Toy Festival 1

However, though I buy the odd figure, I'm not a fanatic. It's nice to surround ourselves with a few things that we like and a designer toy is just like that vase of flowers, or the designer equivalent of your parent's little Lilliput Lane cottage sculpture. But I don't kid myself that any collector's item will turn into an investment, ripe for cashing when mature.