Career Bliss: Door Sixteen

5. I am totally in the right field of work. I love being a designer. I love taking on challenges that require me to think about structure, organization, space and hierarchy. I love making grids. I love doing font research. I love showing something I’ve done to a client and having them get excited (and sometimes even cry—you know who you are!) about seeing their words or product or music wrapped up and presented in a way that perfectly represents exactly who they are and what they do. I love finishing a project and feeling like it looks like me, too. I like making stuff look good. I love that putting two colors together can make someone feel happy. I like pretty things that work well.

A Introduction to Design Thinking in One Hour (a workshop at Stanford’s d. school)

I was so happy to attend this public workshop that was hosted by students at Stanford’s d. school

An Introduction to Design Thinking in One Hour:  

We worked with a partner on our mission to redesign the gift-giving experience.

We generated at least five radical ways to meet our user’s needs.


We rapidly prototyped and shared our solutions


We got feedback about what worked, what could be improved, asked questions and thought of better ideas

A look around Stanford’s How to design a school for innovators

the stanford’s d-school mixes the real and virtual space:  a mix of online screens and old school tangible polaroids

it’s rare that the sponsors public workshops.  yeah!  i’m so glad i could attend

innovators need fun and playful (even improvisational) furniture

making the message and the collaborators visible

the women’s restroom at the is a neon pink disco party


Steve Jobs said Make Your Mark on it

Poke Life

The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing.

It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it. I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better, cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

Steve Jobs