This morning, I had coffee with my dad and all we could talk about was the division in the country. He asked me what I would do to bridge the divide. I couldn’t think of the best answer at the time (I don’t think well on the fly), but after some reflection, I think it would… Continue reading To Be Kind
I have a simple response when I don’t know something: “I don’t know, but I’ll find out.” But is it that easy to find something out? Research is time consuming and involves wading through academic papers, stories in newspapers, journals, and books. It’s easy to fall victim to confirmation bias: “the tendency to search for,… Continue reading I Don’t Know
As part of this year’s Design Week Portland, I dropped by several design agencies and film/animation studios in SE Portland. The level of professionalism and quality of work was off the charts. In one building alone, I visited over five studios that all looked and felt different. They all had their own identity. It seemed from… Continue reading Who Is Your Competition?
As an educator and life-long learner, I found these words in my introductory email so refreshing: “…as a member you are called to a higher standard.” What does it mean to be called to a higher standard? I must rise up to the challenge of learning and applying the knowledge presented. The responsibility is on… Continue reading Higher Standards
Why do movie trailers reveal everything? Why did Fringe reveal that Leonard Nimoy was in the episode, so that you are expecting him at the pivotal moment at the end? Why do TV showrunners let people know what’s going to happen to characters in advance? Do we need to be told what is going to… Continue reading Marketing and the Death of Surprises
If I were to draw a picture of what it takes to make it today in a creative or technical field, it would look a lot like this: People who are making it in today’s world are constantly learning, but they don’t keep the results to themselves. They share their successes and failures. They can relate… Continue reading The Model of Making It
It is easy for me to measure the value of spending several hours at a time working on a project. These marathon sessions usually result in finished products. They are heroic in my eyes; epic and often necessary because I neglected the value of compounding time. Let’s assume that a project takes 10 hours. There… Continue reading The Value of Compounding Time
I enjoy hearing the excuses people tell themselves for not attempting to learn or do something. For myself, I fear the lack of perfection. This causes procrastination and the occasional bout with depression and frustration. I battle through these feelings because I want the outcome, even if it isn’t perfect. I recently heard a new… Continue reading Shortcuts and the Fear of Laziness
Facebook wants to build a teleporter by 2025. Granted it’s a virtual reality teleporter, but that got me thinking: what are the ethics of teleportation in a Capitalist society? Star Trek epitomized teleportation in a Utopian society—beaming crew members and whales to planets and to the ship—aiding in the United Federation of Planets’ mission to… Continue reading The Ethics of Teleportation in a Capitalist Society
It is often said by most published authors, if you want to be a writer, read. Not just the genre you are writing in, but everything you possibly can. This logic can be applied to anything. If you want to be a designer, collect and observe design. If you want to be a filmmaker, watch… Continue reading If Want To Be…Do!