I saw this video yesterday and was amazed by his perspective. I admire people who are so inquisitive about the world and have what seems like an bottomless well of creativity they reach into to produce artwork. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to take that next step and make the the thing you’re curious about.
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My co-worker said something about the value of notifications I thought was absolutely brilliant:
It’s like we’re trying to convince the whole world they have a cold because we’re selling tissues.
But really we’re selling them tissues with snot already in it.
To put it so much less poetically, a lot of the services we offer boast being able to ‘stay in touch’ or receive notifications as a perk, but maybe everyone is fighting over a way to design something that no one wants.
Services be like: We only send important notifications—the notifications you care about….Wait! Wait, don’t go!—How many notifications is too many? When is a good time? Now? Is it now? Now?
There’s this design dream about being able to create these ‘just-in-time’ notifications that seamlessly intercept you in a helpful way. For instance, say you’re at the grocery store just about to get in line to check out and you receive a notification that says “don’t forget the tarragon!” The day is saved and you go back swing back around to get it.
To break this down, this means designing an experience where this service knows…
- Where you are. (the grocery store)
- What you need at that location. (your grocery list)
- What you had already gotten from your list. (but you’re missing the tarragon! Drats on that non-staple item!)
- That it was definitely out-of-mind. (you were heading towards the check out counter)
(Important Spoiler: I am not going to propose an actionable a solution! I just want to unload all these disconnected thoughts I’ve had on notifications)
If some how you managed to missed the absolute barrage of my posting this on various social media forms, here it is: my second annual Valentine’s Day Cards set!
To all the lovers out there…
You sideline casanovas, you tentative temptresses—you! It’s time to choose the special someones from the slowly cooling buffet of your friends to pile on the plate of your affections. And what a better way to let ‘em know how you feel with these delectable Valentine’s Day cards?
and my personal favorite….
The back story behind this is that I kept coming up with awesome restaurant names (vegetarian Chinese place called Bok Joy….a Vietnamese sandwich shop called Banh Mi & You…). Logically, I was thinking about making little doodles of what these restaurants would look like to share, but then realized that I could easily come up with more and make a set of Valentine’s Day cards like I did last year! Again, Matt helped me and Igor provided moral support & harassment. Thanks fellas!
I didn’t make it in time for your Friday 5, but I have 8 drawings to maybe make up for it. Since working I’ve started hearing the same phrases over and over again and I couldn’t help thinking about visualizing them the other day.
These are apparently the things I do at work.
My friend Zach shared this sweet video with me. It’s about the start of a Japanese architect’s career restoring minkas with his friend, journalist John Roderick. To accurately use a cliché, it’s a beautiful and poignant short documentary in memorial Mr. Takishita’s dear friend. Reading between the pastoral shots, the gleam of Mr. Takishita’s eyes, and warm fingers panning across old photo albums, I suspect you’ll find a meaningful experience.
I am in so much awe.
My classmate shared this interview with animator Michel Gondry with me after I showed part of the final movie (about Noam Chomsky!) for our animation class. I always find the process stories so interesting. And I hope, for my sake as a designer, you do too.
It’s been pretty silent on the blog front last week. I’ve had full days of wrapping up my thesis and trying to keep my head above water. Last week was our last public deliverable of our thesis where we present our work to a panel of three design faculty and then there is a three hour public session where we present to the public (mostly visitors, but some wandering faculty as well).
I presented the research that lead up to me creating this prototype of a thesaurus of interactions and, more importantly, this thought experiment that I’ve been enlisting designers and creatives to take. It’s an activity to get designers to think about the tools at their disposal differently. It’s supposed to be a little challenging, but it’s really for the benefit of the person taking the test—if you take it in earnest you have the opportunity to stretch the way you see design (I hope!).
It was a really trying week and day, but it’s over now and I just have to keep my head down and keep working until graduation. Next on the chopping block is revising this paper that was accepted into a design conference in Milan, Italy this coming fall. Eep!
Other than that, I’m still trying to plan my summer vacation. Although, I will happily complain to you that planning a long vacation is much more complicated than I’d like it to be. I’m more of a hermit than I let on. Does anyone want to go to China, Vietnam, and Japan with me this summer?!
Thanks always, intimate audience, for your support and good vibes (don’t stop now).
I have loved the work of graphic design Kelli Anderson whenever I come across it. And just happened to find this interview she did for adobe that I thought I’d share—You’ll have to click to view on their website.
She’s the one that did the great Talking While Female video for NPR I posted a while back and a lot of other incredible paper projects. For example, this paper forest:
Amazing right? Check out her other work too! Like her paper record player.