Recently, I gave a presentation to a group of 100 designers on how to get started in writing and keep it up.
In this presentation, I shared my stories – why I started writing, some tips on what to write, how to write it, where to publish, as well as how writing can help with them to become better communicators at work.
My audience was Chinese designers in North America, so I delivered the presentation in Chinese. The slides were in English though. Check out the recording.
Alpha, our German Shepherd dog, left us forever on Feb 28, 2021.
She was diagnosed with Pyothorax (causes unknown). The chest infection was so severe that her heart did not respond to CPR during surgery. Alpha was very healthy and energetic otherwise. She loved chasing balls. Alpha opened her eyes big and wide whenever we went out to play. In two weeks, she would have turned 3 years old.
We have done our best to give Alpha the best life possible. We hope she was happy in her life. We attempted to write down all the happiness she brought to us, but it’s really hard to capture all the lively moments in writing. Therefore, we made this video of our favorite Alpha moments.
Time will go on, and these moments will remain.
Alpha will be forever missed❤️
Here’s a post about Alpha when she was very young.
It’s been a hard year with the coronavirus. I’m very grateful for being healthy, employed as normal, despite staying at home for most of the year. Check out my write-up of this year in Chinese 《告别不同寻常的2020年》。
“Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous.” comes Tina Seelig’s book What I wish I Knew When I Was 20 — one of my favorite books. She teaches at Stanford University, and promises to deliver her very best in each class and expects the same from the students.
She said this in the book “being fabulous comes in many flavors, but it all starts with removing the cap and being willing to reach for your true potential. This means going beyond minimum expectations and acknowledging that you are ultimately responsible for your actions and the resulting outcomes. Doing just 1% better each day leads to enormous positive results. Life isn’t a dress rehearsal, and you won’t always get a second chance to do your best.”
After the game Bubble Bobble became a hit in the game industry, MTJ, creator of the game, decided to approach the next version differently.
Typically, when companies develop the next version of a game, they keep some aspects from the previous version — characters, stories, elements, the name of the game, etc.
MTJ decided to abandon them all and developed Rainbow Island. In some places, this next game got a bigger hit. When asked why he chose to do that, this was what he said.
I believe he made up his mind to stay creative and challenge himself to try diverse initiatives. It turned out good for him.
In my opinion, you need to make a good use of your judgement to decide when to follow the rules or break them. Some rules benefit you, for example, a design system allows you to put together designs fast. However, others hinder your creativity — “the reason why you should do this is that we’ve always done this way”.