The Week in Type

It has been a while since my last roundup, so buckle up. For those interested, I recently moved 4322.8 km (2686.06 miles) from my home in Japan to my new home in Vietnam. After nine wonderful years in Japan, it was time to move on. The other day I read an interview with my friend and too-infrequent chess partner, Oliver Reichenstein, who pretty much describes my own feelings on reaching Japan.

Arriving in Japan without any knowledge of the language, I lived in a world without words, where, almost like a baby, I had to learn everything from scratch. I think the experience of being illiterate and then slowly growing back into society has made me a better designer. When you can’t read or write and you need to interpret everything you encounter by deciphering visual clues, you begin to understand how things and people function behind the words…it was a magnificent training in basic interface phenomenology.

I felt the very same way coming to Japan, and feel the same kind of naive wonder as an ‘illiterate’ newcomer to Vietnam. That’s quite enough about me; let’s move on to more important matters:

Rather than wear your heart on your sleeve, why not wear some of these — wherever:










Thema from Typonine, the beautiful un-stenciled version of Typonine Stencil.

I can see these two teaming up particularly well for editorial design.


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business card designs

Business Card is a card printed or engraved with a person’s name and business affiliation. Normally attach on it could be information such like title, address, telephone number and even logo of a company or private. Using Business card is useful in a way to promote yourself on other people. Are you planning to make your own business card but don’t have any idea or some inspirations to start? Here’s a showcase of 60+ Most Beautiful and Creative Business Cards Designs to enhance more your creativity and get inspired.

Designer T-Shirts For Good

When designer Jeff Sheldon started Ugmonk, a small T-shirt line, in 2008, he had no idea that in just two years it would become his full-time gig. Now Sheldon is using his business to give back to the world. Buy any T-shirt or other product from Ugmonk between now and the end of the year and the company will donate a meal to an orphan in need through Rice Bowls. And these aren’t just any old T-shirts. I’m salivating over these typographic designs: “It’s the little things,” “Don’t just stand there” and that super sexy ampersand sweatshirt.

Read more: How Design Blog

Inspiring Logo Designs

some of logo design researches I did for my logo design for a client.

PLE Research

personal learning environment:
this can be many different ways depending on subject or environment you are learning, the goal of this learning process, and communication style as well. it different from individuals but it can make common tools. common tools can be:
a) social network: working with others around
b) individualism
c) graphical representation/visual
since PLE is individual centered, it is best to find what is easiest and fastest way for me to learn any subject. As a graphic designer, I understand things easy when I see the problems and results visually or hands on research.


Is Blogging really an Industry?


Is blogging an Industry? Apparently, so. Nearly 1700 attendees showed up at Day 1 of 2 in Las Vegas for the first Blog World Expo. There are nearly 100 speakers each day, with 10 tracks for this massive conference.

A few taxi drivers asked me what the conference was about, I told them it was an “internet” conference, which they said seemed to be very popular lately. They asked what I did, and I told them the honest truth, “I’m a writer”.

How do you know it’s a real industry? There are buyers and sellers, advertisers and content creators, celebrities, personalities, press, media, analysts (like me) and even booth babes.

What’s one big clue to me that it’s an industry? There were a lot of political, government and even military folks that attended, it’s not just for geeks.

Where does this take us, where will we go? In previous conversations with Chris Heuer, we’ve speculated we’re really in year 2 out of a 10 year business growth curve for the social media industry before it completely normalizes out of a growth curve.

I was glad to finally see a physical print copy of Website Magazine, I was one of the contributes, see articles in back “Social Media Strategy: From Drawing room to Board Room” Last night there was an industry “pajama” party at the Hard Rock Cafe, drinks, food, chocolate fountain and live performances really made it a must-attend. I went to bed early as I had a 5:30 concall this morning, which I just finished. Dedication is hard.

Although I arrived mid-afternoon I was able to catch Maggie Fox’s case study on Yamaha’s social media blogging program, a good deployment starting with business needs followed up by metrics, she took a strategic approach. I cruised all the vendor booths and spent time with several very interesting companies.

Today, I’ll be speaking on stage with Chris Brogan (who applies stillness and listening), along the same lines: “Delivering a cohesive social media strategy”, more updates soon.

See all blogs linking to Blogworldexpo
 (there’s over 2400 of them!)
View all public photos tagged Blogworldexpo

Update: I met up with Debbie Weil, who I had spoken with on a panel about two years ago, we’ve stayed on each others radar ever since. She video interviewed me, check it out!

I audio interviewed Rick Calvert last night at the very loud party (sorry for yelling), he’s the founder and conference organizer, hear what he had to say:

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I think web/blog and internet as a whole has been big impact in our lives.
data plan is required in all smart phones and new technologies which makes us
even convenient in wherever we are. Blogging and Web has not been an industry
back in few years but it is now. how hard would it be for us to live without
smart phones, internets, and all other social media? 

Get 8 Hours Sleep

How to be Productive and Still Get 8 Hours Sleep

Yes, you read that right. Productive people sleep eight hours a day. They also watch tv, go to wine tastings and perform sun salutations in the morning.

Productive people don’t have more hours in the day. Nor do they live perfect lives. What they do well is use their time effectively.

Here’s what I learned from years of going to graduate school while holding a full time job as a journalist and still having a life:

I need my eight hours sleep  everyday to write my reports and still have time to travel and have coffee with friends.  I know that I will never accomplish all the things that I want to do in one day but with careful planning and prioritizing, I can achieve whatever my long term goals are.

My not-so-secret reason behind being productive? I spend my time and energy on things that matter to me and ignore the rest.

1. Set a value for your time

We put value on a lot of things – the house we live in, jewelry, our MBA from Harvard – but are cavalier on how we use our time. But what we don’t realize is that time is a scarce commodity – we only have 24 hours in a day. No matter how much money we have, we can’t buy more hours to include in a day. If we put a premium on time, we’ll be more careful in using it.

2. Determine your priorities

List down five of your life’s priorities – is it getting on top of the corporate ladder, earning a million dollars, watching reality tv? Stop worrying if your priorities seem odd – only you know what you want in life.  After you made your list, ask yourself if what you’re doing is aligned with your priorities.

3. Do a time audit

Just for one day, bring one notebook and a pen and put down how many minutes you used for each activity that you did for that day. Include the time spent in the shower, travelling and responding to e-mails. By the day’s end, you will know how you spend your day and cut down on the “un-essentials.”

Un-essentials refer to any activity takes so much of your time but is not among your life’s priorities. For example, one of your priorities is to finish a big project that will get you the promotion that you’ve been aiming for years.

If after doing a time audit you discovered that you spend about three hours a day on your Facebook account, ask yourself this question: Is this worth it? Would this help me finish my project and finally be promoted?  Think about it for a while. And if after some thinking you concluded that this is an “un-essential” then gradually cut down your Facebook hours and channel those “saved” hours to any of your life’s priorities.

4. Follow your rhythm

Do the most important task at a time which fits your body clock.  I’m not a morning lark and prefer to write most of my analytical reports in the afternoon. I can’t force myself to write in the morning – it just

won’t happen as my mind is sharper after lunch. I instead spend my mornings on routine stuff: responding to e-mails, drinking coffee and running errands.

5. Learn to say “no”

This is perhaps the hardest thing to do because you try to please everyone. So you end up committed to a lot of things because you were guilt-tripped into doing them.

But doing something out of guilt is not only a waste of time but will also strain your relationship with others because you feel resentful doing what you don’t want to do.

This is why I learned to say “no” to toxic friends, the type who call me many times so that they can whine about their abusive partners or their boring jobs but refused to do anything about it (much less listen to my well-meaning advice). This is one “drama” that I don’t need so I decided to stop talking to them.

I didn’t end up sad and alone and when I said “no” to these people.  I’m happier, more fulfilled and nurtured deeper relationship with friends and family who respect me and value my time.

6. Get help to stay productive

You don’t have to do everything. If you are neither competent nor thrilled to do a certain task, pay someone else to do it for you.

You don’t have time to clean your house or teach your son with their math lessons? Hire a housekeeper and a tutor. That’s what I did to have more time. I hired a part time research assistant to transcribe my interviews and do web research for me. Believe me, the extra time that you’ll gain is worth every cent that you pay for outsourcing.

Advertisements for 2011

Most creative and interesting advertisements for 2011

Submitted by livefordo on April 7, 2011 – 11:08pm

It is always said that first impression is the best impression so to grab public attention towards their products the agencies and the large conglomerates stick to the creative advertisements. These advertisement techniques and unique idea helps you to spread your product or services successfully. Whether the ad is about cars, cool drinks, electronics anything which you think off; with its hilarious and creative ideas will either impress you or makes you look twice. We will take you to an excursion into the world of stunning creative ads enjoy!


Crazy: 90 Percent of People Don’t Know How to Use CTRL+F

By Alexis Madrigal

This week, I talked with Dan Russell, a search anthropologist at Google, about the time he spends with random people studying how they search for stuff. One statistic blew my mind. 90 percent of people in their studies don’t know how to use CTRL/Command + F to find a word in a document or web page! I probably use that trick 20 times per day and yet the vast majority of people don’t use it at all.

“90 percent of the US Internet population does not know that. This is on a sample size of thousands,” Russell said. “I do these field studies and I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve sat in somebody’s house as they’ve read through a long document trying to find the result they’re looking for. At the end I’ll say to them, ‘Let me show one little trick here,’ and very often people will say, ‘I can’t believe I’ve been wasting my life!'”

I can’t believe people have been wasting their lives like this either! It makes me think that we need a new type of class in schools across the land immediately. Electronic literacy. Just like we learn to skim tables of content or look through an index or just skim chapter titles to find what we’re looking for, we need to teach people about this CTRL+F thing.

Google itself is trying to teach people a little something with their campaign, but the ability to retrieve information via a search engine is actually much bigger than the search engine itself. We’re talking about the future of almost all knowledge acquisition and yet schools don’t spend nearly as much time on this skill as they do on other equally important areas.