I’ve been committing to a weekly production of Instagram carousels that feature data visualizations. The main reason was to keep flexing my design muscles and build expertise. I can’t get better at something unless I practice. I also wanted to reduce the hesitations I feel when I make something. I am a perfectionist and I have a hard time moving at a consistent pace. When I make something, I am always second-guessing myself and unsure if what I make will turn out alright. My weekly projects are ways for me to achieve multiple outcomes while building my skills and speed.
I was planning a trip a couple months ago and struggled to plan it by myself. Trying to work within a budget, I did a lot of research on things to do, places to stay, and ways to get around. I had to consider many aspects planning this trip and it was very stressful:
- Where to stay
- Options for getting around (bus schedules, renting a car)
- Top places I should check out
- Proximity of destinations
- Checking for the best flight deals
- Where to eat
- Weather of the destination
- How much money I should budget
- How long I should go…
The Unzipped exhibit by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) visited Toronto in the fall of 2018. It was a very photogenic exhibit and the pavilion created mesmerizing curves with its rectangular blocks. It was certainly something that was instagrammable and a hot spot for photographers and influencers.
I visited in October and noticed this near the entrance of the pavilion:
There’s something exciting about receiving the IKEA catalogue in the mail. I would pick up the copy with the intention to just flip through the pages. I then catch myself sitting down and actually looking through it in more detail. Something about how IKEA narrates a new future is very compelling. I find their products to be very interesting because they are usually multi-functional. I remember helping my mom assemble a standing mirror that also acted as a rail which could hang clothes or towels. I was thinking how useful this piece of furniture was and how it hit the…
I grew up speaking Mandarin with my family and did so from a very young age. Over time, my capabilities in English surpassed Chinese as I spent most of my life reading, writing, and speaking in English. As I got older into my early adulthood, I was interested in developing my Chinese identity. Identity is a topic I think that is constantly being talked about in the discourse on immigration. It is constantly shifting and it doesn’t have a finite answer or shape for everyone. …
Commuting to work on public transportation is often very frustrating. It’s unpredictable, I am not in control, and it’s stressful when I could end up being late for work. I can say with certainty that people generally don’t find commuting enjoyable. I remember being amazed at the variance I observed in time it took for me to arrive to work. There were times when I arrived relatively on time, and other times where it was really off the mark. I spend a large part of my day commuting, and I started to wonder how I could express my frustration, in…