The best experiences happen when the people people around you are awesome as people, first and in what they do, second. I like the people I work with. I spend over a third of our weekdays with people in the office. They’re our co-workers and sometimes they’re our friends. I like to keep it friendly. I want real human beings working with me (although I do love robots and animals [and insects]).
Relationships are everything. We've heard this before. But helps a relationship grow? I believe that communication, patience and 'smard' work helps us keep our professional and personal relationships move in a flow of growth, challenge and validation. Communication in the sense of authentic and honest expression of thoughts and feelings. Patience to be tolerant of diversity, differences and other perspectives. "Smard" work is a combination of smart + hard work, helping to achieve the goals, objectives and mission we put forth for ourselves and humanity as a collective.
I'm here for my clients (especially high-paying clients [although they don’t necessarily have to be] and large organizations). I want them to be satisfied by the quality of concept and product they receive . Client communication starts with empathy. Understanding another’s perspective gives you an intimate understanding of expectation, desired deliverables, perspective and intended results. Our communication with clients are punctual, clear, simple and direct.
I engage people on the simple premise that humans are alike the world over. I like to use simple, fun and accessible language to inspire, display our successes and demonstrate our growth. I can speak multiple languages which offers me a way to see opportunities in challenges from multiple perspectives. I see a distinction between speaking and talking.
I value taking direction as I do listening attentively in both internal and external teamwork.
Internally, each of us have our own life / work experience that completes a puzzle to forming a team. Our goal-oriented approach reveals what elements are necessary from team members to complete a project. There are times where we all engage in brainstorming where we all work as one in idea-generation, calling for group-thinking exercises that generate concepts and formulate new ‘free-thinking’ ideas. There are also times where we work as a team on independent production tasks.
Externally, I see the value in cultivating relationships with competitor-friends, because the archaic concept of competitor-enemies simply destroys relationships and everything is in relationships.
I like to remain in an active lifestyle and enjoy swimming, jogging, climbing, walking, weight-lifting, basketball, chess, ping-pong, dancing, martial arts and walking some more.
In Buddhist philosophy there is a koan said before meditation that speaks to both the internalization of individual growth and the manifest externalities of intuition. We are in search of our own enlightenment and the Buddha points in that direction, but s/he is not enlightenment in himself. "If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him".
Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, Milton Glazer and Paul Rand (and sometimes Chipp Kidd, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhas, Frank Lloyd Wright, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Henri Matisse, Noma Bar, Martin Woodtli) are some designers who inspire me and are all individual design bodhisattvas, pointing toward the direction of design enlightenment. I find new people to take inspiration from (constantly learning) and believe in worship is an individual and private matter.
As mentioned in the section “How I work in teams”, I like to incorporate a healthy combination of group work and independent work. When I work independently, I expect to focus on my tasks (generated from client/collaborative group-thinking) and to challenge myself to use my skills to achieve my goal. When we challenge ourselves to either build our skills or perform at or beyond our potential, we find ourselves in a ‘golden zone’ of Csikszentmihalyi’s “Optimal Experience.”
Design is the culmination of form and function. If it’s beautiful without working it’s a pretty object. If it performs without aesthetic, it fails to integrate to our daily lives. I like to adopt the adage of Frank Lloyd Wright, “form and function are one.”
I believe that concept-generation comes from free associative thinking, where everyone’s perspective is taken with value, horizontal hierarchy. This means everyone has a say, from the principal to the cleaning person, from a designer to an accountant, we all participate with a valuable perspective (time-permitting). Using various methods including synectic thinking, stream-of-consciousness, mind-mapping and horizontal and flat hierarchy idea-generation we set a path toward innovation and designing solutions.
Then, we employ more structural methodologies such as priority, conceptualizing and relevance matrices for each team members strengths/roles; this offers a foundation for aesthetic, authentic and functional design solutions, vertical hierarchy. In vertical hierarchy projects are evaluated by tasks based on importance and urgency and divide them into scheduled gantt charts that allow us to account for multiple elements of projects in a reverse-scheduled system that completes on or before a given project’s due date.
When all else fails, hire a spokesperson to mitigate disaster by giving simple, direct and short answers to offer all possible facts. Meanwhile, plan different scenarios with core stakeholders to craft multiple options, choosing the best outcomes first.
Many of us are from different countries and backgrounds, and many of us are living in a different country than our birth-countries. I've infused a small library of books in my office from fine artists, designers, architects and photographers to how-to books on designing the grid, typography, icon-making and logotype design.
I believe that if I enrich my mind with the knowledge of the latest and the history of the type of work I do, I can better offer creative solutions to clients and customers (and to fellow designers.)
A pat on your back. A smile. A patoog. And we also offer 15% finder’s fee (see above.) We also can offer (if our group would like) employee of the year certificates for those individuals who excel and achieve high standards of customer satisfaction and creative problem-solving skill development. Skill improvement is also considered for the employee of the year award.
Client psychology is focused on one main goal: to achieve the success latent inside the relationship between design vendor and their project (whether internally funded or externally funded).
I do my best to clearly and communicatively explain my process to clients, including my working process, delivery schedule, project phases and feedback phases as well as payment schedules and ethical rules of conduct. By being as clear and forward in the beginning of a project, I set the foundation for an informed and easily manageable process.
When we write, our brain receives our writings differently than when we read.
“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain.
Similarly, we believe that even though you are reading this through crafted words on a keyboard transferred through data centers worldwide, there's a place for handwriting and handwork involving memory, personal growth and profound impressions.
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