A great designer is

What can a great designer do?

A great designer is a great storyteller; by telling a great story, she can create a vision and guide the direction of a product, a lifestyle, that improves the way we live, work, and play.

A great designer is a great communicator, who knows how to speaks and interacts across different sectors, cultures, and demographics.

A great designer is patient, and is empathetic to a person’s needs and concerns. She places herself in the user’s shoes, and constantly places the user in the steering wheel, observing how he/she interacts with the environment, what are her strengths and constraints.

She knows what makes the person tick, and how to make that person tick; by understanding how he or she ticks, she is able to design the product, the service, based on the user’s perspective. Thus,a great designer constantly takes in feedback, critiques, and observations from the user.

She iterates, redesigns, and is a problem-solver. She focuses and simplifies to the core problem, and is obsessed with the way the problem and solution is communicated. A great designer knows that solving a problem comes with a good story that people can relate to. Connecting to her audience is key.

A great designer is comfortable with the techniques that she has learned that help him build and test his idea. She constantly is trying out new material, looking at existing material and what has been already designed, and plays with the material, tweaks with it, and tests it out in a new environment.

Thus, a great designer is a problem solver. She guides, she builds, she makes mistakes, she always asks for feedback, she tests. She connects with her audience, and she aims to make the world a better place.

To our youth

Thought about this song from the hit Mainland Chinese movie, To Our Youth (致我们终将逝去的青春) when I was spending time with friends. Life is quite short. At the same time, being young is quite an empowering feeling before responsibilities come.

感情,真的可以培養嗎?四年好友的40日戀愛養成實驗 (Is emotion something you can cultivate? Watch these friends for 4 years experiment)

感情,真的可以培養嗎?(Is emotion something you can cultivate?)

古曼( Timothy Goodman)與瓦許(Jessica Walsh)是認識四年的好友,有許多共通處,都住紐約,都是平面設計師,但兩人的愛情觀截然不同;古曼害怕承諾,是典型的愛情玩咖,而瓦許是個無可救藥的浪漫主義者,面對感情總是急切,掏心掏肺。

Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh have known each other for four years, and have a lot of similarities. They both live in New York anre are graphic designers, but the way they view love is completely different. Goodman is afraid of making promises, and is a typical womanizer, but Walsh is a incurable, hopeless romantic, always eager to face their feelings, from the bottom of one’s heart and lungs.


My attempt at translating.