Rough Cut 2015

Everyone in my design class has been hard at work, and our BFA senior show website is finally live! Content will be coming soon, but in the meantime you can check out our tumblr (blog), twitter, and instagram πŸ™‚

I’m really excited πŸ˜€


A Day in SF – Play Artfully

Wow, it’s been almost a year since I’ve updated my youtube channel. I’m amazed how people find the time to edit their footages, and in such a way that’s engaging and entertaining. Seriously, mad respect to filmmakers, vloggers, and basically anyone who has experienced editing videos. Anyway, this vlog is a bit old but I didn’t get around to editing it until now. It’s a snippet of a day in SF with some of my awesome design buds πŸ™‚

We are a masterpiece

The more I hear about the professional world under the lens of design thinking, the more I feel like each department is like a color. Design is red, Engineering is blue, Marketing is green, etc. Seemingly separate, when we mix together to solve a problem, we produce something beautiful… a masterpiece you could say.

This analogy sounded better in my head. My point is I think schools should adopt this methodology of cross-disciplinary collaboration to prepare students for the professional world, and to rid of any stigma or misconceptions some may have of other majors.


Failure is an Option

Excuse me for my cliche title.

My User Experience (UX) professor asked us the other day β€œwhat can students do to experiment more in the classroom?”, to which I asked, β€œShouldn’t the professor facilitate an environment that allows failure?”

He volleyed, β€œHow?”
I conceded with β€œI don’t know.”
β€œHow would you do it?”

My professor then said that even if teachers facilitate that environment, students should change their mindset from getting good grades to a mindset that’s willing to explore. He said, and I’m heck paraphrasing here (i.e. I could be off), if students only aim for that β€œA,” their mindset is narrowed to only achieving that β€œA” level and they don’t realize their other potentials.

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Setting Goals

Back in 2011, I wrote a list of what I planned to do before I turned 25. I cracked open my journal containing said list, read what my 2011-self wrote, and laughed at some of the silly things I wrote: fly a kite, talk to a celebrity, dance in the rain. It’s no surprise that I have not completed 80% of the list, but I am still surprised that I managed to do 20% of it.

To some, making a list of goals is stupid and a waste of time. To others, it’s beneficial because it is a reminder and a motivator. I admit, I always make a resolutions list when the new year arrives, and I end up never doing any of them. For example, I always say I will build my vocabulary in foreign languages, practice everyday, blah blah. It falls apart the next day. The problem with resolutions list compared to this “things I am going to do” list is duration. It demands change that can only be achieved through repetition of an act(s) during a long period. The other list contains things that happen in a moment: flying a kite, going to a zoo/circus, going to CA Adventures, etc. It’s spontaneous. I know I am waffling here, but I came this realization as I was staring at my “accomplishments.”

As the year is drawing to an end, I realize how life is swiftly moving. Try new things and be a little spontaneous because, forgive me, #yolo. (excuse me while I go barf from my cheesiness).

Tea-rific Berkeley Adventure

Many have told me some of the best food in NorCal is in Berkeley, so my two buddies and I decided to head up there Sunday afternoon. Other than getting boba, we had no set plan on where to eat. It was an adventure nonetheless walking around downtown Berkeley.

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