Product Designers Of The Future

fashion-and-innovation-keynote-madras-3-728Three designers who are breaking away from the “normal” approach to design are Tom Gyr, Lil Yates, and Philip John Luscombe. Not content with following the crowd and just creating nice pieces, these three are proving that you can be crazier than Britney Spears with hair clippers and still create beautiful and intriguing products with a story behind them.

Product Designer Lil Yates looked towards OCD suffers when designing her latest collection made up of Checking Dice, Checking Stamp, and Symmetry Card. I’m not entirely sure her Checking Dice, designed to aid and reduce any stress suffered by OCD patients, met the needs of her brief. Inspired by cult book The Dice Man, Lil’s dice have been created to show tasks the OCD sufferer must perform, such as check the oven, while the second and third dice determine how many times the task must be completed. Does this help or hinder an OCD sufferer though? Does it add yet more things to be performed every day or control what has to be done? If the dice do fail the brief and in fact don’t help reduce stress, then they are, in effect, about as useful as an inflatable dartboard. I actually love these products as nice things, however, and believe that they show Lil has earned her.

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Our World’s Technological Epidemic

No do not run away from this read due to such a long, drawn out, title. It looks all scholar-ish and what not, but it totally fits. For those of you who do not know what an epidemic is, shame on you! Intuitively, it usually refers to a period of time when a disease spreads rapidly; everything seems to be happening all at once, while affecting many people at the same time.

In this case, I’m not referring to a disease, unless of you consider society’s current phase of “technology this, technology that” revolution a disease. It seems like everyday, a new machine has been created to supposedly make our lives so much better, but are such machines really making our lives easier or making us [society] lazier? Think about it…

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Powerful traits of successful entrepreneurs

Let me start this post with a couple of concepts I have discovered over the years.

Concept #1

We are what we think. The Law of Attraction guys say it this way: The only thing that stands between you and everything you want is your mind. It’s so true and it’s hard believe me , I am a GED graduate and I try everything to improve my confidence I failed because there was nobody to help me with my self-confidence so I had a bad image of myself. It all water under the bridge now but I remember how hard it is to be think about yourself positively and being able to accomplish what you want.

images (1)Concept #2

What we talk about, comes about. Dickinson translation: What you speak into the Universe is what controls your life. We are controlled by our positive or negative self talk.

Truth: The true power we possess does not come from prestige or place in life, it comes from what we think and how we speak. For the entrepreneur (and everyone else), true power comes from within. With this being said, let’s dive into the four verbal traits of the powerful entrepreneur:

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Create Your First Info Product Before The Hangover Even Wears Off

If you want to make real money online, spread your brand and build trust with your audience, you need a product. No matter how small your operation might be, creating your own product is the best way to gain clients and customers, spread your message and, let’s face it – make money! But for many entrepreneurs product creation can be intimidating the first time, which is why I got your back with this free report. When you download your copy of this free report, I’ll show you how to simplify the process of product creation and roll out your first money maker in one weekend. That’s right, starting Friday night, you can be selling by Monday morning, with plenty of time to play in between.

HERE’S WHAT’S INSIDE

  • How to Discover the Real Needs Your Audience Isn’t Telling You About
  • How to Choose a Product They’re Dying to Give You Money For
  • The “Sneaky Trick” That Gets Your Expertise On Paper In No Time Flat
  • The No-Skill-Required Formula for Professional Quality Without Professional Effort
  • How to Setup Your Shopping Cart to Start Selling in 5 Minutes Flat!
  • And much, much more!

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Lessons Learned

As promised, I decided to do what would normal terrify me, I took a break. After taking some time off from work, apartment issues, and other New York City stress this is what I have learned:

1) It is important to make time for self-care. Life is tough, and sometimes getting lost in the mess equates to deprivation. We deprive ourselves of fun, luxury and joy. Simple things like getting a haircut adds happiness and pleasure back into our crazy lives.

2) Help others, I now volunteer at a NY GED Center 2 weekends a month, I just return the calls and chat with people about their life and help them deal with their GED practice tests and general preparation for a career change.  I have enormous satisfaction from doing it, and I am convinced it is a powerful way to boost our own happiness and help other in the same time

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Make Money, don’t Let It Make You!

money_wheelbarrow21-300x270Money seems to make the world go round.  Everyone must have money to survive in today’s society.  Things can get crazy if you can’t put sustenance in your belly.  You start thinking crazy and something that might of sounded foolish before doesn’t sound too wild anymore.  I know first hand what it feels like not having a buck to your name.  It’s not a feeling I would wish on another person.  I believe making money all depends on your motivation for doing whatever it takes.  There are too many ways to make money in the world.  Making money illegally should never be a possibility, because it will only lead to one thing.  That is somewhere no one wants to be.  Make money, but don’t let it make you.

Getting To the Chase In order to make any money you have to start somewhere.  You can’t win a race, or even be in the race, if you don’t start somewhere.  Don’t let laziness be your reason for not chasing your cheese.  Everyone is sluggish in some way, shape, or form.  I must admit in many aspects of my life I am an extremely lazy person.  When it comes to chasing my paper, I’m going to run after it till I can’t run anymore.  I have convinced my mind when it comes to money, there is no such thing as laziness.  When extra money is in the picture I’m all eyes and ears.

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Peeve Is A Strange Little Word

It’s now almost 2016, so I’m thinking about a good way to kick things off with a rant about being peeved – does that even sound right?? I’ll start, you finish.

People not texting me back, or pretending they didn’t get my message especially when I specifically asked them a question and therefore require an answer. Now fair enough, picking up the phone and engaging in actual conversation might be a good solution here but then that irritates me because I shouldn’t have to. I know how annoying it is when someone rings and says, “Did you get my text?” so I won’t do it to someone else – and I don’t want them to think I’m hanging on to their every word. And I rarely get those phone calls, and do you know why? I reply to text messages. And don’t even try, “I didn’t get your message” because you did – it was delivered, you lie.

One word answers. ONE WORD ANSWERS. Now if it’s a question that simply requires a yes/no answer then fine, give me that. If I’m speaking to you, expecting you to listen, don’t insult me by going, “Mmm” – engage with me, humour me if you have to, but saying, “Mmm” won’t sit well with me. In fact, I’ll go all 5 years old on your backside, and do it right back at you and possibly even play mind games and repeat whatever you say because that is how annoying you are.

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I’ve been tremendously emotionally tender

1131906241Although I’ve no definitive idea how, or with what to explain it, I’ve been tremendously emotionally tender these last few weeks. I’m still not regularly employed in the direction of any sort of vocation, though I do spend a fair amount of my time working. I’m surrounded by very helpful minds and characters, but nonetheless, there’s this persistent heel-nipping from time to time. Whether it’s CAREER, ARTISTIC COHERENCE, or [GASP] the anything else, I’m not sure. But it has painted much of May in a strangely visceral shade of mind.

Sarah and I trudged down the street one morning last week to watch the old movie March of the Penguins, a particularly melodramatic documentary on the migration of Emperor penguins from the coastal edges of Antarctica to their breeding ground nearer the continent’s centre. On at least three occasions throughout the film’s running length, I had to stop myself from bursting into slobbering hysterics. The lips were trembling, the pit in the throat was on red alert. Continue reading “I’ve been tremendously emotionally tender”

Raising Kids in the Suburbs. Is it good?

I’ve been thinking, whilst spending a great deal of time in the Marketparts  [since the weather has taken what seems to be a prolonged turn for the Good-Better-Best] about how I’ve been generally conditioned for social settings, social interactions, by my upbringing the Suburbs.

To me, the Suburbs represent a growing trend not just in terms of physical expansion, but of a strangely hyper-civilized [and “Western”, though I promise to stick away from that capitalization from here-on-in] yet animalistic Mode Of Rearing. They seem to me to exist as Reefs, where parents retreat in their mid-twenties to raise children, and go through a secondary coming-of-age process following their adolescence. Interestingly, this mass retreat [and I’m referring here to the first or second generations of real retreaters into the Suburbs] has a secondary effect which I perceive to be quite detrimental.

My mother is more-than-a-little paranoid, in general character, and I think she’s not alone in this sense. As more and more parents head out to the protection of the Reef, for raising and rearing their children, we run into an interesting environment of reclusive overpopulation. Children raised in the city are constantly immersed in an environment of very vibrant society, an environment of Intensified Culture. Children raised in a true rural environment encounter something of an inversion of this – a social context with surprisingly few people, but [and here comes the stereotyping] more intense and reciprocally intimate relationships of function. Continue reading “Raising Kids in the Suburbs. Is it good?”