Posts tagged design
A Practical Guide to Simplifying Your Space

Space is a beautiful thing. Yet it's often seen as something to be filled rather than something to be left alone. All that inhabits the space we live in, work in, play in - it's all visual stimuli. We're engineered to be visual people and as such, are easily distracted and consumed with the visual stimuli around us. Though we may not think something catches our attention, it does. If only for a split second, our mind is filtering through dozens of things before it can rest on the task at hand. Knick-knacks, keep sakes, gifts, crafts, junk, trash, long-forgotten memos... over time, little things begin to build up. Simplifying the space that we live in is an important step toward enjoying that space.

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The Foundation of Creating Something Iconic

This past week I attended the CROP design conference in Baton Rouge where I was privileged to listen to and meet some of my design heroes. One such designer — the king of thick lines himself — was Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Company. He's known all over the world for his obsession with classic design — designs that worked 50 years ago and continue to work today. Their secret, he says, lies in their sense of clarity and utility. A state of being almost "undesigned".

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Okay, it's not a sin. But it's still stupid.

Paul, in 1 Corinthians 6, makes this assertion that some things are lawful for him to do but are not helpful. In other words, God gave him a perfectly good head on his shoulders and he needs to use it. There are some things in this world that are not wrong by moral, legal or spiritual standards but are simply unwise. As our mothers always say, "just because you can doesn't mean you should."

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What if real life was an art project?

I was talking with a buddy of mine over lunch on Monday about the nature of art. He told me a story of someone confronting him about a particular Instagram series that he had started which involved image manipulation to create some really cool shots. This person said his series was a manipulation of the real world. Now whether they meant it as a jab or an offhanded comment, I can't say for certain. Nonetheless, we found the comment interesting.

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How to manage your information intake and creative output.

In software design, there's a principle referred to as the Robustness Principle which states: "Be conservative in what you send, be liberal in what you accept."

In a design context, this is referring to your inputs and outputs. You should accept any and all input information as long as its meaning is clear but you should only send information out that is according to the specifications of the software. This allows you to always have plenty of data, never lacking in the back-end but only pushing out that which is valuable and representative of the output specs. Though it originated in an industry in which I have zero experience or understanding, the concept, I've found, is very practical and applicable to many other aspects of life.

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Simplicity is the New Currency for Attention

Simplicity, I think, is often associated with simple-mindedness. And wrongfully so. Much of our lives are riddled with complexities (often unnecessary, ammaright?) because the fact of the matter is - life’s complex. When you consider the constant exchange of money, words, ideas, products… life is an endless network with every neuron (you and I) firing 16 hours out of the day. It’s a rather dwarfing concept to consider. Now imagine trying to make light of specific interactions and reduce them down to a bare-bones, easy-to-understand process. It’s a daunting task, which is why I’ve come to believe wholeheartedly that if one could simplify their exchanges with the world, they would live more joyful, fulfilled lives.

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Missional Lifestyle Design

In modern western culture we are trending toward streamlined, minimalist, stripped-down… everything. Our design, our architecture, our fashion, our technology – it’s all becoming more tight and efficient. A trend that is becoming increasingly popular among minimalist enthusiasts (including myself).

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