I’m often fascinated by creative feedback I receive in regards to color. Colorblindness is particularly prevalent in men, so it’s not surprising that some of the weirdest feedback I receive is from men, often who have no idea they are colorblind. The odds are stacked against the designer, as one in twenty people have some form of colorblindness. Couple that with the fact that virtually no one calibrates their monitors, so colors are never accurately represented to begin with, and it’s just a giant mess of what you never intended your work to look like.
I love the color blindness simulator by etre – it’s incredible to take a moment to see how your clients or colleagues see things. Above is my logo in standard colors, then viewed left-to-right as someone with the following forms of colorblindness: pronatopia, deuteranopia, and the very rare tritanopia. I think this is a fantastic exercise in logo development before showing your concepts – do your colors work for virtually everyone? Or do they only work for those who have no color deficiencies?
There’s something to be said about being a decent, hard working human. Things may not always pan out as you planned, but they generally turn out pretty damn amazing.
(quote via Conan O’Brien)
People often underestimate the power of body language. It’s ability to affect how others perceive us is phenomenal, and amazingly, it even affects how we see ourselves. Amy Cuddy explains how “power posing” can physiologically change our bodies, ultimately affecting not just how others view us, but how we succeed in life. Fascinating and totally worth trying.
Threshold moments are special not only because they are so often tests; they are also points of profound anticipation—moments when the mere idea of what’s around the bend or over the hill or across the wall heightens our focus. They are moments when you are truly present—moments when sight and sound and smell descend upon you, thick like a fabric. And they are moments that, with any luck, we take home with us not as souvenirs but as lessons on the richness of life. Making us better chefs and engineers. Better designers. Better architects, scientists, and indeed better, more attentive human beings. – Shaun Ellis
I couldn’t agree with this more. One of my favorite parts about traveling is the fact that you are so immersed in the moment, in every moment. You completely surrender yourself and let the now envelope you – and yet, it is so hard to do in the day-to-day happenings of our lives. Hence why my passport is always at the ready and the only thing I’m good at planning for in life is my next vacation…
(Read the full article by Shaun Ellis here)