Category: Arts & Design

The only way to survive

Shellie Zhang, The Only Way to Survive (2019). via Something I Saw For some reasons, sleep has always eluded me, but it’s been harder to catch a wink particularly in the time of Covid, and… everything else. There are the protests in America following the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded that […]

Turn down the volume a little

A friend who was transitioning into a new position at work asked me the other day if I have ever thought about my working style, which I definitely do. For some reasons — of which I’d like to believe I am always a driven person and have a great amount of self-discipline — I always […]

How to interview a tech company

Two things, or news, from within the design world made me happy today. First, design scholar and activist Sasha Costanza-Chock’s (of whose paper on the principles of design justice I wrote about here) new book, Design Justice has just been newly released! I have always been a fan of Sasha’s work that focuses on design […]

Dinosaurs in love

Another valuable thing I learned from my doctoral journey is somehow developing this tendency to ask more ‘productive’ questions — productive, in which I define as would involve actionable steps, rather than just treating the means as an end. These questions are more than (in the context of social network platforms usage in protest movements) […]

For what we will

I’m so happy to receive my long-awaited copy of Jenny Odell’s How to do Nothing in the mail two days ago. I have been struggling with the idea of digital detox and self-care bath bombs etc. because they seem so individual and temporary. I wish with all my might that I could disconnect for real […]

Know her name

I tend to be very picky with books I buy these days. I had slowly transitioned from not buying any Kindle copies — because, Amazon — but what I often do though before I pick up any paperback or ebook from other publishers (check out Haymarket, Verso, and many others) and bookstores is to download […]

Design for its time

I’m loving this effort by the New York Public Library in providing bite-sized novels through the Stories feature on their Instagram account which are now already read by over 300,000 (!) people — somehow proving that it’s not that today’s generation reads less (we’ll get to this bit later too), it’s just that their reading […]

On aural experiences

Suffice to say, just like everyone, I tend to get sucked into an overthinking spiral over something sometimes with no significance at all e.g. why is Chipotle not pronounced as Aristotle, or compote like Capote, or what’s the political economy of Agrabah etc. And today I was reminded that a lot of times we only […]