48 posts tagged design your life

It’s just wrong to position your life or your business…

His full title: “It’s just wrong to position your life or your business so it is dependent on regularly succumbing to sub-optimal situations.”

Someone probably needs to revoke my fanboi card—I’ve been posting a lot of Frank Chimero stuff lately, and it’s taking some self-discipline to not post that much more…

My Week Alone on the Internet

In many ways it’s hard to remember, the but internet didn’t used to be as social as it is now. There was a time, not too long ago, where Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. didn’t exist, or at least had very little traction in our daily lives.

Last week, as I found myself needing to make a final push on some work—in particular, a large update to the very blogging platform this post is published on (more on that later)—I noticed, and became increasingly annoyed with my proclivity toward CRS. What is “CRS”, you ask? It’s what I’ve dubbed Constant-Refresh-Syndrome—and I had it bad.

The Back Side of Your Gullet is Decadent and Depraved, Part 3

I’ve been there. I know exactly what that fruitless cycle feels like. In a way, it’s nice to know I’m not alone.

Over the last couple weeks Chimero has been putting out a series of related essays. I would encourage you to read all three. I hope there’s book in there somewhere because I’m really enjoying reading his thoughts in long-form.

Letting Go

Call it whatever you want, but I’m more and more convinced that a significant aspect to enjoying a long, healthy life is perspective—so much so that these psychological factors seem to even influence our physical body and how it deals with things that will kill us, like a terminal illness.

Design love: Triboro Design

I’m single, both in the personal and professional sense, but this idea really resonates with me. Related tangent: I think, as a culture, we’re headed toward smaller and smaller business (in industries where it makes sense) and I wonder if we’ll see more couples who also think it makes more sense to work alongside each other.

ps – the whole Design Love series by IDSGN is interesting.

The swingset manifesto

Running (literal and emotional) from thing to thing is a sign of disorganized frenzy. If you’re constantly running from engagement to engagement, you’re not living life on your terms.

One of my own personal, related, manifestos: I don’t run for public transportation. Heck, I actually avoid learning the schedule. I don’t want to be seen as that guy running after a bus or worrying about why the train is “late”. It’s something I just can’t control and doing so adds more angst than the benefit I receive by trying to worry.


Conversely, it’s sometimes helpful to take a step back and ask yourself which rules have become constraints. They’re probably the rules that need to be changed, addressed, or themselves optimized.

Minimalist Connoisseurs

Successful designs often give the design elements “breathing room”. I think that minimalism in life is about giving life breathing room. I live in a really small apartment and I love it because it constantly forces me to decide what things I’m truly using and value, and what possessions I could do without.


Can your job make you happy?

The following are a couple thoughts on happiness and satisfaction in your job as a designer from Frank Chimero (@fchimero) and a brief exchange regarding those thoughts with Neven Mrgan (@nevenmrgan) that I grabbed off Twitter one day.

I don’t know either of these guys, but respect them (and their work) greatly. I also thought this exchange was excellent and worth repeating here.

How To Choose Your Friends

I lose this perspective a lot, but it’s the whole point, right? To live a life pursuing good things with good community around you is to live a good life. Considering how little of life we can actually control, it’s a good general direction.

(via @slobotski)