Last month I created wallpaper reminder to help me avoid rice and sweet drinks for my lent. And it worked. Now it’s almost easter, but I want to continue avoiding rice and sweet drinks, and add to avoid dinner for the next 30 days. Wish me luck!

Last month I created wallpaper reminder to help me avoid rice and sweet drinks for my lent. And it worked. Now it’s almost easter, but I want to continue avoiding rice and sweet drinks, and add to avoid dinner for the next 30 days. Wish me luck!

Dear Designers, Stop Giving Lame Excuses For Your Price

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A few months ago I stumbled to a another blog post that elaborates the reason why designer billed a high fee for their design (and basically why clients should give a damn!). I’ve lost count of how many posts I’ve read elaborating similar perspective. That blog post excused that becoming a designer is expensive (formal education-wise), ideas are expensive, and great design is meant to be expensive. Many designers would say AMEN to that. I’m also certain you’ve all got too familiar what designer complaints about clients. How the clients doesn’t understand design, how clients disrespect what designers do, how clients bid for a very low price with tons of demands…and bla bla bla…it’s really an endless story.

I’ve heard about all these since my first year in university, which is 11 years ago (damn!), so it’s getting boring now. All of those facts are true, I’m not arguing them. Design school was already crazy expensive during my years and even crazier these days; Finding that ‘aha!’ idea is not exactly the most fun thing to do; And great design can take thousands of hours to produce not to mention the extreme focus. It’s not easy. But that’s what we, designers, signed up for. And if you dare to bill such a high fee, you better have arguments with equal quality. Not just cliche excuses.

Designer’s job is beyond the design itself, it is to help clients communicate to their audiences in a better way. And design doesn’t finish when we send final artworks to clients nor when the design is launched. In fact, after the design is launched, it’s where the real thing started. Every designer should know how their design really impacts the audience and the business, you might need some effort to find that out, but reviewing your design decisions and real customer behaviour towards certain approach will give you valuable experience for the future.

If you haven’t notice, bad clients are everywhere, not just in design industry. Bad clients will always be bad clients, there’s nothing you can do to change that. What you can change is how you handle them.

We should be the expert in communicating, hence clients hired us. But if clients failed to see values in our design (resulting in disrespectful, bidding unreasonably low price, etc), then we must ask ourselves, why? where is the gap?

We can’t blame clients for not understanding because they’re not the expert (not to mention that they’re the one who pays). We are the expert. We’re the one who must speak their language, their terms, see things from their perspective, understand what they’re really looking for, what they really need, and how they can grasp our concept faster and better. If you can’t explain what are the concrete values your design will offers to your clients, then you might need to rethink your design and pitch.

My point is, I think design professionals such as you and me, needs to share better perspective about this matter so that we educate design students, fresh graduates, and other designers out there to be more analytical and strategical when solving problems and approaching their clients.

Even until now, I’m sure many designers will still cross path with shitty clients every once in a while, that’s inevitable. But then we’ll know how to handle or avoid them since first place. Remember, we are problem solver, if communication with clients is one of the problem, then we have to work it out.

What’s really expensive about a design is all the efforts of understanding and translating into the best solutions that gives real impact. The ability to bear that risks with confidence and then actually proving it correct is what makes us worth the price.

Hysterical Literature: Session Two: Alicia reads “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman while being stimulated to orgasm.

See other sessions.

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Hysterical Literature is a video art series by NYC-based photographer and filmmaker Clayton Cubitt. It explores feminism, mind/body dualism, distraction portraiture, and the contrast between culture and sexuality. (It’s also just really fun to watch.)

Launched in August of 2012, the video series immediately went viral, and has been watched over 20 million times in 200 countries.

When it comes to love, everything is a mystery. The one thing you can do right is be true to your self and acknowledge it. If you need time, then give it. If you need to think, then do it. If you need to scream, then scream your lungs out. If you need anything, anything at all, then so be it. And make it count.

Me

10 Things I Love From iOS 7 (on iPhone 4)

Do you have iPhone 4 and upgrade to iOS 7? It’s still debatable out there whether iPhone 4 users should upgrade and risking not getting the whole iOS 7 experience like it should on iPhone 5.

I decided to upgrade to iOS 7 mostly out of curiosity in spite of some features that I truly like. I’ve tried the latest beta version a few weeks ago but then restored to iOS 6.1.3 the next day because I experienced a lot of bugs especially on the homepage which is essential, that experience makes me hesitant at first to upgrade to the official iOS 7, but I went on anyway.

After experiencing most of the iOS 7 from my iPhone 4 yesterday, here are the 10 things I love:

1. CLEAN LOCK SCREEN

This is the most obvious experience once you’ve upgraded. Although many people think it looks like a Windows phone or Android, I think it’s refreshing. I’m glad that Apple decided to clean it up and let the user enjoy more of their wallpaper.

2. NOTIFICATION CENTER

The previous notification center on iOS 6 was literally ‘notification center’. What I like from the iOS 7 is that it humanize the notification center with “Today Summary” I admit that I didn’t like the big calendar view at first but then I find it helpful and practical.

3. CONTROL CENTER

It looks very Android but it’s practical, I find it very useful. No more going back and forth to Settings just to turn ON/OFF Wifi or Bluetooth, or scroll over or type on search just to find Clock, Calendar, Calculator, and finally…it has flashlight too!

4. NEW TONES

I think overall the new tones sounds retro, reminded me the polyphonic era, which I think is cool.

Although this feature won’t be very useful for me personally, I think this is a nice addition for those who is often busy and can’t take their calls right away but they must not forget about it either.

9. MULTITASK WITH PREVIEW AND “SWIPE-UP” GESTURE TO QUIT APP

Multitasking on iOS 7 is even easier now because it’s doesn’t show the app icons only but also each screen preview, makes you easily identify each app and the last content you left it at. To quit an app you don’t have to do the 3 steps anymore: tap, wait until all icons wiggling, tap the minus icon. It’s one easy gesture now, simply swipe up.

10. MORE ICONS IN A FOLDER

No more folder 1, folder 2, folder 3, you can finally put more than 9 items in a folder so you actually keep more folders that really matters and not cluttering your screen.

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Those are the 10 things I love from iOS 7 on iPhone 4. What about you? What do you like or don’t like?

A good bye

Losing a good friend sucks.

Quoting my conversation with a friend in a cab on our way home, “..things will be different..”. You know you’ll be alright but still it’s heart-breaking and emotional.

But decisions made, life moves on, new beginning started, passion flames, and we’ll grow into a better person.

Best of luck my dearest friends. It was a great honor to work with you guys and such a pleasure to know you in person. May life keeps or brings our path together again.

Looking back to 2012

Do you have an annual resolution? I don’t usually have any but then I realized it’s better to have some, so early this year I wrote my 2012 reconstruction in this blog. Let’s see how far I’ve come along, my notes/responses in italic:

  • Anyway, here’s my list for 2012:

    1. Lose more weight. —> Late last year when I lived in Bandung I managed to lose almost 8 kg, but when I moved to Jakarta early this year…everything falls apart…I gained more than 10 kg since then. Epic failed!

    2. Expand my freelance business. —> Not exactly expanding my freelance business but I expand my knowledge and skill set.

    3. Buy a new MacBook Pro 13” preferably the higher-end spec. —> Bought the regular spec! ;)

    4. Plan a saving for a car downpayment. —> Hmm…not even near there yet :(

    5. Enjoy a full-week holiday abroad. —> Not a full-week, just a weekend to Singapore on 15-16 December.

    6. Relationship? Just fun. No drama. I happy, you happy, we both happy-happy laa. —> My relationship early this year didn’t worked out well. But since then I’ve been enjoying both my alone-time and occasional lovely companions.

Fiuuh~ quite some to catch up. Turns out quite a lot of thing changed along the way. Do you have a 2012 resolution list? How far are you?