It’s time for a challenge, designers!

Winter season is approaching us in Helsinki with its full speed. It is a great time to warm up your house with the candle light and make your days more bright from within. For doing so, I am starting the challenge campaign of my own and invite you all to share it with me. You are welcome to join me with your own challenge, comment on my posts and help me to keep things going or like my posts if you think it’s worth it!

From 8th of November till the 27th of December, every day I will post the result of my quick lettering exercise.

50 days in the row and 50 lettering exercises are awaiting to be created! 

For the first time I decided to dedicate this challenge to the spices in my kitchen. I’ve chosen this topic because spices are making taste of the food bright, different and interesting and the variety of tastes are endless!

So, the rules are simple:

  • Draw one quick (15 min max) hand-lettering design for one spice.
  • Any instruments to draw are allowed.
  • Photograph or scan and post it in my Instagram with hashtag #letteringspicechallenge.
  • Keep the challenge going every day for fifty days, starting from 8th of November.

Cheers and keep things rolling!
Valeria

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The components of the digitalization

What are the components of digitalization?

First of all, digitalization is only possible with ‘the devices capable of managing digital signals’(1) (Verhulst, 451), and the established eco-system that connects all those devices to each other.
The information presented in code (digital signal) can be understood, transmitted and manipulated by almost any digital device, so in this case the method of storing the data in digital form is more universal. For example, ‘one system created for transportation digital signals may carry services that in the past were provided in separate ways’(2), as video, audio or text, for example (Pool, 23).

Thus, the first component of digitalization that ordinary people are dealing in their everyday life is a tangible object that people can own (rent) and/or interact with. It can be a mobile phone, smart watch or any kind of smart wear (sport bra, for example), laptop, cameras in the parking lot and any kind of sensors that ‘detects events or changes in the environment, and then provide a corresponding output.’ (3) Continue reading

Accelerating the digitalization, design point of view.

Last week I was happy to participate in the ‘Breakfast Date: Accelerating Digitalization’ organized by Women in Tech Finland.

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Photo of the venue taken by Microsoft Flux staff.

The digitalization topic is directly related to my thesis I’m currently writing in Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture. And even thought the big part of my thesis supposed to be about digitalization and the influence it has on our everyday life in general and public healthcare services in particular, it was so interesting to listen the speakers who are extremely fluent in their area and working at the very core of the digitalization processes. Two IoT professionals Henriikka Åkerman and Hanna Nikkilä were talking about their work and projects they were involved in,cloud technology and IoT with Microsoft Azure. The event took place at the Microsoft Flux co-working space and was organized by ‘Women in Tech, Finland Chapter’ community.

This morning gave me new insights to continue my writing, talks were very inspiring and educative. I’d like to thank the presenters and organizers for this opportunity, atmosphere and motivating discussions!

So, what the Digitalization is?

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Things that designed to solve problems and things that designed to be loved.

How do you design things that people will love?

There is always something else out there, that is better, faster, smarter, more efficient and resourceful. How do you pick the one you will love and be attached to? How would you design meaning and not just a function that fulfil someone’s (talked through and researched) needs and solve the well-analyzed problems?

We want our life to have a sense, a purpose, and we are in constant search for it. The new day, the new projects, new people and places, – time is running and we just can’t help ourselves to stop the flood. World nowadays is full of solutions and that’s the problem. There are a tons of things that grab your attention and it’s very easy to miss the point, loose your focus and sense of presence. It’s a big challenge nowadays to keep your purity, be mindful in what you’re doing and honest with yourself. We live in an era of destruction and our brain can’t keep up with this pace.

The experience that fascinates people is directly linked to the meaning of interaction with the product(service). Thus, the way how you design products and services while you’re looking for creating the new meaning and experience should be totally different to one when you design products based on facts, user research, analyzed needs of the users and all other possible data, collected beforehand. Continue reading

“We can’t design experiences. Experiences are reactions to the things we design.” Amen.

A very interesting and quite long reading about perspectives of digital design, homogeneity and patterns in a designing a user experience. There are a few quotations from it, something that grabbed my attention and resonate with my recent thoughts. You might find there something for you as well. Continue reading

29.07.2015, Tampere, Finland

Sources for learning and become a wiser person 🙂

1. CreativeLive — Take free creative classes from the world’s top experts.

2. Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills. Digital photography.

3. Explore the largest collection of audio articles powered by real people. Dropbox has acquired Umano. Brain Pickings is a great replacement for 17.Umano.

4. Brain Pickings.  Insightful long form posts on life, art, science, design, history, philosophy, and more.

5. Peer to peer learning. Peer 2 Peer University or P2PU, is an open educational project that helps you learn at your own pace.

More useful links are here, enjoy being smart! 🙂 33 websites.

24.06.15, Helsinki. Daily feed.

1. Stefan Sagmeister  interview. Record cover designs will always be superior to film posters.

‘I’m somewhere in the middle when it comes to how much newness do I want in my life and work, and how much consistency. I’ve known people that want that newness all the time and I think that I’m not that radical.’

Future for graphic design: ‘Anything that’s possible to be animated will be animated. I think that the printing technology in the 3D world will play a bigger role, or will introduce and make it much easier for graphic designers to do products because again it’s that same space. Or I would say that that printing technology will continue to play a big role as far as individual execution, because inkjet will take over more and more spaces. It means that you can do something that’s much smaller in run and much more individual in their outlook. So my assumption would be that custom-made, low-run, high-end projects will play a bigger role considering specifically that only very specialised things will have the desire and the need to be a physical object.’


2. Anticipating design. Too much choices is a problem.


3.The first thing in design is..noticing. As human beings, we get used to “the way things are” really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity … Could things be better? Ted talk by Tony Fadell.

17.06.15, Helsinki. Daily feed.

1. Autopsy of failure. How and why startups failed. autopsy web page. Might be interesting to look and analyse if my thesis topic is going to be related to startup culture.


2. What you should know to design your design portfolio>> Read here.


3.Trends in logo design, summer 2015>> Dots Lines&Volume Stars Chaos Nostalgia Circles Triangle pixels Photos etc.


4. Lynda.com Creative Quick Tips // Responsive images_course


5. Tips for creative writers >> Do it right.


6. How to break brainstorming ‘struggle’ sessions? >>

  • Define the real problem.
  • Lover risk of critics.
  • Create culture of implementing ideas.
  • Reward concrete people for their successful ideas.
  • First let people work alone and then unite them to the group(s).
    More is here.

7.If you need to send an invoice, here is your template.


8. Easy way to browse designer’s portfolios on dribble: stumbbble


9. New and Fresh Fonts: Click!


10. WordPress’have to do list or checkouts.for site/blog.


11. Google rules! Icons.


12. Finnish language. Interesting way to remember words. Rus/Fin.