A+B=C by John Maeda

Stumbled upon a talk by John Maeda on Adobe Museum.
He talks about the invention of adobe postscripts, the development of computers, art, design and craft…

And also throwing out a question: “Where do you think innovation comes from?”

Via Adobe Museum


Day Jobs vs Side Projects

part of a repost about day job vs side projects via Scotthyoung

Side Projects Force Productivity
I’ve also noticed I’m far more productive on side projects than on anything I consider my “day job”. I’m measuring here work done per hour of time spent working or thinking about the project.
When work is your day job, it is always there. It looms in the back of your mind, filling you with guilt whenever you take a break and demanding to be finished. You can mediate these effects, but they’re still there.
A side project, by contrast, is the fun part. It’s the recess from your regular work where you get to do something fun instead of something responsible. I can remember working on side projects where the moment I sat down I would be completely engaged until I was dragged away. Such moments are rarer when you have the entire day to contemplate a task.
While the overall time is limited to a side project, the productivity per unit of time goes up.

Side Projects are More Interesting
Side projects are more interesting, and not simply in being more interesting to work on, but in being more interesting in terms of results. If I’m doing a project for my day job, it may be boring at times, but it always feels necessary.
Because your after-hours work is pursued because it’s fun, the criteria shift for working. Instead of doing things that need to be done, you do them because they are challenging and interesting. While this can occasionally produce frivolous items, it rarely produces anything boring.
Perhaps the secret to truly interesting work can be to never put yourself in a position where working on it becomes a necessity (so that interestingness itself must drive you).

Read the full post for more insights.

personally I think jobs add negativity to our moral (most of the time) and its through the joy from side projects that we can find back the purpose and passion.
I started countless side projects but none of them ever last through half a year or even a month.. just because they seem like a waste of time or procrastination from actual job/work.


White space can often seen as useless and often that white space are sub conscious element in layout and designs that one can hardly notice. But in fact, they are as important as the content itself.

White space is what makes a design stand out. or rather, different. it sets a tone in the piece of work.

Living in the world where information is accessible every second, anyone can almost reach you even when you don’t want to. So I can describe that the white space is getting smaller and smaller. Emotionally if we were to put ourselves on a piece of text, we will look completely cluttered with content. Where is that breather? where is the focus for all these content? how do I know where I am? what is the purpose of reading/viewing?

From a serious point of view, what is the focus in life? what is the most important thing that I should attend to?

I would like to bring up the analogy that introspection is like white space.
It is a necessity.

Introspection help us become aware of what thinking we are thinking. It helps us understand our condition better, which can be translated to a white space where we can understand a piece of design or writing better.

Sometimes when introspection starts running, it is very annoying to have someone slamming a question at you that you have to withdraw from that thoughts you are at. It is as if when you are into a good book and at the climax when someone just blurb out something at you and wants your attention immediately. Since introverts do introspection a lot more than extroverts, I am not surprised that introverts do get very bothered by such experience. And being introverted, we don’t verbalized them other than leaving us very angry about why we are reacting in this manner.

why can’t people respect and be more considerate about stepping into the white space of others? (does it got to do with the society?)

Text are like extroverts, talking to you, waving and speaking non-stop. But without the white space(introverts) around those text, how can we even see the text? how can extroverts become the center of attraction?

People celebrate how good a piece of writing is. But how many are aware of the subtle good typography (aka good design of white space) design?

science article about introspection in brain

Definition of white space

Definition: White space is the absence of text and graphics. White space provides visual breathing room for the eye. White space is more than just large empty places on the page, it’s also the overall airiness or density of the page including space between lines of type, text offset around graphics, size of margins, and heaviness or lightness of the fonts.


Physical white space

“We are conflicted about snow in cities. With the first storm of the season, the city becomes silent, bright and spatially renewed — the snow absorbs the sounds of traffic, reflects the low winter sun, and makes irrelevant the signs that warn “Keep off the grass” or “Stay on the path.” Yet we react to the new-found peacefulness by combating the fresh snow, by salting roads and sidewalks and revving up noisy plows and diesel blowers. In cities we constantly push around the snow — we move it out of our way, shovel and plow and mold it to ease our commutes and comply with regulations. It is contradictory: we react to the serene landscapes of new-fallen snow with loud and mechanized aggression.”

These images of unintentional snow landscapes, of landscapes blanketed with whiteness, resonate with my current design research project — an exploration of what I call “blank architecture,” or architecture that might initially seem blank, but that can be spatially and/or psychologically appropriated and transformed by users. The goal of this photo-documentation is to show how standard plowing techniques can become creative tools for generating winter landscapes and in this way spark a new public appreciation for snow-blanketed urban spaces.

To me, I call them physical white space. Firstly, they are tangible spaces where we can visibly see and have the awareness of their existence. Secondly, they are visually white.
Maybe in theory, they are the counteract of the true meaning of white space, which I thought white space represents an emptiness or something subtle/in silence. Well, this is definitely another take on the meaning of white space.

About Time: Louie Rigano

About-Time is a clock that challenges our power of perception and intuition. Featuring a constantly changing composition, through both color and form, it invites us to view the idea of time from a fresh perspective. Three translucent circles, each one’s size equivalent to the corresponding hand of traditional clocks, pivot atop a larger white circle. The location of the circles’ outer most points refer to the time. Traditional clocks, utilizing written numbers, rely on reading the information. This clock relies solely on visual information in the form of varying colors and shapes. Time is manifested into a new and purely visual language.