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February 4, 2013 at 10:15am
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Reblogged from edoch62
edoch62:

One of today’s most used typefaces: Android’s system font is in fact pretty nice

Agreed.  I like to use it. :)

edoch62:

One of today’s most used typefaces: Android’s system font is in fact pretty nice

Agreed.  I like to use it. :)

February 2, 2013 at 1:41am
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Why Are Chinese So Mad at Ping Fu?

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I went to last month’s Creative Mornings with Ping Fu in DUMBO Brooklyn, New York. It was one of the first events I attended in NYC so I tried to write a blog reflecting it, but I never finished it. Here’s the beginning of the unpublished post:

TL;DR: Ping Fu’s life story is legendary. It is probably one of the best stories that represent the American dream. The story can be inspiring to most people but it just doesn’t work on me.

When I said it is legendary, it means that it is kind of hard to believe. When I said it represents the American dream, I mean it is packed with all the hit elements: underprivileged minority(Asian women) oppressed and deported by a non-democratic country (especially China), starting with nothing and ending up with huge success in the United States. When I said that it is inspiring, it means that everyone has to love a story like this. If you put all the elements into one story, It is the most inspiring story POSSIBLE, right? And it is the best brand builder for the United States (excluding China from its market, of course).

At the Creative Morning event I told my friend that this is a really good marketing campaign. I didn’t buy her story but I didn’t want to question it without any evidence either. I tried to research Ping Fu but it even took me a while to figure out her Chinese name so I can search in the Chinese sources. Back then there was only one piece of corporation news covering Geomagic in Chinese and the Wikipedia page was based entirely on her book. But today there are pages after pages of results and unresolved questions in both Chinese and English. 

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But why are Chinese (both American Chinese and Chinese Chinese) so mad at her?

It is probably not because she said something against China. If she had spoken about the wrongs rightly, she could have been the new idol among the millions of people who complain about Chinese government.

It is about sounding like a story that has been spoken too many times. The younger generation in China are almost too familiar with this type of story telling back in their childhood – that’s the way grandparents talk when they talk about ‘eat bitter’. The younger generation are repulsed by this kind of story because it is often told when they are asked to do something that they don’t want to do. The Cultural Revolution was an awful time but sad stories have been told too many times, mostly in a bad way, that the younger generations sometimes get a high tolerance of it.

It is about stressing the horrible things as a way to earn empathy or get the thing you want. Back in junior high school or high school, Writing is a big part of all tests. But like all parts in the standardized tests, it graded by a set of metrics. Scoring techniques matter, creativity and integrity don’t. It always contains a main Chinese philosophical theme (such as Bamboo‘s bending) to make you sounds like the most upright person. And once a time, making up bitter stories was one of the scoring techniques (not in my time anymore because they got fed up by it). The teacher ended up reading about several stories in one day about parents died/divorced early and the student being brought up in a tough environment. The student struggled so much and studied so hard regardless so them sound like they deserve a higher score.

It is about making the most marketable story ever but losing audience. You know how these days advertisements try not to look like advertisements any more? You don’t want to bring the most straightforward commercial messages in all at one time. Like you don’t want to write a tweet that only contains the top 10 trending hashtags. It brings too many such elements and ends up bringing nothing new onto the table. 

There’s very little way to prove Ping Fu’s story is fake so it could be true. But she needs to renovate the way she tells it.

February 1, 2013 at 11:16pm
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Where to Find Design Jobs

Since I’m doing this everyday, here are some findings:

Of course the associations always have their job board:

Someone please tell me why UPA website is so much uglier than IxDA? It looks like it’s from the 90s.

And of course… there are a lot of jobs posted on LinkedIn but they generally say minimum 3/5/7 years of experience. Not a fun playground for newbies.

If you know more than I do, let’s share?

 

January 11, 2013 at 1:22pm
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Two CIC Career Fairs

I attended two Career and Internship Connections events in Boston and New York this week. CIC is a series of career events held by 17 colleges/universities altogether. You can get more information from this website: http://www.rochester.edu/careercenter/cicstudents/

  1. 61 companies were at the Boston career fair and 87 companies were at the NYC one (not including the ones that canceled attendance). I consulted career service ahead of time and decided to go to the Boston one two days before the event. It was a good decision in general because there were MUCH less people at the Boston event. I guess there were only one third as many people there as the New York one. Lines are much shorter and you can certainly hit all the employers you want to talk to. I actually ran out of companies I want to talk to at 11am (it starts at 9:30am) and started wandering around.
  2. Most positions are entry-level positions open to all majors (generalists), which is good for liberal arts college students I guess. There are very few opportunities for specialists, for example, health, finance, computer science or in my case, design. I’m sure there are other outlets for these fields to recruit the specialists.
  3. I believe there were more firms in the Communications/Media/PR category than any others although I didn’t do any accurate counting. Lists of employers can be checked on the website.
  4. Don’t wait in the line for BookJobs.com unless you really really want to! The lady is very nice so the average talking time is like five minutes. You could waste a good half an hour here because she is not in charge of recruiting. 

January 5, 2013 at 11:25pm
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Moving and Moving On

Today I moved to New York (well partially). Big day in my life and first big step after graduation.

I was so lucky to find this small but cozy place in mid-town Manhattan through my friend. I have two flatmates, Jon, a talented illustrator and animation maker and Mariana, a photography student. Feeling great to live with these creative people!

There are so many talented people in this creative city and tons of opportunities to learn from them. I have signed up for three design/tech talks and a Yelp event for this month. Best thing of all? They are all FREE!

Special thanks to @yandream for telling me about all these events. As you can probably see I was just grabbing whatever offer that came to me. There isn’t a certain direction that I’m going for yet. But I can’t wait to go to these and hear some insightful comments or meet some awesome people. I will look into NY Tech Meetup Group on meetup.com to see what they have to offer as well.

I will keep you posted about how those events go!

October 23, 2012 at 3:51pm
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THE Problem that Ruins UX

I just spent one hour and half helping a student on an iMovie project. She enjoying creating stuff in iMovie but at the same time she’s almost scared of technology because she kept on saying “I know something is gonna go wrong” and “OMG I’m gonna loose everything”. She freaks out every time when there is a tiny sign that something is not working, and sadly, she is almost right. It was very frustrating that we spent most of the time trying to figure out how to import the video from the camera to iMac and how to burn the DVD. At this point even I myself weren’t feeling confident about the solution, because it is nothing about reason or logic, but experience. The only way that you would know the solution is to have experienced it before.

Most unpredictable problems happen when you connect one device to another. You can go ahead and build the fanciest device, but the problem that ruins the user experience still occurs when you connect it to something else.

September 23, 2012 at 1:37pm
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What I Am

I thought of this when I was sick and half asleep last night. And I tweeted it:

I am ostensibly happy, fundamentally sad, but ultimately optimistic. 

Because I have good accompany most of the time;

Because I know every creature on earth dies alone;

And because I believe a better world is worth fighting for.

September 19, 2012 at 12:30pm
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普洱, Homemade Omelette & NYTimes (Taken with Instagram)

普洱, Homemade Omelette & NYTimes (Taken with Instagram)

September 9, 2012 at 5:28pm
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Lacrosse field (Taken with Instagram at HWS)

Lacrosse field (Taken with Instagram at HWS)

12:46pm
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万事俱备,只欠鼠标。I need a mouse! (Taken with Instagram)

万事俱备,只欠鼠标。I need a mouse! (Taken with Instagram)