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Logos and Logos

Before and After

A good friend of mine from Chicago send me an article entitled The Best and Worst Logo Remake over at aclevercookie.com that provides a number of wonderful before-and-after comparisons of famous logos from recent makeovers. The KFC logo is below.

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Need some Inspiration?

I’ve on a bit of a logo-craze lately and picked up the book Logo Design The Works from the library. It’s quite a nice read. The author hand selects a wide variety of logos and goes into details about the motivation behind each logo. Good for a glance through for some inspiraation.

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10 Faces

tenfacesThe Ten Faces of Innovation
by Tom Kelley
5/5

On my weekend trip to NYC, I had a chance to finish this book (read only the first chapter about 1.5 years ago). I picked up the Ten Faces after having finished The Art of Innovation, since I wanted to learn more about the innovative culture at IDEO. Tom Kelley does a great job in defining and exploring roles in which he believes in.Roles such as the Anthropologist, the Collaborator, and The Storyteller were all integral members of the IDEO culture and teams. Quite a number of examples and case studies were included to simplify understanding.

Official website http://www.tenfacesofinnovation.com/

3 Years Ending – Virtues for Me

During the last week or so at Lincoln, I had an opportunity to chat with a number of significant individuals who have helped me grow and have had positive influences on me. I had a chance to be candid with them, as well as ask them to give me feedback, advice, or personal virtues that can help me grow and become better at what I do. So here they are:

  • Advice from my manager – sometimes I get to caught up with a task that’s most interesting to me and I lose sight of the other things that’s on my table. So I should learn to prioritize better.
  • Feedback from coworker #1 – I handled stress very professionally and my laughter, as I tend to find humor in everything, often diffuses stressful situations.
  • Feedback from coworker #2 – Coworker #2 wishes that I had a chance to take on more leadership/management roles during my time at Lincoln. Sometimes you have to go and reach for the opportunities to move up. Don’t expect them to be dropped into your lap.
  • Virtues from “higher-up” #1 – There are two things to keep in mind in life:
    1. Never burn any bridges, since you’ll never know when paths might cross in the future.
    2. Build up a network of friends/individuals that you can absolutely trust. Learn to read and analyze people to determine if they’re trustworthy.
  • Virtues from “higher-ups” #2 – Why rush? Take your time with whatever it is that you do. Enjoy the view and experience along the way. Also, do things with a passion and you will be great at it. This is fantastic since the first moism that I’ve ever thought of was “Find your passion and don’t let it escape.”
  • Virtues from a senior research staff – Always have integrity and honor. Those things will mean different to each person since people come up with their own definitions. Think about what it means to you and hold yourself to the highest standards.

Simply priceless. So my advice to you is that whenever you’re switching jobs or simply leaving a place, speak to the people that mattered the most to you and ask for feedback and constructive criticisms. Open your mind, don’t get defensive, and hear what others have to say. You’ll be amazed at what you find and in the end you’ll become a better you.

3 Years Ending

So I’m about to leave Lincoln Laboratory to work for a small software firm in the heart of Boston.  It is with great gratitude, sadness, and excitement to end the first chapter of my life since grad school.  If I was to sum up my career at Lincoln, I can honestly say it was guided by the following moism:

Do things until someone tells you no.

Sure, I might have gotten into trouble a couple of times.  There was the time when I broke the group frig with a screwdriver and hammer.  And then another time when I tricked the group secretary to ordering 5 red Swingline staplers (inspired by the movie Office Space).  But for the most part, just doing and trying new things without waiting for someone to say OK has been beneficial to my journey here.  It’s made things extremely interesting.

Sit Back and Straighten Up

Ever since I purchased my MacBook Pro back in February of this year, I’ve subjected myself to bad posture syndrome from hunching over the laptop keyboard and staring at the tiny 17″ screen. Laptops are great because they’re portable, but have you ever watched yourself (and others) screw up their backs because they’re on it so much. It’s a funny thing, but no one ever mentions how catastrophic it is for your posture to be hunched over your laptop for x number of hours per day.

And this problem is likely to get worst as people spend more and more time on this “amazing electronic devices.”

Well, last week I got myself one of those super-thin Apple Keyboards and my back’s been feeling great ever since. Why I didn’t do this earlier is beyond me, I guess I was procrastinating. I should apologize to my back. As I’m typing this, my back is straight and I’m staring straight ahead into on external LCD monitor.  It’s a great feeling.  If you took a side profile picture of me right now, I think I a model for the OSHA Proper Working Position webpage.

So consider this. If you have a laptop, pay attention to the way your sitting. And if you have some extra change in your back account, consider buying an external LCD and a full size keyboard. Your back and shoulders will thank you and you won’t slowly morph into this guy:

Apple Products = Commoditized

Apple products, more specifically the iPods and iPhones, have started to feel like a commodity to me. With this week’s $200 drop in price of the iPhone (I don’t own one and I don’t see a need to) and the new line up of iPods, I simply don’t get that “oh gosh” feel anymore. I think alot of people would agree that “the special feeling” about owning a brand new iPod or iPhone has dropped like the recent stock market.

As Apple pushes out new generations of iPods and iPhones in record breaking time and having their eyes on revenue dollars, it’s no longer fun to stay up to date with the latest Apple gadget.

The Janitor’s Wife

I found out today a close friend of mine at work, the janitor that comes by daily at 5pm to collect trash and recyclables, that his wife has recently passed away. From what I’ve observed in the past three years, he is an easy going guy with a quiet demeanor who utters the words “Hey Chief” every time I run into him.

Even though the number of words from our longest conversation is probably shorter than the previous paragraph, I think of him as a dear friend. When he broke the news to me, it felt as if he considered me as a good friend as well. I couldn’t begin to imagine what he’s been going through, having lost a love and a friend that’s been with him for 28 years in marriage. At that moment, tasks that was so urgently awaiting my attention didn’t matter much anymore…

As I stood there on the 4th floor balcony along with my friend staring at the ground floor, I found myself at a lost for words. I reminded myself from a recent article that sometimes you just need to be there for people who are hurting. Because, there is not much else you can do when words fail.


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