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A repository of things curated by a pixel-slinging code monkey, a yarn fiend, a geeky girl writer. You can see my portfolio here: jenniferlynparsons.net
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There is less experimentation than there used to be. In part it’s because designers who used to do a lot of experimenting on their personal sites are busier these days – busy with client work, or creating products, or branching into areas such as publishing and conferences. Ten or 15 years ago, maybe you were single, with not much work and no family. You had loads of time to play with the design of your website. Now, not so much. As for younger designers, there are so many brilliant ones now. I’m constantly impressed and inspired by them. But many younger designers are more into social media than blogging – “social media killed the blog star,” as my friend Jeff Croft put it in a comment on my site. So they’re less likely to have a personal site that needs redesigning and experimentation. Also, it’s a different time. Companies such as Twitter and Google and Facebook are snatching up young web designers. They don’t have time to experiment on their blogs – they’re too busy helping Mark Zuckerberg get rich. Then, too, a lot of younger web folks are more into UX than designy-design, or more into coding than design, and so if they have a blog they may be satisfied using a default Tumblr or WordPress template. Finally, the web is no longer ‘underground’, no longer ‘the wild west’. It isn’t the province of a few crazy rebels. It’s filled with professionally professional professionals who follow widely endorsed best practices and standards. That’s very good in a lot of ways, but it tends to create an environment where there is less experimentation.
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

-Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech


We aren’t doing anything to make them look up!

A quote by Neil deGrasse-Tysson on why kids spend all of their time with their heads down looking at Facebook and playing video games. via swissmiss

From my experience, you can’t wait around to find what you love. You gotta work your ass off. And then you find what you love by doing piles and piles of work.
What seems to be the defining characteristic of labor, the differentiator that sets it apart from work, is that it involves, or can induce, a state of what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls flow — a kind of intense focus and crisp sense of clarity where you forget yourself, lose track of time, and feel like you’re part of something larger. If you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter for a pet project, or even spent 20 consecutive hours composing a love letter, you’ve experienced flow and you know labor. Now, the question becomes, how do we bring this to work.
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.

T.S. Eliot

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
Art is form of exploration, of sailing off into the unknown alone, heading for those unmarked places on the map. If children are not permitted–not taught–to be adventurers and explorers as children, what will become of the world of adventure, of stories, of literature itself?

Michael Chabon

(Source: mexicanpictures.com)

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)

And these computers? As much as I love fiddle-faddling with the damn things, I mostly just want to forget I have one and get on with saying stuff and making things. I realized that I valued freedom more than power, flexibility more than blazing speed. I want the choice of being able to be mobile, and to carry around my whole setup with me at all times without much inconvenience.

Frank Chimero’s Blog - The Setup

This post sums up the main reasons why I’ll be switching over to a Mac next year after decades of being a Windows girl. 

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