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You’re a hotshot designer. A cutting-edge tech startup is courting you to come join them to build the future of whatever industry. You’ve been loving the conversations so far—the team seems exciting. After a few chats, the hiring manager sneaks in a request, “as a formality”. They want you to do some work for them. For free. For a whole weekend. To assess whether you’re really as good of a designer as you claim to be.

Having been on both sides of the equation—from crafting a design challenge to help assess candidates, to completing more design challenges than I care to admit—I am sharing my perspective on how we as an industry can best evaluate design candidates for hiring. I believe removing the design challenge from the hiring process will lead to a more successful screening process, and to discovering better hires for your team. …

I’m taking a bit of a break from my typical content to hopefully help some English-speaking folks with their travels in Japan. Note that I cannot take responsibility if this guide doesn’t work for you, if you lose your luggage doing this, or if the content in this post becomes out of date. It worked for me, but use it at your own discretion and risk.

Traveling in Japan is awesome. The sights, the smells, the food, the stuff— all of it.

But if you’re like me, you start to accumulate little things along the way, and if you’re really like me, you end up buying yourself a whole new suitcase to take your new trinkets home. …

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Our friends in Europe and Asia have been doing it right for decades. In silence, without so much as a whisper, our cousins across the pond have been using a bidet as part of their daily bathroom routine.

“Ew, gross, are we really about to talk about bodily functions?” Yes. Specifically, we’re talking about pooping.

It’s time America. It’s time Canada. It’s time to invest in a bidet, or start using that weird old one that’s been sitting unused in that one bathroom in your house.

I think comedian Rob Cantrell says it best:

You know what I don’t think we’re doing right? Wiping our butts … Do you know how confident you feel when you walk into a room and you know you’ve got the cleanest asshole in the room? You just walk in and go ‘look at these funky butt mother fuckers’. …


Ari Zilnik

Designer. New York based, Toronto raised.

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