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Volume 107 - two minute read

As of when I am writing this, I am starting my first day at my new job tomorrow. I’ll be starting as a Product Designer at Dave, a financial tech company based in Los Angeles.

While looking for the next place to call home for my work life, culture was one of the biggest deciding factors for me. I believe that working with folks you can also call your friends outside of a work setting makes for the best outcome and work ethic at a company.

However, outside of culture, I was also looking for a role that was slightly out of my grasp and knowledge of prior experience. I was looking for something unfamiliar and that I hadn’t yet mastered. I’ve learned over my time in the industry that the best way to stay happy and challenged at a job is to work on things you haven’t had the exact experience with. It keeps you on your toes, keeps you learning, and keeps you yearning to get even better at what you do. You quickly realize you aren’t a master at your field, yet you can be a master at managing and improving how you approach each of these unique experiences. …


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Volume 106 - six minute read

2018 was a big year of changes for me with almost every aspect of my life changing in one way or another. It’s been a year of self-reflection, personal growth, relaxation, and of realization for me.

Wrapping up this year though, I’m feeling the happiest I’ve felt in a very long time. I’m also feeling the most inspired and motivated I’ve felt in a while with multiple ideas for projects to pursue and music to make. …


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Volume 105 - seven minute read

October 19th, 2018

Feels good to say that publicly. The past few weeks have been pretty tough for me on a personal level and I’m not someone to bring up personal issues often. But, doing almost anything right now it really tough for me and as I was looking for ways to cope with my anxiety, I thought I should share where I am at and what has and hasn’t been helping me.

I wake up in the middle of the night sweating with a high heart rate and getting out of bed is one of the hardest tasks I’ll face. Some days are better than others, some days I want to be completely alone and other days I fear the thought of being alone. Some days I feel I’m starting to get better, then the next day I fall back into a state of overwhelming fear or depression. …


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Volume 104 - three minute read

September 21st, 2018

Last year when the iPhone X was announced, it was all the talk of the town and one of the prettiest pieces of hardware we had seen in a while. Despite the notch, everything about the iPhone X felt flawless and gorgeous.

As a digital product designer, I was also aware of the implications this screen and lack of home button that came with this upgrade. …


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Volume 103 - three minute read

September 14th, 2018

Going into this past week’s September 2018 Apple Event, there were rumors of possible new MacBooks, Mac Minis, and even iPad Pros. I was excited to hopefully see news on the modular Mac Pro as well and hoped for the best going into this next event.

As Tim Cook got back on stage after the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR were unveiled and started to seemingly wrap up the event, I was a bit surprised to have only heard news about the new Apple Watch Series 4 and the new iPhones. …


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Volume 102 - three minute read

September 7th, 2018

Design, code, and the pursuit of being better at each was all I lived and breathed in college. It’s all I ever thought about, to the point of me daydreaming in class about what I was working on the night before and how I would continue it later that day. I sacrificed time with friends, with my significant other, and even time for my health because of how much I wanted the goals I had in life.

This is incredibly important still, and should be for you as well, but it’s in a completely different way and balance than before. …


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Volume 101 - two minute read

August 31st, 2018

Working remotely is all the rage nowadays. Companies can hire more diverse sets of people, save money on salaries, and find the best people fit for the job. After all, 43% of the workforce has spent at least some time working remotely in 2017. Working remotely provides for a more flexible schedule and even no set schedule like we have at MetaLab. Remote working is better suited to some people’s personalities and lifestyles and can be a healthier and happier alternative.

However, that doesn’t mean remote working is easy. As I mentioned, you really do need a personality and lifestyle that fits with not being in an office and often working in a spot from home. Routines and concentration are a must, including restrictions and reducing distractions. These are typically obvious to those in or considering working remotely, but a part you may not think about is written communication. …


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Volume 100 - three minute read

August 24th, 2018

This week marks 100 weeks of writing and publishing a new article every single week in my spare time. 100 weeks! That’s crazy to think about. It’s basically become a habit at this point so I forget just how much effort I put into these articles.

I absolutely love writing and don’t plan on stopping these any time soon. I love that I’ve been able to comfortably branch out in terms of content (balancing design, music, development, business, life, etc) and have had nothing but positive feedback on my writing. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my thoughts and perspectives, it means a lot! …


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Volume 99 - two minute read

August 17th, 2018

Starting a new endeavor is typically difficult. You’re excited to get started and have all kinds of ideas in mind as to how you can be successful in this, seemingly all in different directions.

If you’re like most people—you’re fine for the first couple of days, maybe even weeks. Things start to slow down and you lose motivation to continue, eventually having this new endeavor die out. You struggle to find this motivation again. You accept failure and go about your life until it happens again. It sucks.

But, what if you could do something to combat your mind trying to have “motivation” kick in so that you’ll get serious about what you’re working on? Instead of focusing on motivation, focus on clarity. Typically the reason you can’t get completely invested in a new project or even a new lifestyle is because it’s not completely clear what you should be focusing on next. …


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Volume 98 - three minute read

August 10th, 2018

With moving to a new city and having more time for myself, I’ve started to try and analyze what I want to focus on for the next year. What I want to do, create, learn, and how I spend my free time.

The more I worked on my list of priorities, the more I noticed I felt bad about the topics that required me to learn. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love learning new things. But for some reason, I felt like I should focus more on producing instead of learning. …

About

Dennis Cortés

Designer that codes, teaches, and makes music • Lead Product Designer @ Mothership • Making http://patreon.com/shyboytm • Prev. @metalab | 🇵🇷

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