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This is a question I started asking myself a few years ago and it is what brought about a shift in perspective.

I’m not sure where I heard the question asked, but it radiated with me nonetheless.

First, I looked where I spent the most time…at work. I started looking at my days and observing myself and seeing what I enjoyed.

Live, discover, explore

A few years ago I was working with a team I really liked and doing work that was completely dissatisfying.

In an effort to find what I enjoy, I started to look for things I had interest in. …


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“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Oscar Wilde

Going to work everyday is something most of us do. Many people I know are not very happy with their jobs. There are expectations that people have as to what their jobs should be like, how others should do their jobs or how they should interact with their co-workers and superiors.

The question I feel that each person who goes into work needs to ask themselves is, ‘Am I creating value in my workplace’?

Well are you?

This isn’t about doing something because you will be promoted or because you are doing something that will make you look good. This is about a feeling. At the end of the day things either feel good or they do not. …


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This is part of my Lessons learned series

Maya Angelou had a great quote. “If things don’t work out, say ‘Thank you’ because something better is coming along.”

In life we know that there will be death and taxes. I would like to add rejection to that sentence because everyone experiences rejection at one point in time or another.

I’ve been rejected more times than I can count. In my first year living in NYC, I was attending school and worked full time to pay rent. I got a job working retail and began interviewing for various positions. The awesome thing was that I was getting interviews. …


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Like mindfulness and meditation, the words self care have been increasing in the articles printed on health.

In the last few days, there have been more than 3 published articles on self care by news organizations like the Huffington Post and Forbes to name a few.

Self care is defined as care under individual control and self initiated. What people say they want to do and what they actually do for self care is evident in our day to day lives. People at work are often exhausted and stressed. They come into work sick.

When I have asked friends, ‘Why are you not taking care of yourself?’, a majority of them say that they are too busy. It seems that being busy is more important than taking care of oneself. …


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Have you ever been in a conversation and someone interrupts you and says, “yes, but”? This may automatically turn you off to what they have to say because it may be taken as a negation of your previous statement.

In improv comedy, an actor is not allowed to say no. They can say “yes, and”…

“Yes, and” can go far beyond the comedic stage. Yes, and can change the world. How can it change the world? If you use “Yes, and” it means that you need to be listening to what the person is saying. …


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Colorblind test from Twitter-What do you see?

During a workshop involving empathy mapping for people with visual impairments, a student reached out to her father who was colorblind to get some advice.

He sent her the below message which reads, ‘I don’t know if this is something you’re doing, but this is something you and other graphics people should know. Do not ever ever ever make charts and graphs with color-coded areas or bars. I cannot come close to understanding those if there are more than 3 colors. Just today I was reading an article that has a bar graph with about six or seven colors and I gave up after about two seconds. Color coded charts and graphs are just another way to keep the brutha down. Don’t use colors. Use patterns. …


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As designers, we are problem solvers. We must constantly observe, assess, and question how we can make things better in this world.

Often problem solving involves doing research and testing. It is great to look at research and see previous patterns of behavior but those thing often times do not provide you with the information we need in order to solve the problem at hand.

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. -Jules Renard

What’s the answer?

Question everything?

You say, ‘I don’t have time to question everything’. I say you do because what ends up happening is rework because decisions were made not to question things in the first place.

Where do you begin? You begin with asking the following…


Part of my Looking back, looking forward series

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L to R: Chee Pearlman, Beverly Willis, Milton Glaser, Ralph Caplan

In the spirit of looking back, on Saturday night I got the pleasure of listening to three great designers all over the age of 80. Hosted by the Guggenheim museum, the talked titled ‘The Consequence of Design: Ralph Caplan, Milton Glaser, and Beverly Willis in Conversation’.

This conversation came about in part due to a wonderful book by Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith title ‘Twenty over Eighty — Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design’. The book is a collection of interviews of twenty designers over the age of eighty.

They say with age comes wisdom. Each person got six minutes to speak about their life in design. Beverly Willis the architect went first, followed by Ralph Caplan the design critic, and Milton Glaser the graphic designer, famous for the I Love New York design. …


Part of my Looking back, looking forward series

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Roman god of time Janus-Image from Pinterest

Janus the god of time has a two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. When it comes to design and our ability of shaping the future, we need to learn to look at both in order to know where we have been and where we would like to go.

From the beginning of recorded time, we have been working to better understand ourselves and our needs and incorporating that into design . …


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Bare feet on Kentucky Grass is one of the ways I get back to nature in the midst of the concrete jungle I live in. Yes, you can find Kentucky Grass in NYC if you look!

The feeling I get when I put my bare feet in the grass is a feeling that words cannot describe. I could say it feels nice but that’s an understatement.

When we get back to nature I feel we get back to our true selves. Not the people others want us to be, not the ones we imagined ourselves to be, just us, the perfect beings that we are. It’s the thinking that we humans do that makes the world an imperfect place. Nature is our equalizer.

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Regine Gilbert

UX Designer. Professor @NYU @GA. Passionate about accessibility, design & tech. Thoughts are my own.

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