Productivity Hack

I’m a big fan of experimenting with productivity, and I believe that over the past couple of semesters, I’ve found my own optimal working hours/conditions. I’m posting this because it’s one of my favourite techniques, and I am keen to share because I’ve heard the whole “ID students don’t have a life because we have too much work” excuse one too many times. Optimize your time and you’ll be a happier person.

Completely commit yourself to work on something for one hour. At the end of that hour, decide if you want to keep working, and if so, fully commit for another hour.

By doing this, you are forcing yourself to remain focused.

Once that hour is up, you can do whatever you want but during that hour you need to give 100% of your available energy to the task at hand.

The power of vulnerability

After attending a talk on Design Research by Karen Faith last friday, I was surprised (ok maybe not too surprised) to learn that most great researchers share the common trait of being alot more ‘human’ than normal, and as a result are able to empathize and glean a lot more data and behavioural insights from their subjects (the people they interview or observe) than usual. Having spent some time talking to Karen, it has become very apparent to me that it is a necessary skill set to have, not just as an industrial designer hoping to excel in his/her work, but just as a person. Enjoy.

Are our brains hardwired to prefer curves over straight objects?

A fascinating study that has been conducted scientifically, to show our innate preference to curved objects. This basically means that we should all learn how to fillet edges properly in Rhino.

“Another brain imaging study, conducted several years ago by Moshe Bar of Harvard Medical School, found that viewing objects with sharp elements–once again, square watches, pointy couches, and the like–activated the amygdala. That’s the part of the brain that processes fear. Bar and collaborator Maital Neta proposed that since sharp objects have long signaled physical danger, human brains now associate sharp lines with a threat. Curves, meanwhile, may be seen as harmless by comparison.”



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