Creativity and Design

It’s the little things

Date : May 5, 2021

Today I spent all morning processing documents and filling out forms. It was a tedious task, not my favorite. Suddenly I received a notification on Instagram, it was one of my followers, someone I haven’t spoken to in a very long time and he showed me what he was working on, it was a 3D print of one of my digital artwork posts.

Now let’s be real, in the grand scheme of things I am a nobody, I have a small social media presence and I haven’t posted anything worthy of praise lately, yet this dude took the time to make a physical work of art from one of my old posts. I was impressed and put a smile on my face.

A wise man I know once said:

The things you do and the things you don’t do are far more important than you think. You might be inspiring people without even knowing it, and even if you only inspire one person… That makes it worth it.

Random wise man I know
This drawing is not how the wise man I know actually looks like.

So even if you think no one is paying attention to your work you should keep going. It does not matter how many followers you have or how many likes you can get, it is what you express and create that makes the difference.

Even the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world.


Usability Fail

Date : May 5, 2021

I have a color HP Laser Printer that I have used for many years, I have used HP products for over 20 years and they have a an acceptable quality, today I encountered a problem that left me scratching my head. I was in a hurry, I needed to scan some documents and pack them nicely into a PDF to be sent before 2PM, I pressed the Scan button and this window came up on my screen.

The options are there, I saw this and thought the obvious choice was to select ‘Scan’, but nothing happened, a loading screen showed up and said the following:

Create an account to scan with your printer using HP Smart.

WHAT? I need to create an account? To scan a document to my computer from a printer that I own? Nope, I will not open an account.

USABILITY : The quality of being able to provide good service

I ended up using Windows Fax and Scan Application, no problem. Why do most new programs require you to open an account to use a product? Not everything has to be connected to the internet you know! It should be a simple press of a button and the machine starts whirring and doing its thing. Corporations have forgotten the basic principle of product design : MAKE IT EASY TO USE! HP, you win the USABILITY FAIL of the week!

P.S. The ink indicators are all wrong, they have been like that for months and the printer still prints without a problem.


Let your ideas flow

Date : May 3, 2021

I was writing a short fictional story this morning and noticed I had difficulty choosing the names of the main characters. They names sounded made up (I mean they were, of course) and non-believable and then I wondered if this happened when Tom Clancy came up with the character “Jack Ryan” or when J.K. Rowling wrote the name “Ron Weasley” on a notebook.

I soon realized that every popular character probably started the same way with completely unfamiliar made up names that made no sense at first but soon became alive in the pages of their books.

We don’t choose the names of the people we meet, but we adapt to them quickly and associate their name with a face and their story.

My point is that it doesn’t matter if the names sound strange at first, the more the characters are developed, the more we know about them so their name gets meaning. It is important to overcome obstacles like these in the creative process, specially when we lack experience. Leave judgement aside and let your ideas flow, you’ll have time to review them later.



Date : April 28, 2021

Here’s an interesting old story:

A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck, right!?” The farmer replied:


A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several mares home with him. What great luck, right!?” The farmer replied:


Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to tame one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck, right!?” The farmer replied:


A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys to join the army. They saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg so they didn’t take him Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck, right?!” To which the farmer replied:


No event, in and of itself, can truly be judged as good or bad, lucky or unlucky, fortunate or unfortunate, but only time will tell the whole story. Additionally, no one really lives long enough to find out the ‘whole story,’ so it could be considered a great waste of time to judge minor inconveniences as misfortunes or to invest tons of energy into things that look outstanding on the surface, but may not pay off in the end.

The wise thing to do is to live life in moderation, find balance and keep your cool as much as possible, taking all things in stride, whether they originally appear to be ‘good’ or ‘bad.’

Rather than saying this is ‘good’ or this is ‘bad’ just say: “It will be interesting to see what happens.”



Technical Difficulties

Date : April 21, 2021
I am not that fat but I do like to fix things

A WordPress update messed up my mobile menu and for the life of me I cannot figure out how to make it work. So while I come up with a solution there is no mobile menu.

UPDATE: I managed to insert a manually coded menu into the layout, it’s not perfect but it works.

You can also scroll at the bottom of every page to see the menu.