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Who knows for sure?

Good interview on Helena Price.

“I see where you’re coming from, but you should just stop waiting for a mentor because it might never happen. Successful people didn’t necessarily become so because they had mentors—they just went and did stuff.” No one knows what they’re doing, so I shouldn’t wait around for the magical moment when someone else teaches me the correct way of doing things. That conversation was solid inspiration to go off and do my own thing.

When you’re young and starting out on your own without leadership, you don’t know whether your intuition is correct at all. You’re in a position where you’re forced to execute without knowing whether it’s right or not. But being told by people who have been doing it longer that nobody actually knows what they’re doing—and that it’s okay—was really helpful to me in the beginning. That was one of the most comforting things I’ve ever been told, but I have to remind myself of that every day.

The added bonus is that the site looks beautiful.

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Design

New Site Design For Chungliwen.com

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I’ve been thinking of giving my website a fresh coat of paint for the longest time, and the recently released Expose Pro theme by StudioPress gave me a good excuse to update the site design and also implement the Genesis framework on my site.

It’s not the first time I’ve used the Genesis framework, as I already use it on my fiancée’s website, but since I tinker with my personal site a lot more, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to learn more about the framework and have some fun at the same time.

In hindsight, I probably should have taken a screenshot of my previous site design (though it was just the standard WordPress TwentyTwelve and TwentyThirteen theme), but I guess I’ll chance upon a screenshot of it when I’m going through my old screenshots some day.

There are still some unfinished aspects of the site, such as customising the social sharing buttons, but I’ll get around to that over time. In the meantime, I’m having some fun increasing the Google+ integration on this site.

I hope you like the new design! Comments are feedback at welcome.

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Design Doodles

Should I modify my stickmen?

I’ve been wondering if I should tweak the way my stickmen look for a long time now and decided to experiment with various different styles. One of the main reasons for the change would be the lack of facial expressions or clothing. While clothing generally isn’t a big deal, it did cause me some trouble when I wanted to doodle something about Steve Jobs (I couldn’t figure out the turtleneck), which is one of the reasons why I haven’t blogged about his passing yet. The facial expressions are obviously important, as I’m sometimes limited by the lack of it, though I guess that is a creative challenge which I should enjoy.

I’ve been fiddling with various styles, some from iamboey.com, Cyanide & Happiness, The Doghouse Diaries, and some of my own. I probably won’t make the change anytime soon, but it was fun doodling different styles anyways :)

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Design

Ketchup Sachet Design

This is actually from an article posted a few years back, but I just happened to stumble upon it and love the design. I’ve always got a deep fancy for different ways of looking at things, not to mention the creative uses of things that we take for granted everyday. In this case, the tear-off portion of the ketchup sachet is noticeably designed to show the horrors of what happens when a person happens to step on a landmine, with the ketchup flowing out illustrating the blood.

If you ask me, they really should put this out into the public. Landmines aren’t really a subject I’m into, but then again, awareness helps. Maybe if I’ve got some free time, I’ll take up designing ideas for ketchup sachets as a part-time subject.

Till then, enjoy the picture!