Blog.Yi

A blog posted by an user experience designer

After getting a lot of complaining about my old domain Yiiiiii.com, I got new domain and new design for portfolio website.

Actually it is my 4th or maybe 5th domain since I started to build my own website. It used to be designbyyi.com, yiayiayi.com, yiiiiii.com, and maybe another one I can’t remember. I was planing to get a domain like yiliu.com, yidesign.com or yi-design.com, but they had been taken already. This time, I finally decide to use yiliudesign.com since it is not bad and available at this point. This is my new domain, and it is going to be a really long term used domain in the future since it is the best one I could have at this point. It is typical for a portfolio website.

I was not interested in yiliudesign.com at first, because it is not attractive. Western people are not familiar with yiliu, which is my name. But I suddenly found yiliudesign.com is awesome. Despite it is my name, yiliu also sounds like “first-class” or “Yi’s genre” in Chinese. So it is kind of metaphor of that my design is a first-class genre. That is what I hope.

What is good design for portfolio?

New design for portfolio website has been established at the same time. As a designer, it is very easy to hate my own works after a period of time. I feel bad about my every portfolio website design weeks later after I made it. I’m not sure it is about aesthetic fatigue or unsuccessful design. There is a truth that I never feel boring about successful commercial website like apple.com, so I assume that my design is not comfortable enough to watch several times a day. Good web design should be simple and, at the same time, durable.

Good design always looks easy.

Maybe next step is learn how to make WordPress theme.

  “Territories Series: Harper” was taken by French photographer Pierre Gonnord in 2012. A white young woman, whose name is Harper, is the subject matter in this portrait photography. She looks calm and peaceful in the middle of bright white light and dark black background. Through facial expression, body language, and dressing style, the details tell the story that Harper is a well-educated middle school good student coming from a middle class family.

  The subject matter named Harper is registered in the center of print. She has long blond hair with ambiguous centre parting and ponytail. Her face slightly marked with freckles, especially the area around nose bridge and both cheekbones. She presents a neutral facial expression with no make up on her face. Sun spots are also visible as brown color under her neck and around her shoulders. Her body is positioned at an angle between front and sideway. Her left shoulder is on the foreground. Face is turned slightly to her left to look at the lens. She wears a sleeveless dress colored with light pink,which is close to her skin color. Miner wrinkled decoration walks around neckline over her bosomy chest. Massive bright light pours onto her body. Lighting equipment is reflected in her eyes. Dark black background has been used in the scene.
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Mentor program “Shark Tank” 是SCAD设计系的老师和学生一起开办的一个帮助人们训练design thinking的机构。 他们的网站是 http://voltacollaborative.com/ ,进去发现一个人一天一次workshop的培训费是$500美金,当时就跪了。刚刚在系馆参加完这次workshop的第一次pitch回来,感觉还不错。这是一个关于创意创业的workshop。

这次的mentor program是在设计系学生里通过教授推荐的形式,选拔出来22个projects进行为期一年的mentor workshop。每个人在下周五要准备好一个5分钟的presentation,向场下在座的mentor,也就是一些有经验的ex-ceo,进行简短的宣讲,介绍自己的产品。之后会有一个小时的saloon时间与mentor面对面交流。mentor和我们mentee会后都要列出最感兴趣的3个projects或mentors。如果配对成功,mentor与我们mentee将会进行最多长达一年的辅导,mentor帮助我们获得任何需要并可得的资源,包括人脉,咨询,策划,投资等。

下午参加的pitch除了介绍voltacollaborative之外,简单讲解了5分钟presentation的构成和要点,并派发了模板让我们对号入座。试着将我的project套进模板,但是发现其实很有难度。由于我的idea太多太杂,想要将其压缩至5分钟并表达清楚明了,其实非常有难度。这需要我进行高度的提纯,将最核心关键的信息,直接传达出来。这次的presentation非常关键,直接决定会不会有mentor对我感兴趣并继续合作下去。展示用的poster也提供了模板,我们只需直接套用装裱,届时悬挂于saloon与mentor交流之用。当天要表现的professional所以衬衫或西装是有必要的。要整起来。

这次的机会很难得,是一次跟real world business接轨的workshop,很高兴能被选中参与这次活动,希望我的idea最后能开花结果。

这是我的美国面试失败经验。
两周前,第一次获得在美国期间的第一次面对面面试机会。
说实话心里没底。本身在国内也就没有几次面对面面试的经验。
我虽然是工业设计专业,但这次面试的岗位是交互设计。整个面试持续了接近30分钟。在开始之前,career adviser在门外进行了简短的说明,提示了一些hints,告诉我那些作品适合拿出来讲一讲,但是最多讲1-2个projects。
我进去跟面试官打招呼,稍微寒暄了一两句,聊了聊对方公司的情况和招人去做什么工作内容。
然后面试正式开始。
我期间讲了不知2个projects,算下来,细讲的有2个,粗讲的有3-4个。其中有一个人做的,也有小组一起做的。
事后从面试官过来的反馈看,我讲的太多,太快。有很多细节没有讲清楚,特别是一些小组的project,没有表述清楚到底我自己做的是哪些部分。
没过几天就得到消息这个岗位被一个同学弄到手了。
现在总结面试经验,一定要讲清楚,讲明白,少讲一点projects也不要紧,把最精彩的内容慢慢讲出来,说清楚自己做的是哪些东西,怎么做的,展示过程和成果。这才是面试的关键。不论美国还是中国,都一样。

第二个情人节

2013年2月14日,这是我们一起过的第二个情人节。时光飞逝,一晃,我们两个已经谈了一年多了。回首那令人难忘的11·11·11,似乎还是上星期的事。但是这15个月,却又像是15年一般,朝朝暮暮,感觉宝贝就像我的家人一样,跟我一起生活。每天回到家,能见到亲爱的宝贝都是最最开心的事情,就好像心里的一块肉,在一起的时候,才感觉自己完整了。15个月,我们没有吵过一次架,就连生气闹别扭,都只有少之又少的个位数。我们两人就像是天生一对,从相处的第一天就你侬我侬情意融融,简直就是羡煞旁人的神仙眷侣呀!记得第一次用“霸道”的方式让你给我做饭,把你还吓了一跳,可你要知道我也吓得半死,因为好怕你反感,但是我做到了,因为这是为了验证你对我的感情,而你也确实愿意为我做饭。都知道你在国内从来没有做过饭,可是从那次之后,你慢慢的就拿起了锅碗瓢盆,学会了做菜,现如今,已经是能够独当一面的好内人啦!那次你把小拇指用热油烫了,我心里别提都难过多心疼了,就恨不得自己能帮你承受这痛。老徐都说我们跟别人不一样,我们不像一般的小情侣,我们有生活气息,我们是踏踏实实过日子的一对。有一个学期,我的功课很忙,没有时间吃饭,你为我在家里做好了饭菜,用保鲜盒装好送到学校给我吃,你不知道这让多少好基友们羡慕不已。这个情人节,大家都很忙,但是我对宝贝的爱却是一定要表达出来的,是吧,我亲爱的宝贝,我爱你一辈子,宝贝!

新年快乐

又是一个在美国度过的春节,照例去student center 参加了CSA办的春晚,其实也就是吃顿大锅饭,看看同学的表演。
比起去年,今天多了很多生面孔,都是我不认识的人了。
CSA今年是去asian river订的饭菜,比去年在wang II的好一些,收6刀,价钱还算合理,表演节目比去年略逊一点,不过舞狮+LMFAO+江南style把气氛推到了最高点,然后紧接着的手风琴独奏又把气氛拉到了最低点。我们就闪了。

修改了主页居中

上次做的主页一直有居左对其的弊端,在最初做的时候用的电脑分辨率不高,看起来网页确实是居中了,可是放在大一点的屏上看就发现我做成居左对其了,所以要改一改。
昨晚又重新做了一遍,改成了居中。暂定这个版本,以后再做修改。