Becoming JA

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | 7 Comments
Becoming JA

Something happened over the past year. Somewhere in-between my trips back and forth to Hawai’i and my many hours rethinking my career, I turned into a Japanese-American. Many people have a story to tell about their ethnic awakening. Usually it’s a moment that involves an old person, and maybe a food or an artform. Lately, I’ve had many such experiences […]

I Always Cry at Art Museums

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | One Comment
I Always Cry at Art Museums

I love watching my Facebook feed on Mother’s Day. I love seeing my friends honor their Moms or being honored by their kids. I admire the heartwarming commercials — like this one from American Greetings, which made people interview for the world’s toughest job. Or this one from UN Women, which is trying to change a cultural norm in the […]

Retiring a Prototype

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | 2 Comments
Retiring a Prototype

I made a really tough decision earlier this week. I decided to put my Hawai’i work on hold until further notice. My trips back-and-forth for the past four months have been very successful in re-establishing my network, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. But at this point, I do not have enough confirmed clients to sustain […]

Techie Hubris Invading Hawai’i

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | No Comments
Techie Hubris Invading Hawai’i

For several years now, my friends have heard me get on my soapbox and sound off about how worried I am about the insane levels of income disparity in the Bay Area. There’s no sign of it stopping. Widespread gentrification. Google buses getting egged. The endless stream of Teslas commuting up and down the peninsula. There are so many obscene […]

Bringing Barter Back

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | No Comments
Bringing Barter Back

My closest friends know that I’ve been experimenting with barter. I’ve taken on a small handful of “barter clients” and I’m using it as an opportunity to grow my business. The projects are generally non-urgent and in an area that is new and interesting to me. I take them on so that I can experiment […]

Trusting the Process

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | No Comments
Trusting the Process

This week I co-facilitated a design interactive session at SXSWedu in Austin. I spoke at SXSW. Pinch me! South-by-Southwest (SXSW) is a huge gathering of the coolest of the cool. It started as a music and film festival, and later branched out to become *the* place to launch new interactive technologies. Twitter was launched at […]

Sisu

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | One Comment
Sisu

My new favorite word came from a keynote speech that I heard earlier this week at the Carnegie Foundation’s 2nd Summit on Improvement on Education. Angela Duckworth is a groundbreaking psychologist from the University of Pennsylvania who spoke on the topic of “grit” — the personality trait that allows you to persevere towards long-term goals. I had […]

My Fascination with Blood Giving

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | 2 Comments
My Fascination with Blood Giving

(old photo… circa 2011) Note: If you’re squeamish about needles, you probably shouldn’t read this blog. Personally, I have an irrational fear of paper cuts (long story) and I would hate it if I even glanced at a blog about that topic — so I totally understand if you don’t want to continue… See you next week! I spent a […]

Being Bored

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | No Comments
Being Bored

My iPhone has been draining my creative juices! …or so said the story that I heard on NPR last Friday. Apparently there’s a project called Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out. The founders say that rise of the smartphone has led to a decline in original ideas, so they’re issuing us a week-long challenge […]

Why do you do what you do?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | One Comment
Why do you do what you do?

I used to dread the question: “So… what do you do?” It’s the usual thing to ask during polite chit-chat, but I’ve never had a job title that fully described my job, so it’s always been a bit uncomfortable. Whenever someone asked, I’d pause to size up how much they really wanted to hear. Instead of giving my actual […]

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