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A place for all those crafty design words we use.

I have started a quick, fun project whose official name is yet to be determined. The idea was spawned by a conversation with a fellow designer on the bus ride home from school. We sat and had a healthy debate around the definition of “affordance” and how it should be defined in the context of web based interactions (Ya I know, kinda nerdy).

As designers we have a whole vocabulary of fancy (sometimes ridiculous) words that we often throw around in conversations. I have often found myself nodding in agreement though honestly a bit fuzzy on what that word exactly meant. So John, Annie and myself have taken up the task to create a simple place that defines words in the context of design and perhaps even give a helpful sentence so that you can use them like a pro. So if words like proprioception, affordance, and ontology peek your noodle, then this will be the place for you. Perhaps you will even learn a word or two to impress your design colleagues.

The site is going to start (very) simple, but hopefully will evolve in complexity and features. I will keep you up to date on our official launch!

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Where Have I Been?

I will admit it. I have been failing miserably thus far at keeping my blog up to date.

I am working on some really cool projects and I would love to use this as a place to share and get feedback from fellow designers. So forgive me, and hopefully I will begin making a comeback.

Here is a very random shirt I made for a school thing. Get it… ideator… aviator… I know, I know. Kinda cheesy.

 

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I am a huge fan of Eliot Rausch. He tells stories that brutally portray the current broken state of humanity. The films challenge us to question the “status quo” and to rethink life from a new perspective. It’s beautiful.

Watching his films remind me of why it is so important to stay grounded and focused on whats most important in life. It is so easy to get distracted by all the “busyness” of life that we forget to savor and enjoy the precious moments of each day.

Inspiring Quotes #2

The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.”
- Rick Ridgeway

You never look back if you keep moving forward.”
- Old man

The word adventure has gotten overused. For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts”
- Yvon Chouinard

New Website!

09/24/11
New Website!

I am so excited to announce the launch of my new website! I have worked hard to create a unique experience in which you can learn more then just what I do, but get a taste for who I am as well. This website is jam packed with fun information, links, pictures, interactive elements, and pretty much any other detail related to my design career. I hope to use this as a channel to share with you where/what/and how my future journey evolves.

This website would not have been possible without the solid development by Adam Putinski. He truly transforms developing code into an art form. I cannot say enough about how thankful I am for his patience (especially when I am pixel pushing) and diligence on this project.

Additionally, I would like to thank Tanner Perrien for the backend support and Jessica Swayze for helping with content.

So please look around and explore the new cameronreynoldsflatt.com

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It’s exciting to see where all my fellow classmates interned this summer. I for one know I had a wonderful experience interning at Best Buy. It will be fun to see what new opportunities arise at this years RecruitID.

There is something oddly intriguing about common day objects amplifying sound. I love seeing the astonishment on people faces, almost like music itself has been re-discovered.

RSA Animate did an excellent job at bringing to life the words spoken by Dan Pink about what drives us to work everyday. I whole heartidly agree the importance of a purpose driven workplace.

Reminds me of a similar article in Sky Magazine (I know of all places) called The M Factor, that  focuses the conversation around the Millennial generation and its desire to work somewhere with purpose and meaning.

Shared to me by Ted Pollari via NPR.

New Side Hobby: Arduino

I just got an Arduino starter kit. Now I know most kids start playing with these things before they can talk, but my options as a child were limited to wooden blocks or… well, wooden blocks. So I am excited to start learning some cool new things and work on my limited programming skills. I will post more shots… once I get past lesson 1.

Qr Code Insanity

09/20/11
Qr Code Insanity

I am not a huge fan of QR codes. Mostly because they are often used incorrectly in both placement and functionality as a pointless marketing ploy. Today I saw this small QR code placed on a advertisement across the “L” tracks… really?

Picture taken with iPhone.

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