CJ Melegrito

Eighteen Things

  1. Your best work is improvised.
  2. Be meticulous, be methodical.
  3. Praise first, criticise second.
  4. Anger doesn’t solve anything.
  5. Never be the smartest person in the room.
  6. You only ever learn from your mistakes.
  7. Nothing beats an empty afternoon.
  8. A good reward is one you don’t expect.
  9. Don’t fear boredom.
  10. Emotion is tangible.
  11. Grow old, but never grow up.
  12. Have a hobby.
  13. Set goals, and always have a backup plan.
  14. Lying gets you nowhere.
  15. It’s okay to feel alone.
  16. Charisma is a marketing technique.
  17. Be grateful.
  18. Lists are easier than essays.

If Jobs were alive

He’d present the last Apple keynote differently. Writer Jong-Moon Kim presents an alternate reality: what would’ve happened if Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch?

Read his article, follow through to a hypothetical keynote presentation, and prepare to well up in tears.

“Never fall in love with an idea. If the one you’re with isn’t doing the job, there’s always, always, always another.”

Chip Kidd

Perhaps known for his work on Apple’s last website redesign, legendary designer Wilson Miner delivers the most exceptional and well-given talk I’ve ever seen.

Indeed, “we shape our tools, and our tools shape us”. We are defined by what we make, and it is our craft that ultimately steers the fate of human society. Will our society however be dominated by screens— very much as we have been dominated by cars, of which we built our lives around? Or will there be something better?

Miner’s talk from the 2011 Build Conference is inspiring not only for those who design, but also for those who value craft, innovation, or even a vision of the future.

Human Interface Guidelines

So here’s a new side-project that I launched just last week: a Tumblr-blog based on tweet-length tips from some of the industry’s top designers.

Check it out here, featuring advice from Sacha Greif, Marc Edwards, Shaun Inman, Neven Mrgan (creator of The Incident!), Drew Wilson, Garrett Murray, Louie Mantia and Shawn Blanc, who were kind enough to spare time for interviews for the week of its launch.

(Update: 3000+ Tumblr followers in the first week alone— that’s astounding! Glad y’all love this personal project of mine.)

5 Years

It’s hard to believe that half a decade has already passed since I first signed up for Tumblr to write an essay-long rant against bad design. To think that I’m still doing the same thing years later— after hundreds of hours spent pushing pixels, learning and growing alongside the most creative, talented people I’ve ever met, all working in the name of good design— purely amazes me.

Honestly, I’d like to wonder that if it wasn’t for my website, I wouldn’t have achieved what I’ve done so far. I have to admit too, that over the last few years, I’ve put in a lot of time into this blog, and it’s really nice to know that there’s at least someone out there paying attention.

Five years ago today I started writing a design blog as a hobby. Time really does fly fast. And now my website is five years old.

Five years, and counting.

“Jiro’s Xcode”

After watching The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli’s latest film (and unfortunately, Hayao Miyazaki’s last), I wanted to design a replacement icon for Xcode inspired by items from the movie.

If you’ve seen the movie (and if you haven’t, you should), you would’ve seen the slider-unit conversion rulers used by the aeronautical engineers throughout the story. I tried to recreate it here, atop an actual blueprint sketch of Jiro’s Mitsubishi A6M aircraft prototype.

The icon also perfectly matches the new icon styles from OS X Yosemite, Apple’s latest new redesign of its Mac OS. Download the icon here!

“Good copying learns from another’s innovation and then applies it in a novel way to a new context in a way that doesn’t diminish the source invention.”

David Smith — The Right Way to Copy.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver and his team of writers are geniuses. They’ve produced what is the most significant, most honest, most informative, yet most controversial show in the history of television.

In other words, just hit the link, watch the video, and fall in love with this show.

“Sketch 3”

I spent the late nights of last month working together with the team at Bohemian Coding to produce this video for Sketch 3— the latest and greatest visual design app for the Mac.

An honor, it has been, working with the team, and I’ve been incredibly humbled by the response given about the video. In fact, it’s already been featured on some top-content news sites like 9to5 Mac, the blog of New York Times’ graphic designer Khoi Vinh, and even my all-time favorite app blog, Beautiful Pixels.

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