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Life Updates

  1. New(ish) job
  2. New apartment
I don’t presume to be internet famous, so it follows that my audience is probably people that are close to me. I never wanted to commit to a specific kind of website, and don’t shy away from sharing good things I find elsewhere on the internet when I’m too lazy to make my own content, but I almost never write about life updates – except for right now.

I have a new job! Well, I’ve been there for a couple of months at this point. I am an Interaction Designer at Fjord NYC.

Fjord is an amazing place. I’m not quite sure how to describe it unless you have the context of being a designer in this industry already. In short: they do things the way I’ve thought they should be done all along. So I was very excited to learn about them and get the job. They also do really cool stuff like this:

Fjord Kitchens

A special gathering of Fjordians (and sometimes invited guests) to a semi-casual discussion about design with a panel of specialists to bring some depth and experience to the topic at hand.

Wow, I’m insanely jealous that Madrid got Dr. Aubrey de Grey to join in!
Check out his talk here, or browse all the talks on Vimeo.

Design Clinic

I’m not sure if this is specific to the NY office, but every Friday we grab some snacks, a beer, and gather around for design/techy show and tell.
We’ve had guests present really cool synthesizers (below) or talk about programming languages and linguistic diversity (also below). We’ve also had some great in-house Clinics with our own Fjordians – from a group tutorial on improv to prototyping experiences with Playmobil.

Critter & Guitari Synths (amazing product videos)

Ramsey Nasser chatted with us about programming experiments and the significance of language in coding

The Office

I love the open design and flat-office structure. Everyone sits with everyone at lunch. Oh, you can draw on anything, and damn does Fjord love Post-Its.

New Apartment

I’d like to post more about this later, when I have pictures, but I just moved to a new apartment (yes, I keep moving all around Brooklyn) and I finally live on my own! It is still sinking in, but it’s hard to fathom that I’ve never lived on my own before. How can that be? Yes, I’ve lived independently, with roommates, for about ten years. I just never had a place all to myself.

I’m still working through the everyday decisions like: do I be a slob, or a neat freak? Because really, I could do either! I really want to create an immaculate space for myself, so I try to keep everything clean; but on the other hand I can just toss things on the floor with abandon when I’m lazy.

No Furniture

My furniture situation seems to fluctuate as I gather things and accumulate more with each apartment, but then other times, reduce greatly when I have to move to a smaller space. Living in Barcelona I really only had two big suitcases of belongings. That’s as light as I’ve been. My last apartment had a very small room, so I had no choice but to get rid of the nice big couch I had previously, and even things like a microwave that my roommates didn’t want to use. (Hey, storage costs money.)

Previous Apartment

See? Barely anything!
Note: If you’re on a mobile device, this will move with your device if you point it in different directions. Give it a try!

No Housewarming (yet)

So, with no table, no chairs, no couch, no place to set up the TV… I can’t yet invite people over to celebrate. It’s going to be a slow build as I accumulate things and get it how I want. Once I’m there, I’ll let everyone know and be happy to invite them over.

Oh, here’s my new address:

Okay, so that’s about it for the personal updates. If I take pictures of the new place, I’ll be sure to post them here.

Make time

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Making Time for Side Projects

By Rachel Andrews on An A List Apart
Rachel Andrews shares some tactics for finding time to dedicate to additional projects, and the motivation to actually work on them.

Renovations and rearrangement

Today my roommates rearranged our living room, and one of them helped me make a workstation/desk in the lofted space next to my room. I really dig it and can’t wait to hook up my keyboard as a midi instrument (it’s pretty limited as a piano).

Nothing like wireframing by candle light.