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Field Study

An Unedited view of design and thought process:

work, experimental and otherwise by Keenan Cummings

Another old piece of student work. Unicorn meat is the best meat of all the meats

Another old piece of student work. Unicorn meat is the best meat of all the meats

Digging up some more old student work. This was for a poster called All American.

Digging up some more old student work. This was for a poster called All American.

Been going through some old archives and found some student work. The photoshop work on this is so bad but I still love the idea of this. I think I was inspired by this classic.

Been going through some old archives and found some student work. The photoshop work on this is so bad but I still love the idea of this. I think I was inspired by this classic.

We have plans to grow the debate club starting with a few chapters in larger US cities. Then we move on to international chapters…
Check out our upcoming event in NYC >

We have plans to grow the debate club starting with a few chapters in larger US cities. Then we move on to international chapters…

Check out our upcoming event in NYC >

A series of illustration for each of our Debate Club debates (including a sneak peak at our upcoming fifth session — details coming soon!)

Ever wonder how the Designers Debate Club format works? How about a handy flow chart!

Ever wonder how the Designers Debate Club format works? How about a handy flow chart!

We also built out a whole new site for Designers Debate Club. A few late nights of designing and some whirlwind weekend coding thanks to my debate club co-conspirator Jon Troutman.

We also built out a whole new site for Designers Debate Club. A few late nights of designing and some whirlwind weekend coding thanks to my debate club co-conspirator Jon Troutman.

Brand new branding for Designers Debate Club!

Brand new branding for Designers Debate Club!

Days Feature Release
Camera Roll Import
We’re very excited to announce a new update that’s available in the app store today that has a feature many of you have been waiting for (drum roll please)…. Camera roll import!
Activate import once and we’ll start scanning. We’ll look for photos from days you haven’t already posted (as far back as a year ago!) and continue to pull in new photos going forward! In other words, take a photo on your camera roll, open Days, and watch it magically appear in your day picker. 
download in the app store!

Days Feature Release

Camera Roll Import

We’re very excited to announce a new update that’s available in the app store today that has a feature many of you have been waiting for (drum roll please)…. Camera roll import!

Activate import once and we’ll start scanning. We’ll look for photos from days you haven’t already posted (as far back as a year ago!) and continue to pull in new photos going forward! In other words, take a photo on your camera roll, open Days, and watch it magically appear in your day picker. 

download in the app store!

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Days Tutorial Series Episode 2.0 (make sure your phone’s audio is ON):

How to take a great selfie

Lara, a selfie pro, gives you 3 tips on how to take a great selfie with the Days App:

1. Get the right angle, get the right look, and get your arm out of the shot! It’s totally avoidable

2. Pick an expression — a selfie is like a visual status update, so use the GIF feature and subtle facial movements to convey how you’re feeling

3. Get your friends involved!! The photo booth is in your hands, there’s fun for you and a friend to be had

So open that front-facing camera and put a selfie in your day!

From the archives: super powers!
I’m going to continue to share new work here on the blog, but I also wanted to dig back into the past 3 years of blogging and pull some of my favorites that y’all may have missed. More to come!

From the archives: super powers!

I’m going to continue to share new work here on the blog, but I also wanted to dig back into the past 3 years of blogging and pull some of my favorites that y’all may have missed. More to come!

"life is just a million open browser tabs"

"life is just a million open browser tabs"

Intro or Extro?

Earlier today, Fred Wilson got a conversation going on his blog about personality types. The Meyers-Briggs personality test has long been a favorite of many people, probably because of its great balance of simplicity (reducing the complexities of human personality to four basic spectra)  and depth (but not reducing the entire make up of your identity to a single color, for example). 

I’ve taken a few informal online tests to determine my Meyers-Briggs profile and have landed on INTP. I won’t go into the specifics of each letter here (read up on the test and figure out where you fall). But it is that first letter that places me on the more introverted side of the Introvert-Extrovert spectrum.

For those that have met me (and please tell me if I am delusional here), I don’t think I am terribly awkward. I can carry a conversation just fine. I really enjoy meeting up with new people. I like being in most social situations (although I still find myself embarrassingly star-struck and tongue-tied around people I admire). I’m not the guy at the party ripping his shirt off and crowd surfing (is this something people even do at parties?), but I’m not exactly a wallflower.

But there is a simple test that helped me figure out just how intro or extro I was. (I think I read or heard about something like this somewhere but I can’t recall where). 

When you are in social situations (the type that we think of as a typical extrovert’s playground: small talk, introductions, group conversations) do you leave feeling energized or drained? 

It’s not about what you enjoy. It’s about the subtleties of how you respond psychologically and physiologically. You can be the kind of the party but somehow, for the introvert, there seems to be this expenditure of energy that comes as a cognitive and emotional cost. 

I love going to conferences and attending events, but for me, it is a form of work. It is work that I enjoy, that I get great satisfaction from, but it is work. I can get lost in a conversation with a colleague or friend and lose track of time. But floating around a crowded room, “mingling” and schmoozing” — I never get to that state of unconscious flow.  I would guess that the extroverted side of the personality spectrum is full of people that gain energy from these situations, but maybe are drained by too much time alone in their own head. 

So accepting all the stigmas that come with it, but feeling very much like I don’t fit the stereotype, I have accepted myself as an introvert. You can leave a comment here if you wanna talk your personality type or head over to Fred’s post on AVC and join the conversation >

We have done so much, with so little, for so long that we can now do anything with nothing.

—via Bryce

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.

Leo Burnett

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