Read Sharing To Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month

sunrise, anonymous

Dear all,

To anyone, or your loved one, who might be feeling down, sad, depressed, stressed, lost, lonely, unworthy, anxious, fear now or about the future:

We spend money often on physical health, but rarely on mental health. We think about the future and past, but rarely focus on now. We talk a lot about changing the world, but rarely about changing our inner world.

We know health is the biggest wealth. As important as physical health is, mental health is often undervalued and forgotten. How often do you check in with yourself and ask how you are doing? Do…

I had a conversation with an old couple in a trip in Seattle.

Couple: So what do you do, Sherry?

Me: I am a product designer.

Couple: Amazing! You are doing art work!

Me: (warm smile) Not really. I don’t design like an artist. I design product functionality, workflow and interface to make the product easy for people to use.

Couple: Cool…That sounds like engineering. Do you write code?

Me: (awkward smile) Well, I don’t write code like an engineer…

Maybe this story is showing that I am not good at explaining things (I wish I could have done better)…

V-day’s special

Everything around us has been designed. This thing could be a candle holder, an e-book reader, or a service at a restaurant. Recently, some changes happened at my company cafeteria. It is quite interesting if we look into the changes through designer’s lens. Now let me tell you the story.

The cafeteria is on the 1st floor in my building. It serves lunch from 11:30 am to 2 pm on every Monday through Friday. The menu changes on a daily basis with eight food choices offered regularly: Grills, Pizza, Korean, Pacific, Deli, Indian, Special and Salad. So how would employees…

Here comes the cliché — form follows function. I bet Louis Sullivan, the American architect who coined this phrase, would never think it could be this overused today. In his 1896 article “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered”, Sullivan wrote:

“Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change, form does not change…It is the pervading law of all…


A comprehensive list of books that will inspire you to think deeper in design

This reading list is based on recommended reading from a design class at Stanford — The History and Theory of Design. Main category: Design in Business, Contemporary Design, Design History, Sub-fields of Design History and Design Theory and Methods.

Design in Business

1.Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want | Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Gregory Bernarda

2. Service Design for Business: A Practical Guide to Optimizing the Customer Experience | Ben Reason, Lavrans Lovlie, Melvin Brand Flu

3. Change by Design | Tim Brown

4. Make it New: The History and Theory of Silicon Valley Design | Barry…

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(This article has been reviewed and consented for publishing by Barry Katz)

Recently, I have been taking The History and Theory of Design instructed by Barry Katz.

Barry Katz is Consulting Professor in the Design Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, at Stanford University. He is also Professor of Design at California College of the Arts and fellow at IDEO, a Silicon Valley’s leading design and innovation consultancy.

Professor Katz is not a designer, nor an engineer. His background is in cultural theory, philosophy, and history of technology. Growing up in a family of technology and research, Barry was giving quite…

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Recently I watched a short film made by Charles & Ray Eames in 1972. Charles Eames (1907–1978) was a legend American designer who made significant historical contributions to the development of modern architecture and furniture. In this film, Charles Eames provides some incredible insight in DESIGN Q & A. Questions by Mme. L. Amic. Answers by Charles Eames. On the occasion of the exhibition “Qu’est ce que le design?” (or What is Design?) at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais de Louvre in 1972.

Design Q&A

Q: What is your definition of “Design”, Monsieur Eames?

One could describe Design as…

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A comprehensive list of new and consolidated educational programs

“Everything we have around us has been designed. Design ability is, in fact, one of the three fundamental dimensions of human intelligence. Design, science, and art form an ‘AND’ not an ‘OR’ relationship to create the incredible human cognitive ability.”

— Nigel Cross, Designerly Ways of Knowing (2007)

As the world is rapidly changing, design is reshaping its duty from styling to more beyond “forms follow function.” Now design is playing a significant role in strategy and innovation in organizations across industries. …

Inspired by Amazon big data year-end summary of trendy and popular books, here is my manual year-end summary of my reading in 2016.

In 2016, I read across fields including History, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Feminism, Design, Travel, Artificial Intelligence, Business, Biology, Fitness, etc.

Favorite Field in 2016: Psychology. Ei …








Sherry Wu

A design thinker. And a mental health advocate.

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