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…


from dschool.stanford.edu

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 d.school — 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…


A studio at d.school

(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…


image from the video

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 …


不知道为什么,我和猫十分亲近,猫和我也十分亲近。

第一次发现我和猫的缘分还是在北京的家,那个四合院,和那只我起名为大黑的猫。那时我还在上高中,放学回家后我常常和他在院子里玩,但我一直都不知道他有没有主人。过了一段时间,他不见了。又过了一段时间,我在家附近的车站见到他。我惊讶的是,他竟然会记得我。当时他正走在房檐上,他看见我,放慢了脚步,凝视我,许久。从那天之后我再没有见过他了。

后来,我到过很多地方,遇到过很多猫。它们留存在我的记忆里,各种颜色,各种眼神,各种声音,各种姿态。很多人说猫是冷漠的,我却偏偏遇上许多热情甚至是粘人的猫。亚特兰大的湖畔公寓的猫,室友的虎纹花色的猫,阿拉斯加小木屋里的猫,几周前在家门口听我聊心事的猫,还有这星期看房子时房东家里那只爱趴在我脚下的猫。它们的样子各不相同,但它们都很喜欢围着我转,用脑袋蹭我的腿,让我用手抚摸它们的毛,甚至还会躺翻在地,把肚皮露出来打滚。

兴许我的前世也是一只猫,死光了九条命,投胎到今生成了人。如果我曾有九条命,那会是怎样的九次经历呢?
第一命,我是一只流浪猫。一生四处漂泊,辗转无数。最后我在一个喜欢的地方落脚,和一只喜欢的猫咪一起养了三只小猫。
第二命,我是一只慈爱坚强的母猫。为了给我的小猫打来足够的食物,我去人家里偷剩饭,不料被棍棒打中。我把食物带回给小猫,却没能撑过重伤,结束了生命。
第三命,我是一只猫霸。我统领了整片街区,建立了自己的集团,最后在和恶势力的斗争中壮烈地死去。
第四命,我是一只性格内敛的公猫。我爱上了自己的女主人,我们一起生活得很快乐。后来她有了自己的爱人,可是那个人对猫过敏。于是我为了他们的幸福,默默地离开了。
第五命,我是一只出生在收容所的猫。我曾有机会和想要领养猫咪的人见面,也曾期待着会被一个喜欢我的主人带走,然而我始终没有被领养。最后我生了病,死在了收容所。
第六命,我是一只选美猫,天生丽质难自弃。我得过猫咪选美届最高荣誉,后来被一个富翁养在一个大豪宅里。可是我不喜欢这样被关起来,于是我逃跑了,跑到一片山林里和一群野猫一起生活,终老。
第七命,我是一只野猫,被无良残忍的猫贩子抓去,他们把我卖给了一家野味餐馆。
第八命,我是一只生活在普通人家的猫。从我有记忆开始,我就和家里的小女孩一起长大。我陪她走过了幼年,童年,青少年。后来,女孩去了另外一个国家生活,我再也没有见到她。她是我全部的回忆,带着对她的思念,在一个飘雪的午后,我永远的闭上了眼睛。
第九命,我是一只一无所有的最不起眼的猫。在我生活的城区有一栋很大的玻璃房子,里面住了一只很美很高贵的白猫。我爱上了她。我每天都去那个房子那里,和她隔着玻璃说话。终于有一天,她走出了那栋玻璃房子,跑到了山林里,我就追随她去了山林里。

看吧,猫的一生也并不容易。如果有下辈子可以选择,我要不要做一只猫呢。

算了,还是先过好这辈子再说吧。

作者:漂流瓶
来源:https://www.douban.com/note/590605227/

Sherry Wu

A design thinker. And a mental health advocate.

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