Cactáceas.

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Up 🌵

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Green Isolation.

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"The craftsman is proud of what he has made, and cherishes it, while the consumer discards things that are perfectly serviceable in his restless pursuit of the new"
—  Richard Sennett, The Culture of the new Capitalism

I’ve been meaning to write so many things for this whole year. I guess it wasn’t a matter of time that I didn’t, but more of priorities. I’d rather be doing things that seemed relevant at the moment, than spending some time writing, but now I’m sorry that I didn’t documented my thoughts at least on this blog, it would be nice to look back and read all the great things that have happened this year.

Today I realized it’s never too late, so here I am, writing about this particular month and the changes that come with it.

A weekend ago was my last MBI course.

For the past two years I have been studying a masters degree in Business Innovation, it’s similar to an MBA, but with a design-thinking and innovation approach. I’m ecstatic of having finished it, and also very surprised to see how fast the time went by. It’s crazy for me because I wasn’t really planning on studying any kind of master, I just wanted to keep working and save some money after some tough years paying for college, but I was able to keep a 50% of scholarship (the maximum they give) and since the courses were on weekends, I was able to work, so I decided to give it a try. I could drop out any time if things got complicated, but I’m glad I didn’t, it has been one of the best things in my life so far. I want to write about all the things I learned there and how they changed me, but I think that deserves an entire new post.

This is going to be my last week working at Face.

Face has been my home for the last 4 years. I started working here part-time while also attending college and became a full-time designer when I graduated. I’ve grown so close to my coworkers in all these years, just spending almost every day together, getting to know each other and learning a lot. It’s safe to say that I learned more here in a couple of years than what I learned on those 4 1/2 years at design school; I owe my design skills to this studio. I love everything about the boutique-studio lifestyle, the amazing team, the close-knit community, the networking, and the quality of the work. It has been very rewarding to see my work featured on awesome blogs around the world, and I don’t think I could have experienced that by working at a big agency (or freelancing while being this young and in this city). I am going to miss this like crazy, but I have to take the next step on my professional growth and meet new people, learn new skills and live different environments.

I’m going to work as a Design Strategist at Idea Couture (Latinamerica)

As of the first week of September I’m starting a new phase in my life at a new workplace: Idea Couture. This adds to my set of changes: recently graduated, new work, new coworkers, new responsibilities. For as much as I love being just a graphic designer, I have this need to do more, to grow, to learn, I need new challenges, and a place where I can put into practice all I learned on my masters, I want to solve problems through innovation and other design-thinking practices.

I don’t have a specific plan for the future, I just have a general idea of where I would like to be in some years from now, and I feel these changes are getting me one step closer to where I want to be. Letting go of my almost-routine-like lifestyle will surely be hard and I can’t even imagine how much I’m going to miss my “work family”, but this just feels like the best moment to leave. Let’s see where these new life changes take me to.

One of my favorite quotes ever.

On P Magazine.

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Herman Miller’s Magazine Advertisement in 1949

(Fuente: hermanmiller.com)

"Reading for pleasure was largely extinguished by four generations of not-very-good teaching philosophies. By treating a book as homework and a punishment, we’ve raised people to not look forward to reading. There’s no real ebook piracy problem because most people don’t think books are worth stealing."
— Seth Godin

(Fuente: sethgodin.typepad.com)