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For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

내가 확신하노니 사망이나 생명이나 천사들이나 권세자들이나 현재 일이나 장래 일이나 능력이나 높음이나 기픔이나 다른 어떤 피조물이라도 우리를 우리 주 그리스도 예수 안에 있는 하나님의 사랑에서 끊을수 없으리라.

Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)

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Thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, and whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
but also in him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.

지극히 존귀하며 영원히 거하시며 거룩하다 이름하는 이가 이와 같이 말하시되
내가 높고 거룩한 곳에 있으며 또한 통회하고 마음이 겸손한 자와
함께 있나니 이는 겸손한 자의 영을 소생시키며
통회하는 자의 마음을 소생시키려 함이라

Isaiah 57:15

I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few of the design blogs and websites that I’ve been frequently. I hope you guys are as inspired as I am. If you have any to share with me, please comment!

Digital/Web/UX
http://designmodo.com
http://bestaboutpages.com
http://www.siteinspire.com
http://uxarchive.com

Photography
http://photo.repponen.com
http://www.griottes.fr
http://roostblog.com

Assorted (Print, Web, Other)
http://designspiration.net
http://lovelypackage.com
http://weandthecolor.com
http://www.fubiz.net

The other day someone at work asked if I could lead a staff training on “diversity in design.” When using photographs of people in design, you have to be very purposeful about the diversity of your subjects. To many of us it seems like no big deal, but as an Asian-American I can tell you that it does not go unnoticed when your photos lack diversity. But that much I could tell you right off the bat, and I wasn’t really sure how to fill an entire training on that subject.

So I did a quick google search of “diversity in design.” Interestingly enough, what I found was that most of the results pointed to a different issue that intrigued me more: the racial diversity of designers themselves.

A quick survey of some of the country’s top design agencies, schools, and design communities will show you that the field is predominantly white. It is also not hard to find Asian designers, especially in schools, but the number of black and hispanic designers is very very low (a top ad agency in New York, Pentagram, recently added one black designer named Eddie Opara to their staff)

To me, that says something about the overall stigma of the “designer” and the opportunities available to black and hispanic youth. I know that there are some programs out there, like Youth Design in Boston, dedicated to this issue specifically, by providing design resources and education to urban youth. I also know that certain chapters of AIGA also have active diversity initiatives that seek to promote diversity in the field, and I think this is great.

I am inspired to explore this opportunity for diversity in design. I think I would be interested in joining a design mentorship program of some sort, or in the distant future heading up a collaborative program that connects design students with young urban designers in the community.

More to come (hopefully) as these ideas evolve.

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Links:
Diversity in Graphic Design
White Space: Examining Racial Diversity in the Design Industry

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I’ve been reminded recently that I really don’t have enough of the Word of God in my heart. So last week I committed to memory 5 verses, and I wanted to write them down somewhere so I wouldn’t forget what I worked on.

Monday
“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him — this is your spiritual act of worship.”
“그러므로 형제들아, 내가 하나님의 모든 자비하심으로 권하노니, 너희 몸을 하나님이 기뻐하시는 거룩한 산 제사로드리라. 이는 너희 드릴 영적 예배니라.”
– Romans 12:1

Tuesday
“Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
“자기가 시험 받아 고난을 당하셨은즉, 시험받는 자들을 능히 도우시느니라”
Hebrews 2:18

Wednesday
“For Christ died for sins, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.”
“그리스도께서도 한 번 죄를 위하여 죽으사, 의인으로서 불의한 자를 대신하셨으니, 이는 우리를 하나님 앞으로 인도하려 하심이라. 육체로는 죽임을 당하시고, 영으로는 살리심을 받으셨으니.”
1 Peter 3:18

Thursday
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
“그러므로 내 사랑하는 형제들아, 견고하며 흔들리지 말며 항상 주의 일에 더욱 힘쓰는 자들이 되라, 이는 너휘 수고가 주 안에서 헛되지 않을 줄 앎이니라.”
1 Corinthians 15:58

Friday
“I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”
“내가 복음을 부끄러워하지 아니하노니, 이 복음은 모든 믿는 자에게 구원을 주시는 하나님의 능력이 됨이라. 첫째는 유대인에게요 또한 헬라인에게로다.”
Romans 1:16

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I thought this illustration deserved a quick blog post. Last year, I took an Intro to Illustration course out of a desire to develop my craft and immerse myself in a new creative environment (The course did not offer any credit, unfortunately :/). Admittedly, I was somewhat disappointed because I was expecting to learn specific drawing techniques, but the course was focused more on the process of illustration from idea to execution. One of the lessons I’m proud to have learned is to appreciate illustration in all forms. There was a part of me that had always felt that “true” illustration had to be hand drawn from start to finish, and I do think that in the design community there is a bit of pride associated with fully hand-drawn artwork.

While I fully appreciate the meticulousness and skill that goes into a fully hand-drawn artwork, through this course I found a new personal freedom of expression that allowed me to create this piece you see here. It is a mix of hand-drawn icons,  digitally-generated icons, and digital texture and lighting effects. I think the result is a really compelling artwork that meshes that illustrated look with a pop of realism (by the way, I am a BIG fan of this kind of stuff: http://colinhesterly.com)

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On a side note, I think I’m due for a professional rebranding of my identity. I can feel my tastes moving towards this intersection between straight-edged, Swiss-inspired design and something more expressive and tangible. Stay tuned, world…