ANNA PENG

Fortunate

The very fact that you’re reading this sentence means you’ve got a high-tech device in your hands, a decent internet connection that brings you access to the world, and a closed environment that’s relatively safe and comfortable. 

Are we lucky? 

There’s also a high chance that if you’re reading this, your parents are the ones who provided you the home you’re living in, the nice laptop you do your work on, or the phone where you get to keep connected with. 

The reality is that we’re an incredibly fortunate cluster of people with a great sense of creativity, of which we get to keep and use whenever we feel like it. 

Some will value creativity more than others, but your job is to use it liberally. 


You Will be Fine

Any failing grades, friends lost, rainy days, missed deadlines, arguments, spilled food, sports team tryouts, awkward presentations, burnt egos, broken promises, injuries, accidents, mistakes, failures are a part of keeping it all intact.

We’re all capable of finding our way regardless of circumstance. 


It’s Laundry Day

Laundry,

Cooking,

Cleaning,

Showering,

Grocery shopping.

These are a few things that force us to become better designers. 

Even on days when you have to do laundry, you are a designer. It’s the same with cooking, taking a shower, cleaning your room, or going grocery shopping. Doing home chores and other essential living activities make us human and keep us grounded. 

Just because you’re not on the Adobe suite, doesn’t mean that you’re not at work digesting and fermenting everything going on in your head. 

Laundry days present to us a period of intermission where we can take our minds off of projects so that we can come back with more dots connected.


If you’re a designer, laundry days are mandatory because it keeps us sensitive to the needs of other people. It will be the reason why other people will resonate with your work.

Do the laundry, do the cooking, do the dusting, the cleaning, and the much needed pleasures of everyday life, because it’s an empathy exercise that helps us understand the pains and gains of simply living in a modern world, thus helping us become better designers. 

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