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Infinite Spirals

infinite spiral computational art by Ballio Chan

Experimentation in drawbot generated vector and after effects motion.

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Belém, Portugal

I had the pleasure to explore Belém with my teammate, Cristel, today. The MAAT is quite interesting with art that provokes the future. Not to mention its exquisite architecture.

Also nearby, the original pastel de nata is the BEST I’ve ever had. Even though I’m still partial to the ones in Hong Kong and Macau. 😋

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On growing my intuition

Change (growth) is the only constant. A post I’ve written on a piece of my design journey.

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Calder Flying

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The Making of SNL

I love Saturday Night Live.

They’ve been killing it in the past few seasons. This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the real-time stressfulness in making the live show:

Did you watch Papyrus????? 🤣 I think non-designers would appreciate it too.

First video found via Uncrate.

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WordCamp Austin

Featuring Madhatter!

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Automattic GM 2017 at Whistler, BC

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What’s Your Freedom?

I wrote about how freedom is embedded within Automattic, where I work. Would love you to share what freedom is to you.

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“We don’t make software for free, we make it for freedom.”

The idea of freedom rings true to Automattic’s roots. Our CEO, Matt Mullenweg, blogged about the four software freedoms back in 2014. In fact, this concept of freedom is so important you’ve probably spotted it on our homepage.

We’ve been exploring how the concept of freedom can connect our product with customers through marketing. So you can say, I have freedom on my mind!

In the process of researching the concept, we have found freedom as an universal idea that has transpired in many forms of expressions – books, poems, and songs:

Freedom by George Michael:

Redemption Song (Songs for Freedom) by Bob Marley:

Freedom by Pharrell Williams:

This is all very relevant to Automattic’s mission of democratizing publishing. Everyone is free to communicate and express themselves using our software. But as we evolve, what other…

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Creative Campaign for Detroit Small Businesses

Wrote a piece on my experience working on the WordPress.com Detroit small businesses campaign. Enjoy!

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WordPress.com has recently launched our very first TV commercials – telling the stories of small businesses in Detroit. The spots document our journey during the Detroit Hackathon we’ve held with Rebrand Cities to partner with local small businesses to work on their websites. It was an invaluable opportunity for the Automattic team to learn about their daily challenges and successes.

We had the opportunity to collaborate with our filmmaking partners, Culture of Creativity (C8), and produce a series of videos for broadcast and digital mediums. You can read more about them in our recent interview on design.blog.

Watch Kay’s story (:30)

With a condensed timeline, an all remote team and an external partner, communication was key. Both parties kept in close contact via our P2-themed blog, and the occasional Zoom calls, which made the whole creative development process transparent and easily searchable. It also allowed our global team…

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Why does Microsoft have to buy…

Why does Microsoft have to buy Twitter? Way to mess up another great product…