I’m not sure how to introduce myself. Typically, I will say that I am a programmer/designer, but that is like a writer introducing themselves as a pencil/eraser; programming is simply a tool with which I use to pursue my projects, and design a necessity to innovate on ideas.
I have more projects than I can count. From a face-detection musical instrument, to an ambigram font with which you can ‘shift’ your perception between reading one word or the other, or experiments in generative design where I tried to teach the computer to design business cards.
I’m currently building a language learning app, trying to start a video series about cities/psychology, and desiging an online platform for communal learning. Contrary to appearances, all three of these projects stem from three ‘pillars’ of interest: the mind, city, and education. These interests also form the longer-term goals which I am interested in exploring further:
Mind : I want to explore how the mind works and develop tools to think and learn more effectively.
- How can I use existing mnemonic techniques or invent new ones to remember more effectively?
- Hammers are one of many tools to manipulate physical matter, but what tools could exist in our mental toolbox to manipulate thoughts or ideas?
City : I want to imagine and build the cities of the future.
- How can cities be better designed to foster community and participation?
- In what ways do cities affect us psychologically?
Education : I want to create new mediums, platforms, or opportunities for learning.
- Instead of how MOOCs try to replicate university lectures but at a collosal and impersonal scale, how can we make online education more personal and niche to individual interests? The internet is a perfect platform to connect small groups of motivated people around a common interest or niche area of study.
- Are there ways to improve on the design of forums or video calls to create more comfortable online spaces for learning and collaboration?
These questions branching off the three pillars are a small sample of the ideas which I am trying to think about and answer through various projects and writing. I hope to work on some blog essays or videos soon to make some of my ideas and thought processes more public and become part of a wider discussion.
Surprised myself recently by listening to, and mostly understanding, an entire podcast in French. While most of my focus in language learning recently has been towards Mandarin and Spanish, it feels that - paradoxically - my understanding of French is improving even while I build structures of other languages in my mind!
After redesigning my personal website a few months ago, I want to get into the habit of writing more about what I’m learning or thinking about. It’s all very much a work-in-progress, but I’ve also created a placeholder learning page - there’s nothing there yet, but I hope to have it list some of the topics I’m interested in or actively thinking/learning about along with links to resources or pages I have written on those topics.