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design employment • Re: Looking for I.D. work in Los Angeles

I currently work in ID in LA. There is a lot of work here. especially if you go as far south as Orange County. The corporate companies I can think of off the top of my head are Fox, Hurley, Oakley, La Jolla Group, Nike Lincessce Group, Auto Manufactures, Metal Militia, Safariland and most major golf companies. Just keep plugging away I am sure someone will need a junior designer soon.


Titanium clouds wreak havoc on "hot Jupiter" exoplanet's climate

Exoplanets are a constant source of surprise and wonder. The skies of HAT-P-7b are decorated with clouds made of ruby and sapphire, KELT-9b is hotter than most stars, and now astronomers have noticed something strange about a gas giant called WASP-19b. In the upper atmosphere of this “hot Jupiter” sits a layer of titanium oxide, which has flipped the usual atmospheric temperature structure on its head.

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5 Red Flags That You Made a Bad Hire

The interview process went well, and you were excited to bring on the new employee, but the person who showed up the first week doesn’t seem like the person you thought you hired. It’s possible that a candidate passes your screening process with flying colors and then lands with a thud when they take their desk, but how do you tell the difference between new-job jitters and red flags that you’ve made a mistake?

Start by discerning red flags from overt problems like dishonesty or illegal or immoral actions, says Shani Magosky, author of The Better Boss Blueprint. “Those aren’t red flags; they are more like baseball bats hitting you over the head, and thus require swift action or termination,” she says.

Less serious behaviors should be noted and handled immediately because they could be signs of something worse to come. Here are five red flags that may indicate you’ve made a hiring mistake:

1. They’re Looking For A Promotion—Now

While asking about career pathing during an interview is a fair question, it could be a red flag when a brand new employee inquires about the next growth opportunity, says Ian Caullay, director of employer relations at Oakland University’s School of Business Administration.

“Employers appreciate enthusiasm and a gung-ho attitude, but promotions are earned over time,” he says. “Employees need to take the time to get to know the culture, the work, and the people before plotting their next move.”

Asking about the career path could be a sign of naïveté, or it could be a red flag. “The person might have seen your job as an opportunity to get into the company and a stepping stone to something bigger,” says Caullay. “That could lead to turnover if they don’t have patience to wait.”

2. They Continually Ask For Help

It’s normal to allow for a learning curve about the specific work at hand, but an employee who doesn’t grasp their tasks within a reasonable amount of time could be raising a red flag.

In her role as a leadership consultant, Magosky has heard of senior managers who ask interns for help and hire outside consultants to do aspects of their job. “The behavior and performance are inconsistent with the experience presented in the hiring process and the expectation of the respective role,” she says. “It pretty quickly becomes obvious that this was a hiring mistake.”

3. They Talk About What They Will Do Rather Than Do It

Some new hires spend time talking about all of the things they’re going to do rather than rolling up their sleeves and getting to work, and that’s not a good sign, says Karson Humiston, founder and CEO of Vangst Talent, a recruiting firm that specializes in the cannabis industry. “The interview is over,” she says. “You’ve hired someone to do a job, not talk about doing it.”

This hesitation to get started could be a sign of being afraid to ask for help, especially when expectations are defined but aren’t being met. “This is certainly a red flag, however, the bigger red flag is if the new hire hasn’t reached out for support,” says Humiston. “A new hire who doesn’t meet expectations and doesn’t acknowledge they aren’t meeting expectations is an immediate red flag and a sign for future missed expectations.”

4. They’re Immediately Asking For Time Off

A new hire that starts work and then tells you about a preplanned vacation for the next month is a bad sign. “It shows dishonesty, since they already knew about the trip before accepting your offer,” says Humiston.

If someone is forthright in the interview process, it’s not usually a problem, adds Caullay. “Barring a true emergency, when people unload information at the time when they should be showing their worth and value and commitment, this could be a red flag,” he says.

5. They Spend Work Time On Their Phones Or Social Media

If your new hire is texting or checking social media within a week or two of being hired, consider it a red flag, says Caullay. “Even a seasoned pro takes the time to learn the new culture as well as their place on a team,” he says.

“If somebody is comfortable enough texting away on their phone or having Facebook up on their computer during the first week, this person is way too comfortable, spending time on the clock on activities outside of their work,” says Caullay. “This brings fear in my mind, heart, and head; what am I in store for six months down the road?” he asks.

What To Do About Red Flags

With any red flag, the behavior should be addressed immediately. “Stay on point about the specific issue so it’s not coming off as a personal attack,” says Caullay. “Start by asking, ‘What is your initial impression of the job thus far?’ Then share your initial observations. For example, ‘You expressed energy and excitement about this job; however, I’ve noticed you have Facebook up. Is there a problem?'”

Some red flags can be used as coaching moments. For example, if you have an overzealous employee who wants to move up the corporate ladder, take them aside and talk about the timeline around your company’s career path process. Spell out the milestones that an employee needs to reach to be eligible and considered for promotion, says Caullay.

And make sure you’ve set up your new hire for success. “We can’t expect new hires to be perfect,” says Magosky. “But we can expect them to be self-aware, open to feedback, and to put forth the good-faith efforts necessary to be successful in their role and within their organizations.”

Why Investors Are Getting Misty Over The Nebia Shower System

The water-saving luxury shower head, which went on sale in January, is one of Fast Company’s 2017 Innovation By Design honorees.

The Nebia Shower System is an honoree in the 2017 Innovation By Design Awards, Fast Company‘s annual celebration of the best ideas in design. See the rest of the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions here.

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general design discussion • The Human Aura

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Since ancient times we have seen images and paintings of diverse spiritual leaders crossways various traditions however one thing that is common amongst all of them is the halo that environs their head which is recognized as the Aura- energy arena. It not only surrounds just the head however also extends all round your body. This aura signifies your physical, emotional mental, as well as divine energies.

The aura is frequently seen a mix of fine colored frequencies wherever each color defines its own distinct nature plus characteristics. The shaking of this aura is actually fine and delicate so we need very fine tools to detect it otherwise may be we can use our inborn instinctive mechanism plus our latent psychic perspective to train ourselves not merely to see the aura however also to interpret the diverse colours and forms in the aura which can disclose us a lot of unspoken information

What Is the Human Aura?

The human aura is an area of subtle, glowing radiation adjacent us and spreading outer from our physical form. Auras are connected to the electromagnetic area of the body plus serve as a visual amount of our mental, expressive, physical plus spiritual states.

Everything that we do otherwise think touches the aura so it is typically in a state of flux, always changing, founded on our mental meanderings plus physical health. The aura is moreover affected by the energies of the atmosphere, the force fields of the world and the radio frequencies that interpenetrate all methods of a matter. The aura is an electric signature of who we are.

The Color of the Human Aura

The colors of the aura might glow and discharge with joy and energy as we keep a state of holiness in God. Or the colors might become dull, constructed and stultified once we are gloomy, while we allow ourselves to be unhappy when we criticize or see life as less than lovely.

Appreciation strengthens the aura as the heart originates a pink plus golden sun-like happiness. And at other times while we put ourselves down otherwise enter into the criticism of others, the size and happiness of our auras lessen. Holding imageries and ideas of ourselves as well as others as less than entire also impinges on our aptitude to send out auric areas of light energy that bless plus uplift.

Thoughts, Feelings, Diet as well as the Human Aura

Diet has an influence on the aura. But more prominently, what we take in with our eyes and ears and whatever we think affects the power and pattern of the aura. While we put our courtesy upon God and all that this period represents for us, the rotating of our chakras quickens and a resonance with the potentials of God starts to cleanse the aura plus expand it.

The Human Aura as well as the Chakras

The chakras are similar generating stations inside us. Alike to the mitochondria, those organelle control houses which reside inside each human cell, these places of light can be an excessive self-regenerating emphasis.

We can imagine our chakras every day. And as we emphasis on a precise chakra, we see its petals rotating and then quickening in perfect balance and equilibrium. We see the entire radiance of these seven main generating stations increasing and blessing ourselves as well as all those who drive within our range of influence.

The excellence of our prayers is reliant on the excellence of our heart, our awareness…and, so, our aura. If we wish to be of superior service and efficacy, if we wish to perform alchemical feats for the good of manhood, we must first go inside, self-assess as well as get in balance. We must appear to our chakras and wash them every day in the light of God. In order, their acceleration will make a rise and expansion in an awareness that is transformational.

The entirety of who we are is transmission to the world over the aura that discharges out from us, even though maximum persons do not see this aurora borealis-similar light show around themselves and others. And if we wish to upsurge the beauty, intensity as well as a size of our aura, it will definitely occur as we emphasize more and more on all that is optimistic, kind, considerate, forgiving, and just as well as loving.
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projects • Re: Newly Released Work (All Product Types)

Hey guys,

Super excited to finally share CRAFT, Logitech’s new flagship keyboard.
I’ve been the ID for this one from start to finish so it’s pretty awesome to see it being announced.
It’s the first time that we are doing a metal part this big on any of our core products so it’s been a pretty wild journey for us with many trips to suppliers and lots of discussions to convince the business to invest in design.

We made a pretty sweet video with Pawel Nolbert, an awesome visual artist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sLrs1liqgA

Head over to http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/craft to find out more.

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Your Car Should Be Safer Before It Becomes Autonomous

Trends in auto safety are moving in the wrong direction. The number of traffic deaths in the United States over the past two years has increased by 14%,  according to the National Safety Council, the largest jump in nearly a half century. More than 40,000 people died on our roads last year alone, the most since 2007. And another 4.6 million were seriously injured, a 7% increase from 2015.

The financial implications are staggering as well. The NSC estimates that motor vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage cost more than $432 billion in the U.S., a 12% increase from 2015.

So what are automakers and technology companies doing about this problem? Investing billions of dollars—but not primarily on new safety upgrades that could be deployed in your next vehicle. Instead, that money is being funneled into building the driverless and autonomous vehicles of the future. In the rush to achieve fully autonomous driving, it appears we may be shorting advances in near-term technology development, says Bryan Reimer, research scientist in the MIT’s AgeLab and the associate director of the New England University Transportation Center at MIT. He is concerned that a significant investment in autonomy is presenting a barrier to more incremental increases in safety, during the transition from driven to driverless.

“With every investment comes a cost; there is just so much money in any one pot,” Reimer says. “What is the cost of focusing on autonomy rather increased investment in human centered driver aids, also known as advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), that can help us today?”

[Photo: Flickr user Nicholas Blumhardt]

It’s not clear how much is being spent on innovations in autonomy compared to other more evolutionary driver assists, such as emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping, blind spot monitoring, and cross-traffic alert, because manufacturers don’t share those figures, says senior analyst for Navigant Research Sam Abuelsamid. But he estimates that only 10% to 15% of what the auto industry is spending on developing AVs is going into driver assists. The automakers we contacted would not comment on the percentage of funds spent on advanced safety features versus autonomy, but none denied the analysts’ evaluation.

Abuelsamid says that despite the funding shifts, there has been progress in the spread of safety features and driver aids. “Automakers have been making the systems significantly more affordable over the last few years,” he said. Take the 2018 Toyota Camry: “Features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping, blind spot monitoring, and emergency braking will all be standard equipment,” says Abuelsamid. “And most of the big automakers are following this path.”

Reimer contends—and the fatality statistics back him up—that still more needs to be done.

One technology that could use more development is driver monitoring. While cars are certainly getting better at seeing and understanding everything around them, they are still relatively blind to the condition of the driver, the key element in a limited self-driving system where a human is still expected to supervise and take-over as needed. Cameras and other technologies need to monitor drivers’ attention, behaviors, and cognitive load and determine whether the person can take control of the vehicle. Though most first-to-market solutions are likely to focus on tracking the eyes, zooming out to observe the entire face, head, and body position would produce a more accurate assessment of a driver’s state of awareness and overall capabilities to manage the moment-to-moment responsibilities of safe driving.

The same technology can be extended to improve the vehicle’s human-machine interface, or HMI, which is a vital component of avoiding driver distraction. It should be able to adapt in real time to help limit the amount of information being forced upon the driver. For example, when the driver looks at the instrument cluster, key information sources can light up, while everything else in the dash dims and fades into the background. Phone calls and messaging can be suppressed (even for just a few seconds) if a driver lacks scene awareness.

“The goal is to choreograph the flow of data at the right time and in the right position, to eliminate confusion and simplify how [the driver] interacts with the machine,” explains Reimer. “We need to tune out [the information] that isn’t necessary and increase the [salience] of that which is necessary at the critical moments. Just because we have access to all of this information doesn’t mean we need to highlight it all at once. If information is controlled more effectively, it can make the act of driving more pleasant, more rewarding.”

As of this writing, none of these technologies is being fast-tracked for usage in upcoming car models. And while some of these technologies will dovetail with the needs of driverless or semi-autonomous driving, others would be rendered obsolete. The question is, when is that going to happen?

“The complexities of full autonomous development remain significant, and we still have no idea whether driverless will become a more widely spread solution in the short-term (5 to 10 years) or one that will take many decades to take hold,” says MIT’s Reimer.

[Photo: Flickr user Murat Livaneli]

If the hype is true, and autonomous cars are on the road within the decade, Reimer’s concerns will be moot, as the short-term financial investment will have worked. U.S. consulting firm McKinsey & Company says that we could reduce deaths by at least 90% by taking human emotions and errors out of the driving equation. That means AVs could save nearly 400,000 lives during the first 10 years of their deployment, based on the 2016 figures, and around $4.3 trillion in healthcare, property damage, and other costs. Autonomous cars will not only eliminate the three dastardly D’s of driving (distracted, drowsy, drunk) but provide motorists with a tranquil, safe environment in which to travel under normal conditions as well.

It’s easy to see why investors, automakers, and technologists could be somewhat blinded by the potential safety benefits of the automated revolution, and fail to see some of the harsh realities that we need to be addressing in parallel so that drivers are safe during the transition from driven to driverless.

“I hope that the industry as a whole can begin to realistically consider the speed at which AVs will come to market and strike a balance between investing in the short and long term,” says Reimer. “It is clear that safety on the nation’s roads is in question, necessitating a review of investments to double down on what is working and innovate where needed.”

These Are The 4 Emotional Intelligence Job Skills You’ll Need In The Future

All the data suggesting that coding is rapidly becoming an essential skill for any job–not just one in tech–only tells one side of the story.

The other side indicates that soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, attention to detail, and writing proficiency top the list of what hiring managers find missing from job seekers’ personal tool kits. But according to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, one the job skills that will make a candidate competitive in the job market of the future is emotional intelligence. The WEF predicts it will be among the top ten in 2020.

How emotionally intelligent are you now? There are several ways to test it (including one that’s so accurate it’s creepy). The good news is that even if you’re a bit deficient on some traits, emotional intelligence can be improved. Here are some suggestions on boosting your EQ right away.

Improve Your Listening Skills

Most people are by nature bad listeners. People spend 60% of their conversations talking about themselves, according to the Harvard University Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab. And when others are talking, we’re busy trying to craft a response so that we’re not really listening.

Learning to be a better listener is a matter of doing a few simple things. One is simply to take a pause after the person is done speaking and then think of a response. Another is to paraphrase what you think you heard to make sure you are really paying attention.

Read More: Six Habits Of Good Listeners 

Manage Stress More Effectively

It’s tough not to blow your stack when annoying coworkers or a demanding boss are getting on your last nerve.  But emotionally intelligent people understand that it’s important to de-escalate anxiety whenever possible.

You can do this by relinquishing some control and admitting you need some extra help. There are no brownie points for heroic handling of projects if it causes you to burn out. Keeping a cool head while critical mass is being reached will get you noticed and may put you in line for a promotion.

Read More:  7 Steps To Take When Your Work Stress Gets Too Much To Handle

Give Good Feedback

Emotionally intelligent people are excellent communicators and giving quality feedback is part of that skill–even if it’s negative.

Checking yourself before you start spouting any specious commentary can increase the chance that your feedback will be most constructive. For that, it helps to channel the words of 13th century mystic Sufi who wrote:

“Before you speak, let your words pass through these three gates: At the first gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it true?’ At the second gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it necessary?’ At the third gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it kind?'”

If your suggestion doesn’t check all those boxes, best to keep it to yourself until you’ve had some more time to process.

Read More: To Give Better Feedback, Follow This Ancient Advice 

Evaluate Your Empathy

An empath is aware of others’ feelings and takes them into consideration when they’re working with them. It doesn’t mean they’re a pushover who lets others do as they will in order to be well-liked. They just know how their words and actions will affect individuals and teams.

Becoming more empathetic starts with being curious about where other people are coming from. You can also try putting yourself in a colleague’s shoes, especially if they are angry or upset. Try to understand their motivations, even if you don’t agree. And share your own thoughts and feelings. Nothing builds trust faster than being open yourself.


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If you’re able to show that you can manage your emotions (especially when everyone else is losing their cool), collaborate with a variety of people, listen well, and offer constructive feedback, you’ll be way ahead of the curve come annual review time. And you may even find an open path to your dream job in the coming years.

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How Houston Can Become More Resilient To Future Floods

The devastating flood in Houston may be called a “1,000-year flood,” meaning it supposedly has a 1-in-1,000 chance of happening in a given year. But parts of Harris County reached 1,000-year flood levels in another storm in 2016; other parts of the county experienced a “500-year flood.” Another 500-year flood happened in 2015. If you’re 28 and have always lived in Houston, you may have experienced eight “100-year” floods so far in your life.

Smaller but still damaging floods are even more frequent. Some amount of flooding is unavoidable in the low-lying city. But urban planners and designers say future storms that are likely to continue to become more common and more intense because of climate change, and that Houston–and any city with a risk of flooding–has a choice: It can continue dealing with catastrophic flooding or accept that they floods will continue and redesign so that it is resilient to them. The city could both to make future floods less damaging, and to become better able to rebound when floods do happen.

One step the city and county can take is creating new green infrastructure (and protecting the amount that already exists) that can soak up excess rain. The lowest, most vulnerable areas, some argue, shouldn’t be used for housing or other development. “Those should be green spaces,” says Philip Berke, a landscape architecture and urban planning professor at Texas A&M University. “You shouldn’t allow development in those.”

“One of the findings that is most robust in the disaster literature is that low-income families and families of color will receive a greater degree of damage to begin with.” [Photo: Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images]

In some cases, as the city recovers from the current floods, it might decide not to rebuild certain areas, perhaps creating parks designed to contain flood waters there instead. In one area in North Houston where a 2016 storm caused particular damage, the city is planning to buy out two low-income apartment complexes so residents can move and the area can be used as a flood basin that doubles as a park.

That plan, in place before Tropical Storm Harvey, is unusual–for years, officials have supported development in low-lying areas because construction has been an engine of economic growth. But it’s also an example of how the city could help particularly vulnerable people: The poorer you are, the more likely you are to suffer damage in a flood, both because cheap housing is more likely to be in a floodplain and because the houses are less likely to be elevated as much as necessary. (Low-income families also struggle to afford insurance coverage or to get payouts when they have it, as adjusters often argue that it’s difficult to determine whether damage came from the disaster or deferred maintenance.)

“One of the findings that is most robust in the disaster literature is that low-income families and families of color will receive a greater degree of damage to begin with,” says Shannon Van Zandt, interim department head of the landscape architecture and urban planning department at Texas A&M. Recovery can take two to four times longer for low-income families or families of color than for other households.

While the city is unlikely to buy up all of the lowest-lying areas, it can build more resilient infrastructure into those neighborhoods–“pervious” pavement that can soak up rain, for example, or bioswales along roads and sidewalks designed to store water. Traditional infrastructure, like drainage pipes that are too small to handle heavy storms, also needs upgrading.

The region could also choose to limit new development in dwindling wetlands and prairies near Houston, which play a critical role in mitigating floods.

“There is still undeveloped land in the western portions of many of our watersheds, and these undeveloped areas contain wetlands and have the capacity to hold large amounts of storm water, with that amount potentially increased with selective use of levees,” Jim Blackburn, co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disaster Center at Rice University, writes in a prepared statement shared with Fast Company. “The purchase and set aside of these undeveloped tracts must be part of the long-term protection of the Greater Houston region.”

It costs around $500,000 to $1,000,000 an acre to buy out a flood-prone subdivision, Blackburn says. But undeveloped land, even if valuable, can be 10 times cheaper to acquire and then protect. “We don’t need to re-engineer what nature has given us,” he says. “We simply need to find ways to keep it natural and pay the landowners a fair price for the ‘service’ that their lands either are doing or could do for our region.”

Over the past few decades, around three-quarters of those natural areas have been developed, leaving water that could have been absorbed to flow into Houston.

The more development has occured, the larger the floodplain has grown. A floodplain–an area more prone to flooding, typically on low-lying land near water–can expand when development covers areas that would have previously absorbed water. “Part of the issue with Houston is that we don’t really know where the floodplain is right now,” says Van Zandt. Up to 40% of flood claims, she says, have come from outside the floodplain as it’s currently mapped.

If most or all of the city is at risk, designing buildings in the right way is also important. The architecture firm Perkins + Will, which has an office in Houston among its global locations (as far as the company knows, the office is okay, though because roads are impassable no staff have been able to go to work), has a resilience lab that studies how to make buildings and communities more resilient to risks from climate change, including flooding. It also uses a custom rating system to evaluate the resilience of its designs.

At a hospital under construction now in Corpus Christi, a city which was also struck by Harvey, the architects designed oversized roof drains, space for food and water storage for four days, emergency generators that can provide power for five days, hurricane-resistant exterior materials, and other features meant to be resilient in storms. The hospital is also located in a 500-year floodplain; typically, architects design to a 100-year floodplain standard, which made sense historically when risks were lower.

The architects also try to include features in each design to soak up rainwater, such as green roofs and rain gardens. They say the features don’t create much added cost, but if deployed at scale throughout cities like Houston, could make a measurable difference in flooding. They aren’t widely used yet. “I think it would help if there were incentives here locally for developers and owners to implement these strategies in their buildings,” says Cindy Villarreal, who works in the firm’s Houston office.

The city has done some work in flood prevention, designed to keep the water out: The Army Corps of Engineers began work in 2016 to repair two dams north of the city that are rated extremely high risk. Houston has already spent money “re-engineering” the city’s bayous, digging out soil to increase their capacity to hold water (the process is controversial). The region is also considering a massive coastal barrier, the Ike Dike, to protect from storm surges. But many argue that along with investments in more traditional engineering, the area also needs a better approach to land use planning and green infrastructure–and an acknowledgement that the water is coming, no matter what efforts the city undertakes.

“[Houston’s] approach is structural: We’re going to build our way out of it,” says Berke. “We’re going to widen and deepen the bayous, and spend billions doing it. But let them build wherever they want.” Instead, he says, the city should be more proactive in identifying where development should happen, build up green infrastructure, and consider more creative approaches to water storage, like the water-storing parks and parking garages used in cities like Rotterdam.

Residents also need better data–including the real risk that their home will flood as the climate changes–so they can make choices when buying a home or moving elsewhere. “We need better information about what our rainfall future holds for us, and we need to be honest about it,” says Blackburn. “The floodplain maps for the county should be redrawn with new and realistic rainfall amounts.”

Local officials also have to stop denying the climate change is happening and worsening storms. (In a ProPublica article in 2016, Mike Talbott, who was head of Houston’s flood control district for 35 years, said that he didn’t think floods were the “new normal.”)

“State and local governmental employees are afraid to even mention climate change because of the politics–because of fear of losing their jobs,” says Blackburn. “Well, the politics need to be damned if they refuse to recognize a key element of protecting our citizens from current and future flood problems.”