Turn bad clients into challenging projects.

Posted on August 31, 2017 in Thoughts

There have been times when I was tasked to design something that didn’t fit my style and in some cases, I didn’t feel like doing. Saying no may always be an option, but not necessarily the best one. Surprisingly I discovered that by taking on these tasks, the feeling of satisfaction I got after completing them was 10 times better than doing designs within my comfort zone. However, the first couple of times this happened, I noticed the increased struggle of coming up with new ideas. A very stressful situation that I managed to overcome by shifting my mindset a bit.

Default apps for Siri.

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Thoughts

I wouldn’t call myself the biggest fan of digital assistants. I use Siri rarely and my interaction with the Google counterpart is usually just to prove my point that it understands my Greek accent much better. However, digital assistants are not the usual trend that time will wash away. Big companies invest a lot of time and money on them and once AI reaches a certain point, consumers will probably find digital assistants as useful as J.A.R.V.I.S. is for Tony Stark.

HyperDrive

Posted on December 14, 2016 in Gadgets, Thoughts

I’ve been an Apple fan for a very long time and I understand that when a product is as popular as the MacBook Pro, it becomes almost impossible to satisfy everyone 100%. But seriously though… Was it really THAT hard for the Apple geniuses to come up with something like this instead of the gazillion dongles sold separately? For a company that’s being praised for its amazing design choices, this dongle-everything trend feels like a temporary work around… and a quite expensive one!

DIY ideas for 2014.

Posted on December 29, 2013 in Thoughts

I’m a sucker for all sorts of DIY crafts and I admire people that come up with clever uses of various stuff. Therefore my daily Internet consumption contains sites filled with DIY ideas that I’d like to mimic at some point. So here are some of the best ideas I’ve found on the web and I’m planning on doing in the upcoming year.

Looking for the perfect laptop bag.

Posted on December 27, 2013 in Thoughts

Here I am again looking for a laptop bag. And believe me when I say, a good laptop bag is a real pain to find… especially if you’re as picky as I am! Even though there are plenty of choices, just a handful of them are worth looking. But the problem I’m facing is the outdated models that are floating all over the web. Once you Google a few keywords that describe your preference, the results will probably include some really nice bags. However, every time I think I found the right one, it’s probably a discontinued model or (even worse) it doesn’t get shipped internationally!

Look it’s Windows 8!

Posted on November 4, 2013 in Thoughts

Our era is literally based on marketing. There is a good chance that almost anything you decide to do or buy, is based on marketing. Someone was cleaver enough to find a way and plant you a seed for the need of a product and when you reached the point to buy that product, the brand decision was somehow already made. A good example of that could be a good movie. Once a movie hero captures your complete interest, you tend to want to do things like he does. So if the hero is holding the new Nokia and pretends that he is hacking through pentagon with a single tap, you have to get that Nokia too! As if you’re gonna be a hacker just by holding that particular brand.

Leaking marketing.

Posted on September 10, 2013 in Thoughts

Using Apple’s products for more than a decade, I can only say that I’m thrilled every time one of their keynotes is coming up or whenever they announce a new event just to introduce new products. One of the things that turned me into a true Apple fan, was the keynotes that Steve Jobs was presenting. Not only because of it’s unique keynote style, but also because of the hidden surprises he always had for us.

Looking back on old designs.

Posted on April 27, 2013 in Thoughts

Sometimes I can’t believe that it’s been 12 years since I created my very first website. To be more specific, it’s hard to wrap my head arround how much things have changed in the WWW. I remember my first steps on Dreamweaver, fighting with tables and trying to cut, crop and paste images from Photoshop to fit needs that HTML couldn’t produce – at least not in an easy way. But these days are gone now. HTML is more powerful and CSS really bridged the gap between what you see in Photoshop and what you can actually code.

Sometimes when my internet is down, I forgot that the rest of my computer still works.

#fact