Dang! It's been a year

A Journey of Design, Inspiration, and You!

Dang! It's been a year

Thoughts
John B Johnson
Sarah Cantor
Jake Lawall
Ella Choi
Seyi Owolawi
Arthur Shulsky
Jane Lee
a small studio
By 
March 6, 2024

Can you believe it's been a year since we first chimed in with Ding!? Time flies when you're having fun—and, we had a lot of that exploring the beautiful worlds of design and identity together.

Remember our dive into the Remixing Nature of Creativity, where we learned that the most original ideas often spring from unexpected combinations? Or how we stumbled upon the magic of Serendipity and how embracing the unexpected can lead to design gold? We even dared to fight the bland with a product of our Just Because Week- Wunderbread, reminding everyone that design can move minds(or at least elevate your everyday experience and feelings).

But Ding! was and will always be about small, but intentional big-picture thinking with people at the center. We celebrated the power of small wins in The Value of Celebrating, explored the intricacies of typography in Just My Type, and championed the cause of Design for Good. We even prepped you for the mobile-first world with a gentle nudge to Think Mobile.

We didn't stop there; we opened up (as always)with Vulnerable Brilliance, explored the marathon (not sprint) nature of creativity in My Creative Marathon, and tackled the elusive concept of Creative Fluency. And also reminded you why we dare to Bring Peace to the world, one design project at a time.

Leadership got a design makeover from us in Designed to Lead, we reminisced about the joy of saving inspiration in I Saved It. Took the fear out of Type Design and offered tips for building Killer Folios to showcase your design prowess while we planned Designers are Scary!

Of course, it wouldn't be a complete year without a Love Letter to Design (because, let's face it, we're all hopelessly smitten). We championed the importance of Accessible Design and the power of Active Listening in the design process. Explored the challenges and triumphs of Remote Collaboration and reminded you that Anyone Can Be a Mentor.

It is all such a thrill, because we delved into the Competitive Mindset and the importance of resetting with Take a Breather. We explored the Harmony at the heart of great design stories and the power of ROI by Design. Deliberated on the need for Branding on Purpose and the Competitive Advantage of empathy( which we will never compromise on).

Pondered the future with a piece on Identity over Data and Small on AI, acknowledging the ever-evolving design landscape. We celebrated the Winning Mix of diversity and the importance of Building Trust. Emphasized the value of Design Systems and explored the possibilities of the Creative Assist(we all need a lot of those).

We took a trip To the Clouds (because the future is driven by purpose and momentum), and encouraged you to Find Your Vibe and to Stay Peachy amidst the design hustle. Offered a peek into the designer's brain with The Creative Operating System and helped you navigate the decision-making process with Hiring an In-House Designer.

Finally, we ended on a high note, expressing our Love for you, our amazing reader, and acknowledged the Founder's Dilemma (because we empathize deeply with our partners). We then explored the power of a well-chosen name in What's in a Name?, because it is the first word of your story.

Phew! It's been quite a ride!

But this is just the beginning. We're more excited than ever to keep exploring the ever-evolving world of identity and design with you. We've got new ideas brewing and can't wait to share them with you.

So, stay in the zone with us, because Ding! Promises to be even more informative, inspiring, and whimsical.

Thank you for being a part of our journey. We wouldn't be here without your eyes on these words.


Here's to another year of using our gifts together, to Bring Peace


With love and creativity ✨,

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