I reckon, first and foremost, take good care to yourself and your family. Health is the most important ingredient of your life, so treasure it.
- It’s quite an eye-opening trip to Tokyo as it is my first DIY trip to Japan and the last trip to Japan is ages ago. From the trip, I found that 99% of the Japanese are using Clam-shell style mobile phones (J-Phone, FOMA, DoCoMo) and most of them have a camera on it. They use the phone to browse web pages (yes, SMS is too low tech to Japanese) and to take photos. After that 7 days, I am pretty convinced that my next phone will not be a Nokia.
- The other things you will be amazed is how they can improve everything they produced. Just a short visit to Tokyo Hands (Department Store) and I found numerous products that are simply an old idea but with a little enhancement – it then make the “new” products a lot useful. It is a proof that they make everything one step further, even before the consumer think about it. It reminds me the great quote by Henry Ford – “If I had asked customers what they wanted they would have said a faster horse.“.
- And lastly, I was deeply impressed by their service attitude. An attitude to provide good and quality service, but not because for the tips and compliments. We have a long long way to go.
- 50 years ago, Menga (animation) master Tezuka Osamu created the character Astro Boy and predicted that he will born on 7th April 2003. If you are a fan of Astro Boy, surf around the net around that week.
- 10 years ago, Wired magazine was published. Are you a fan of the magazine ? Yes I am and I still think it is a must read for most of us. Get the anniversary edition if you can.
You see things and say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw
Yes, why not ?
I finished one book during the Tokyo trip and it was a very good read. If you like coffee and dreaming of setting up one coffee shop, check it out. It’s the best book about coffee business since “Pour your heart out“.
- Anyone can do it – Sahar & Bobby Hashemi
The book I am currently reading is The elements of user experience – and I suggest all designer shall read it.