As we sweep away the confetti and pour the first Monday cup of coffee, combing through all the accumulated unread emails and holiday e-cards, let’s take a minute to focus all this kinetic energy toward the blank slate ahead and all its twinkling promise.

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There’s a quote that circulates the design sphere that dates back to the 1700s when the Shaker community (a small religious group founded in 18th century England) were inventing small, simple, and durable furniture, along with the circular saw, the washing machine, and the flat broom. I’ve carried this quote with me as my own personal career, design, and lifestyle philosophy, but to be honest, I haven’t always adhered to it. That is, until 2015, which certainly felt like a year-long Spring cleaning of my closets (thanks, KonMari!) and social life (un-friending can be a cleansing ritual in itself, try it!).  So when it came to the annual regrouping and prioritizing what kinds of work I want to make in 2016, I went back to the moleskins of my college years and found the Shaker philosophy, which rang especially poignant after the lessons we learned from the Apple Watch and 2015 UX projects.

Happy 2016. Let’s make wonderful things, and let’s make sure they are necessary. Let them be useful. And let’s never hesitate to make them beautiful–Outstanding, even.