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An orange dog from #drawdogseveryday project

I unpacked the tablet again after moving house. Decided to give it another go, while saving for ‘the’ iPad Pro, which I dream of magically making me an artist.

The first time I have tried it was back 2 years ago was when I first got it as a gift in Xmas, and yes, I had asked for it. Then quickly realised, I suck, and it was (still is) so difficult to adjust drawing on a tablet that I cannot see (not on the tablet itself but on the screen). The frustration made me altogether stop using it soon after. At that time, I was using the software that came with the tablet called ArtRage Lite. Since I had a bad memory using the particular software, this time around I gave it a go using SketchBook instead. …


Keep Going book cover
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Keep Going by Austin Kleon (@austinkleon)

It is ALWAYS an enjoyment reading Austin Kleon’s writing. He is funny and his words are hugely relatable for anybody who is interested, working or stumbling in the creative industry. The frustration, fun, and rewards we embrace. Also, he is very knowledgeable in helping people to be successful in the field. (Or, at least make enough money to pay rent and bills.)

If you are not familiar with him, Kleon is the author of a bestselling book Steal Like An Artist that inspired many, many people. Another one of his book which I am reading is Show Your Work!

Even the author did not intend to write this book for the current pandemic, as it is originally published in 2019. But it is just what we need. Keep Going. Yes, just to survive 2020 and look forward to 2021. If it is not you in your case, then you are very lucky. …


Do you really need to pay Adobe Creative Cloud membership for Photoshop or other tools? As a beginner or non-designer, this free tool might just be what you need to promote your social media account.

Not just it’s free, there’re no design skills required. All you need is your creativity.

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Who is it for

  • You are new to design.
  • You want to save money from hiring a designer.
  • You just want a simple tool to quickly validate your ideas.

Where to get it

Web: https://www.canva.com/

Mobile App: https://www.canva.com/app/

They even provide free design courses: https://designschool.canva.com/

What can you create

Logo

There’s a wide category of templates to choose from depending on your brand or business, such as fashion, education, sport or computer. …


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Photo by Tom Parkes on Unsplash

If the idea of blockchain frightens you, here are some easy to digest resources you could dabble your way into blockchain technology:

1. BlockGeeks: Blockchain 101

This is a very well written guide for beginners. It also allows playing the text in audio, which I find can be more helpful than reading for complex ideas.

The article is presented in a combination of infographics, videos, text in clear and concise language.

What is Blockchain Technology? A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

2. Ted Talks

Not sure if you want to invest time to read a book in case you find it boring? …


Are you Crypto-Curious? Here is the easiest way for you to start trading cryptocurrency:

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1. Etoro

Founded 2007 in Tel Aviv, Isreal. Etoro is a trading platform that includes cryptocurrency on top of the stock exchange and other investment assets. It is also highly visible in its effort of advertisement and marketing.

Fee

  • Withdraw fee $5

Products

2. Coinbase

Founded 2012 in San Francisco, California. Coinbase offers a hybrid wallet and trading platform specifically designed for ease of use over cryptocurrency trading experience. …


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Photo by Giu Vicente on Unsplash

What are some positives?

From the invention of the internet, we all experienced benefit such as connection without the limitation of distance and accessible education:

Opportunity for women in developing countries or from a less privileged background

Education offers a choice to escape from poverty. Learning skills to enter technology has given people more opportunities, including but not limited to women.

Having a career whilst being a mum

There are increasing women having an online business or becoming social media influencers such a rise of YouTube channel hosted by mums, because of the flexibility it offers. To be around the children and work in the hours as they want. I wonder why can’t traditional work allow flexible working, however, in a lot of cases I notice women have an even more successful career because they have to seek work outside of traditional 9–5. …


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Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash

30 May 2020, during the global crisis of COVID-19 and just five days after the killing of George Floyd. The Crew Dragon was successfully launched. Is this a bad timing, or does it give people a silver lining of hope in a difficult time?

Well, depends on how you see it. There are quite opposite responses on Twitter, and I want to understand why.

Since ‘First man on the moon’

July 20, 1969 Moon landing. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of differences consider it has been over 30 years since the United States send the first astronaut to space. In the Crew Dragon project, there is not an ethical minority or woman in sight. At least in the international space station. However, it is over 30 years since the first man on the moon. …


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Photo by Tobias Reich on Unsplash

Most of us have some form of challenges in the way we work because of COVID-19. These opportunities might not fit in all the category of work, however, whilst time is tough I believe the way we work is due to a renewal and update.

Remote Work

For people who’s fortunate enough to work remotely during the pandemic, we have an opportunity to experiment with a different approach to the way we collaborate. It gives a lot of companies a chance to reevaluate the actual benefit of being in the office physically if you don’t have to. Companies allow remote working permanently including Twitter, Square, and Facebook. …


The anti-trump campaign has not stopped since he announced in joining the United States presidential election in 2015. Now, the next election is on its way this November. Are we sick of seeing critical art inspired by Donald Trump yet?

Here are some examples you might recognise from the media:

Brian Klaas (American political scientist) on Twitter
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The Trump Cult by cartoonist Nick Anderson, Image from Redbubble

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Photo by Daniel Cheung on Unsplash

If you have never heard of Mumsnet. It is a UK based online platform founded in March 2000 by Justine Roberts, aiming to make parents’ lives easier. Possible the UK’s biggest online network for parents, the business has generated £8.6 million of revenue in 2018. From blog content for pregnancy, parenting to lifestyles, family product reviews, and a community forum talk about wilder topics such as property or finance. The forum itself is similar to Quora or Reddit in the US, however, with an original target audience.

“Just because you may not look the part, or you may not sound the part, doesn’t mean that you aren’t the best person to do it.” …

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Sandy Chiu

Passionate about all things in art, design, and technology.

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