Posts by Chanpory

About Chanpory

Chanpory helms this lovely little blog, LifeClever. During the day, he's an interaction designer for Dubberly Design Office in San Francisco.

He's also pushed pixels for MetaDesign, Move Design, Youth Radio, and McShane Adigard Design (MAD). When not feeling modest, he likes to brag about his interaction and branding work for Macworld, PC World, Symantec, Adobe, Yahoo!, and Four Seasons Hotel.

Chanpory is a graduate of the California College of the Arts and Oakland Technical High School.

Jul 15, 2011

Google+ Chanpory

You haven’t heard a peep from me in awhile, but I’ve got some major news to share. After 4.5 awesome years at Dubberly Design Office, I’ve decided to leave my job. In two weeks, I’m headed down to a little internet start-up called Google. I’ll be working on the visual and interaction design of a […]

Sep 24, 2010

Rails Bootcamp Diary: Day 4

I just got done with day four of Rails Bootcamp, and I’m exhausted. But Rails is so cool, it makes up for the drain and pain. Sarah Allen also continues to impress with her teaching acumen. In today’s class, we learned about Controllers, the C in an M-V-C application model. In short, Controllers are like […]

Sep 23, 2010

Rails Bootcamp Diary: Day 3

Today, my furrowed brows relaxed into “ah ha” smiles. After two days of challenging Ruby concepts, we’re now in the wonderful world of Rails. Our instructor for this section, Sarah Allen, is also really bringing it on. What works Context and the big picture For me, it’s vital to understand the big picture when learning […]

Sep 21, 2010

Rails Bootcamp Diary: Day 2

Ok, I get why this class is called a “bootcamp”. I just finished day two of my Ruby on Rails class, and I’m officially mindfrakked. Today’s class moved at a rapid pace and covered a wealth of topics including: Blocks and yielding Procs and Lambdas Enumerators method_missing Regular expressions File input/output I absorbed only about […]

Sep 21, 2010

Rails Bootcamp Diary: Day 1

I’ve just completed my first day of an intensive Ruby on Rails bootcamp. No, I didn’t get to wear a uniform, don macho combat boots, or get yelled at by angry drill sergeants. But I do get to fumble around in a shell terminal, which is just about as painful (and I suppose kinda sexy, […]

Aug 31, 2010

On Writing: Keep it short and sweet

Need examples of witty writing with few words? Check out The Listings in The New York Times’ Weekend Arts section. You’ll find some succinctly superb snippets under Long-Running Shows. Here are my favorites from last Friday: Billy Elliot The Musical Ballet dreams in coal country Mamma Mia The jukebox musical set to the disco throb […]

Jun 15, 2010

Having trouble pre-ordering your iPhone 4? Use the Apple Store app instead

I’ve been trying to order an iPhone 4 since 1am this morning. But AT&T’s crappy networks and Safari’s session expirations were preventing me from getting closer to My Precious. Thankfully, the new Apple Store app on the iPhone worked like a breeze. It took me two minutes to pre-order. Give it a try. After you […]

May 19, 2010

Does your portfolio have to be fancy?

On June 5th, I’m reviewing portfolios for AIGA SF Portfolio Day. While I love talking to students, I’m already dreading one thing: the “fancy” portfolio. By fancy, I mean a hardbound book with embossed lettering, ultra expensive paper, and precious unreadable typography. Or maybe it’ll be encased in a large metal box with tricky clasps […]

May 7, 2010

Don’t check your work email at home

Four years ago, I started forwarding my work email to my personal email account. The reason? One inbox for all email is easier to manage. It’ll my make life simpler, right? Not. Turns out, all it did was stress me out at home and on the weekends. There’s always an annoying email about a problem […]

May 6, 2010

When to quit your job

When you’ve stopped learning on the job, it’s time to quit. After looking at all the jobs I’ve had, I realized one thing: when I stopped learning, I became much more keenly aware of other job factors like salary, office space, and vacation time. Boredom makes it way easier to obsess about money and perks. […]

Apr 28, 2010

My iPad came with condom holders

I’m home sick today. So I thought I’d end my sabbatical and return to LifeClever with an iPad post: Like a lot of folks, I pre-ordered the iPad for an April 3rd launch-day delivery. Big mistake. UPS didn’t deliver until 3pm. And by then, my friends had picked up their magical iPads from the Apple […]

Aug 30, 2009

Where’s Chanpory?

I haven’t posted new articles in quite awhile, but I want to let you know I’m still alive. I don’t delve much into my personal life here on LifeClever, but here’s the short story: My partner and I broke up. After five years, it feels like getting a divorce. I’ve had a rough year. And […]

Jun 10, 2009

The “Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight” Giveaway—Winner Chosen!

Thank you everyone for the great comments. I’ve selected a winner and it’s Jimmy Vu Nguyen. We’re looking forward to that mind map! I’m running a little contest for my friends at Art House Films to promote their new documentary, Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight. Yes design nerds, that’s the Milton Glaser“the designer who […]

May 6, 2009

Meet me at AIGA SF Portfolio Day 2009

I’ll be reviewing portfolios for the AIGA San Francisco chapter on Saturday, May 30, 2009. It’s an all day event, and it’ll be my sixth year as a reviewer. I enjoy it every time, and I’ve yet to make someone cry. Am I too nice? Perhaps, this will be my lucky year. ;-) It looks […]

Apr 22, 2009

Say bye bye to Hallmark!

Can’t find greeting cards that live up to your design standards? Check out Paper Culture, a new greeting card company co-founded by my friend and former MetaDesign colleague, Hui-ling Chen. The cards are modern, cute, and delightful. Best part, you can even personalize them with your own photos or text. Right now, a majority of […]

Apr 2, 2009

Why design is political

Here’s a little something I wrote ages ago which I should have shared with you. Never too late: Simple problems (problems which are already defined) are easy to solve, because defining a problem inherently defines a solution. The definition of a problem is subjective; it comes from a point of view. Thus, when defining problems, […]

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