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.

Apr 1, 2009

How to write a positioning statement

I don’t have a prank or joke for you today. But, I do have a new post on the SMB Marketing Guide blog. It’s a short, but practical, guide on how to write a positioning statement. I even wrote it like a poem. Here’s a little teaser for you: Your product is one among millions. […]

Mar 31, 2009

What is the creative process?

It’s a tough question to answer. But let’s try to answer it anyway—visually! Check out Dubberly Design Office’s new concept map, A Model of the Creative Process: Here’s DDO’s brief description of the concept map and poster: The creative process is not just iterative; it’s also recursive. It plays out “in the large” and “in […]

Mar 24, 2009

Why receptionists are your best friends

When hunting for a job, it’s really easy to woo only the key decision makers: creative directors, senior designers, managers, supervisors, and partners. Since they decide whether you get hired or not, that makes sense. Just don’t forget the receptionists, too. Why? Because they’re the gatekeepers to the decision makers. More importantly, they hold a […]

Mar 23, 2009

The Do’s and Don’ts of D-I-Y Design

I know you thought I was dead and buried, but I’m slowly crawling my way out of a grave of cliché depression and angst. Thankfully, it’s not all’s gloom and doom. I’ve got good news to share: I now have a gig with HP on their new blog, Small Business Marketing Guide. It’s only for […]

Feb 17, 2009

1000+ book covers to delight your design soul

Addicted to book cover design? Get your fix at The Book Cover Archive, a collection of 1000+ fairly well-designed book covers. Curated by Ben Pieratt and Eric Jacobsen, the site features work by prominent designers such as David Pearson and Chip Kidd. I quite like the site’s clean and simple layout. Each book get its […]

Feb 2, 2009

Will Google Quick Search Replace Quicksilver?

I’ve been pretty bummed about the development death of my favorite Mac utility, Quicksilver. But now I have a glimmer of hope. Nicholas Jitkoff, Quicksilver’s original developer, has just teamed up with Google to create Google Quick Search. It’s still a prototype, but the resemblance to Quicksilver is unmistakable. No, it doesn’t yet have the […]

Dec 2, 2008

Whatever’s Clever: The Grid System

Antonio Carusone’s got a new site dedicated to the ever wonderful grid. Aptly titled The Grid System, the site’s filled with articles, tools, books, and templates to help you design grid systems for both web and print. Perfect for the anal retentive designer. Clearly inspired by Khoi Vinh’s Subtraction, the site’s design is clean and […]

Nov 4, 2008

Digital Nomads: Date more to work less

I’ve got a little post about dating on the Digital Nomads site. It’s not one of my usual topics, but it does relate to working better and more efficiently. Really. Check it out: Date more to work less Be sure to leave some juicy comments, so I can feel loved.

Oct 29, 2008

Jedi Mind Trick: How can we make this happen?

Instead of asking or demanding for what you want, simply state your goal and ask, “How can we make this happen?” Here are some examples: Instead of: “Can you give me a raise?” Ask this: “I’d like a raise. How can we make this happen?” Instead of: “Can I be your boyfriend” Ask this: “I […]

Oct 27, 2008

Putting the "I" in blog

I’m going through a bit of a blog crisis, so I’ve been looking more closely at the About page on this site. The word “we” is all over the place. Which is weird, because I’ve been going solo for awhile. I do wish I had a team of magic elves maintaining and pumping out content […]

Oct 13, 2008

I’m back!

I’m now rested (fairly so, at least) and back in the swing of things. I’m working on refocusing the site, and posts will now be more frequent. Also, I now have a little stint on Dell’s Digital Nomads blog. Check out a few things I’ve written recently: 12 essential services for the digital nomad Baggu: […]

Sep 28, 2008

Chanpory does Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia

Hey everyone, I meant to post this earlier, but had trouble with my Internet access: I’m taking a much needed vacation and will be out for the rest of the month on a Southern adventure in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia–yikes! I know I haven’t been posting much lately, but I promise I haven’t totally checked […]

Sep 8, 2008

Please, Don’t Talk About Work at Lunch

Lately, all I do at lunch is talk about work. And by talking, I mean bitching. So instead of a nice leisurely lunch filled with lively conversation about politics, film, or just the weather, it’s another trap to fill my head with work stress. So here’s my new rule for lunch: stop the shop talk. […]

Aug 28, 2008

One Wish List to Rule Them All

Amazon’s Wish List feature just got way more clever with the Universal Wish List Button. The newly introduced tool lets you to add any item on any website to your Amazon Wish List–even products not sold on Amazon. Just drag the button to your browser’s bookmarks bar, and click the “Add to Wish List” link […]

Aug 14, 2008

Design Your Morning with Pantone Coffee Cups

Your morning just got a little cuter with Pantone’s line of swatch-inspired coffee cups. With a range of vivid hues and shades of espresso, they’re perfect for hardcore designers who crave a dose of design in the morning. I’d really be swooning if they were available in every Pantone color. It won’t happen soon, but […]

Aug 11, 2008

Stay in Focus with Isolator and Menu Eclipse

Can’t concentrate because you’ve got a billion windows opened? Check out Isolator. The clever Mac app dims background application windows to keep you focused on the current application. Couple it with Menu Eclipse to dim your menubar, and you’ve got a distraction-fighting dynamic duo.

I’m Chanpory, and this is my site on how to live and work better as a designer.

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