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.

Aug 8, 2008

Whatever’s Clever: Ampersands, Dashes, Grids, and Figures

The Ampersand A cute little blog dedicated to respresentations of the beloved Ampersand. The Trouble With EM ‘n EN (and Other Shady Characters) Do you know the three types of dashes? Peter Sheering has a quick tutorial on the proper use of dashes as well as other typographic details on the web. Setting Web type […]

Aug 4, 2008

Is Workin’ 9 to 5 a Bad Thing?

My typical work day is 9:30 to 7:30. Often, my work bleeds into my “off hours”. This isn’t helped by instant messengers, twitters, tiny laptops, and my fancy new 3G iPhone. If someone “needs” me for a random assignment in the wee hours, I’m just a few buttons away–just a tug of the electronic dog […]

Jul 31, 2008

Wordscraper is the new Scrabulous

Today, Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla resurrected their recently murdered Scrabulous app under a new name, Wordscraper. This incarnation works much like the original, with a few significant differences: You can create your own board layout (this includes layouts based on the original Scrabble board), or you can generate a random one. You can share your […]

Jul 21, 2008

The Perfect iPhone Pocket

Remember that little coin pocket in your jeans that you never use? Turns out, it’s the perfect size for your iPhone. The mini pocket keeps your Precious close to you while protecting it from scratchy keys and objects in your main pocket. No need for a stupid holster or bulky case. I’ve tested jeans from […]

Jul 15, 2008

Flashback: Charles Eames TV Interview, 1956

Check out this 1956 TV interview of Charles Eames, featuring the debut of the classic Eames Lounge Chair: Half a century later, it’s still amazing. I especially love the video of the chair’s assembly, and of course, the special appearance by Ray Eames at the end. Thanks to Hugh for sending this my way.

Jul 10, 2008

Portfolio 101: Just Use Your Own Name, Dammit

I’m seeing a lot of design portfolios with titles like “Beyond Imagination” or “Passions” or “Reflections” or “Curiosity.” With all these vaguely conceptual names, it’s like taking a nauseating stroll through the Macy’s perfume department. Instead of titling your portfolio like the latest celebrity scent, why not just use your own name? Here’s my rationale: […]

Jul 1, 2008

Not Clever: AT&T’s Lame “Upgrade Fee”

Okay, I have to rant. AT&T will be charging existing iPhone users an $18 dollars to upgrade to the iPhone 3G. This is in addition to the price of the new iPhone plus the increased voice and data rates. In short, if you’ve been a loyal AT&T customer, you’re getting a penalty to upgrade. Once […]

Jul 1, 2008

Ask LifeClever: Should I Omit Short-term Work from My Resumé?

Trisha asks: Should I omit any positions I have held for less than a year or insignificant ones? What is your opinion? I would rather explain a gap, like moving or staying at home with the kids, than explain why I left something after only 4 months. If it’s not relevant, leave it out. Think […]

Jun 25, 2008

Create an Instant Blog with Posterous

If you’re looking for a ridiculously dead-simple blogging tool, check out Posterous. Just send an email to, and bam! Instant blog for you and everyone to love. No signups, no special tools, no fancy bells and whistles. It’s perfect for aspiring photo bloggers who don’t need all the extras. Thomas, our new designer at […]

Jun 20, 2008

A Thank You Note From Mike

Mike from New York wrote: Just a quick note of thanks! I was layed off several weeks ago and was looking for the latest resume styles on the internet when I stumbled onto your site. I downloaded your (very handsome) format as a starting point and sent out a couple dozen copies. I had hits […]

Jun 17, 2008

Must Read: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

I just finished reading The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need. It’s brilliant. And I’m now going on a crusade to make it required reading in every high school and college curriculum. The book is by Daniel H. Pink, and you’ll find it in your bookstore’s business section. But this […]

Jun 13, 2008

Whatever's Clever: The iPhone's Secret Antennae

Ever wonder where the iPhone antenna was hidden? Here’s Apple’s official answer: Clever iPhone engineering integrates those antennas into a few unexpected places: the metal ring around the camera, the audio jack, the metal screen bezel, and the iPhone circuitry itself. Amazing. With all that ingenuity, it’s a shame Apple will force in-store activations on […]

Jun 6, 2008

Wells Fargo’s Exciting ATM Redesign

Holger Struppek, Design Director at Hot Studio and formerly of Pentagram, has a nice case study showcasing the redesign of Wells Fargo’s ATM interface. Check it out: Maybe, it’s time for me to ditch Bank of America. Read and see more images of the project here. It’s great to see examples of design like this–mundane, […]

Jun 3, 2008

How Much Do Designers Get Paid?

Wanna know how much dough designers make? Check out the AIGA Survey of Design Salaries. Results for 2008 are out. It’s dubbed “definitive,” but take it all with a grain of salt. You can view the results on their site or download the PDF.

Jun 2, 2008

Stephanie Orma Isn't Famous But Loves Being a Designer

The world has enough interviews of rock star designers, so I’m interviewing everyone else–designers who are happy, without the fame. Let’s start Stephanie Orma, a former student from my alma mater, the California College of the Arts. I first met her when I was a TA for Jim Faris’s information design class. I recently caught […]

May 22, 2008

Design School’s Over, Now What?

It’s May and that means graduation time. Congrats to all the students leaving college to become professional designers. I’m working on a series of posts geared towards new design graduates. But first, I’d like to know what aching questions you have now that you’re fresh out of school. What useful advice do you need? What […]

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