I'm celebrating one amazing year of working at On Deck today! I've learned a tremendous amount in the past year and grown a lot. The best part has to be helping others bring their ideas to life + making the most incredible friends. Shoutout to KP, Ash, Morris and the incredible people I work with each day.
This week, we're diving into big skills, how to shape the world you live in and product packaging for food & drink. Cheers, Janel
Are You A Maker Or Taker? Many things that happen in your life are outside of your control, however, how you choose to respond to them is completely up to you. A taker is someone who accepts what is happening around them. A maker is someone who shapes the environment they're in. Learn how to shape the world you live in to give yourself better outcomes.
Aesthet-o-scope 72% of American consumers say that product packaging design influences their purchasing. It's important. This is an interesting deep dive into packaging for food products, which includes a timeline of packaging! Did you know that Ancient China is credited for inventing flexible packaging due to their innovations in developing paper?
Big Skills A few ordinary things that are easy to ignore yet work wonders when combined together:
Curiosity across disciplines
The ability to endure risk vs. assuming you can avoid it
Identifying what game you’re playing and not being persuaded by people playing different games.
Expecting the ridiculous and absurd vs. assuming the world is always governed by rational decisions.
Low susceptibility to FOMO
A sensitive bullshit detector.
Valuing your independence over someone else’s priorities.
A Guide To Deep Learning & Neural Networks Deep learning is one of the subsets of machine learning that uses deep learning algorithms to implicitly come up with important conclusions based on input data. If you've ever been curious, here's a great starter guide.
Resources & Tools
Focusmate - Having trouble focusing? These virtual coworking sessions help you be a bit more productive by holding you accountable.
Accessibility Insights - Chrome extension to help you identify any accessibility issues when designing a website.