- February 2012
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I work as a software interaction designer, sitting in front of a computer for many hours a day. To break the two-dimensional spell and get my creativity flowing, I take short walks around the neighborhood, with a camera phone in hand and a Discover card in mind.
The Central Eastside Industrial District of Portland is still primarily a place of industry, filled with warehouses and workshops. A few old factory buildings have been converted into offices, many of them filled with small creative businesses like the one I work for. A handful of coffee shops and restaurants serve us worker bees. When I need a break from the computer screen, I often prowl the neighborhood with my phone camera.
Each time I go for a walk, I challenge myself to focus on a different theme. I pick a card randomly from the deck, or sometimes intentionally choose a card I haven't used in a while, or that seems particularly appropriate for the time of day, weather or mood.
Depending on the weather, I notice completely different things. For example, rain really brings out the surface textures and mood of the place, while sun highlights the building colors and the people.