Design Tips

Recently, I binged read a couple of books on design. They are Logo Design Love by David Airey and 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design by Steven Heller. I’ve also read a few other books about blogs and type in the past, but I’m not an expert by any means.

My interest in design came from photography. But photography is not really design in its most fundamental sense. Over the past few years, I’ve been designing my own websites, with the occasional help of a friend. And as a photographer, I think I can distinguish what is a good design and what is not.

I want to provide three design tips I’ve found online that are very helpful:

  1.  Learn the Basics of Color Theory to Know What Looks Good
  2.  Learn the Basic Elements of Good Design in Under a Minute
  3. Recommends Matching Fonts for Better Design

I always think that design is about feelings. Like almost everything, if I feel good about something then that thing must be well designed. Feeling good is the most important thing art can give to a person. So in a sense, I feel that all the design books I’ve read are somewhat useless. But in each book there is some truth.

Most importantly, design is personal. What I like may not be what you like. With that said, great designs are universal.

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Announcement: Zhaoism

As of this past Wednesday, 8/13/14, my autobiography is uploaded online at You can read every chapter except the last one, which I will revise in the next couple of months.

I hope through my autobiography you can get a sense of who I am. And maybe you can learn something about yourself through my mistakes I’ve made in my life.

As autobiography goes, it should be a quick read. Something that should take only one day or one weekend. I wrote it in an interview format so it’s more like a conversation between you and  me.

Also, if you are reading this post, you are probably among one of my close friends, and thus you might be mentioned in one of my stories in my autobiography.

Happy reading my friends,


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Useful Links on Resumes, Interviews, and Networking

In business school, we are learning the course materials but we have to learn how to write a good résumé, how to prepare for interviews, and how to network. I just want to share some links that I’ve collected in the past few weeks about these topics. Most of them came from


  1. The 15 Best and Worst Words to Use on Resumes According to Recruiters
  2. How to Overcome a Job’s “Years of Experience” Requirement


  1. Avoid Saying “I’m Negotiable” When Talking Salary in an Interview
  2. The Right Way to Ask for a Raise and Get What You Deserve
  3. Avoid “Qualifying” Words for Better Job Interviews
  4. How to Negotiate Your Salary
  5. Print This Checklist to Better Prepare for Your Next Job Interview
  6. The Five Best Questions a Job Candidate Can Ask
  7. Negotiate Each Element of Your Salary, Not the Total Sum


  1. Eight Power Networking Tips to Make More Meaningful Connections
  2. How to Be More Assertive for Better Communication
  3. Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills
  4. TinyBlu Reminds You to Keep in Touch with Important People
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