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What Would Danielle Dai Do? Friends have asked me how to make something pretty, or how I learned this and that. Here are some of my tools and inspiration -- what are yours? Feel free to holla back.
From the toolbox
I find the best way to learn is to do -- to work on a project and problem-solve your way through. I learned much from past work experiences, Plan Preparation Studio, and other city planning & transportation engineering coursework. Here are particular resources I've used to further my education, and some of my favorite tools:
- I've used Udacity & Codecademy to learn python, HTML, CSS, and JQuery (with varying degrees of success). I experiment often, and find myself on Stack Overflow regularly. The WordPress Codex glossary offers a good introduction to terms (though some are specific to WordPress).
- Dribbble, siteInspire, & Niice.co offer nice inspiration for web and graphic design.
- Colour Lovers, Adobe Kuler, and Hailpixel's Colors are various tools for picking color palettes. I also use Eye Dropper, an extension for Google Chrome, that allows you to pick colors from web pages.
- For typography, I follow I Love Typography & Typographica. Awwwards has a good list of free fonts.
- For icons, I like The Noun Project.
- I am surviving my engineering and statistics coursework with the help of WolframAlpha, which also has a really great encyclopedia of topics.
- I debate and share transportation/urban news found on The Atlantic Cities, Streetsblog, & Transit Maps.
I can not overstate the importance of connecting with people -- people are often the best resource to learn from! There are more and more opportunities to interact, socialize, and learn:
- Maptime SF & Stamen: The #geo community in SF is strong, and it's exciting to be a part of it!
- CreativeMornings, Swiss Miss, & Studiomates: I've long been a fan of Swiss Miss and the work that comes out of Studiomates. CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community.
- VUDLab @UCBerkeley & Meetups: "find your people" (for real)
Oh, the places you'll go!
As a transportation plangineer, to create great connections and vibrant communities, I firmly believe in learning and taking inspiration from your surroundings. Look around you! As heard at TRB: "Want to be 'outstanding' in the field? You need to be 'out standing' in the field."
My parents fostered a love of travel at a very young age, and my exploration of places continues to this day. Here are a few places that have inspired my passion for transportation, and have shaped my views of great places -- from Taipei, Taiwan (where I was born), to Manalapan, New Jersey (where I was raised), to Chicago (where I was schooled), to Beijing (where I studied abroad), to the San Francisco Bay Area (my home-base today).