The Passion Co. Presents

The Passion Co. Presents

You’re tired of reading articles on LifeHacker like, “Which Online Dating Service Is Right For Me?” Your thumb is exhausted from swiping through endless profiles of the latest online dating app. Or maybe you’re in a relationship but want to make it healthier. You’re deciding how serious to get with your current partner. Wherever you ...

Bold Italic feature!

Bold Italic feature!

I made this little infographic for San Francisco’s Bold Italic. You can see the original article at http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/3871-relationships-by-design.

Makeshift Society + Dating by Design

Makeshift Society + Dating by Design

I’m teaching a Dating by Design class at Makeshift Society (San Francisco) on Nov.21st. Tell your friends! http://bit.ly/makeshiftdating (Photo by Sarah Deragon via makeshiftsociety.com)

Skillshare challenge!

Skillshare challenge!

I’m giving a copy of the ABC’s of Dating by Design and an hour of relationship coaching to the top project in my class this month! Sign up here: http://skl.sh/1fEJRI2

Dating by Design featured in GOOD Magazine!

Dating by Design featured in GOOD Magazine!

Introducing Dating by Design By Caroline Pham It may be damn near impossible to accurately predict the success of romantic relationships, but communication designer Ayla Newhouse is trying to improve the health of our dating lives by applying design strategy to the perplexing realm of courtship. For Newhouse, design is about intentionality and “using our ...

Z is for Zoom

Z is for Zoom

Zooming in and out on a problem is a useful tool for developing perspective in both dating and design. Designers are concerned with the micro, macro and every layer in between. Zooming in on a design challenge allows the designer to notice the details, where zooming out reveals the container of the problem(s), and the ...

Y is for Yes, And…

Y is for Yes, And…

Creating space for possibility is a necessity for collaboration in both dating and design. One technique for building on the ideas of your collaborator, or partner, is an exercise called “yes, and.” First you acknowledge the other person’s idea, and then add something of your own. For example, you might say, “Yes, a date tonight ...

X is for X

X is for X

“X” is the universal symbol, or sign, for something that is undefined. Designers are in the business of turning x into X. They create meaning through metaphor and fiction, assigning character, depth, and emotion to otherwise neutral materials. In relationships, we have a habit of assigning meaning to otherwise neutral events. We convince ourselves that ...

W is for Wabi-sabi

W is for Wabi-sabi

In Japanese, Wabi-sabi (侘寂) refers to an aesthetic/worldview that celebrates the beauty of imperfection, and the reality of transience. Characteristics of wabi-sabi in art include simplicity, asymmetry, roughness and irregularity. A beautiful example is handmade pottery, which bears the mark of its maker in its subtle imperfections. Designers make use of wabi-sabi principles when creating ...