Author Archives: Erick Arias

Mitigating the effects context switching

If you’re like me, you like to finish something before you start something else. Jumping from one thing to another can really disrupt my flow and overall productivity. It takes effort to regain momentum.  Here are a couple of things I do to make the transition less taxing. Reflect Context switching can feel like your […]

So you’re on Sabbatical. What now?

Now what to do once you’re finally on sabbatical. If you are like me, you probably have a laundry list of projects you wish you had more time to do. I chose to get in the habit of writing. I want to share my experiences as a designer and traveler with others and this is […]

Preparing for a sabbatical

Have you ever considered leaving it all behind for a few months? It might not be as far-fetched as one might think. Often taken by people in academia, sabbaticals are traditionally meant for a person to accomplish a goal or conduct research. However, research shows an increase in employers offering extended time off or sabbaticals […]

A Brief Lesson of Soviet Art Part I

One can’t help but notice the incredible amount of public artwork on display in Russia. The  Soviet artwork drew my attention the most. Many of these boldly delineated sculptures commemorate either the working class or soldiers defending Russia during World War II. I decided to do a little research about Russian art, more specifically Soviet […]

Memories of Montenegro

Off in it’s own corner of the world lays a magnificent little country called Montenegro. Once part of former Yugoslavia, it is now an independant nation with spectacular seaside views and a long and storied history. I recently took a trip to Montenegro with my wife. In three short hours from Moscow we were overlooking […]

From Russia, with love

Hello and welcome to my new blog. I am writing to you from Russia where I am on sabbatical for the next couple months. I arrived in Russia a couple of weeks ago and it has been great so far. I am currently in Volgograd, which if you are a history buff, is where the […]