Photo of Shakeel Mohamed covering his mouth in surprise. Text reads: “My New Hustle Manifesto”

There’s no avoiding it, the pandemic has changed everything. Spending more time at home has forced me to pause, reflect, and turn inwards. Instead of spending 2–3 hours per day commuting and a few trips each year (physically hustling), I struggled to turn off the mental hustle for a long…

While working at Splunk over the past eight years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with incredibly wise people. It’s important to note that I joined the company as an intern before my junior year of college, these years were extremely foundational for my career and life overall.

There’s a…

One of my first code reviews was when I had a student job in the web development office at Bellevue College. I’d cobbled together a mess of PHP code as a WordPress “plugin” with horrendous variable names like $sillyMe, no exaggeration.

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about software…

Sometimes our best ideas come as flashes of insight, rather than theories we develop over time. I suppose that has something to do with the power of the subconscious mind.

For those who don’t know me, I’ve been on an intense personal development journey over the past decade. It all…

Spotifaves team photo: Shakeel, Jasmine, Mekedes

One of the unnoticed groups being affected by the economic slowdown this summer has been college students and recent graduates. With so many companies scaling back, many internship programs have been cut entirely. …

Talk about making good mistakes, I used Canva.com to make this instead of actually making a nice header image in Photoshop

Over the December holiday break I spent a lot of time reading a mix of books. Some of those were design books and easy to find ways to apply what I’ve learned. For other personal or professional books, there isn’t necessarily a straightforward way to apply that knowledge. So I’ve…

Virgil Abloh x Harvard Design School

To anyone that knows me, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of Kanye West. I had no idea who Virgil Abloh was until I heard this line from I Am a God:

Virgil, Pyrex, Don C snapback

Over the years I heard Kanye name drop Virgil every once in…

To preface this post, I need to introduce the most beautiful song/music video combo I’ve experienced all year. The first few times I heard this song, I thought about future bae and how I’d aim to love with my whole heart. …

When your group discussion ends up on YouTube… you might as well write a blog post about it!

Earlier this month I made the drive up to beautiful British Columbia to attend Node.js Interactive. After nearly two days of awesome technical sessions, there was one final slot remaining before the closing keynotes. …

Kanye’s energy in it’s purest form (Credit Getty Images)

I was recently reflecting on my sources of inspiration over the past few years. They’re always changing, but one man has been on that list as long as I can remember: Kanye West. …

Shakeel Mohamed

Founder of ntrsct designs, a design firm specializing in brand strategy and brand identity

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