“Although there are some examples of highly engaged communities being developed via technology (e.g., Peloton riders), when it comes to belonging, real connection will most likely come from in-person interaction in real life. But having physical space is not enough: Brands should create spaces, experiences, products, and services that deliberately foster the conditions for diverse people coming together in respectful environments for shared experiences.”
Excellent read: The Best Brands Are The Ones That Build “Belonging”
Uhm, CreativeMornings, anyone? Every month 20k creative types get together in over 65 countries. For free.
These one word resolution prompts seem like an interesting way to help form new habits. Could be used as a playful tool in an office environment.
“Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive.”
– Zadie Smith
A big thank you to Miss D for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.
Imagine what would happen if you let a couple of enthusiast photographers build a language app?
Miss D is a beautiful, multilingual language app that creates an engaging, visual way to learn new vocabulary by taking and browsing photos. Miss D presents comprehensive information in a delightful way and includes up to 10 language translations, Oxford English Dictionary, Emoji, cover photo and Wikipedia.
Last but not the least, you can put a dent in the universe of words by exhibiting your wonderful photo alongside the relevant words or phrases.
Give it a try: www.wearexd.com
I could have used this keychain 2.5 years ago when I started a big new chapter in my life. What a great gift for someone embarking on a new adventure.
“You’re floating in empty space in a universe that goes on forever. If you have to be here, at least be happy and enjoy the experience.”
― Michael Singer
A few weeks ago I was at a friend’s house in LA and he showed me Infento. This makes me want to be a kid! You can build various rides for your kids, with your kids. This is next level LEGO-kinda-play!
Libby Oliver photographed individuals wearing every single piece of clothing they own. Beautiful.
A big thank you to Frere-Jones Type for sponsoring my blog, Newsletter and RSS Feed this week.
The latest release from Frere-Jones Type is Conductor, a commanding display family inspired by a range of historical references. Originally based on the delicate, blocky numerals from vintage Bulgarian lottery tickets, it also incorporates elements of vernacular shopfront lettering and mid-century type design. The result is a dual family: the strong and graceful roman, constructed on a grid of rectangles; and the swift and energetic italic, built around triangles.
Conductor offers four widths from Condensed to Wide, anticipating applications from editorial to branding and packaging. The family’s distinctive flavor relies on a seemingly self-contradictory approach: boxes and triangles made of curves, rigid frames that sway and lunge. Conductor is severe at a glance, but the details reveal dimensionality and depth.
“When I’m terrified, I’m probably on the brink of something that’s pretty rad.”
– Shannon Lee Simmons
Research Scientist Janelle Shane collected all the candy heart messages she could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm called a neural network. Given a set of data, a neural network will learn the patterns that let it imitate the original data – although its imitation is sometimes imperfect. The candy heart messages it produced are quite humorous. Made me chuckle. Also, Happy Valentine’s everyone. It’s my son’s birthday, so this day is extra special.
Today’s Tattly release is a multisensory experience combining the calming scent of Eucalyptus, a sound meditation, and six sacred geometric shapes. The accompanying sound meditation download by Sara Auster features her playing crystal singing bowls. Zen out everyone!
(Not sure what sacred geometry is? Here you go)
“As someone who has decades of experience on the web, I hate to compare myself to the tortoise, but hey, if it fits, it fits. Let’s be more like that tortoise: diligent, direct, and purposeful. The web needs pockets of slowness and thoughtfulness as its reach and power continues to increase. What we depend upon must be properly built and intelligently formed. We need to create space for complexity’s important sibling: nuance. Spaces without nuance tend to gravitate towards stupidity. And as an American, I can tell you, there are no limits to the amount of damage that can be inflicted by that dangerous cocktail of fast-moving-stupid.”
Everything is Hard Again, by Frank Chimero