Design in Tech Report 2017

John Maeda issued the third Design in Tech Report.

Companies You Love

A Why To Live

‘He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.’
– Friedrich Nietzsche


(via)

Trust

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Good Citizens

A page from a 1969 children’s book on “how our government helps us”. Sigh.

Alive

“Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.”
David Whyte

(via Ian)

Miles Davis talks Dizzy and Drawing

The Creators Code

Squid Skin

This is is remarkably fascinating: Squid speak a unique, undeciphered language using their skin

Jacques Cousteau on Atlantis and Cognac

Friendship

“The surprising finding is that the closest, most intimate, and most trusting relationships appear to be distinguished not by how the partners respond to each other’s disappointments, losses, and reversals but how they react to good news.”

– The Myths of Happiness

A quote found in this article titled: This Is How To Make Friends As An Adult: 5 Secrets Backed By Research

A queer Vision of Love and Marriage

This talk by Tiq and Kim Katrin Milan hit me in the heart.

(via Kim)

Let’s Share A Meal

This commercial made me tear up! And yes, we need to have more face-to-face connections! (Hence me starting CreativeMornings eight years ago!)

(via Lisa)

The Strange History of Fingernail Clipping

Nail-clipping history, it turns out, is surprisingly complicated. We might never find out who actually invented the ubiquitous modern nail clipper, but we do know that around 1875, patents for the modern nail clipper began to appear.

I am mostly fascinated by the fact that by the end of the 19th century, superstitions about how and when to trim fingernails were pretty common. People couldn’t cut their fingernails on weekends out of fear that it might lead to back luck.

Here’s a link to the full post The Long, Slightly Strange History Behind Fingernail Clipping by Ernie Smith.

“Table Games”

I will definitely bring up this game by Sarah Kay at a future dinner with my friends.

DesignMatters with Seth Godin

Debbie Millman talks with Seth Godin about how to live in our difficult political moment.

I can also recommend Seth’s CreativeMornings talk from a few years back.

More Heart

The world needs more empathy and more heart (pins).

Current Status

Self-Education

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
– Isaac Asimov.

Thank you Open Culture for making it easy: 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism

“Criticism is a privilege that you earn — it shouldn’t be your opening move in an interaction…”.

Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism, Tolerance, and Changing Your Mind.

Things You Can Control

I need this as a print on my walls.

Thank you 84 Lumber

So much respect for Maggie Hardy Magerko, owner and president of 84 Lumber, a little-known Pennsylvania-based building material supplier, for buying 90 seconds of airtime on the Super Bowl and airing this spot. Very moving.

Read more here.

100 Questions

3 sets of beautiful cards with questions designed to get a group of people into exceptionally entertaining and meaningful conversations. Love this.

The Confessions Game

With the help of a dice and some cards, the Confessions Game asks participants to answer a series of questions around career, sex, money, relationships, family, gently inviting everyone to share important bits of themselves. I want to play this.