Understanding Innovation

Novelty: Something new
Creation: Something new and valuable
Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful

Horace Dediu explains innovation.

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Amazon Dash Wand

amazon dash

Amazon Dash is a handheld Wi-Fi wand that includes a barcode scanner and a microphone, allowing you to scan or say what you’re running low on without having to leave your kitchen. Woah, Amazon is agressively taking convenience to a whole new level. I can’t help but admit that this doesn’t feel good. Don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of ordering from Amazon. But I have consciously started reconsidering what exactly I am ordering online. If a small local business sells it close by, I will go there.

The examples they’re showing in this video are making me a bit sad; milk? You really want to get one jug of milk in a big cardboard delivered the next day? Also, doesn’t the iphone app already do exactly this?

ps: I first thought this was an April’s Fools Joke.

Charity Ball

Ethan King is an inspiring 14 year old. At 10 he started Charity Ball to execute his vision of giving away soccer balls to kids in need. He has since given 4,000+ balls away. Humbling.

Made In The Future

Made in the Future is an effort to capture IDEO’s musings about what a not-so-distant tomorrow might look like. They broke their findings into five themes: Meaning Economy, Outer Skills, Making Exchanges, Raw Systems and New Matter.

Some fascinating food for thought.

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Remember.

“Remember. Before your father was a parent, he was a person. Young, and confused, just like you.” – Phillip Toledano

The Reluctant Father

On Wearing Red

“When in doubt, wear red.”
- Bill Blass

The Reluctant Father

The Reluctant Father

Photographer Phillip Toledano became a father at the age of 40 and fell in love with his daughter about a year and a half later, when he realized she was the most bewitching human being he’d ever seen.

The Reluctant Father follows Phillip’s journey at the beginning of fatherhood.

It’s a raw and honest. And funny. Wish I would have seen this when I was expecting my first child. Buy the book or check out the site.

Success

“So what I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”

Alain De Botton, A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Tickle helps you Escape Awkward Situations

Tickle is an app (concept?) to help you escape awkward situations. Using your phone’s accelerometer, Tickle can sense awkward gestures, and in turn, generate a phantom phone call to allow you to gracefully excuse yourself from whatever awkward situation you’re in. This made me laugh and double check if it’s not April 1st.

UPDATE: It’s a joke. Bummer.

“Gut Churn”

In this 2013 99U talk, Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad describes “Gut Churn” as the radical uncertainty that’s a core part of any creative process that really pushes the envelope.

Just what I needed to be reminded of tonight. Watch it over on 99U.

Three Goals for the Day

1. Create value
2. Learn something new
3. Have a good time

Three goals for the day by Isaac Oates, founder and CEO of Justworks.com.

Make!

Make

Amen.

Constructing Childhood

If you’re a parent, you most certainly will enjoy this CreativeMornings talk in which Raul Gutierrez speaks about the last 100 years of childhood through the lens of his family, how children see the world, and Tinybop’s approach to designing mobile apps for children.

Time Enjoyed Wasting

Time enjoyed wasted

I agree with Patrick Cabral: Time Enjoyed Wasting is not Wasted. Yes!

Specialization

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
— Robert Heinlein

, Time Enough for Love

The 3 C’s of Leadership

“The three C’s of leadership are consideration, caring, and courtesy. Be polite to everyone.”
— Brian Tracy

(via this collection of leadership quotes)

For Everyone in Doubt

The Gap: A new typographic interpretation of Ira Glass’s iconic quote about the creative process created by Daniel Sax.

(via Colossal)

This is Not a Conspiracy Theory

This is Not a Conspiracy Theory is the first installment of a brand new documentary feature by Kirby Ferguson. You can view the first installment above. Always amazed at Kirby’s skill of connecting the dots.

And I love his experimentation in how a release of a documentary can work. If you want to see the upcoming installments, you’ll have to subscribe. I am all for supporting independent film makers.

I can also highly recommend his Everything is A Remix Series.

Squarespace Logo

I landed in NYC today, opened my Twitter timeline and found a bunch of angry designers getting at Squarespace for having created Squarespace Logo. I was stunned.

The never ending stream of snarky comments on the new tool that helps anyone create simple “logos” made my heart sink. What is it with the design community so quickly lashing out at other creators? It’s totally ok to disagree but not to ridicule other people’s creations. I have no respect for that.

I am impressed by the simple tool they built. I have respect for the thoughtfulness and craft that went into it. Am I super thrilled that they are saying ‘anyone can design a great logo’, not really, but that’s not the point. Their logo builder is not much different than a tool like Adobe Illustrator.

I know quite a few folks over at Squarespace and I can assure you one thing: They care about design. They care about the web being a more beautiful place. And I am grateful for it. They even state in their blog announcement that this tool will never replace the need for professional designers.

Next time your cousins, uncles and aunts ask you to design a website and logo for $250, just know, that there is such an amazing tool like Squarespace that will help them get online, in a beautiful minimal way, at a low price.

Never forget: The web is a place of abundance. There will always be folks that appreciate the importance of a custom tailored brand. So, designers, take a deep breath. It’s all good. There’s a place for basic tools like Squarespace Logo *and* for your craft.

And, next time we want to ridicule someone else’s labor of love, let’s all remember this great talk by Jason Santa Maria.

UPDATE: Yes, as Erik has mentioned in the comments, Squarespace has been supporting this blog over the last year with sponsored posts. I would have written this post even if they weren’t my sponsor. I have had the pleasure to meet a few Squarespace team members over the last year and have grown fond of the their passion for what they are building. I respect their craft and hustle. They are good people! I will not accept the design community lashing out at people I admire. There is too much negativity in our community and I hope that posts like this will help swing the pendula the other way.

The Curse of Email

“The only way we will avoid being crushed by the weight of the hundreds or thousands of emails we receive every day is to free ourselves from the need to treat each one like it matters and like it merits a response. The only way we will avoid being emotionally crushed by having other people not respond to our emails is to stop expecting a response. If we can adapt our expectations to fit the realities of this new paradigm, we will all crawl out from under the weight of the curse of email. Email will prove a blessing.”

Taken from this blog post: The Curse of Email by Tim Challies

PET Lamps

PET Lamp

Hélène Le Drogou was concerned with the plastic waste that contaminates the Colombian Amazon and decided to do something about it. She collaborated with Industrial Designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón and talented textile artisans from Cauca and started making these stunning PET Lamps. I love people that don’t complain but instead go ahead and make things better.

petlamp.org

Life

Life hits you with choices

Yes, it does.

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Everything is a Remix Case Study: The iPhone

Kirby Ferguson just released the Everything Is A Remix: iPhone case study. Truly fascinating to see how we all copy and influences each other.

If you’re not familiar with Kirby’s series, I recommend you check it out here.

The Power Of Empathy, Animated

In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.