Adjust Accordingly

Adjust Accordingly

Dallas Clayton makes it sound so simple. Maybe it is?

A Quote For Every Boss or Parent:

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

(via Jonathan Fields)

Get To Work

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.

If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to do an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.

Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.

Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

— Chuck Close

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Power Generating iPhone Case

Power Generating iPhone Case

I saw this Power Generating iPhone Case and all I can think is that we need to bring boatloads of these to all of the world’s refugees trying to stay connected and getting information. Did you see this video?

Motorized Luggage

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This motorized suitcase made me laugh! My kids would totally lose their minds over this way of getting around the airport. SO MUCH FUN!

Superhumans

This trailer for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is an ode to human resilience and willpower. Definitely showing this to my kids tonight!

(via John Maeda)

CreativeMornings Podcast/ David Kelley

“Creative people are being asked to work on really important problems, problems that matter in the world, and the good news is we’re coming up with new-to-the-world solutions, and so it’s a really good time to be a designer.”

Speaking on the global theme of Freedom, David Kelley took the stage at CreativeMornings/New York in May 2014 to speak on the design revolution. Designers now have the respect and freedom to make a difference. Championing for design to be more inclusive in its meaning, David looks to give everyone confidence in their ability to be creative. Now that everyone has the power of creativity, what will you do with it?

You can see all of the CreativeMornings Podcasts here. And you can see all talks from around the world on the topic of Freedom here.

Success at School vs. Success in Life

We want to do well at school for an obvious reason: because – as we’re often told – it’s the primary route to doing well at life. But what’s the correlation?

Work Avoidance Cycle

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Oh, I am feeling this illustration. Definitely been there. Jocelyn pointed to it and the corresponding article on How to Be Productive.

Bark

“Don’t hire a dog, then bark yourself”
– David Ogilvy

A Daring Adventure

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
– Helen Keller

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Ten Virtues for the Modern Age

PATIENCE: We lose our temper because we believe that things should be perfect. We’ve grown so good in some areas (putting men on the moon etc.), we’re ever less able to deal with things that still insist on going wrong; like traffic, government, other people… We should grow calmer and more forgiving by getting more realistic about how things actually tend to go.

Ten Virtues for the Modern Age, by Alain de Botton

Names For Things You Didn’t Know Had Names

In this MentalFloss video you learn names for 48 things you might have not known had names. I just learned that a Semordnilap is a word that reads one way forward and another way back. Example: desserts.

Being Different

“Being unafraid of being different comes from realizing and knowing that it is all you can really be.”
– John Maeda

Jad Abumrad on the Function of Music

My office neighbor and über-talented friend Mac Premo sat down with Jad Abumrad, of Radiolab fame and talked about sound, music and the function of music. Then he turned that conversation into a film. I am glad he did.

Weird, or just different?

“There’s a flip side to everything,” the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

Six Million Years of Human History



(via Kottke)

Under Our Skin

What do we mean when we talk about race?

Under Our Skin grew out of conversations about how The Seattle Times covers race at a time when national and local events — the furor over police shootings, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, protests on college campuses and charged campaign rhetoric — dominate headlines. Absolutely fantastic.

What do we mean when we talk about race?

The Biggest Human Temptation

The biggest human temptation

Golden Ratio Finder

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Perfect proportions observed in nature often follow the theory of the golden ratio. Historically, artists, designers and architects have used it as a means of defining beauty in a theoretical rather than intuitive way. Use the Golden Section Finder, a pocket sized gazing device, to locate the proportional perfection in your surroundings. Totally going to use this with my kids, walking around the city!

Work in The Age of Distraction

In this CreativeMornings/Los Angeles talk the impressive Jocelyn K Glei Jocelyn talks about work and creativity in the age of distraction.

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Today! Human Rainbow on Brooklyn Bridge

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Fellow New Yorkers, my friends are organizing a Human Rainbow to span the Brooklyn Bridge today to mourn the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. Dress monochromatic, in one bright rainbow color and show up at the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge at 6.30pm. TODAY! Yes to Human Rainbows and love.

Human Rainbow

Words, by Maya Angelou

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