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

work avoidance cycle

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

(via)

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.

(She curates my all-time favorite newsletter. You should sign up!)

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

Words

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The DNA Journey

To celebrate diversity in the world momondo presents The DNA Journey: a journey into who we are and how we are all connected as a global family. They asked 67 people from all over the world to take a DNA test, and it turns out they have much more in common with other nationalities than they would ever have thought.

DailyDoodle

Daily Doodle

My love for Geffen Refaeli’s DailyDoodle is a deep one. If you don’t follow her on Instagram, I’d highly recommend you’d change that. I keep coming back to the one above as that is how I felt growing up in Switzerland. The guy represents me and the snail is Switzerland.

(We sell some of her designs as Tattly.)

The Importance of Grit!

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

If there is one thing I want to teach my children, besides being kind, it’s the importance of GRIT!

prompt

prompt

Prompt is an experimental email-based community project.

The premise is simple: every day, you get a prompt in your inbox. You get 18 hours to write back with anything you want. The next day, you get a new prompt, but you also get to see what everybody else on the list wrote back.

Not that I want one more extra email in my inbox, but I do find the idea charming.

Waiting to be ready

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Don’t wait.