These kids are amazing and a great reminder to do what you love unapologetically.
“Once the work is done, it’s not yours anymore. You draw the comic, write the book, make the app, and then it makes its way out into the world. And it starts to talk back to you. It’s the weirdest thing—if the thing you make goes anywhere, it’s because other people carried it. Your thing becomes our thing. This is deeply unsettling, but it is also a beautiful situation that binds us to one another. So much for independence. It’s a false dream. What we really have is co-dependence, and what we desire when we speak of independence is equity and autonomy.”
I've read this 3 times since I first read it last night. I'm happy to see more people discussing matters of mental health awareness amongst the startup/tech community.
“Always be willing to destroy your ideas. Good ideas will stand up against any test. And we should test our ideas and make sure they can withstand the test. Try to break them down. Try to make them invalid.”
I always say that one of the best experiences as a young designer was to live the agency life for a while. There are lessons to be learned that can't be taught as well anywhere else — surviving isn't about being the best designer, it's about being the best teammate. Plus, you can always leave agency life for a startup, but I don't think you can ever go back.
2012 was a really good year for music, in my humble opinion. The majority of what I listened to came out as a single or EP, particularly as I began actively curating my workingbeats playlist on Spotify.
However, there were a ton of new records that came out, many that I was eagerly anticipating across a bunch of genres. My favorite record of the year was an easy pick. I knew it was going to be my favorite of the year by the second listen: Gojira — L'Enfant Sauvage. French metal wins in 2012.
With so many good records in 2012, this year's list definitely took the longest (so far) to edit down to ten picks....
- Baroness — Yellow & Green (Relapse)
- Converge — All We Love We Leave Behind (Epitaph)
- El Ten Eleven — Transitions (Fake Record Label)
- Gojira — L'Enfant Sauvage (The All Blacks)
- Holy Other — Held (Tri Angle)
- Lorn — Ask The Dust (Ninja Tune)
- Meshuggah — Koloss (Nuclear Blast)
- Metric — Synthetica (MMI)
- Pinback — Information Retrieved (Temporary Residence)
- Purity Ring — Shrines (4AD)
Below is a Spotify playlist of my favorite tunes from each record. You can also find a playlist of full albums here. Enjoy!
If you've ever seen Rodney skate, you know he operates on a separate plane of existence than most everyone else. It's incredible that he embraces what most everyone else avoids: loss of control (hello, primos?!). What I love about this talk is that Rodney's personality is nearly identical how he skates. Tangential and brilliant.
...it's our job to destroy the idea that we get a visit from the Inspiration Fairy every night. When a designer is asked where they get their ideas, there’s only one answer that rings true...
You can A/B test your way to "better" but it's hard to A/B test your way to "awesome". Awesome requires insight and intuition.
Knowing people is overrated. Understanding people is underrated.