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2017.05.07 links

Creative Careers Demand Reinvention
We are what we do. Until the guillotine drops and we have to become our next best self, an equally terrifying and exhilarating prospect.

A Portrait of I. M. Pei at (Nearly) 100

The Secret to Achieving True Work-Life Balance? Minimizing Choice
Simplify your work and life for maximum mental well-being

Creative director, studio founder and lecturer Craig Oldham’s Creative Lives

Hear the New ‘Tagline‘ on Inspiring Creativity, With Dan Lin, Mike Sheldon and Michael Beneville

Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller
Expertly telling your story is the best kind of organic marketing you can do to promote your art because people care almost as deeply about how you create, as they do about the end product.

His Holiness Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Proof That Design Is Good For Business, In 8 Statistics
Design is being severely underutilized by manufacturers, according to the National Endowment for the Arts.

2017.04.29 links

A brief visual history of Studio Ghibli

What a Copyeditor Earns, 2017

Giovanni Pintori Research
I stumbled on to this site. Glad I did; reminds me why I love design.


Sean Adams
These Moxie guys have a great site. Love the interviews.

The Pope Francis TED Talk Quote That Could Save Your Business

Audi has a fabulous style guide/brand identity site.

What’s in a Name: How The Title “Art Director” Limits the Role of Design in Publishing

At 60, Mark Monteiro Is Thriving in the Youth-Centric Ad World by Avoiding the Temptation to Live in the Past

How to Stay Relevant as a Graphic Designer Today

35 Books Every Designer Should Read

The Incredible Ways Running Changes Your Brain, According to Science

Why copywriters and creatives need to be critics too

75 Resources for Writing Incredible Copy that Converts

2017.01.02 Links

A small sampling of articles read over the holiday break:

Three Mindset Shifts to Achieve Financial Freedom Within 10 Years

7 Podcasts to Help You Think Differently in 2017
Challenge yourself in myriad ways with these 2017 must-listens.

Get Your Personal Finances in Order for 2017 by Reading These 8 Books
Lay the groundwork for a profitable 2017 with a little end-of-the-year reading.

30 Books You Need to Read to Earn ‘Well-Read’ Status
With this list, you’ll feel like you can dominate the Trivial Pursuit literature section.

6 Top Reasons Your Employees Are Not Creative at Work
Something happens to employees when they move from a startup to Corporate America. They lose their creativity. Here is why, and what you can do to stop it.

What Today’s Students are Taught About Design’s Shifting Landcape
Sean Adams + Rachel Troye take teaching seriously

A Brutally Realistic Guide To Your “Dream Job” Of Working For Yourself
Here’s how to nail the “living” part of “living the dream.”

Michael Bierut on Honesty, Taste & Intelligence

Why Sagmeister and Walsh works

How the Hyphen Is Shaping the Future of Advertising
Ability to do more than one thing is freeing transcreatives

5 Pieces of Wisdom from Japanese Graphic Designer Kenya Hara

Meet the Marketing Dream Team of the Future
And then watch them turn your brand blog into a successful content marketing machine

How To Be Your Own Leadership Development Coach
When it’s time to take leadership development into your own hands, here are six places to start.

Ideo’s CEO On How To Lead An Organization Creatively
Creative leadership is the only way for businesses to thrive in the face of rapid change, Tim Brown argues. Here’s how to master it.

The Rise of Autonomous Agents and the End of Advertising

Born nearly two thousand years before Darwin and Freud, Epictetus seems to have anticipated a way out of their prisons.

Tim Ferriss’s Guide to Reading 3 Books Every Week, No Matter How Busy You Are
In the information game, the race doesn’t go to the swift; it goes to the selective.

Who’s afraid of Stoicism?

Running Makes You Smarter, New Study SuggestsAll exercise is good for your brain, but running might offer special benefits.

Lella Vignelli
We are saddened by the news that Lella Vignelli passed away today. In honor of her life we are reposting Michael Bierut’s 2010 essay celebrating her amazing spirit.

Best thing read over the holiday:
Song of the Open Road
That is the best worst, or worst best, ad produced last year. As noted on Twitter, it did not want to make me buy a Volvo, but it did make me want to read Whitman.

2016 favorites

I’m usually not one to make lists of things I like and such, but there were a few outstanding TV shows, books and music that came out in 2016 that are not only worth mentioning but also had an impact on me.

Favorite book: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
I wore those blue nylon Nikes with the gold swoosh back when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, and have bought dozens of pairs since then. Although I get away from Nike every once in awhile, I always seem to find my way back. So I was very interested in Knight’s account of founding the company, warts and all. I’ve about given up on most books in the business section of the bookstore because I’ve found that I learn a lot more from entrepreneurs and founders of companies telling their stories versus ghostwriters and editors cobbling together quips and tricks that worked for them. This is a great read that not only fired my imagination and has given me the courage to step out on my own, but it has also kept me knocking out my daily miles in Nike Zoom Elites.

Favorite record in 2016: Car Seat Headrest “Teens Of Denial”
Very primal and powerful. In a world of overproduced records, this one made me love rock music even more.

Favorite documentary: SoundBreaking
Every episode of this miniseries got better and better. Even the show about disco was fantastic. I intentionally did not watch back to back, so that I could savor each show. I’m mad at myself for erasing them from the DVR, because I’d love to go back and watch the whole thing over again. Having zero musical ability, one of the things I love is watching how music is made. An endless source of wonder.

Best thing on TV this year: The Night Manager
The first episode of this AMC miniseries was a little slow, but so worth getting through to get to the rest of the story. I have not been that riveted by anything on TV since Mad Men ended. The story was phenomenal, and much more fun to watch than read, which says a lot since I love John le Carré.

Best documentary of 2016: The Patriots Day Bombing
This was an extraordinarily important documentary that every American should watch. Rather than focusing on the hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, it tells the stories of the survivors of the bombings, and is one of the most gut wrenching programs you can witness. The program made me proud to be an American, and if you watch it without shedding a tear, you obviously have no heart.

Album I listened to most on Amazon Prime: “Let it Bleed” by The Rolling Stones
I cannot get enough of this record. Every song on it is not just good, but great. The Stones at the height of their powers.

Most used app: Pocket from Google or Evernote
Evernote is the handiest, and I have found all kinds of crazy things to do with it to help keep me on track and moving forward with my life. But Pocket is just the best. The premise of it is exactly like a piece of software The ForeFront Group, a company I used to work for, released back in 1996. It lets you download articles from the web to read later. I have found that I can troll the Twitterverse, find new things to read and download them to read later when I have the time. I could not even begin to tell you how much stuff I have squirrelled away in my Pocket.

2016.10.21 links & more

Creative Matters

The Life-Changing Benefits Of Effective Resource Scheduling

The Power of Creative Cross Training: How Experimentation Creates Possibility
Pick up another creative habit and see your main hustle in a whole new way.

Creative Lives – the Lecture in Progress podcast exploring creative careers

Unlock Your Ideas With Mind Mapping In Just 3 Minutes

5 Top Designers On How To Create The Ultimate PowerPoint Presentation
Slide presentations usually suck—but a good designer can turn that around. Here are four tips for selling your ideas.

How Designers Get a Seat at the CEO Table
Our Q & A with Christopher Simmons, director of MINE, where we discuss how designers can go deeper than the creative brief.

How to Fix Design
Design leaders from across the world come together to figure out what the problems in the field of design are and provide the opening for solutions, which in turn give you a leg up on your career.

by Marty Neumeier


Digital Brand Unification

Q&A: Hayley Hughes talks good brand health

Building Brand Awareness: 3 Basics for Good Design

Taking Pattern Libraries To The Next Level

15 Mistakes That Are Sabotaging Your Content Marketing

Creative Management

How to Create A Handbook Employees Actually Read

6 Top Reasons Your Employees Are Not Creative at Work

10 Dumb Rules That Make Your Best People Want to Quit

Sometimes the dumbest rules can drive away the best employees.

Alex Schleifer: Designing the Perfect In-House Partnerships
Airbnb’s VP of Design on how to establish creative partnerships inside of a large company.

And for fun…

Where Do No. 2 Pencils Come From?

If Didot Were a Woman, She’d Be Audrey Hepburn

How the French artist Philippe Parreno studiously avoids having ideas.