1. Quenching the creative fire with stimuli

    You have this passion, you want to create something and you’re just drenching that spark with this bucket full of inspiration. It’s actually killing that spark, putting it out, because you’re just dousing it.

    • Sean McCabe, Seanwes Podcast #062

  2. "There are just so many fantastic apps out there. That is a huge reason for why I built this site. It’ll be a place that floats evergreen content, recommending the best apps for whatever the task and listing those recommendations and reviews in an easy-to-discover layout rather than a reverse-chronological posting format.” – Shawn Blanc

    The Wirecutter is one fantastic resource for getting a well-informed opinion for the best value for money technology related products. Shawn has come up with a great idea - creating a site on the same basis, but for software. The new site will be called The Sweet Setup, and I look forward with anticipation to its release within the next few days!

    ** UPDATE: Shawn has mentioned on his podcast “Shawn Today” that The Sweet Setup site is due to launch today (19th Nov) at 9am. **

  3. It looks like the creative team behind the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have had fun creating these vector “pictograms”. Each Olympic and Paralympic sport will be represented by its own pictogram sports icon. I think they look friendly and yet remain stylish. I like the way the figures look like they are springing into action. Its good to see some ‘behind the scenes’ detail on the website too (as above). Via Jason Santa Maria

  4. 225 Episodes Is Enough

    Enough has been a favourite podcast of mine for a long time now. Patrick and Myke’s conversations have been all over the shop in terms of topics covered and it was this unpredictable variety that made it one of the go-to podcasts in my subscription list. In Patricks own words: “I felt that we had covered just about everything that could be covered with the deeper ideas and topics I wanted to explore there.”

    They certainly covered a lot.

    The last episode was released this Tuesday the 5th of November, the fireworks of Guy Fawkes Night giving a fitting send off in the background. In my opinion, 225 episodes (archived here) of often fascinating and thought provoking high quality content is a mammoth feat in itself. Well done guys.

    Looking forward to whatever creative endeavors are to come…

  5. Tim Flach is the photographer responsible for this incredibly striking captive great grey owl portrait found in his book More Than Human. His method is interesting as he uses the kind of gear and technique usually employed for fashion shoots including large format cameras, studio lighting, and contrasting backgrounds. He captures these animals in a way that is strange and compelling.

    Tim Flach is the photographer responsible for this incredibly striking captive great grey owl portrait found in his book More Than Human. His method is interesting as he uses the kind of gear and technique usually employed for fashion shoots including large format cameras, studio lighting, and contrasting backgrounds. He captures these animals in a way that is strange and compelling.

  6. Do you know how Steve Jobs made Apple great?

    Restraint.

    When deciding between features and experience, Steve always choose experience first.

    Here is an anecdote from Glenn Reid’s blog on an interaction he had with Steve right before iPhoto 1.0. was about to ship.

    Steve: “What is this menu for?”
    Glenn: “So you can sort your photos by different things.”
    Steve [looking through them]: “They are sorted by Date by default, right?”
    Glenn: “Yes.”
    Steve: “Get rid of that menu item” [Sort By Date].
    Glenn: “Okay.”
    Steve: “Why would you want to Sort By Caption?”
    Glenn: “I can’t think of any good reason to sort by caption”.
    Steve: “Get rid of it.”
    Glenn: “Okay.”
    Steve: “Why would you want to sort by any of these other things?”
    Glenn: [some lame possibilities provided].
    Steve: “Get rid of the whole menu.”

    Egg Freckles | What is this menu for?

    Having the guts to ruthlessly strip away certain features (that it could be argued are useful) to provide a better experience was a hallmark of the Jobs era Apple, and we hope this remains in the company culture he created. Restraint is a vital ingredient in a successfully designed product and the designer sometimes needs a second pair of eyes to look over the work, ask questions, and cut away the excess. This becomes difficult when you are in the thick of the design process.

  7. Field Notes Heritage

    Young, Gifted and Back to Paper

    Upfront apologies for the trying-to-be-clever-pop-song-referencing heading. Jim Coudal was the most recent guest on the excellent 5by5.tv interview podcast “Cmd+space” with Myke Hurley. Being a fan of both Field Notes paraphernalia and Aaron Draplins design work, it was cool to hear how the Field Notes concept was born. Inspired by the American agricultural memo books of the early twentieth century, the designs are a delicate balance, strikingly lo-fi and minimalist, whilst retaining a great amount of interest and historical context. Jim speaks about the origin of the Field Notes tagline, which notebook is his own personal favourite, paying attention to the little details and how Aaron Draplin totally “gets it” with his understanding of the Field Notes heritage. Oh, and how glow in the dark ink is not what it used to be. Good stuff.

  8. “You know what drives me crazy? It’s all these people talking about how great technology is, and how it saves all this time. But, what good is saved time, if nobody uses it? If it just turns into more busy work. You never hear somebody say, ‘With the time I’ve saved by using my word processor, I’m gonna go to a Zen monastery and hang out.’ I mean, you never hear that.”

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    Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Before Sunrise. (via parislemon)

  9. “You have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that: nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your whole life experience”.

    – David Carson

    This a great quote. It reminded me that anyone who loves to create has an amazing opportunity to inject their own unique personality into their work. Being inspired by others work is often valuable but we must not rely on it. By putting personality into our work we can progress the current thinking and take it into undiscovered territory.

  10. What a stunning collection of wildlife inhabiting derelict buildings by photographer Kai Fagerström.

I’ve always enjoyed the eerie sense of nostalgia in photography of empty buildings, and he captures the moody darkness inside these abandoned cabins of southern Finland beautifully and the animal inhabitants who make themselves at home in the crevices.

They can also be found in his book "The House In The Woods".

    What a stunning collection of wildlife inhabiting derelict buildings by photographer Kai Fagerström.

    I’ve always enjoyed the eerie sense of nostalgia in photography of empty buildings, and he captures the moody darkness inside these abandoned cabins of southern Finland beautifully and the animal inhabitants who make themselves at home in the crevices.

    They can also be found in his book "The House In The Woods".