Paul Graham, The Top of My Todo List
Based on the top five regrets of the dying, Paul Graham added these five items to the top of his ongoing todo list.
Hillman Curtis was one of my strongest sources of inspiration early on in my career as a ‘new media designer’, and as he reinvented himself from a web designer to film maker it was encouragement for me to take huge risks in my career.
“It’s one of those things that I should always remember, to try and take the courageous route.”
—Hillman Curtis: On Reinvention and Taking the Courageous Path
Life is far too short to not take the courageous route.
A personal project created by Yaniv Fridman illustrating his to do (and not to do) list for “the things we cherish and aspire to in life”. Read more, browse less. Travel more, plan less.
As a designer there is no better way to announce your wedding than to create your own letterpress wedding invites. The insanely talented J Fletcher managed to merge the two distinct styles of his wife and himself to create these lovely invites and groomsmen gifts for the wedding. Go get inspired looking through the rest of his work.
As the Manchester photographer Rosie Hardy watched rioting thugs walk past her apartment, she was left with the feeling of her inner-super hero being stirred up to save the day.
Get inspired by Rosie’s Flickr stream.
I need to re-read this on a daily basis until it sinks in.
Via Floris Dekker
Daniel Burnham, architect (1864-1912) - The man that built some of the worlds first skyscrapers and created urban plans for Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Cleveland, and Manila before the profession of urban planning existed.
It all started when Curt Morgan broke his back snowboarding, and after the doctors insisted that he quit snowboarding Curt decided to explore his other passion—filmmaking. Curt Morgan brought a new modern-style of filmmaking to the action sports industry which has now evolved into turn-key boutique production house making films for Quiksilver, Red Bull, National Geographic, Oakley, United States Marines, and others.
Brain Farm is not just relying on creative genius; they have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and resources to the latest technology—including a mobile stabilization system built on missile guidance technology that has to be registered with the government—to give their shots a unique look.
Don’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity, that you miss the right opportunity.
- Michael Dell
Stories of innovative young people who love what they do.
We’ve found the most passionate, cutting edge young trailblazers we can get our camera on and asked them, simply, to share their stories. Our archive of fascinating shatterbox stories will grow as we seek new characters to feature across limitless industries
Absolutely beautiful poster design by interactive creative director Paul B. Drohan for Obscure Magpie’s SXSW party. Years ago I worked with Paul at 2Advanced Studios and his art and design have always been an inspiration for me.
Creative Director of Google Creative Lab, Ji Lee talks about the power that personal projects have to fuel inspiration and professional development. In 2002 he took to the streets with his ad-mocking concept The Bubble Project by slapping speech bubbles on advertisements throughout the city allowing people to fill in the chat bubbles. 50,000 bubble stickers drastically changed the course of his career.
The height of sustainable creative process can be found at the intersection of routines, systems and spontaneity. Mark McGuinness writes about the balance of these three core processes in an article for Behance Magazine.
“Nineteen years ago, I wanted to open a shoe company with limited money. From experience I knew one had to get in quickly because so often new companies run out of cash flow before they get the chance to conduct business. I also knew it was easier to get credit from factories in Europe who needed the business than from American banks that didn’t. So I lined up the factories, went to Europe, designed a collection of shoes, and returned to the states to sell them.
At the time, a shoe company had two options. You could get a room at the Hilton and become 1 of about 1100 shoe companies selling their goods. This didn’t provide the identity or image I felt necessary for a new company, and it cost a lot more money than I had to spend. The other way was to do what the big companies do and get a fancy showroom in Midtown Manhattan not far from the Hilton. More identity, much more money too.
I had an idea.
I called a friend in the trucking business and asked to borrow one of his trucks to park in Midtown Manhattan. He said sure, but good luck getting permission. I went to the Mayor’s office, Koch at the time, and asked how one gets permission to park a 40 foot trailer truck in Midtown Manhattan. He said one doesn’t. The only people the city gives parking permits to are production companies shooting full length motion pictures and utility companies like Con Ed or AT&T. So that day I went to the stationery store and changed our company letterhead from Kenneth Cole, Inc. to Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. and the next day I applied for a permit to shoot a full length film entitled “The Birth of a Shoe Company.”
With Kenneth Cole Productions painted on the side of the truck, we parked at 1370 6th Avenue, across from the New York Hilton, the day of shoe show. We opened for business with a fully furnished 40 ft trailer, a director (Sometimes there was film in the camera, sometimes there wasn’t), models as actresses, and two of New York’s finest, compliments of Mayor Koch, as our doormen. We sold 40 thousand pairs of shoes in two and a half days (the entire available production) and we were off and running.
To this day the company is still named Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. and serves as a reminder to the importance of resourcefulness and innovative problem solving.”
The innovative beginnings of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. was driven by the determination to become resourceful when confronted with NO.
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