Lately I have noticed that it’s very common that people are using certain words as synonyms when the actual meaning is completely difference. In most cases, this wrongdoing isn’t questioned. It’s accepted. Either the person/people listing is autocorrecting it when they are interpreting what is being said, or, the person/people doesn’t know the difference.
One set of words that I often hear peoples use interchangeably is: design, user experience, interaction design, visual design, graphic design, graphical user interface.
Another: idea, concept, strategy.
Another: simple, good, fast, more, better, easy.
Another: new, innovation, valuable, unique.
So, I’m extremely pleased to have stumbled upon the article ‘Innoveracy: Misunderstanding Innovation‘, where Horace Dediu shares his view on; Novelty, Creation, Invention and Innovation.
This is Manolo, our lead guide of the Peru trek. He’s the best. Before our hike, he shared a few words with our team, which stuck with me on our 10 day trek along the Andes to Machu Picchu, and still remain in my head now the trek is finished: There is no easy. It’s all uphill or downhill. To succeed in this journey, it’s less about the physical strength, and more in the mindset. If you ask, will I make it? That’s a question lacking in confidence, and we need confidence, and trust. Trust in each other. We go as a team, so we don’t leave anyone behind. And lastly, Mother Nature is alive, so take a moment to speak to the mountains, as they will talk back. Thank you Manolo.
It’s all really lovely, but I like the ‘lastly’ bit the best.
There is this illusion that this person is creative and has all this stuff, well the fact is there are literally thousands of ideas involved in putting something like this together. And the notion of ideas as this singular thing is a fundamental flaw. There are so many ideas that what you need is that group behaving creatively.
/Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar
the great arises out of small things that are honoured and cared for.
- Eckhart Tolle
I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. And, humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing, about a third of the way down the list. It was not too proud a showing for the crown of creation. So, that didn’t look so good. But, then somebody at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And, a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts.
And that’s what a computer is to me. What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.
- Steve Jobs
Wilson Kipsang won todays London Marathon on the course record time 2:04:26. The 5km between 30-35k he did in 14:33, 35-40 in 14:38 to then set a 2:50/km pace for last 2km. This man… is not a man.
Until yesterday, all my shoes (except my running shoes) had four things in common: simple, beautiful, understated and black. What they also had in common was: predictable, boring and anonymous.
Yesterday I came really close to extend this collection, with a pair of dark navy Jack Purcell Converse shoes.
But instead I got myself a pair of Lunar Flyknit Chukka
in Black/Total Orange-Sequoia-Parachute Gold-Volt-Sail.
Besides being absolutely gorgeous: they are by far the most comfortable shoes I have ever own and the laces matches my front door (and fridge).
The story on Hoefler & Frere-Jones is rather sad. Such a shame. Judging by the articles I’ve read, it seems like Freer-Jones (right) was mislead by a manipulative greedy businessman (left). The whole thing just smells… bad. No moral to be found.
Sadly design often happens without a designer
- Mike Monteiro Source: www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1861
As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
Listen to the demo of Beat It (composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice) here:
This is an excellent photo of a man showing how not to utilise the full potential of a baseball cap.
Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want to get
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
The Michael Johnson Track at Nike Campus
“…you have to see what you can achieve without braking everybody’s balls unnecessarily…”
/Niki Lauda youtu.be/e_k4VBXrxwo
“We might not be able to fix the economy. But we can design the city to give people dignity, to make them feel rich. The city can make them happier.”
this remains one of the best signs I’ve ever seen
A grown man is mad at his girlfriend at a restaurant and has made a menu fort.
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
? Stephen R. Covey
Dazzle explores how fashion can be used as camouflage from face-detection technology, the first step in automated face recognition.