“As sexy as brainstorming is, with people popping like champagne with ideas, what actually happens is when one person is talking you’re not thinking of your own ideas.”

Brainstorming Doesn’t Work; Try This Technique Instead (via fastcompany)

"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." - Diane Arbus

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"We’re lost, but we’re making good time." - Yogi Berra



NPR (npr) One rethinks everything, even ditching the Like button.

Stark white and minimally designed, the new NPR One app looks like a paradigm of technology. But surprisingly, the app isn’t powered by algorithms, filters, or other pseudo-intelligence—it’s still good old human editor curation on the backend.

“For us, the algorithm that programs the app is very importantly focused on the human curation part of it,” says NPR VP of digital media Zach Brand. “A lot of people tend to think of it in terms of machine learning—which is a portion as well—but we have dedicated staff making sure that the most important stories are populated from the outset that represent the best experience right at the first moment. As we get to know the listener, it then tailors even more to them.”

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You are not a storyteller - Stefan Sagmeister @ FITC
We had the pleasure of spending some time with Stefan Sagmeister at the recent FITC Toronto conference in April, 2014, and he had some things to say.

Bam! Someone many people respect had to say it. File under: truth.


Erika Simmons’ ‘Ghost in the Machine’

Self-taught artist Erika Simmons has found a beautiful, fitting way to pay tribute to an old yet beloved form of technology. Check out her series “Ghost in the Machine”: 

After The Grill, Sliced Flank Steak! #latergram #gonefishin


As promised! Our very own Petra Mayer on assignment at Comic-Con, dressed as Spider Jerusalem from the comic Transmetropolitan. She gets bonus points for using her shotgun mic as a prop — in this case, a bowel disruptor.

(Thanks to Tor’s Patty Garcia for taking the pic!)




Robin Schwarz is a fine art photographer based in New York and the curator of The Animals We Love assignment.

Firstly this assignment was about community and sharing your best photos. In no way was it a contest or a competition. Everyone who submitted should be proud to have been a part…





Throwback - Celebrities Recreate Iconic Covers for Ebony Magazine’s 65th Anniversary (2010)

To celebrate its 65th anniversary issue and icons of the past and present, EBONY magazine asked their favorite entertainers to pose in modern-day recreations of those covers for a one-of-a-kind look back at the past.

Featuring: Regina King (as Eartha Kitt), Mary J. Blige (as Diana Ross), Nia Long (as Dorothy Dandridge), John Legend (as Duke Ellington), Lamman Rucker (as Richard Roundtree), Taraji P. Henson (as Diahann Carroll), Blair Underwood (as Sidney Poitier), Jurnee Smollett (as Lena Horne), Usher Raymond (as Sammy Davis, Jr.), and Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), among others.

Love this!

These recreations are awesome…

love it!!

(Source: straightfromthea.com)

Vacation Food - Chorizo and Baked Beans #gonefishin


RYOSEN posters by Daijiro Ohara (graphic designer) and Takashi Honma (photographer)


In Praise Of Disciplined Creativity

As ‎executive director of Global Brand Marketing at General Electric (generalelectric)Linda Boff has the muscle of one of the world’s biggest technology innovators at her disposal. To cram the work of engineers and makers creating new things every day into the blip-sized limits of Twitter or Instagram is a true skill. 

Watch the video above to hear how working within these sort of creative constraints help focus GE pitch meetings.

1 minute of brilliance!


Images from an epidemic.

Shots in and around Kailahun, Sierra Leone where the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded continues unabated.
The latest bad news is that the lead doctor at the largest government-run Ebola isolation ward has now also come down with the disease.

Photos:  Jason Beaubien, NPR

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