David Chang on Creative Direction

Well not exactly. But there’s many parallels in his talk about achieving deliciousness in the kitchen. All you have to do is replace the odd word here and there, and he could be talking about what it’s like to work in a decent agency: what the tradeoffs and sacrifices are, the importance of failure, and the feeling that you want to vomit sometimes.

Well worth spending 15 minutes with…

I’m a huge fan of Lucky Peach which is the magazine that his group publishes. I’m not a massive food nerd, but it’s one of the few publications that I read every single page of when I get one. It’s always full of great design, photos and writing.

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Asylum center phonecard party

This is what it sounds like when you help a group of Asylum Seekers DJ with the tracks from their phones.

This Phonecard Party initiated by Recyclart in Brussels is wonderful. And the writeup here gives lots more detail: Asylum center phonecard party | Princes of Ubiquity.

Mixed groups of arab adolescent men, african women, eastern european families with childeren and elderly people all participated in what resembled an unfamiliar wedding party. Each new song that was played introduced a different traditional or less traditional dance to the floor, which was then interpreted by the others, or simply denied in favour of cheerful improvisation.

I love this for so many reasons.

via: Bruce Sterling’s Tumblr

 

A New Mix – May 2014

This had been kicking around for a bit, unfinished, and unloved. But as soon as I stopped going to work I knew I could kick it out in an hour or two. Please enjoy.

Tracklist:

  1. Something in the Air (Bonobo Remix)
  2. Brennan Green – Ambien
  3. NTFO & Karmon – Composit
  4. Jon Charnis – Prophecy
  5. Chopstick & Johnjon – Pining Moon
  6. Wareika – All Little Things (Visionquest & Nikko Gibler Remix)
  7. Special Case – Ice Twice
  8. Tuccillo (feat Arie) – Reckless
  9. Claptone – United
  10. Robert Babicz – Venus Transit (Wehbba Remix)
  11. Audiofly (feat Jaw) – Excuse My Wildness (Carl Craig Remix)
  12. Midlake – The Old and The Young (Moulinex Edit)
  13. Grandbrothers – Ezra Was Right
  14. Dave DK – Woolloomooloo
  15. Ray Okpara & Markus Homm – Subway Surfers
  16. Simion – Jack UR Body
  17. El Prevost (feat DHam) – Allez Ally (Shonky Remix)
  18. Denix Kurtel & Art Department – Forgot Your Name
  19. Wilkinson – Afterglow

Ugh, calendars.

The Chokehold of Calendars is well worth a read.

In my experience, most people don’t schedule their work. They schedule the interruptions that prevent their work from happening. In the case of a business like ours, what clients pay us to make and do happens in the cracks between meetings, or worse, after business hours.

Truth.

And I’ve often thought about this:

“I’m adding a meeting” should really be “I’m subtracting an hour from your life.”

What if meeting organizers had to ‘pay’ for the time they used from the assembled participants? And how the participants valued the meeting had a kind of multiplier effect on the cost to the organizer?

Meetingville – it’s going to be huge :-)

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