"First, at the turn of the 21st century, it became a democratic affair. Everyday objects were made more beautiful and more readily accessible, and suddenly it was no longer acceptable for things to be unnecessarily unattractive. Moment two arrived soon after, by way of products such as the iPod, which exemplified the possibility of form as actual function. “Design,” Steve Jobs told me in 2003, is “not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” And the business world took note of what design could do for profits. As the aughts advanced, it occurred to people that if design could make products work better, it might also be able to make the world work better."


A Golden Age of Design

Can design help make things better? Yes. It helps us make complex systems easier to manage. But, we’re only ever really doing it in places where people think design should be and not where it could be. Such as addressing wicked problems.

"In the ’80s, when boom boxes and VCRs were all the rage, we had 30 devices to do 30 different things and were none the wiser to how the world could get better until we were introduced to the iPhone. Then, all of a sudden, those 30 devices were magically transported into one device. Let’s call this the great device consolidation, an era that saw desktop and mobile come into their own and advertisers awakened to the compelling proposition that they could capture a consumer on a unit that had a one-to-one relationship with its owner, creating the opportunity for a consistent story to be told to the same person via the same device."


Marketers Take Note: Consumers Now Expect Everything to Work on All Devices | Adweek

Still believe that the advertising of the future will be in how it can be in service to the user rather than a way to interrupt the day to day.

"Congratulations everyone! We did it! We managed to make the last remaining universal symbol of pleasantness, blue sky, completely f—-king terrifying. Whoo!" — John Oliver

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."

- Jonathan Swift (via visualinspirationbythom)

"The question about the sources of our knowledge…has always been asked in the spirit of: ‘What are the best sources of our knowledge – the most reliable ones, those which will not lead us into error, and those to which we can and must turn, in case of doubt, as the last court of appeal?’ I propose to assume, instead, that no such ideal sources exist – no more than ideal rulers – and that all ‘sources’ are liable to lead us into error at times. And I propose to replace, therefore, the question of the sources of our knowledge by the entirely different question: ‘How can we hope to detect and eliminate error?’"


Karl Popper - ‘Knowledge without Authority’ (1960)

Found myself wondering if I’m asking all the right questions lately. 

"You don’t get to decide the truth. Other people have their own experiences, just as valid. This is easy to forget. Your slice of life seems so large and unmistakeable, like a mirage of wholeness from where you stand. But it is your job to know better and not confuse your small piece for the whole, even if you sometimes forget. Life is big—much bigger than just yours. This is the only note to self: other people are real. That’s all there is to learn."

- Frank Chimero – The Only Note To Self

"People care about the environment, when they can afford to."

- Climate change is still a first world problem - Quartz


"From Storytelling to Storylistening" - John Maeda

Why We Need Feminism: The largest scholarship program exclusively for women in America is The Miss America Pageant.

We are accustomed to the habit of waiting so much that we don’t know what to do with our given time now. — 2014

We are accustomed to the habit of waiting so much that we don’t know what to do with our given time now. — 2014

"We are overly enamored of information when we need to be focused on meaning."

- Susan Fournier. Boston University. (via peterspear)

"It’s that simple choice to take responsibility for ourselves and our own values that allows us to feel in control of everything that happens to us and allows us to transform our negative experiences into empowering experiences."

- The Prime Belief

"Maybe Nietzsche was right. God was dead. But who needed God? We had forged this wondrous future. Through the sweat of our brows and the might of our faith. And so how was it anything less than destined? Fuck Providence. We were something bigger than providence. We were destiny. This was how the future was meant to be. And so this was how the future would surely always be. And then. Something went wrong."

- imageThe Rupture — Bad Words — Medium



That Destroyer Beat


Anonymous asked: Do you have any advice on becoming a strategist?

First figure out what you want to provide strategy towards. There’s so many facets of it and you can find something that plays to your strengths.

For me it’s brand strategy, product strategy, design strategy and business strategy usually focused around a consumer product or service. 

All strategy boils down to is the ability to articulate how someone goes from point A to B and why they should do it a certain way and the results of how’ll they’ll succeed if they do.

As for “becoming a strategist”, I say dive in. Find openings in shops that are looking for Jr people or even internships to get your feet wet. 

As this is the first time anyone’s ever asked me on here this type of question, feel free to keep ‘em coming folks.