David Hieatt on Do One Thing Well

Recently, I’m obsessed with listening to talks by Hiut founder David Hieatt. When the Do Open book arrived 2 weeks back, I gobbled it down in record time.

Titbits of wisdom that are actionable. On the whole, making an awesome newsletter isn’t too different from making an awesome jeans – show that you care.

In the latest episode on Monocle, he shares the secrets of building brands that last and being involved in purpose-driven businesses.

Listen to it here: The Entrepreneurs on Monocle

Michael Bierut: How To Design a Library

Michael was asked to fill up the white space between the bookshelves and the ceiling. So, he asked his photographer wife to take pictures of kids in the school and put them up.

Result? It sets off a chain reaction from turning it into a more inclusive and human space, to how a librarian reminded herself that’s the reason why she comes to work every day.

Unintended consequences can sometimes be the best consequences.

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LEGO: Imagination Knows No Boundaries

Though I never grew up playing LEGO, I’ve a soft brand for the brand. These little bricks can build a giant pyramid. The amazing things we can assemble is limited only by our imagination.

Also, I enjoy looking at people playing with them to see what they are building rather than the finished work.

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iPhone: 10 Years On

In my hand is an immaculately designed iPhone that has been refined, polished, then further refined and polished over the years.

My first iPhone was a iPhone 5. I still remember the stellar first impression when I first held it. It opened up a world of possibilities and discoveries, just like it did for millions of people around the world.

In 2007, the first iPhone was launched. 10 years on, let’s reflect on the impact this nifty device has on our lives.

How the iPhone Was Born: Inside Stories of Missteps and Triumphs
The part where Scott Forstall shared how they enabled people to type with great accuracy on the software keyboard is a tremendous insight.

Perfect Ten
I still missed the showmanship of Jobs’ presentation, his single-mindedness in pursuit of perfection, his belief in simplicity, and his taste in timeless design. Looking back now, iPhone does indeed changed the world.

iPhone: The bet Steve Jobs didn’t decline
15 challenges facing Apple, and each of those is enough in its own right for Apple not to create the iPhone. But in true Apple style, the immense adversity strengthen its resolve to develop a world-changing product.

The Ubiquitous IKEA Bag

The ubiquitous IKEA bag — we’ve seen it everywhere and use it for everything.

Just the other day, our regular courier guy came over to the office to with a well-worn IKEA bag to collect our parcels.

It’s functionality and versatility at its best. Rugged and durable, it can pretty much handle anything you throw at it.

So, to give this blue bag the recognition it deserves, watch this short advertisement.

(via Co.Design)

Clean Laundry Improves Attendance Rates

To kids, how their friends see them is important. Their words carry weight.

So, to be seen as unkempt affects their self esteem and confidence — to the extend that they miss school.

To combat this, Whirlpool setup an initiative with the simple act of laundry.

Land Heritage

Land Heritage was founded just after the Second World War by Somerset farmer Hugh Flatt who was increasingly struck by how disconnected people had become from the land and from food production.

London-based Together Design created this symbol to illustrate the charity’s love of the land.

It’s not in use today, unfortunately — Land Heritage merged with the Paget Estate and the Soil Association in 2007 to form the Land Trust.

Still, a memorable, fitting idea.

(via Logo Design Love)

Get Back, Tohoku’s Advertisements

Can you believe this is an actual photo, and not some CGI or painting?

This campaign isn’t just winning awards, it’s winning heart too. How can anyone not be attracted to these dream-like pictures that tug at our inner desire to explore and travel?

Since 2011 JR East, one of Japan’s major passenger railway groups, has been running a powerful advertising campaign called Get Back, Tohoku (行くぜ、東北). In an interview in 2015 Dentsu Director Yoshihiro Yagi, who has been spearheading the campaign, explained that the idea was conceived in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami because the best way to support the region was to get people to go there.

[…] “There must be something we can do,” Yagi recalls saying. This eventually led to the campaign slogan Get Back, Tohoku. The posters, now in their 7th year, have largely remained the same in concept and typically feature minimal but powerful photos of trains with the slogan in small, bold letters. At the bottom of the poster, in small font, it reads “You can’t meet by e-mail. Meet on the rails.”

Read more about it at Spoon & Tamago.

The Feeling Of Not Being Able To Write

This is a familiar feeling. I’ve walked this path before, many times.

A few weeks back, I set my mind to posting here regularly, again. Despite the lengthy layoff, I thought the return would be made smoother after 4 years of writing.

Man, how wrong and naive it was to habour that thought. I knew it’s not going to be easy, but I never imagined it would be this excruciatingly tough. It’s painful to turn an idea in my head into words on the screen. Often, the words appear to lose their meaning after I typed them. They are not what I wanted to communicate. On some occasions, the words dried up while I was typing. They almost never return.

I’ve shared my struggles with writing before but this feeling unlike anything in the past. It could be the constant sleep deprivation — a maximum of 5 hours of interrupted rest every week night. This, together with the pressure on the constant disappointment in my job search, may have led to my current awkward state. It seemed every thing, object and people were weighing me down. There was no margin to breathe.

I wrote this on the last page of a generic paper notebook. I was hoping it can offer me an escape from this writing slump and it certainly helped.

Now that I’ve got this out of my chest, let’s see where this newfound enthusiasm will lead me.