Q:I LOVE YOUR TUMBLR AND I LOVE THIS HIP HOP PLAYLIST
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SaysEmilie, Vol 24
*Music: 1994 is the Greatest Year in Hip Hop - I’ve been sitting on this one for a while. The arguments in the article are fairly well laid out, but it’s the Spotify playlist that wins the case.
LETS GO GIANTS: Is Bruce Bochy the Best Manager in Baseball? - If you’ve ever met me you know my slightly unhealthy emotional attachment to the Giants. That aside, this is a very well written and researched article that goes into the nuances of being a great baseball manager, a great read for anyone who loves the sport.
Startup: MorningPerson - Hire someone to call you in the morning and chat with you until you wake up. That’s good and great, but take a look at the pricing - you can choose to pay $10 less a month to have a non-native english speaker call you. Outsourcing workers is common practice among cost-conscious startups, but I’ve never seen one make that choice a consumer one. I’m very curious as to which service people will ultimately choose.
NYC: 30 Park Place - You rarely see marketing videos like this for new real estate developments. It’s funny, it’s cute, it’s clever, and it’s very well produced. Oh and the building looks incredible of course.
Advertising: Google Outdoor Ads - Just like great product inserts itself seamlessly into your everyday life, great advertising can do the same.
Bacon: Why America’s Favorite Food Mania Happened - A good subway read, filled with interesting facts about the one ingredient you can’t seem to get away from.
Global Culture: Parenting Around the World - As many know, I grew up in a bi-cultural household which probably accounts for my fascination with how seemingly mundane traditions and habits differ greatly from culture to culture.
More Global Culture: Etiquette Tips for Doing Business Abroad - tl;dr American comes off as pretty disrespectful of personal boundaries, age, and the work-life balance.
Even More Global Culture: School Lunches Around the World - I don’t know what it was this week and last, but everyone was comparing and contrasting habits around the globe. This video covers lunch. It goes without saying that I always had the strangest lunch box contents in elementary school. Always boeuf bourguignon, never PB&J.
Facebook: Safety Check - Though some may call this creepy, time and time again I’ve seen people turn to Facebook to make sure that a friend living in an effected area is alive and well. This is just a way of facilitating that existing communication and habit path, which is a great way to create and itterate a product.
Zip Codes: What Where You Live Says About What You Buy - Interesting demographic information about zip codes. Apparently, I am a latte drinking Apple laptop user. …. Got me.
Art/Spies: Modern Art was a CIA Weapon - This quote is really all you need to spark conversations, but the whole article is fascinating: ”…in the propaganda war with the Soviet Union, this new artistic movement could be held up as proof of the creativity, the intellectual freedom, and the cultural power of the US. Russian art, strapped into the communist ideological straitjacket, could not compete.”
Logos: 40 Brand Logos with Hidden Messages - It’s a game! How many do you know?
Internet: The Internet Map - Zoom in and realize the jaw dropping expanse of the internet. You probably spend your time in a corner 1/32894732984723784 the size of the whole thing.
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Design: Design Kit - IDEO (one of my all time favorite companies) has a non-profit arm that published this design kit that challenges people think about human issues from a design perspective. From my (limited) experience working with an education NGO, I think there’s a lot that of learning that can be shared for the betterment of NGOs and human design.
WiFi: Karma - Fueled Collective startup Karma pivoted last week and launched a pay-as-you-go wireless device. It’s the best deal I’ve seen so far, and you can get $10 if you use my discount code.
~ sidenote, if anyone has any strategy projects related to global connectivity, it’s become a passion project of mine so please reach out!
Webdesign: Dedesign the Web 2 - Quiz! How well do you know the UX of some popular websites?
Fashion: Sole Mate - The store of Christian Louboutin’s psychological mega-win.
Awesome: GoPro 4 - GoPro has amazing content. Inspiring, indescribable, and totally insane. They just released a 4k camera and the footage unbelievable.
Also Awesome: Deadmau5 x Uber - In one of the best PR stunts I’ve seen in a while, Uber enlisted known car aficionado electronic artist Deadmau5 as a driver for one night in Toronto.
Language: Um vs Uh - Depending on where you live and the dialect you speak, your choice of filler word differs. Prepare to be self-conscious when you speak for the rest of the day.
Music: Wonder.fm - I get most of my music from Soundcloud, so this aggregator of top tracks by genre is particularly useful to me. Highly recommended.
Branding: Marin County Brand Guidelines - Marin County has a new branding guide. It’s interesting to see the same principles I use every day applied to the place where I grew up. It’s harder to think of places as brands than companies or products, but they absolutely are.
Video: Inside Me - A psychedelic look into the human body. Good for a short mediation session about the greater meaning of being human. Seriously.
Playlists: Designers.mx - Mixes created by designers meant to be inspiration as you work. Accompanied by great cover art of course.
Healthy Habits: Nightly Walks - I’m a big proponent of the nightly constitutional. This isn’t part of the commute home, this is a conscious, quiet, walk for 10-20 minutes. My parents will never believe it, I used to hate this kind of thing as a kid.
Ello: Is a thing. It might stick around it might not. But it’s great for portfolios. LMK if you want an invite.
SaysEmilie, Vol 22
Self-Promotion: How to Create and Choose a Logo - More writing for TNW. This time about logos, and being nice to your designer.
Also, check out this quarter’s DJ Mag for an article about Outside Lands by yours truly!
Branding: Branding the NYC Subways - Kickstarter to fund printing the massive book of brand guidelines that have dictaed the NYC subway system designs since the 1970s. Worth a look, especially if you’re familiar with the subway system.
Anna Wintour: 73 Questions - This short interview is well produced, and gives a bit of insight into the life and preferences of Vogue’s sunglass wearing editor. Seriously, why is she always wearing sunglasses indoors?
Song: Flight Facilities - Clair De Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg) (Them Jeans Edit) - Very chill, very pretty, very good for a rainy day.
Economics: Why Germans Pay Cash for Almost Everything - Really interesting side-effect of Germany’s turbulent economic past.
Music Culture: Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke On Being - I’ve always been a massive Bloc Party fan, and very much enjoyed Kele Okereke’s well written article on the difference between acceptance in rock and electronic music culture. As electronic music becomes more mainstream, I hope the more tolerant and diverse culture that it currently supports starts permeating other areas of society.
Lessons: Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life - Bill Murray seems to have a pretty exciting existence, so these can’t be the worst tips to follow.
Menus: Decoding Restaurant Menus - Linguist Dan Jurafsky looks at the language used in restaurant menus. Interesting for anyone who gives them more than a passing glance.
Food/Rent/Cost-of-Living: Infographics Use Food To Show The Wildly Differing Rents In America - It’s sometimes difficult to show the difference in what you pay for vs what you get when comparing an apartment in SF and an apartment at the same price somewhere less trendy/premium. I like this use of food as a point of reference.
Map: How Neighborhoods Spend in SF - More socio-economic data visualization, this time using data from Mint.com. Helpful if you’re looking at neighborhoods to move to and want to see culture through a different filter. Aka how much do your future neighbors like to spend on gym memberships.
Ad: Farewell Jeter - I am NOT a Yankees fan. But this brings on a lot of feels.
Food: Edible Coffee Cup - Forget the cronut, this is great. LA peeps feel free to send one my way.
iOS 8: Wave - In case you haven’t seen it yet… (pro-tip: Don’t do it.)
Millennials: Millennnials Love Transit - Interesting study, but how much of this is because Millennials are more likely to live in urban areas that have good transit systems, as opposed to their Boomer parents who have cars used to drive Millennial children around? This could also be a reflection of increased awareness of global warming and a desire to stop using natural resources (oil) and pollute the air. But I think it’ll be a few more years before a study like this becomes more significant.
App: Clinkle - Clinkle raised 15million in funding last year before anyone really know too much about what it does. It just launched and it seems to be a gamified payment system w/ social. In startup speak, it’s Simple + Venmo + Slingshot
Tech: Brave New Phone Call - A deep look into the development process behind an app that’s trying to rethink communication and the phone call. Really good read that gets into the details of the strategy and development process.
Music: i - Kendrick Lamar. Seems to be holding on to the last bits of summer, I don’t hate it.
iPhone 6: Black Market iPhone 6 - The new iPhone 6 came out (in case you hadn’t heard) and Casey Neistat took to the streets of Soho to document the black market culture that has developed around Apple device releases. It’s a sobering and disturbing look at one result of the culture of need and status that has developed around the caché of having Apple products on the morning of Day 1.
Music (Video): Hitchhiker - I can’t stop watching. I don’t know why it doesn’t have more views.
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Connections: Spotify Serendipity - Kyle McDonald, an artist developer at Spotify, has gathered Spotify play data to create a visualization of when the same song is played by two different people at the same time. Pretty fun to look at and think about.
Startups: JOLT - Two weeks ago Andrew and I had the pleasure of going up to the JOLT incubator in Toronto to run a mobile workshop. There were some really interesting companies working out of the space, and I highly recommend checking a couple of them out.
Adorable: The Boy Who Beeps - Seriously, watch this one. It’s adorable and very well done.
Analogue / Tech: Moleskine / iPad - Moleskin, which bas a history of forging partnerships with tech companies (Evernote), has teamed up with Livescribe to produce a notebook that backs up to an iPad when used with the Livescribe pen. My birthday is coming up soon-ish…. Hint hint.
Data: The Data of Cool - There’s a lot of data available to the public, all you need to do is look at it the right way to see some pretty random trends.
Trend: Instagram Users are Obsessed with Recreating Its Logo - Instagram is a playground for artists, designers, musicians, and bloggers, and this trend is another example of how creative people can be on the medium.
Knowledge: The Answers Issue - A rough guide to a lot of things you didn’t really need to know.
Society: Using Gambling to Entice Low Income Families to Save - Some credit unions and non-profits are championing prize-linked savings account that link savings account deposits to lottery entries. Really turns the concept of gambling on its head - I’m interested to see where this will go.
Innovation / Tech: Estimotes Bluetooth Wearables - Innovation in beacon technology has picked up speed over the past couple years, and Estimotes new offering makes it accessible to many many more people, to be used in a variety of situations where people want to tie the digital world to the real world.
Lists: Things to Do Before Climate Change Ruins Everything - A new kind of bucket-list.
Restaurants: Hack The Menu - Every “secret menu” item ever.
App: The Met App - Sweet design, and a lot of information on exhibitions that’s relevant to everyone, not just visitors.
Ad: The Ikea Catalogue - In honor of the Apple announcement tomorrow, Ikea comes in with a winner.
Movie: The Ramones Movie - Can Vince Chase be cast as Joey Ramone? Yes.
Epic: Tywin Lannister Gives a Pep Talk - SO. EPIC. Watch it every morning and you’ll crushhh itttt.
SaysEmilie, Vol 20
Shameless Self Promotion: The Beginners Guide to Organizing Content on Mobile - I spent a lot of time on my phone, so I am fully qualified to write 1000 words on designing for mobile.
Shameless Self-promotion: How to Build Apps for Seniors - Every quarter I write a series for Fueled on how to build apps for different demographics. Last quarter it was millennials, this quarter it’s seniors.
Shameless Self Promotion (app): Chopping Block - Last fall I worked on the strategy and design of a cooking app and a few days ago it was released to the world. I’m particularly excited about this one, so please take a look!
LOL: The World’s First and Only Completely Honest Resume of a Graphic Designer - For anyone who’s ever worked with (or as) a designer.
North Korea: What the Future Looks Like to North Koreans Who Have Never Left / Secret Photos from Inside North Korea - I find North Korea particularly fascinating. The society is truly closed off from the rest of the world, which makes it a great environment to study human perception under conditions that are incredibly different from other countries’ citizens. The artwork that displays North Korean perceptions of the future is eerily similar to 1950s artwork of the future that was being created in the United States, which lends the question - what happened in the past 60 years that influenced design to look the way it does now instead of how we thought it would look, and will North Korea eventually follow the same design path we have and leave the Jetson’s look behind?
Mobile Trend: Emoji Have Won the Battle of the Words - I have noticed that emoji-only texts have become more popular over the past year, but until we have a champagne bottle emoji they haven’t truly won.
Virtual Payments: How Online Payments have Transformed Prostitution - Interesting look into how changes in payment technologies have influenced the shady world of prostitution, by the fabulous Courtney Boyd Myers.
App: NPR One - It’s no secret I’m an NPR junkie. This is a simple app that feeds my habit, so I’m into endorsing it.
Binge Watching: The 50 Best Documentaries Streaming on Netflix - Because there are only so many episodes of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
World: A Cocoa Farmer Trying Chocolate for the First Time - Just watch it.
Names: Who Wins in the Name Game - My name is Emilie, and it’s spelled that way because my mother is French. I have probably spent the equivalent of a week of my life spelling it out to people, looking for personalized items at US theme parks (in vain), and listening for people to call out “Eh-meal” when referring to me, but I’m ok with that. The article is a quick an interesting read for anyone with a funny name, or anyone who judges people upon meeting them.
Parenting: Global Parenting Habits that Haven’t Caught on in the US - Again, my mother is French - I was raised in a no snacking, eat everything on your plate household. Any friends who came over were also subject to the “French” way of eating. This has probably influenced how much I like learning about how certain habits differ in different cultures.
Work Habits: The Power of the Doodle - Doodling during meetings improves focus and memory. I’m bookmarking this one forever. Doodlers unite!
Fitspo: Misty Copeland Under Armor Commercial - Incredible. And I’m not just talking about her calves. Or the vast amounts of idiocy in the comments section.
Innovation: Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables - Ugly veggies are healthy too. Intermarché’s campaign is clever at it’s core, and very well executed from start to finish.
Apps: Sony Water Apps - This is good mobile strategy. Simple apps that leverage a particular device feature, in this case waterproof-ness.
Burning Man: Burning Man and the Tech Elite - I have (“hippie”) friends who have been Burners for years, and (tech) friends who are going for the first time this year. I have my own opinions on the event that I will generally keep to myself, but I will leave this link here.
Now, riddle me this: HOW DOES ANNA WINTOUR’S HAIR STAY LIKE THAT?
Wooooo #sfo #stereogram #gif #hypnotized #funandgames #imlost (taken with @phhhoto) (at Terminal 3 - San Francisco International Airport (SFO))
May the Force be with you #starwars #ldac #yoda #gif #lucasfilm #phhhoto (made with @phhhoto) (at LucasFilm)
Up close and personal #turndownforwhat #mets #nyc #fireworks #casual #firstrowswag (taken with with @phhhoto) (at Citi Field)