Answer These Ten Key Questions To Beat Competitors

Change is hard. I see entrepreneurs every day who are trying to change the world with a new idea, and startups that are trying to survive their hyper-growth phase by changing processes to meet demand. In both cases, it’s easy for them to become frustrated and give up, since most have never been trained in...

7 Websites To Showcase Your Design Portfolio

Because not every designer can build their own website. Are you the web design and development god that has no problem establishing your very own portfolio website? Or are you just like me, who relies on online platforms to upload, publish, and showcase his works. Luckily, there is an array of these said websites where...

From the SPD Archives: Vegetable Costumes at SPD Gala 28, 1993

There were many memorable moments at the SPD Gala 28, held in May 1993. One of the most vivid visual highlights of the evening was the collection of costumed vegetables that were on display. The costumes were designed and modeled by senior fashion design students from Parsons School of Design, and included fanciful takes on...

What Is Philosophy For? A Beautiful Animated Manifesto for Undoing Our Unwisdom, Cultivating Our Character, and Gaining Perspective

“The points at which our unwisdom bites and messes up our lives are multiple and urgently need attention, right now.” “Philosophy’s main task is to respond to the soul’s cry,” Sharon Lebell wrote in her classical manual for the art of living. But what types of consolation does philosophy offer the soul, in more practical...

You can’t mess with policy

I think calling something a “policy” immediately makes it more official. A few of my unspoken policies include: I will not check my email before I make my bed. Ilise Benun is the only person I will agree to speak with before 9 AM. If you ignore our scheduled phone call twice, and don’t apologize, I...

Mark Twain on Slavery, How Religion Is Used to Justify Injustice, and What His Mother Taught Him About Compassion

“She never used large words, but she had a natural gift for making small ones do effective work.” Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is celebrated as America’s greatest humorist — from his irreverent advice to little girls to his snarky stance on creativity to his masterwork on masturbation. But underpinning his winsome...

Graphic Design Trends Designers Love—& Hate, Part 1

Creatives seem to have a love/hate relationship with graphic design trends. On one hand, they’re a good indicator of what’s popular, relevant and groundbreaking—at least when they first start to emerge. On the other hand, it’s not necessarily flattering for your work to be viewed as trendy lest you be labeled a follower rather than...

Skip Monday Blues with Sort-Your-Life-Out Sundays

Watch by Julien Deveaux from The Noun Project When asked in an interview about how he structures his work week, Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter and Square) said: “Sunday is [for] reflections, feedback, strategy and getting ready for the rest of the week.” Laura Vanderkam, author of “What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend,”...

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself: A Timely Vintage Field Guide to Self-Reliant Play and Joyful Solitude

A celebration of makers and hackers from half a century before they were called makers and hackers. Legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has written beautifully about why the capacity for boredom is essential for a full life and Susan Sontag contemplated the creative purpose of boredom. Perhaps we understand this intellectually, but we — now more...

Make Every Member Of Your Startup Act Like An Owner

Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where they decide to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing, and administrative tasks. Then they are surprised to see productivity and creativity take a big dip. What they should be doing is hiring only “entrepreneurs,” meaning people who think and act as...