Why the Sky and the Ocean Are Blue: The Color of Distance and Desire

“Something is always far away… After all we hardly know our own depths.” “To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats,” the poet Archibald MacLeish wrote after Apollo 8′s legendary “Earthrise” photograph made its debut in 1968, “is to see ourselves as riders...

Some of the Best Designed Offices in the World

Airbnb’s San Francisco Headquarters via officelovin.com We’ve discussed before how much our working environments can have an outsized effect on our output. Luckily, Officelovin is collecting photos of their favorite offices in a variety of industries and locations. The beautiful photos provide plenty of inspiration for both home offices and company workplaces alike. Some of...

[Video] Do You Have “Chaotic” or “Clueless” Clients (or both)?

If you’re battling big egos and unfair deadlines, you’re not alone. But for freelancers, solopreneurs and small agencies especially, one bad client can mean big problems, draining your resources and even harming your carefully built culture. In this presentation, given at Ad Age’s Small Agency Conference (2014 in Austin),  I identified 4 red flags to help...

Inside, Outside, Upside Down: A Sweet Children’s Book About Understanding the World Through Relative Positions

A gentle reminder that everything is a matter of perspective. It’s hard enough for grown-ups to grasp that distances shape how we relate to the world, so how is a child to comprehend the importance of positional relationships in making sense of the world? In Inside, Outside, Upside Down (public library) — not to be...

Using social data in the travel industry: An interview with eDreams ODIGEO

Europe's eDreams ODIGEO is the world’s largest online travel company in the flight sector and the largest publicly traded European e-commerce company by profitability. We recently had the chance to sit down with Amaryllis Liampoti, Group Head of SEO at ODIGEO Barcelona, to learn how their team is gathering, analyzing, and leveraging user-generated content to...

Amazing Keyboard Art by Guy Whitby

Guy Whitby, aka WorkByKnight is an artist based in Australia who makes art using various pieces of buttons that can be found in different electronics such as keyboards,typewriters, phones and calculators. He uses photo manipulation techniques to produce each piece, making sure to fill each pixel with a different key or button. With these simple tools, Whitby revived...

James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility to Society

“The war of an artist with his society is a lover’s war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real.” “The sole purpose of human existence,” Carl Jung wrote in his reflections of life and death in 1957,...