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  • How do you achieve simplicity?
    How do you achieve simplicity? There is something truly magical—or, more appropriately, wonder-filled—when art pushes us to see the world differently. I love it… Read More...
  • What logos define your story?
    What logos define your story? There are stories all around us, and brands fighting for our attention. Are you aware of their story—and more… Read More...
  • What is the power of the unexpected?
    What is the power of the unexpected? Posters. We walk by them all the time. In schools, in coffeehouses, and on street corners, the poster is… Read More...
  • Is there beauty in your everyday?
    Is there beauty in your everyday? In a world where we provide a minute-by-minute account of what we are eating or share our latest vacation… Read More...
  • Does life have a metaphor?
    Does life have a metaphor? Every now and then, like maybe when the summer movie blockbuster season is over, and before the holiday movies… Read More...
  • What makes good story?
    What makes good story? Today was like most days. I pull up to my office, but can't bring myself to get out of… Read More...
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  • What can we create?
    What can we create? A compelling example of our ability to conjure and design new and truly beautiful works of art is the… Read More...
  • Can design effect experience?
    Can design effect experience? In 2003, Myspace was obviously one of the early juggernauts of the social media explosion. But once thought to… Read More...
  • Are we made to be known?
    Are we made to be known? Given how much time I, you, all of us spend hiding things from each other (those pounds I’ve added… Read More...
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  • Can the Internet promote connectedness?
    Can the Internet promote connectedness? In August 2005, Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar started a project called We Feel Fine. With the growth of… Read More...
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  • What's missing with iTunes?
    What's missing with iTunes? The relationship between design and music is vast. One of my favorite elements – and from a pop culture… Read More...
  • Is there hope in this life?
    Is there hope in this life? That corpse you planted last year in your garden, / Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this… Read More...
  • Where to begin?
    Where to begin? Ask a graphic designer for a definition of the type of work they do, and the answer will most… Read More...
  • Can we caputre the joy of a wedding without the marriage?
    Can we caputre the joy of a wedding without the marriage? The article in the stately Paris Review begins this way: “As Kim Kardashian recently reminded us, marriage is no… Read More...
  • “How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? .… Read More...
  • What can music make us feel.... and buy?
    What can music make us feel.... and buy? Step one: find an awesome song that isn’t widely known (yet). It can be old or new, just make… Read More...
  • What does it mean to be human?
    What does it mean to be human? For a book that attempts to move beyond the highbrow theory of the 20th century, After Theory seems so…ordinary.… Read More...
  • What makes a good story?
    What makes a good story? What makes a good story? Robert McKee’s aptly titled book, Story, is at first glance a how-to guide for screenwriters.… Read More...
  • Is agony innate and can it lead us to something better?
    Is agony innate and can it lead us to something better? we are reminded that faith is less about belief and more about centering your life on something, that agony… Read More...
  • How many times does it take to make art?
    How many times does it take to make art? We like to think of our art as spontaneous. Movies about writers either show them angst-ridden and wondering what… Read More...
  • How do images and atmosphere shape how we think?
    How do images and atmosphere shape how we think? Of course beauty won’t save the world. That’s preposterous. Except, when we hear Dostoevsky initially dropped the phrase, then… Read More...
  • What makes something art? Is it the intent of the creator?
    What makes something art? Is it the intent of the creator? What makes something art? Is it the intent of the creator? Is it the judgment of those experiencing it?… Read More...
  • What practices in our society are "normal" and never questioned?
    What practices in our society are "normal" and never questioned? Pat, who gained weight in his marriage before he was committed, works out religiously. He keeps referring to… Read More...
  • Why do stories last?
    Why do stories last? In the early 1990's, Greg Mortenson failed in his attempt to climb K2, considered the most menacing and difficult… Read More...
  • Can pop culture capture transcendence?
    Can pop culture capture transcendence? It’s not often that you can pinpoint the exact month and year of a transient moment of ecstatic, even… Read More...
  • How do we react to images of suffering?
    How do we react to images of suffering? An article on Time.com tells about the fatigue that many people are feeling over the past few weeks. … Read More...
  • What are we to do?
    What are we to do? Something strange has been happening the last two days. It is insignificant in our everyday lives, our eating and… Read More...
  • What might we be missing?
    What might we be missing? Two moments observed, one beautiful and both infinitely sad. The middle school and high school kids in the town where… Read More...
  • What's wrong with our world?
    What's wrong with our world? Danny Schwartz sat in front of me for two years in fourth and fifth grade. Schwartz, Sherwood, our names… Read More...
  • Are our lives a novel or connected short stories?
    Are our lives a novel or connected short stories? Life comes to us in instances, in images, in sounds. Then we process all that and turn it… Read More...
  • What does minimum have to offer?
    What does minimum have to offer?  I like taking pictures of striking landscapes. Places that are so beautiful that the first thing I do… Read More...
  • Is perspective what you see?
    Is perspective what you see? Perspective is everything. Just ask Julian Beever. Beever is a British artist who specializes in chalk drawings on sidewalks,… Read More...
  • Where are the sacraments around us?
    Where are the sacraments around us? A sacrament is an outward symbol, a visible sign of inner divine grace. Traditionally, there are seven of these,… Read More...
  • How does "absurdity" wake us up?
    How does "absurdity" wake us up? Like most things absurd, it both makes you laugh and wakes you up. Take, for example, his new book:… Read More...
  • Well, today is the big day in Simpsonville as much anticipation has surrounded the big screen debut. There is… Read More...