I so agree with this.
Sometimes I wonder if people truly want candor in the workplace. Is it even possible to be candid when you are low on the ladder? My hope is that I can be candid and that everyone above, horizontal and below me in the workplace can be as candid as possible. If not, then everything just gets muddy.
Build a culture centered around speaking the truth, and you create an environment that nourishes courage, encourages risk taking, and regularly pushes your business through new thresholds.
Look into the companies you admire and you'll notice candor sits at the core of the culture of these great organizations. Without it, ideas are squashed before they see the light of day, while those ideas that do surface don't face hard questions from day one. Candor is also the one problem solving technique that works in any situation.
Cool Hunting follows Doug McKenzie, one of the world's premiere close-up magic artists, around New York City to blow the minds of passers-by. Learn a little bit more on what his perspective is on magic.
How do we explain homelessness to children? Have you ever thought about it? Do you tell them that it's because they're bad people? Do you tell them that it's because they didn't go to school and get an education? That they're all crazy? How many assumptions have we made about people that we have never talked to? How often do we really think about their stories and the hardships that they have gone through? Are you really as nice and compassionate as you think you are? I'm definitely guilty of this and everyday I hope that I can grow to be more compassionate and understanding.
I recently found these awesome videos by Anna Akana on youtube and they are some of the most amazing, hilarious, and positive vlogs that I've seen out there. If you get a change, you should watch some of her videos!
A great talk by Adam Savage on the important lesson from failure he learned in his formative years in New York City.
Simon Sinek asks in his TED Talk; What makes a good leader? In his talk, he explains what makes a good leader and why. He explains the concept of leaders taking risks and caring for the group, while at the sacrifice of themselves, in order to maintain the well-being of his followers. There are many leaders in this world, but just because someone holds the position of authority doesn't mean that they are good leaders.
So why is it that our culture is so contrary to this concept? Why do we celebrate modern day leaders who sacrifice others for their own personal gain? The goal here however is not to answer why, but to instill the concept of what good leadership is in ourselves. Once that concept is instilled in our hearts, when the torch of leadership passes to us, we will look to bring others up before ourselves instead of the other way around and become the good leader that we once so desired to follow.
Milton Glaser has a conversation with Steve Heller about design, where it was, where it is going, and what it should be.
Glaser brings up many good points about modern day design and our incorrect approach of designing from a marketing point of view. What we create that will market well, may not necessarily be good for the thing itself we are designing for.
This is a great video to meditate upon as a designer to really delve into the reasons behind we design and what we are designing.
Last night I had the opportunity to attend Roski Talks with guest Stefan Bucher. There were so many things that he said about his life experience as a designer/artist that completely resonated with me.
One of such things was a question that he posed to himself wondering whether or not he wanted to just be a graphic designer. This is a question that I find myself pondering everyday and I think as a result, it has pushed me to try different things. Just the mere fact that another designer who is far more established in his career, felt the same way as me, was very assuring and encouraging.
Greed control was another topic he touched upon. To be able to assess a project and have the ability to say no based not on how much money it can make you, but based on well you can design that specific project. He moved forward to say that it is not a power game and not about being an entitled designer, but instead understanding how much control you have over the project to get the best possible product. To make it even more clear, he illustrated that more greed = bad work. As greed increases and money becomes your motivation, the quality of work decreases, but of course only in the context of discretionary. If you have bills to pay, a family to feed, that is a luxury that cannot be afforded sometimes. However there are moments when it is possible.
The last bit stuck out to me was his take on producing work. There may be time and time again where you spend hours upon hours on a project only to get a "meh" result versus other times where you spend 15 minutes and get the most brilliant solution. There should be no shame in the amount of time spent on a project. Its a difficult concept to grasp, but to make it more clear he alluded it to folding a paper crane. You may one day fold a paper crane in 2 minutes and it is the most perfect of paper cranes, however that crane was benefited by 10 years of folding prior to that. The only reason why you were able to create the brilliant piece of work in 15 minutes is because of all the time and effort you placed into your craft for however many years prior.
This concept was a good lead to move further into work ethic. Always be producing work, because if you wait for inspiration to come, it never will. You have to sit and work and create on a schedule for those ideas to flourish. Sit down and make sure the, "ass to chair adhesion," forms. You're already sitting there, you're not gonna get up now, so just make work!
Thank you Stefan Bucher, you are a great inspiration to me!