Well. The British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) have named me in their 'Hot 100' list of people to watch in the UK digital industry which, several years after leaving corporate world to do my own thing, is nice validation. In the rush of the day-to-day, dashing from one job to the next, it's good to pause, take a step back, and remind yourself - you're doing OK.
In between meetings yesterday I went to look at the David Bailey exhibition, curated by the man himself at the National Portrait Gallery (which was wonderful) and in one of the displays typed onto a piece of card was this quote:
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." Calvin Coolidge
Here's my favourites from this week, curated by Fraggl:
- "If you win the rat race, you're still a rat". An extraordinary view on work, joy, and how to live rather than exist from Anna Quindlen, taken from a commencement address (above) never given but widely circaulated
- Lovely: What to do if you’re falling out of love with New York
- An exceptional post from Martin Wiegel on the fragility of creativity
- And a thought provoking post from Ben Kunz on prediction as the fifth stage of technology
And of-course you can sign up to Fraggl here.
I loved this advice from Todd Henry for staying focused through long-arc projects and remaining less prone to procrastination and the 'assassins of creativity', particularly when we start work at the beginning of the day. Instead of always beginning with the end in mind, says Henry, we should end with the beginning in mind. His two-minute strategy (and I quote):
1. Before you close out your work for the day, capture any open questions that you are currently working on. If you were to continue working right now, what would be the very next thing you would do?
2. Write those questions and the next thing you would do on a post-it, or a sheet of paper, and leave it where you’ll see it the next day.
3. Determine right then what you’ll do first when you next sit down at your workstation. Establish a starting point for your work. This will give you immediate traction. Having something to do prevents the paralysis that accompanies needing to decide what to do.
Henry quotes Hemingway who said that “The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day … you will never be stuck". Sounds like good advice to me.
HT 99u for the link
I really enjoyed this profile of Adam Magyar, the 'renegade' self-taught photographer who combines sophisticated photographic equipment, other retro-fitted hardware, self-written software, and an artist's eye to unique effect. In 'Stainless', speeding subway cars and their passengers (often seemingly lost in their own worlds) are captured in exceptionally high resolution. Part of the project involved filming New Yorkers standing on the platform at Grand Central station with a slow motion camera (preview above - watch it full screen). It's strangely poignant. When great technology and great art combine wonderful things happen. This is a great example of that.