18 striking findings from 2018 | Pew Research Center
Almost seven-in-ten Americans (68%) feel worn out by the amount of news there is these days. While members of both parties say this, Republicans are feeling it more: Roughly three-quarters (77%) of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents feel worn out over how much news there is, compared with 61% of Democrats and Democratic leaners.

st Americans (59%) say climate change is affecting their local community at least some, especially those who live near a coast. Two-thirds of those who live within 25 miles of a coastline (67%) say this, compared with 59% of those who live 25 to 299 miles from a coast and half of those who live 300 miles or more from a coast. These geographical differences exist within the parties too: Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who live within 25 miles of a coastline are more likely than those who live at least 300 miles inland to say climate change is affecting their local community. The same is true among Republicans and Republican leaners.

Nine-in-ten Americans believe in a higher power, but just a slim majority (56%) believes in God as described in the Bible. Belief in a higher power is even common among religious “nones,” or those who identify as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.” Meanwhile, about half (48%) of U.S. adults say that God or another higher power directly determines what happens in their lives all or most of the time, and three-quarters say they try to talk to God or another higher power.
women  politics  religion  climate-change  pew  america 
How This All Happened · Collaborative Fund
Now you can see the problem.

Joe, an investment banker making $900,000 a year, buys a 4,000 square foot house with two Mercedes and sends three of his kids to Pepperdine. He can afford it.

Peter, a bank branch manager making $80,000 a year, sees Joe and feels a subconscious sense of entitlement to live a similar lifestyle, because Peter’s parents believed – and instilled in him – that Americans’ lifestyles weren’t that different even if they had different jobs. His parents were right during their era, because incomes fell into a tight distribution. But that was then. Peter lives in a different world. But his expectations haven’t changed much from his parents, even if the facts have.

So what does Peter do?

He takes out a huge mortgage. He has $45,000 of credit card debt. He leases two cars. His kids will graduate with heavy student loans. He can’t afford the stuff Joe can, but he’s pushed to stretch for the same lifestyle. It is a big stretch.

This would have seemed preposterous to someone in the 1930s. But we’ve spent a half-century since the end of the war fostering a cultural acceptance of household debt.

During a time when median wages were flat, the median new American home grew 50% larger:
economy  history  america  thebrowser  writing 
2 days ago
Guide to Advertising Technology - Columbia Journalism Review
would not have seen the rise of autonomous news coverage, free from the yoke of political support.123 Subscription-based models of information distribution ensure that only people with means have access; advertising makes information available to everybody. And without advertising, it’s doubtful that the internet would have grown as quickly, and served so many people all over the globe.124 Yet, these infrastructures also brought about unforeseen challenges to the production and distribution of news. Technology investor John Battelle, in writing about the damage that digital advertising has wrought, quoted author Steven Johnson (who himself was quoting economist and Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling): “One thing a person cannot do, no matter how rigorous his analysis or heroic his imagination, is to draw up a list of things that would never occur to

Complete run down, glossary, etc.
2 days ago
A Professional Safecracker Reveals His Craft - The Atlantic
Everybody has a box,” Santore said to me one day over lunch. “They have some place where they keep things and they don’t want anybody else to know what’s in there.” His hands were blackened with metal dust from a jewel safe he had drilled that morning. “There’s something sort of esoteric or ambiguous about that,” he continued, “like the safe is someone’s little space—someone’s psyche—and not everyone’s psyche is a clean place, you know?”


For Louis, though, the question was invigorating: What do you want to be? What’s inside you? “Maybe you’re the ultimate safe you’re trying to crack,” he said to me, getting excited by the thought. “You spend your whole life trying to open one thing,” Louis said, “and it’s you.”
writing  safes  losangeles  security 
3 days ago
What a brandless brand is selling you | The Outline
A&F CEO Mike Jefferies offered a notorious illustration of this logic in 2006 when he announced, in a Salon profile, that he wasn’t interested in having anyone but popular, attractive teens wear the brand’s clothes. “In every school, there are the cool kids and the popular kids,” he admitted with no apparent hesitation. “Candidly, we go after the attractive, all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong in our clothes. And they can’t belong.”
Jefferies is, obviously, an asshole. But his comment correctly diagnoses how branding has changed, as well as the work consumers are now expected to do on its behalf. When your customers are active partners in “making” and “managing” the brand, policing who is allowed to shop at your store is, weirdly enough, a hiring decision like any other. We’re used to thinking of production and consuming as separate activities, but, as Jefferies shows, in modern branding, they are one and the same. Making sure the “right” person consumes your clothes is a way to enhance a brand’s value. Like it or not, then, modern life gives you little choice but to “work” for a brand, putting all of our social lives in the service of capital. What branding offers is belonging (for a price).

Note end on capitalism.

Me: Branding is about creating shared values and while the author is right that modern branding began with the onset of the 20th century it actually stated with the earliest of clans hundred of years ago: flags, family coat of arms, shields. All of these things conveyed a belief that allowed individual people, who typically perish when they are alone in the wild, to be with a group whose belonging provides security and thriving. And thank god for it because our greatest creations have been group effort.
branding  brand_abercrombie  brandstrategy 
3 days ago
Lyft teams with Wieden+Kennedy to get people to say ‘yep’ to the rideshare | The Drum
Lyft has begun rolling out its newest brand campaign with two humorous video spots, ‘Nope/Yep’ and ‘Yep, You Can.’ The spots, directed by director Tom Kuntz (Old Spice, Apple), are live across digital and social platforms and local broadcast in select markets.
wiedenkennedy  brand_lyft 
4 days ago
Census Bureau Releases New Data on Idaho Cities, Towns from 2013-2017 | idaho@work
Idahoans who don’t own their homes saw a $28 increase in median gross rent from $764 in 2012-2016 (adjusted for inflation) to $792 in 2013-2017.

Idaho’s median household income increased $1,811 from the 2013-2017 survey period to $50,985.
census  idaho  realestate  planning_cbh  planning_ICCU  planning_JKAF 
4 days ago
RV Quick Facts | RVIA
Who is the RV traveler?

U.S. ownership of RVs has reached record levels, according to a 2011 University of Michigan study commissioned by the RV Industry Association. Approximately 10 million households now own an RV.
The typical RV owner, according to the 2011 report, is 48 years old, married, and has an above-average annual household income of $62,000. RV owners are likely to own their homes and spend an average of 3-4 weeks annually, industry research shows.
The upswing in RV ownership is driven by strong interest from both younger and older buyers. RV ownership rates now extend across a 40-year span from age 35-to-75, the Michigan study found.
More RVs are now owned by those ages 35-to-54 than any other group, according to the University of Michigan study.
More than 11% of U.S. households headed by 35-54-year-olds own an RV, exceeding the 9.3% ownership rates of those 55 and over. The 35-to-54 age group posted the largest gains in the 2011 Michigan survey.
New demographic research will be published later in 2018.
planning_bishs  rv 
4 days ago
Pentagram’s super smiley identity for Happy Face pizzeria
The Happy Face logo is accompanied by a group of cute, illustrated icons including a pizza slice, ice cream, lemon and disco ball, which take inspiration from Italian cartoons from the 60s and 70s. “Happy Face is the main character, and the other elements [are] his friends, who hang out in the daytime restaurant, before partying downstairs at the disco,” says Powell.
creative_executions  design  pentagram 
4 days ago
Millennials watch more TV than YouTube and Facebook | WARC
Nearly three times the number of American millennials watch ad-supported TV content than use YouTube, according to the latest data from the Global TV Group. TV brands, across both linear and catch-up, recorded 4.8 million viewers per average minute this year, while YouTube registered at 1.9 million. Facebook clocked in at fourth with 1.0 million views per average minute, one-fifth of the level seen for TV brands.

Snapchat, Google and Instagram reported similar levels of viewers per average minute, between 650 and 700 thousand. This was significantly higher than Amazon, which placed 12th at 81,000.
tvratings  tvviewership  GenY 
5 days ago
How To Write An Effective Thank You Letter - The Book of LifeThe Book of Life
Praise works best the more specific it can be. We know this in love; the more a partner can say what it is they appreciate about us, the more real their affection can feel. It is when they’ve studied the shape of our fingers, when they’ve recognised and appreciated the quirks of our character, when they’ve clocked the words we like or the way we end a phone call that the praise starts to count. The person who has given a dinner party or sent us a present is no different. They too hunger for praise in its specific rather than general forms. We don’t have to be great artists to send effective thank you notes: we just need to locate and hold on tightly to two or three highly detailed reasons for our gratitude.
advice  writing  thankyou 
5 days ago
Former Yahoo Executive Takes the Helm at Ad Verification Business Integral Ad Science
“The core ar­eas are ad ver­i­fi­ca­tion, brand safety and also viewa­bil­ity,” she said. “My plan is to re­ally in­vest in those core ar­eas and in­no­vate on the prod­ucts with new tech­nolo­gies and to scale these prod­ucts glob­ally.”
brand_safety  fraud 
6 days ago
WPP to be 'creative transformation company' as strategy review focuses on growth
"What we hear from clients is very consistent: they want our creativity and they want us to help them transform their business in a world reshaped by technology. This is at the heart of what we do.

Creating a "simpler, improved offer" for clients WPP will focus on four things:

1. Communications (advertising, content, media, public relations and public affairs and healthcare)

2. Experience (new brand, product and service experiences for clients)

3. Commerce (helping clients in "omnichannel" commerce and marketplaces such as Alibaba and Amazon)

4. Technology (to support chief marketing officers and chief information officers to build and operate marketing technology)
agencybusiness  agency_businessmodels  agencies 
6 days ago
Board of Innovation Business Cards
Board of Innovation have come out with a deck of cards to help you brainstorm innovative ideas with great business examples, they also have 52 actions for intrapreneurship (H/T BDD James Green)
blog  innovation 
6 days ago
The Top 25 Agency Blogs You Should Be Reading
Agency Management
The Top 25 Agency Blogs You Should Be Reading
by Penny Kooy, January 4, 2017
To be the best, you sometimes have to learn from the best. In the digital information age, tapping into the advertising world’s greatest minds only takes a couple clicks. We’re talking about company blogs, of course. Whether you’re in search of information or inspiration, here are 25 creative agency blogs you should read.
7 days ago
Nielsen Audience Report
Excellent breakdowns of time spent with media.
nielsen  media 
7 days ago
Four ways to make better strategy choices | McKinsey
Viewing strategy choices through four lenses—financial performance, markets, competitive advantage, and operating model—can help companies debias their strategic dialogues and make big, bold changes.
strategy  mckinsey 
7 days ago
What Happened When We Paused PPC Brand Campaigns | PPC Hero
The brand campaigns in Google and Bing were turned off on July 31 and here is what happened. The spend decreased by 9%, conversions decreased by 52%, CPA increased by 91%, revenue decreased by 54%, and ROAS decreased by 49%.
7 days ago
51 Tips For a Successful Life
(31) Be sure to tell your children fantastic lies while they are still young enough to believe them. For example, I am right now wearing shoes I convinced my 5yo are made out of dinosaur skin.
philosophy  writing  advice 
7 days ago
Agencies Get Diary Measurement Shift Close-up | Radio & Television Business Report
This means all of Nielsen Audio’s markets will receive data every 30 days — just like its electronically measured markets that utilize the Portable People Meter (PPM).
media  ratings  nielsen 
7 days ago
Investors like Lunch Partners tap the expertise of marketing executives to back startups
The fund, started last year by for­mer Vi­a­com Inc. mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive Ross Mar­tin, is part of a move­ment by ad­ver­tis­ing pros to use their mod­ern-day mar­ket­ing skills to make fi­nan­cial bets in­de­pen­dent of their day jobs.


But com­pa­nies are re­lax­ing their his­tor­i­cal re­luc­tance to let­ting their em­ploy­ees in­vest, said Ms. Licht. “Com­pa­nies are say­ing, in or­der to keep this per­son, I want to give them the abil­ity to in­vest, and also it ups their game, the game of the mar­keter.”
marketing  vc  marketing_strategy 
8 days ago
New report says ad spending is expected to increase 7.2% in 2018, surpassing earlier forecast of 6.4%
Global ad­ver­tis­ing is near­ing its strong­est show­ing since 2010, ac­cord­ing to a new fore­cast from ad-buy­ing group Magna Global. Spend­ing is on track to in­crease 7.2% in 2018 to $552 bil­lion, the com­pany said, rais­ing its growth fore­cast for the year from an ear­lier pro­jec­tion of 6.4%. The com­pany is also in­creas­ing its ex­pec­ta­tions for 2019 ad spend­ing to 4.7% in growth from 4%.

De­spite the up­swing, there is lit­tle cel­e­bra­tion on Madi­son Av­enue. Rev­enue at the four largest ad hold­ing com­pa­nies—WPP, Pub­li­cis Groupe, Om­ni­com Group and In­ter­pub­lic Group of Cos.—is likely to grow by weighted av­er­ages of only around 2% in 2018 and 3% in 2019, ac­cord­ing to Piv­otal Re­search Group Se­nior An­a­lyst Brian Wieser. Most growth will come from advertisers who don’t use holding companies.


While U.S. ad spend­ing is ex­pected to rise 7.5% in 2018, to $208 bil­lion, Magna pre­dicts a “mod­er­ate slow­down” in U.S. ad growth to 2.4% in 2019, said Mr. Lé­tang. (That is an in­crease from the com­pa­ny’s pre­vi­ous ex­pec­ta­tions of 2%.)
2019outlook  adspending  advertising 
8 days ago
Payless pranks unsuspecting fashionista wannabes | AdAge
Just over a year ago, discount shoe brand Payless was emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy with a leaner store fleet and fewer debts. Now, it’s punking potential customers by pretending its inexpensive shoes are actually luxury items. The Topeka, Kansas-based Payless recently opened a store called "Palessi" where Payless footwear was marked up from near $20 to $640.

Eager fashionista influencers ate it up; many appeared on camera talking up the attributes of the discount shoes. Payless and its agency DCX Growth Accelerator also filmed their shocked reactions to the truth.
creative_executions_guerrilla  guerillamarketing  pop-up  guerrilla  brand_payless_shoes 
8 days ago
Burger King offers customers one-cent Whoppers while they're at McDonald's | AdAge
The burger chain is pushing people to download its app (or use it, if they are among the millions who already have it) by offering a one-cent Whopper. The catch: Patrons have to place the order on the app while they're inside or nearby a McDonald's. The app will then direct them to the nearest Burger King to redeem the offer.

BK says FCB New York approached it with the premise about a year ago.

"We love ideas that when the idea gets to us we say 'how the heck are we going to pull this off?'" said Marcelo Pascoa, BK's global head of brand marketing.
brand_burgerking  app  challenger 
8 days ago
Lyft drops its 'L' in solidarity with screwed Brooklyn commuters | AdAge
me April 2019, Brooklyn commuters in Williamsburg and Greenpoint are going to be totally screwed. That’s when the L train, their main transportation lifeline into Manhattan, will go out of commission for a full 15 months.

Ride sharing platform Lyft is showing its support for the soon-to-be trainless city-dwellers with an outdoor campaign running in Williamsburg and Bushwick that cheekily drops all the l’s from its logo and copy, featuring lines like “Stay ca m. We wi  get through this together,” “ ove where you ive,” and “ ong ive Brook yn.”
creative_executions_outdoor  design  brand_lyft 
8 days ago
The Good Life: Hit the road, Jack | Classic Ad Review - Ad Age
The real star of this 1962 ad, though, is the "Great Sign," as it was known in-house. The first one, built by Balton Sign Co., cost $13,000 to erect and would be the motel's only advertising for several years. The gigantic, 50-foot, lit-up roadside sign gradually began dotting the country as the chain started to expand. "This Sign means a Warm Greeting Coast-to-Coast" the copy reads.
signage  design  brand_holidayinn 
8 days ago
From the crawl to the cantina: how Star Wars was designed
Five pages might not sound like a lot, but in one section – which will probably be familiar to creatives everywhere – Lucas shares the angst he experienced while working.

“You go crazy writing,” he says. “You get psychotic. You get yourself so psyched up and go in such strange directions in your mind that it’s a wonder that all writers aren’t put away some place. There’s just no guideline. You don’t know if what you’re doing is good or bad or indifferent. It always seems bad when you’re doing it. It’s the hardest thing to get through.”
books  creativity  starwars 
8 days ago
The overlooked revolution for business in Africa | McKinsey
The number of smartphone connections is forecast to double from 315 million in 2015 to 636 million in 2022—twice the projected number in North America and not far from the total in Europe. Over the same period, mobile data traffic across Africa is expected to
mckinsey  africa 
8 days ago
Johnnie Walker celebrates past in new campaign from Anomaly | Campaign US
"Following in the footsteps of our Keep Walking America campaign, the 12 Years spot taps into the meaning of progress -- taking a moment to stop and look back in order to see how far you’ve come over the course of 12 years, the same timeframe in which a perfect blend of Johnnie Walker Black Label is made," said Sandhya Padmanabhan, senior brand manager at Johnnie Walker North America.
8 days ago
Lee Clow and Dan Wieden on the endless search for creative freedom, Part 1 | Campaign US
Steve Jobs was incredibly rare. When he came back in 1997, after he got thrown out by the soda-pop salesman, he was on a mission. He said, "We're going to meet every week on advertising," and we did until he died. Even if we didn't have stuff to do, he wanted to think about the advertising and talk about it.

The rare brands have somebody at the top that has a point of view and a belief system. They are the best clients.
advertising  brand_apple  jobs  wiedenkennedy  leeclow  creativity  agencybusiness 
8 days ago
W+K Names New Co-presidents And Chair Roles | Wieden+Kennedy
"We’re just going to continue to follow Dan’s best advice: 'Loosen up, don’t let the brand get too polished and predictable. It ain’t mathematics, it’s jazz.'"
agencybusiness  wiedenkennedy  quotes 
8 days ago
It's Nice That | Ariana Grande's teen flick parody music video smashes viewing records
The songstress, known for her quivering falsetto and sleek long ponytail, has just become the most listened-to artist worldwide on Spotify. She overtook fellow ex-Disney star Selena Gomez for the worldwide No. 1 spot, hitting a staggering 46.8 million monthly listeners.

Ariana’s latest hit thank u, next has become the most viewed Youtube and Vevo video ever in its first 24 hours online. The music video parodies 00s female-led films such as Mean Girls, Bring it On and Legally Blonde, recreating iconic moments from the movies with some recognisable faces that featured in the original flicks.

The music video’s concept has clearly worked, garnering 829K viewers and 427K comments in the first day of its release. Now with nearly 90 million views on Youtube, the track is still the #1 trending video.
music  musicvideos 
8 days ago
The State of Being Stuck – Math with Bad Drawings
Then you have to stop,” Wiles said. “Let your mind relax a bit…your subconscious is making connections. And you start again— the next afternoon, the next day, the next week.” Patience, perseverance, acceptance—this is what defines a mathematician"


I think it’s bad to have too good a memory if you want to be a mathematician,” Wiles said. “You need to forget the way you approached [the problem] the previous time.”


“If you remember all the false, failed attempts before,” said Wiles, “you wouldn’t try. But because I have a slightly bad memory, I’ll try essentially the same thing again, and then I’ll realize I was just missing this one little thing.”
thebrain  workplace  math  advice 
9 days ago
Opinion | Why We Need to Forgive Kevin Hart - The New York Times
I’m not condoning Kevin Hart’s old jokes, and he isn’t either. But I fear we’re creating a disastrous precedent. In holding people accountable for their old views — even ones they realized were wrong and apologized for — we are setting standards that nobody can meet. We cannot expect to make progress if we do not allow people the chance to grow with us.
people  america 
9 days ago
Can brands really own a colour? - Creative Review
In a world where brands have developed into complex beasts, it also takes much more than just a colour to bring their identity to life, says Amos. “I think colour is an amazing thing for recognition, impact, semiotics and what it means culturally,” he says. “It’s not like I’ve got some blustering dislike of trademark lawyers…. It’s more just that I think it’s a bit reductive to only think about colour. It’s how it works in a world of graphical and structural shapes, tone of voice and in combination with other colours. That’s where it really comes alive.”
11 days ago
Living Coral is Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2019
“With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanising and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive cord,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
11 days ago
How Hasbro measures influencer video | WARC
“We’ve seen a correlation effect: when you have the catalyst of a strong video, you see a search bump on YouTube, because people want to see more of it. Then you see, over a short period of time, a little bit of a bump on Google,” said Lee.

“A search on YouTube demonstrates that there’s more of the target audience, the younger audience. A search on Google, however, demonstrates it’s an older parent, because Google’s really more of that ‘I’m-ready-to-buy’ hand-raiser.”
planning_funko  influencer_marketing  brand_hasbro  influence 
12 days ago
The challenges of branding new developments
Although this still happens, these days developers are investing much more heavily in strategy, hard quantitative and qualitative research about their audiences, and importantly, answering the question ‘why will this place exist and who will care?’ in a way that goes beyond the usual architecture specification.
homebuilding  brand_cbh 
15 days ago
KLOOF 119A: Private Residence, Cape Town - South Africa - The Cool Hunter - The Cool Hunter
The architecture of the 850 square-metre (9,150 sq. ft) residence takes full advantage of the views and also of the characteristics of the land on which the house is situated. Natural rock and stone, geometric angles and no visually annoying colour or material accents that break the spell.
home_design  homebuilding  architecture 
15 days ago
Data privacy among 2019 drivers of change | WARC
Data privacy is set to be one of the Drivers of Change in 2019, the focus of this month’s Admap; others include smart cities, digital youth, health and wellness and the evolution of banking.
15 days ago
Unilever's rules for influencer marketing | WARC
“There is an obsession that the only KPIs out there are ‘reach’ or ‘number of followers’,” said Di Como. “We need to talk about what the real impact is on brand equity – the real impact on the values of the brand.”
brand_unilever  brand_dove  influencer_marketing  influence 
15 days ago
This Boss: Karen Costello, CCO of The Martin Agency — Where Are The Boss Ladies?
Karen Costello: This drives me nuts. The media seems obsessed with talking about the downfalls of men, rather than the accomplishments of women. In most articles reporting on my CCO position—which is actually big news in advertising, given that so few women are in that position—90% of the article spoke of the sexual harassment allegation and less than 10% talked about the 25+ years I’ve spent in advertising launching brands, building agencies, winning awards, creating amazing client relationships and fighting for women in leadership.

Instead of reporting on the progressive move to put two women at the top of a high-profile agency, the press still wanted to talk about the past. When we eliminated the gender pay gap at our agency—a big deal!—astoundingly, this was still not news.

I don’t bring all this up because I have a selfish need to be talked about. Anyone who has worked with me over the years knows this to be true. I bring it up because this kind of one dimensional media coverage just perpetuates the male power structure paradigm.

I look forward to a future when the accomplishments of a woman are as newsworthy as the downfall of a man. Does a man have to fail for a woman to succeed?
agencybusiness  women 
16 days ago
A rocker’s guide to management | 1843
Finally, it helps to have a shared vision of success. Coldplay knew they wanted to be the biggest band in the world; each member had the same clear-eyed ambition. Their equal income split works like equity shares: every partner has a direct interest in keeping the band together.
16 days ago
Tom Loosemore reminds us just how much digital government is flailing in the UK
“The first thing to say is that the kind of leadership you need at the start of this disruptive process, is not the kind of leadership you need in the middle. We were very aware of that. We were quite disruptive, in a positive way. So, we knew when to leave. I think after the election, it was the right time to hand over to the likes of Stephen Foreshew-Cain, who took the role of GDS at the centre was not to disrupt, but was to support departments and agencies trying to do the right thing. That’s what I’m worried has stalled. If you are in a department, trying to do the right thing…the grain is still far too against you. You still need support at the centre and I’m not sure that support is as active. “
government  leadership 
16 days ago
Idaho must transform to get more college, postsecondary grads | Idaho Statesman
State leaders want more high school graduates to continue their education — to prepare young adults for a changing labor market, and to help Idaho compete economically. This ambitious aim runs headway into hard realities.

Rooted in economics.

Rooted in geography.

Rooted in culture.
idahoeconomy  idaho  education  planning_JKAF 
18 days ago
How I Got Here: Jim Stoddart
A key moment of the course was being forced to sit down in front of an Apple Mac Classic, with a tiny mono screen, and being told to get to grips with some crude and unlikely bit of software called Adobe Photoshop (1.0) and Aldus Freehand, thinking what the hell is this about, this can’t be right? Then over a couple of years and various updates realising how easy it suddenly was to get these crazy ideas out of your head and onto paper. When everything is suddenly possible you realise you better start structuring your thoughts rather than just pouring them out.


On the most important qualities to possess as a designer Patience and empathy are the first two qualities that come to mind. But that is taking for granted that you already have a vigorous creative impulse and a strong desire to find new and better ways of doing things. The least a designer can do is get their trade right – composition, letter spacing etc – but there are so many other distractions and influences hitting designers over the head too.


On inspiration and keeping work fresh With every new project you have to have love for at least one part of your solution – you have to find an excitement to see each project come to life. The love that you put into a project is probably what other people will pick up on; they can sense when it is there and when it isn’t.
creativity  people  books  design 
19 days ago
Aaron Sorkin on Adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
The structural problem — getting to the trial sooner — was easily solvable. But how do you give Atticus Finch a flaw? Does he go from a bad guy to a good guy? A bad lawyer to a good lawyer? An abusive father to a loving one? A racist man to one who believes in equality and justice? No, no, definitely not, and no. I tried all the doors and they were locked, until I found one that swung open with the lightest touch. I didn’t have to give Atticus a flaw because, to my mind, he already had one; it’s just that we’d always considered it a virtue. Atticus believes that you can’t really know someone unless you “climb into someone’s skin and walk around in it.” He believes that Bob Ewell should be understood as a man who lost his job. He believes Mrs. Dubose should be understood as a woman who recently stopped taking her medication and lives in physical pain. He believes in the fundamental goodness in everyone, even homicidal white supremacists. He believes … that there are fine people on both sides?
finch  writing  atticus  tokillamockingbird 
21 days ago
The end of the beginning — Benedict Evans
If you do one thing this week... 'Tech is building different kinds of businesses, and so will take different shares of that opportunity, but more importantly change what those industries look like. Tesla isn’t interesting because of what it does to gasoline, but because of what it does to the car. Netflix changes TV, but so does Twitch.'

Analyst Beneict Evans' latest presentation at this week's a16z Tech conference is a typically insightful look at the future realities of broad set of categories from cars to healthcare to commerce, focusing on how technology is really likely to change industries as it begins to tackle bigger problems, in harder markets, at deeper and more structural levels: 'The access story is finished but the use story is just beginning'.

Really worth the time.
benevans  thefuture  technology  technology_future 
22 days ago
Paul Pensom: how does your studio sound?
This is because whenever you gather two or more creative souls in one place, one-upmanship inevitably ensues, and the eternal riposte “yeah, but I much prefer their early stuff” will be heard echoing through the halls. Pretentious? Of course, but many an affected selection has led me to the sunny grasslands of new musical discovery, so I’m not knocking it.
22 days ago
Black Friday deals lure U.S. shoppers, biggest sales gains online
Online spending is on track to hit $6.4 billion on Friday, Adobe said. Online sales on Thanksgiving Day were up 28 percent at $3.7 billion.

The National Retail Federation forecast U.S. holiday retail sales in November and December will increase between 4.3 and 4.8 percent over 2017 for a total of $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion. That compares with an average annual increase of 3.9 percent over the past five years.
retail  holidayshopping18 
22 days ago
Teens creating insta account for parties
teens  instagram  socialmedia 
22 days ago
Coca-Cola Wiped Its Social Media Accounts, Then Relaunched With a Positive, Happy New Look – Adweek
Coca-Cola’s Social Center worked on the relaunch of the social accounts. Created in 2016, the Social Center is the brand’s in-house team that handles social media for 10 of Coke’s largest brands in North America. “We really do everything, from content strategy to creative to content capture, community management, listening and analytics as well as media buying,” Traverso said.

Today, which happens to be World Kindness Day, Coca-Cola is relaunching all of its accounts as part of social media repositioning. The move not only aims to create a more unified voice and point of view for the accounts, but also to put a little bit more optimism out in the world, especially on the internet.
socialmedia  brand_coke  content  socialmedia_strategy 
24 days ago
Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth | Environment | The Guardian
The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife.
environment  health 
24 days ago
Catholic Exorcisms Are Gaining Popularity in the U.S. - The Atlantic
“Half of all Americans believe demonic possession is real. The percentage who believe in the devil is even higher, and has been growing: Gallup polls show that the number rose from 55 percent in 1990 to 70 percent in 2007.
religion  america 
24 days ago
Tao Te Ching — a new translation of a Chinese classic - China Heritage
So the Taoist is hard to spot and describe, and the Tao itself is Untellable and therefore Untranslatable. (The word itself is indeed best “retold”— i.e. “transliterated” — as Tao.) But what can be said of the Power of the Tao, the second word, Te (modern De), of the Book’s title The Tao and the Power, Tao Te Ching (modern Daodejing — a title it only acquired after many centuries)? In Waley’s words, it is a “latent” power, an inherent “virtue” (in the old sense). It is the Inner Power or mana attained by the Taoist Adept through Self-Cultivation, “by virtue” of which, by emanating which, the Taoist can mysteriously influence everyone and everything in the Universe
taoism  tao 
24 days ago
Success Stories : PSI
Only competitor with personal stories from people in-country
24 days ago
Work & Impact : PSI
Overall PATH and MD

Locally rooted, globally connected.
8,000 local experts
in more than 50 countries
Made stronger by the combined power of the network.
PSI - The best of all worlds.
24 days ago
International Development – Premise
Premise for International Development

Better aid outcomes start with a complete picture of reality on the ground.
24 days ago
Q&A with Chris Petersen: Inside the unique style of Washington's coach | FOX Sports
It doesn’t matter what you’re in — what business, what sport, whatever. If you don’t study the game that you’re in, you are going to get passed by. That is a time-tested principle. I’m not talking about watching tape, I’m talking about truly studying what is going on, studying everything.


Petersen: They don’t get hired here if that’s what they’re about. We’re trying to develop self-esteem out there, and that is a really hard thing to do. Because it’s usually never quite good enough. It’s a fine line, to really bring the intensity on the field and demand a standard. You have to be a really skilled coach to understand that. But we’re never going to scream at our guys, that’s not how we do it.
people  Sports 
24 days ago
Palladium - Capabilities
Potential reference for TAMI or MD

Palladium draws on its core capabilities to address its clients' needs and endeavours.

Palladium combines a vast array of capabilities across different industries to solve challenges and create Positive Impact with unique and customised solutions: Consulting, Programs Management, Impact Investing and Capacity Building are some of the services in which we engage with our clients and partners around the world.
25 days ago
Palladium - Our Purpose
To catalyse an enriched future for all.

Palladium is a global impact firm, working to link social progress and commercial growth. For the past 50 years, we've been helping our clients to see the world as interconnected - by formulating strategies, building partnerships, and implementing programs that have a lasting social and financial impact. We simply call this "Positive Impact".
25 days ago
What we do | Mercy Corps
some similar stats to PATH (first I've noticed)

What we do

Over the last 39 years, we’ve been tackling the world's toughest challenges. In total, we’ve provided $4 billion in lifesaving assistance to more than 220 million people. That's given us a deep understanding of the complex challenges facing our most vulnerable communities, and the approaches required to overcome them.

While each and every community is unique, we are able to tap into a significant body of knowledge and expertise across our 5,000+ member team — 87% of whom are from the countries where they work — to address the most significant and shared global challenges of our time. Beyond emergency aid, we work every day to create lasting change and build resilient communities.
25 days ago
About Us | Management Sciences for Health
Tao of Leadership

Partnership and Empowerment: We take our inspiration from the 3,500 year old Tao (Way) of Leadership, working shoulder to shoulder with our local colleagues and partners toward their empowerment and success.

Go to the people
Live with them
Love them
Learn from them
Start with what they have
Build on what they know.

But of the best leaders
When their task is
The work is done
The people will say
We have done it ourselves.

-Lao Tzu, "Tao of Leadership"
planning_path  tao  taoism 
25 days ago
Resources | K4Health
Note the counter on the number of "type" of things that change. Great for knowledge expertise
25 days ago
About IHME | Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.
25 days ago
Growing an Online Pharmacy, from Startup to Sale | ideo.com
For DT.

Note challenge, outcome, impact, awards, press.
25 days ago
'On Creativity' interview with southern style visionary Billy Reid | SCAD.edu
At 5:20. There are so many trends: you take what is right for you and your customers
fashion  billyreid  trends  people  men 
26 days ago
Wieser Words On OTA TV's Awful October | Radio & Television Business Report
“Total use of television as we define it across all sources of content inputs was down 0.9% on a total day basis for adults during October,” Wieser says. “However, among the narrower population group of adults 18-49 viewing fell 5.7%.”

What’s the reason for this? It can be pinpointed to one thing: internet-connected devices.

As Pivotal found, TV consumption via internet-connected devices (ICDs), including Roku, Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast, rose by 42% year-over-year among all households, or 31% among adults 18-49.

As such, ICDs account for 15.8% of total TV use among adults 18-49 on a total-day basis and 10.7% among all people.
media  mediahabits  tv 
26 days ago
About Us | Global Impact | Helping People in Need
Don't do a good job of stating the need or opportunity. Go straight to facts.

Global Impact works with hundreds of public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 of the most respected international charities. Through these partnerships, Global Impact meets real needs with real results by supporting programs focused on clean water, disaster relief and resiliency, economic development, education, environmental sustainability, global health and child survival, human trafficking, hunger, malaria, and women and girls.
27 days ago
Global Good | Intellectual Ventures
Nicely worded on De-risking

Reduced Risk

Global Good helps commercial partners identify business opportunities and make informed licensing decisions with minimized upfront risk or financial investment.

We work with governments, NGOs and academic and research organizations from all over the world, leveraging IV's invention expertise — including the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory — at the earliest stages of an invention's lifecycle to make commercialization in the developing world feasible by understanding and reducing technology and market risks.

Also note the Tech Pipeline Chart from Discovery thru Commercialization
27 days ago
Global Fund Partnership has Saved 27 Million Lives
Note the boldness of language:

Global Fund Partnership has Saved 27 Million Lives

PARIS – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released a report today demonstrating that 27 million lives have been saved by the Global Fund partnership. The report shows tremendous progress that has been achieved by efforts to end the epidemics, while highlighting new threats.

The Results Report 2018 includes key annual results achieved in countries where the Global Fund invests:

17.5 million people received antiretroviral therapy for HIV.
5 million people tested and treated for TB.
197 million mosquito nets distributed to prevent malaria.
27 days ago
Gavi country factsheet : The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Note the data of all the different country hubs
For RMML, other programs?
27 days ago
Meet Flow, a Smart Wearable for Tracking Air Quality | frog case study
For Devices and Tools, note the quote on product pages

“Working with frog through user research and industrial design was crucial to infuse all our product, experience and branding work with extremely precise user insights. Our collaboration was instrumental in helping bring to life our smart air quality tracker Flow – and we believe it will be key to its success with our community of users tackling air pollution around the world.”

Romain Lacombe, Co-Founder, Plume Labs
27 days ago
Our 360° perspective | FHI 360
Good breakdown of why 360 across partnership, etc. Still feels 'thin'
27 days ago
for Devices and Tools:

Note the way they talk about products; bold one sentence intro
27 days ago
Pelican — Design that Matters
For devices and tools:

Note the brief: Why/What/How/Our Progress Structure for product cases
27 days ago
Design that Matters
Great intro line on homepage:
We are a non-profit that solves problems for and with the poor in developing countries
27 days ago
About us - Department for International Development - GOV.UK
Note the difference in Responsibilities vs. Priorities


We are responsible for:

honouring the UK’s international commitments and taking action to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals
making British aid more effective by improving transparency, openness and value for money
targeting British international development policy on economic growth and wealth creation
improving the coherence and performance of British international development policy in fragile and conflict-affected countries
improving the lives of girls and women through better education and a greater choice on family planning
preventing violence against girls and women in the developing world
helping to prevent climate change and encouraging adaptation and low-carbon growth in developing countries


strengthening global peace, security and governance
strengthening resilience and response to crisis
promoting global prosperity
tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable
delivering value for money
27 days ago
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