Management and Leadership Worksheets & Tools | Lara Hogan
I've created these tools to help you manage your energy drain, set expectations with your team, game plan your 1:1s, and so much more! They stem from the most-common topics that come up in my coaching practice, and I use them throughout my management workshops, too.
management  leadership  worksheets  tools  career 
10 weeks ago
Web Design Museum
The museum exhibits over 900 carefully selected and sorted web sites that show web design trends between the years 1995 and 2005.
design  retro  museum  webdesign  history 
10 weeks ago
Neil McElroy Memo 1931.pdf
Procter & Gamble’s Neil McElroy, created the brand management role with his famous 1931 ‘brand men’ memo:
"One man should NOT have to work on more than two brands at the very most"
brand  brandstrategy  retro  history  advice  pdf 
10 weeks ago
And Introducing
Not sure what this is actually supposed to be, but it's a cool digital version of film credits rolling.
film  credits  digital  art  inspiration 
10 weeks ago
advertising  casestudies  blog 
10 weeks ago
Law of triviality - Wikipedia
Parkinson's law of triviality is C. Northcote Parkinson's 1957 argument that members of an organization give disproportionate weight to trivial issues.[1] Parkinson provides the example of a fictional committee whose job was to approve the plans for a nuclear power plant spending the majority of its time on discussions about relatively minor but easy-to-grasp issues, such as what materials to use for the staff bike shed, while neglecting the proposed design of the plant itself, which is far more important and a far more difficult and complex task.

The law has been applied to software development and other activities.[2] The term bike-shed effect or bike-shedding was coined as a metaphor to illuminate the law of triviality; it was popularised in the Berkeley Software Distribution community by the Danish computer developer Poul-Henning Kamp in 1999[3] and has spread from there to the whole software industry.
concept  triviality  bikeshedding  law 
august 2018
What is branded content in the digital age?
As a medium branded content has been receiving a lot of attention over the last few years, largely in response to the new ways that people can consume content. This, in turn, has fueled its rise as a new marketing communications concept, and one that many people are confused about, prompting the question, “what is branded content?”
brandedcontent  report  digital  definition 
august 2018
DREAM DESTINATIONS: A Disney Travel Poster Exhibition - Artwork - Nucleus | Art Gallery and Store
One of the many things that make animated Disney movies so memorable are the exotic locations. Some are real, like Paris in Ratatouille. Others are fantasy, like Arendelle in Frozen. But no matter if the settings are real or fictional, the places in those movies are places we’d love to visit.

That’s where “Dream Destinations” comes in. It’s a new exhibit of Disney travel posters presented by Gallery Nucleus and Cyclops Print Works. Artists from all over captured their favorite Disney locations in stunning visual styles, and here are just a few of our favorites.
disney  posters  design  gallery  exhibition  travel  popculture  images 
august 2018
‘Thought Leader’ gives talk that will inspire your thoughts | CBC Radio (Comedy/Satire Skit) - YouTube
Self proclaimed “thought leader,” Pat Kelly gives his talk on “thought leadership” at the annual This Is That Talks in Whistler, B.C. In the seminar, Kelly covers: How to talk with your hands, how to get a standing ovation, and how to inspire people by saying nothing at all.
comedy  funny  video  youtube  tedtalks  presentation  publicspeaking  satire  thoughtleadership 
august 2018
If you're interested in running a strategy department in the future, here is a great deck DAY 1 ADVICE FOR HEADS OF STRATEGY. It's advice from the 50 best heads of strategy in the world.
juliancole  career  strategy  department  advice  deck  management 
august 2018
There are so many must-read advertising books. The subjects range from creativity to behavioural economics, strategy, divergent thinking, problem solving, social anthropology, marketing science, customer insight… the list goes on and on. In fact there are even so many lists of must-read advertising books that the lists go on and on. Exhausted from these never-ending reading lists, Lucian, Harry and Tom decided to make the list to end all lists, The World Cup of Advertising Books.
bbh  books  advertising  bracket  list 
august 2018
Brand Strategy: Build a Business that Lasts | Mark Pollard | Skillshare
In this 45-minute class, Mark shares a unique and insightful approach to building and understanding brands. Using a pen and paper, Mark breaks down every brand into three categories—Product-centric, Customer-centric, and Vision-centric—and draws out frameworks for understanding how brands can develop and thrive within each. Successful brands need a bit of all three, but as the class progresses Mark shows how one of these types of brands continually outperforms the rest and shares how to move your brand towards this model.
markpollard  strategy  brand  brandstrategy  skillshare  courses  classes 
august 2018
Radiate | Grace | Planning | Dublin
Radiate is a free planning bootcamp taught by talented and experienced planners, creatives and suits in honour of our wonderwoman, Grace McDermott.

Radiate will give you the knowledge, confidence and tools to further your ambition to work in the Irish ad industry.
strategy  planning  bootcamp  events  dublin 
august 2018
Selling Creativity Short: Creativity and effectiveness under threat
Peter Field's latest investigation into the IPA's databank of Effectiveness Award case studies and The Gunn Report creative awards dataset reveals five key trends:

1. Budget investment behind creativity has fallen sharply.
The average real campaign budget has fallen, with creatively-awarded campaigns hardest hit, to the point where they are below market share maintenance levels.

2. Short-termism is undermining effectiveness.
There has been a dramatic increase in the evaluation of IPA campaigns over six months or less - up by four times over a decade ago. This is bad for effectiveness and bad for brands. Creatively awarded campaigns are even more strongly affected: almost half of them are now short-term campaigns.

3. Cross-channel, digital creativity is not an answer to short-termism.
Creative campaigns designed to work across the analogue/digital divide improve short-term results, but need more time to achieve their full potential and do not offset reduced budgets. Greater effectiveness comes from being put to work over the longer term.

4. The achievement of fame is in decline.
Record low budgets and the shift to the short term have impacted the buzz around brands, meaning fame effects of creatively awarded campaigns have fallen for the first time in 20 years.

5. TV is still the primary driver of creative success.
An idea that can work creatively on TV is shown to be at the heart of the most effective campaigns.
peterfield  ipa  report  creativity 
august 2018
Explore WARC 100 - learn lessons from top effectiveness campaigns
"The report analyses the world’s top effectiveness campaigns, as ranked by the WARC 100, to uncover shared creative, media and measurement strategies."
effectiveness  warc  creative  media  measurement  casestudies 
july 2018
Resources on Product Design
"A personal curated library of resources on product design by Pedro Carmo."
reference  resources  product  productdesign  design 
july 2018
Film and Furniture - For design geeks, film nerds and furniture fans
"Film and Furniture is a lovingly curated online resource which identifies and furnishes you with fascinating facts about the furniture and décor you spot in your favourite films – with details on exactly where to buy these pieces for your own home. In our world, the furniture is the star: From a contemporary item in a current movie to a vintage piece in a classic film."
furniture  decor  design  editorial  publication  store  gifts  film  inspiration 
july 2018
basier | atipo foundry
"Two personalities in the same body"
type  fonts  foundry  free  paywhatyouwant  sansserif 
july 2018
The Subtext by Osarumen Osamuyi
"That’s why I’m pleased to unveil The Subtext: the most compelling tech/media stories from across Africa, curated for you, with commentary from me, and published as a newsletter."
tech  africa  media  publication  newsletter 
july 2018
prosthetic knowledge — AR Posters Exhibition from design studio Omse...
"Exhibition from design studio Omse apply their skills in Graphic Design and Typography with Augmented Reality, presenting ideas of depth and realtime information to the common poster format."
ar  augmentedreality  posters  design  graphicdesign  typography 
july 2018
Outdoor advertising made easy. Find the best locations from over 1,000 media owners nationwide. Plan, purchase, and measure your outdoor advertising, all in one place.
ooh  advertising  tools  media  selfservice 
july 2018
St. Louis Fed Web Services: FRED® API
"The FRED® API is a web service that allows developers to write programs and build applications that retrieve economic data from the FRED® and ALFRED® websites hosted by the Economic Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Requests can be customized according to data source, release, category, series, and other preferences."
api  fred  fed  webdev  finance 
july 2018
Pitch Dark : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
"Pitch Dark is a frontend for exploring and playing Infocom text adventures on an 8-bit Apple II."
text  interactivefiction  gaming  games  free  apple  retro  80s 
july 2018
"Superpowers is a tool to help you and your team learn about your individual superpowers, and how to use them to be at your best."
cards  deck  tools  team  career  product  collaboration 
july 2018
Home - is a collaborative, community activity with a mission to create, maintain, and promote schemas for structured data on the Internet, on web pages, in email messages, and beyond.
schema  data  structureddata  community  webdev  webdesign 
july 2018
Homepage | PlannerU
"PlannerU exists to expand and grow the skill set of Account Planners by making a comprehensive education in brand planning a realistic possibility for more students and giving voice to fresh perspectives in strategic thinking."
education  classes  strategy  planning  tutorial  howto 
july 2018
Brutalist Web Design
"Brutalist Web Design is honest about what a website is and what it isn't. A website is not a magazine, though it might have magazine-like articles. A website is not an application, although you might use it to purchase products or interact with other people. A website is not a database, although it might be driven by one. A website is about giving visitors content to enjoy and ways to interact with you."
brutalist  webdesign  design  guide  guidelines 
july 2018
"ConceptNet is a freely-available semantic network, designed to help computers understand the meanings of words that people use."
tools  concept  knowledgegraph  network  semantic  inspiration 
july 2018
Monzo – Tone of Voice
Hello! 👋 Welcome to Monzo’s tone of voice guide. This is a (fairly) brief overview of how we write. It’s for everyone in every team, and it applies to all the writing we do, inside and out. We’ve opened this up to the world as well (hello world! 🌍), because we want to be held up to the lofty standards we set ourselves here. We believe in everything we’ve said, so if you see us falling short then please let us know.
[found via Strands of Genius]
voice  brandvoice  guidelines  examples  strategy  toneofvoice 
july 2018
prosthetic knowledge — The Shadow of the Vapor Latest work from Adrien M...
A large-scale (900 msq), immersive and interactive work of art to pay tribute to the memory of the building and to the fungus named Torula, that used to cover the building before the renovation work started. The fungus feeds off the alcohol’s natural evaporation. Inspired by an animist fiction, Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot’s piece uses digital technology to reveal “the shadow of the vapor”.
art  installation  projection  interactive  particle  flow  cool 
july 2018
The internet's biggest collection of open source dog pictures.
api  dogs  animal  images  amusing  interesting  breeds 
july 2018 turn your images into unique illustrations
Online filter app by Voidworks can apply various procedural effects to images ranging from optical illusion to triangulation and can be saved for free (svg files can be created but are charged).

Turn your images into unique illustrations with Built for designers, content creators and marketers.
Use it as a feature image for your medium articles. Perfect for Twitter/Facebook backgrounds or profile pictures. Export the graphics as vectors, even while using low-res images. Use them for prints (try Printful) such as T-shirts or Mugs! Generate graphics of various styles to captivate your users. More algorithms will be added on.
webapp  images  manipulation  paperjs  procedural  effects  vector 
july 2018
prosthetic knowledge — JIDO-RHYTHM Japanese iPhone X app by Kitasenju...
Japanese iPhone X app by Kitasenju Design describes itself as a ‘music video selfie app’, that applies various 3D effects to you face in time to audio playing
app  music  video  selfie  iphonex  interactive  augmentedreality  tech  cool  innovation  inspiration 
july 2018
Below the Surface - Archeologische vondsten Noord/Zuidlijn Amsterdam
"The excavations in the Amstel yielded a deluge of finds, some 700,000 in all..." Interactive exploration of items found in a drained canal in Amsterdam.
amsterdam  canal  archaeology  visualization  objects  history  design  interaction  interactive  interesting 
july 2018
Books for Sharpening Your Strategic Mind – Doug Kleeman – Medium
Recently someone asked me which books every brand strategist should read.

It’s a surprisingly loaded question. The first thought that popped into my head was an embarrassingly butchered-up version of that Haruki Murakami quote: “if you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Cheesy, but true.

So, naturally, I reached out to a few friends, former colleagues and other strategists that I admire immensely to ask them which books have helped them sharpen their thinking. You can find the full thread of their recommendations here, but a few notable things that I thought were worth pointing out:
books  list  strategy  planning  brand  advice  post 
july 2018
Essential books for junior planners – Alex Murrell – Medium
The most common question I get from Junior Planners goes something like this:

“What books can I read to advance my strategic thinking?”
Now, I have my default answer. The two or three books that most influenced me and my thought process. But recently I got thinking, what are the foundational books that every planner should read?
advice  books  list  planning  post  strategy 
july 2018
Neil Gaiman: How Stories Last - The Long Now
“‘Once upon a time,’ Gaiman said, “is code for ‘I’m lying to you.’ We experience stories as lies and truth at the same time. We learn to empathize with real people via made-up people. The most important thing that fiction does is it lets us look out through other eyes, and that teaches us empathy—that behind every pair of eyes is somebody like us.“ Stories have their own form of life, Gaiman concluded. “You can view people as this peculiar byproduct that stories use for breeding and transmission. They are symbiotic with us. They are the thing that we have used since the dawn of humanity to become more than just one person.“
empathy  fiction  neilgaiman  stories  talk  time  video 
july 2018
Fish: a tap essay
This is a kind of manifesto about the difference between liking something on the internet and loving something on the internet.

It’s also an experiment in a new format: a “tap essay,” presenting its argument tap by tap, making its case with typography, color, and a few surprises.
app  essay  interesting  interaction  inspiration  manifesto  internet  love  like 
july 2018
Figma: the collaborative interface design tool.
Turn Ideas Into Products Faster
Design, prototype, and gather feedback all in one place with Figma.
interactiondesign  interface  ui  ux  design  tools  software 
june 2018
Junior Strategy -
We created Junior Strategy to capture the point of view and advice of others.

Some of the most common advice we hear is that finding a good mentor is essential. We believe that direct and indirect mentors are everywhere and that you shouldn’t have just one.

It’s our hope that this project will become a resource to help inspire and grow the junior community the same way a good mentor would. We aim to talk with a variety of insiders in strategic roles, from client side to agency side, from communications to product design. We will also aim to highlight informants, those who inform and inspire our strategic thinking from outside of the industry.

We would love for Junior Strategy to become a community that grows beyond Amsterdam and Europe. If you have ideas or questions that you’d like us to be asking, please get in touch anytime.
strategy  planning  career  junior  advice  resources  blog 
june 2018
Grant McCracken (Author & Anthropologist) - Culture Camp 2018
Culture Camp is a one-day workshop led by cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken. The immersive day will sharpen your culture knowledge and use it to solve urgent, vexing business problems.

This culture camp will show how a new mastery of culture can help us see ourselves (and our products) from the consumer’s point of view, find ‘blue oceans’ of opportunity and black swans’ of disruption, and capture several kinds of hidden value.
professionaldevelopment  anthropology  culture  events  strategy  workshops  planning 
june 2018
What You Think Is A Function Of The Ideas You Consume | APG | Planning & Strategy

The thesis behind our creative consultancy is that one cannot invent without inventory. That’s what Genius Steals means. We took the name from a fauxtation ascribed to Picasso but actually derived from T.S Elliot discussing how one can judge creativity without relying on subjectivity. Good poets draw from diverse inspiration, borrowing from authors “remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest.”

That’s the rule of thumb. Diversity and breadth, because seeing patterns in different things is abstraction, the basis of creative thinking. The more diverse the inputs combined together, the more creative the idea. Your job as a planner is to provide the right inputs.

So what you should you consume and how much?
list  books  blogs  mediadiet  planning  strategy  planner  article 
june 2018
Marketing Effectiveness Reading List for Effectiveness Week 2016
Last year’s EffWorks marketing reading list on effectiveness proved popular. Here’s an update for 2018, with recommendations chosen by some of our advisory board and previous speakers.
list  books  marketing  ipa  effectiveness 
june 2018
Resources - Jaap Grolleman
Since the beginning of 2018 I’ve been collecting quotes, articles and reports from many tweeps and organisations like BBH Labs, the IPA and Thinkbox, who — to me — are an invaluable goldmine of information. Here’s a list of most of what I found useful.
strategy  planning  resources  reference  books  reports  quotes  post 
june 2018
Guide to managing junior planners | LinkedIn
The following is a guide for Planning Directors on how best to manage Junior Planners.
guide  howto  juliancole  management  planning  post  strategy  career 
june 2018
Marketing Effectiveness Reading List for Effectiveness Week 2016
Recent research has shown that people retain information they read in an actual book better than when they read it on a screen. So here are a few book suggestions, a marketing effectiveness reading list for those of you who’d like to get your head around the subject matter, but would like a break from the white papers and infographics. Something to curl up with and really get your head into.
strategy  marketing  effectiveness  books  list  ipa 
june 2018
Mozilla Announces $225,000 for Art and Advocacy Exploring Artificial Intelligence - The Mozilla Blog
At Mozilla, one way we support a healthy internet is by fueling the people and projects on the front lines — from grants for community technologists in Detroit, to fellowships for online privacy activists in Rio.

Today, we are opening applications for a new round of Mozilla awards. We’re awarding $225,000 to technologists and media makers who help the public understand how threats to a healthy internet affect their everyday lives.


Specifically, we’re seeking projects that explore artificial intelligence and machine learning. In a world where biased algorithms, skewed data sets, and broken recommendation engines can radicalize YouTube users, promote racism, and spread fake news, it’s more important than ever to support artwork and advocacy work that educates and engages internet users.
awards  art  digital  mozilla  advocacy  ai  society  media  opportunities 
june 2018
Procgen Tarot by watabou
Procedurally generated tarot card deck
generators  tarot  cards  deck  procedural  art  cool  toy 
june 2018
The four common shared goals of a one-on-one meeting are:
1. Share context 2. Build trust 3. Help someone grow 4. Problem-solve together

via Lara Hogan
meetings  1on1  career  training  mentoring  coaching  sponsoring  strategy  management 
june 2018
Archive of old advertising from Chris Mullen's The Visual Telling of Stories site
archive  retro  advertising 
june 2018
Backslash is an editorial and cultural strategy unit as well as an agile content studio designed to inform and inspire the network, and our clients and partners, about culture as it happens. It is powered by TBWA’s global network of Culture Spotters.
culture  trends  agency  tbwa  strategy  research  inspiration 
june 2018
RADiCAL – AI-powered Motion Capture
AI-powered 3D motion capture. No suits. No hardware. 

RADiCAL was founded to develop the world’s most powerful computer vision technology focused on detecting and reconstructing 3D human motion from 2D content.

AI-powered 3D motion capture — in the cloud and on every device.

To achieve this, we are using multiple bodies of science in a proprietary configuration, including deep learning, computer vision and biomechanics. Our system continually learns and perpetually improves. In our minds, we will never truly be done.

Our goal is to see the technology implemented across mobile, web and enterprise environments, seamlessly powering 3D animation in film, TV, art, gaming, AR/VR, as well as industrial and health applications
ai  mocap  motioncapture  3d  tech  app  service  computervision 
june 2018
Weigel / Campbell
Training future strategic leaders to storm the citadels of mediocrity, incrementalism, and complacency.

Why are we doing this? Because as an industry we're not taking strategy seriously enough. We've underinvested in it for decades. The result today is that strategy is in danger of becoming uncoupled from action. It's swimming ever further downstream, ever more disconnected from real businesses needs. It is being downgraded to a servant of other agendas, like ads and messages and awards. And yet the need for good strategy within both agencies and client organisations is more pressing than ever. In a world of flux and disruption, client businesses are hungrier than ever for clarity and certainty. Strategy is our only means of navigating the complexity of surviving and prospering amidst disruption. And above all, of effecting change on our terms. The world has need of more and better strategic minds. And we needed a hobby.
planning  strategy  education  classes  workshops  training 
june 2018
National Security Agency (NSA) security/motivational posters from the 1950s and 1960s
National Security Agency (NSA) security/motivational
posters from the 1950s and 1960s
foia  nsa  poster  design  security  pdf  motivational 
june 2018
Internet Trends Report 2018
Internet Trends 2018 Report - Mary Meeker, Code Conference May 30th, 2018.
trends  internet  2018  research  report  marymeeker  tech  deck  slideshare 
june 2018
Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World: Andrew Leigh: 9780300236125: Books
Experiments have consistently been used in the hard sciences, but in recent decades social scientists have adopted the practice. Randomized trials have been used to design policies to increase educational attainment, lower crime rates, elevate employment rates, and improve living standards among the poor.

This book tells the stories of radical researchers who have used experiments to overturn conventional wisdom. From finding the cure for scurvy to discovering what policies really improve literacy rates, Leigh shows how randomistas have shaped life as we know it. Written in a “Gladwell-esque” style, this book provides a fascinating account of key randomized control trial studies from across the globe and the challenges that randomistas have faced in getting their studies accepted and their findings implemented. In telling these stories, Leigh draws out key lessons learned and shows the most effective way to conduct these trials.
books  research  randomized  socialscience  control  trial  experiments 
june 2018
1985 tech logos slideshow
This 1985 catalog for engineers contains hundreds and hundreds of tech logos from the 70s and 80s. They are glorious.

Marcin Wichary turned more than 1400 of these logos into a screensaver “for your random viewing pleasure”.
tech  80s  retro  logos  branding  slideshow  screensaver 
june 2018
SVA MFA Interaction Design
The MFA in Interaction Design program trains students to research, analyze, prototype, and design concepts in their business, social, and cultural contexts.
interaction  ixd  design  classes  interactiondesign  nyc  mfa  school 
june 2018
Economic Science Fictions (PERC Papers): William Davies: 9781906897680: Books
An innovative new anthology exploring how science fiction can motivate new approaches to economics.

From the libertarian economics of Ayn Rand to Aldous Huxley's consumerist dystopias, economics and science fiction have often orbited each other. In Economic Science Fictions, editor William Davies has deliberately merged the two worlds, asking how we might harness the power of the utopian imagination to revitalize economic thinking.

Rooted in the sense that our current economic reality is no longer credible or viable, this collection treats our economy as a series of fictions and science fiction as a means of anticipating different economic futures. It asks how science fiction can motivate new approaches to economics and provides surprising new syntheses, merging social science with fiction, design with politics, scholarship with experimental forms.

With an opening chapter from Ha-Joon Chang as well as theory, short stories, and reflections on design, this book from Goldsmiths Press challenges and changes the notion that economics and science fiction are worlds apart. The result is a wealth of fresh and unusual perspectives for anyone who believes the economy is too important to be left solely to economists.
books  anthology  economics  scifi 
june 2018
Data & art.
Upcoming NYC events at the intersection of data, technology & art.
data  art  events  nyc 
june 2018
Media for Thinking the Unthinkable
"Designing a new medium for science and engineering" talk by Bret Victor
design  media  talk  deck  presentation  thinking  science  engineering 
june 2018
Pretend Store – Pretend Store
Little indie web store with clever, amusing, and interestingly designed items.
shopping  store  gifts  design 
june 2018
Hacking the business with Stephen King | canalside view
King’s model – the ‘consumer buying system’ – appeared in his Manual of Tools of the Trade for Advertising Planners that he developed for JWT in the late 1980s.

It is by no means a panacea. And it certainly cannot solve the systemic dysfunctions of both agencies and client organizations that prevent us from a broader application of creativity. Nonetheless, it can encourage the well-intentioned and the ambitious to ask new, and better questions.

King had developed his model principally as a means of shaping and guiding a communications plan. His focus was largely on both the role and the choice of communications channels.

However, in as much as his model was largely a means of understanding consumer behaviour, its application and value goes far beyond that. As King wrote in his introduction to the model:

The objective is to take your brand, examine the stages in the [Consumer Buying System] and ask, ‘How can we move the consumer through the process?’”

I make no claim for uniqueness in any of what follows. There is many a good marketer who employs their own version of King’s model.

(That said, and by way of a pedantic aside, King’s model predates McKinsey’s model by decades. Thus demonstrating that those who are unaware of history are doomed to repeat it).
stephenking  martinweigel  post  consumerjourney  consumerbuyingsystem  commsplanning  strategy  planning  framework 
may 2018
What is Comms Planning?
What is Comms Planning? is a presentation that provides a clear answer of the role of the Comms Planner within an Advertising Agency. I use the example of the Puma Social campaign to prove the point.
juliancole  commsplanning  definition  howto  guide  deck  slideshare  strategy  planning  education 
may 2018
An Intricate Circuit Board Formed with Thousands of Miniature Modeling Clay Pieces by Tim Easley | Colossal
For a recent commission from indie record label Albert’s Favourites, London-based designer Tim Easley created an intricate circuitboard completely out of plasticine clay. The finished work measures approximately 20 inches square (50 x 50 cm) and took the artist about 80 hours to complete. He then photographed the clay circuitboard with birds-eye and angled aerial views to create the final album artwork.

Easley created the project for the London-based electronic music duo Modified Man. He describes the work, which envisions an abstracted future perspective on today’s technology, on Behance: “The idea behind the cover was how the modified men of the future may make artwork out of ancient circuit boards, not quite understanding what they were for because of their crude appearance.”
art  inspiration  cool  circuits  clay  plasticine  future  tech 
may 2018 very short introductions series: Books
Very Short Introductions are quick read overviews of complex topics.
introduction  books  simple  easy  explainers 
may 2018
Using Async/Await with Mocha, Express, and Mongoose |
One great perk of async/await in Node.js is how well it integrates with existing libraries. By now, most popular Node.js libraries support some sort of promise-based API, so they integrate nicely with async/await. You might even have the pleasure of removing a few dependencies from your package.json if you start using async/await instead of co. In this article, I'll show you how async/await works with mocha tests, express routes and middleware, and mongoose queries and cursors.
async  await  node  express  mongoose  mongodb  cursor  queries  post 
may 2018
38 Wonderful Foreign Words We Could Use in English | Mental Floss
Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find le mot juste. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent.
concept  english  language  foreign  culture  equivalent  list 
may 2018
What concepts do not exist in the English language? - culture theory | Ask MetaFilter
Carl Honoré (In Praise of Slow) says Canada's Baffin Island Inuit "use the same word—'uvatiarru'—to mean both 'in the distant past' and 'in the distant future.' Time, in such cultures, is always coming as well as going." In an essay by Louise Edrich (Two Languages in Mind, but Just One in the Heart), she writes about learning Ojibwemownin and how "nouns are mainly desginated as alive or dead, animate or inanimate...once I began to think of stones as animate, I started to wonder whether I was picking up a stone or it was putting iteslf in my hand." I'm fascinated by language reflecting culture and vice versa. Any reference you've run across in passing or even know about as a multi-lingual MeFite is welcome. Moreover, if English isn't your primary language, what words/concepts made you take pause?
concept  culture  english  language  foreign  equivalent 
may 2018
Get Query Strings and Parameters in Express.js
We'll be going over how to extract information from a URL in Express.js. Specifically, how do we extract information from a query string and how do we extract information from the URL path parameters?
post  node  express  queries  querystring  parameters  howto  javascript 
may 2018
The AxiDraw Drawing Machine
The AxiDraw V3 is a simple, modern, and precise pen plotter, capable of writing or drawing on almost any flat surface. It can write with fountain pens, permanent markers, and a variety of other writing implements to handle an endless number of applications. Its unique design features a writing head that extends beyond the machine, making it possible to draw on objects bigger than the machine itself.
interactive  machine  drawing  plotter  art  hardware 
may 2018
ESC by Radical Dreamland
an interactive novel about identity, roleplay, and dreams
Enter the memories of Raine as she explores the text-based world of VerdaMUCK, a simulation of the old network within the vast cerebrally-interconnected network of the near future. Meanwhile, a mysterious individual known only as The Navigator exposes the truths of the Cerenet as a conspiracy-in-the-making begins to unfold.
interactivefiction  novel  games  inspiration  reference 
may 2018
A Call to Minimize Distraction & Respect Users' Attention by Tristan Harris
Tristan Harris published this presentation internally at Google in February 2013. It sparked a conversation within the company, and five years later new features for helping users manage their attention made their way into Android P. It has never been shared in full before now.
ethics  design  distraction  attention  google  tristanharris  deck  tech 
may 2018
This is the dumbest publishing platform on the web.

Write something, hit publish, and it's live.

There's no tracking, ad-tech, webfonts, analytics, javascript, cookies, databases, user accounts, comments, friending, likes, follower counts or other quantifiers of social capital. The only practical way for anyone to find out about a posting is if the author links to it elsewhere.

But it is legible, no-nonsense static hypertext, good for short stories, not-short-enough tweets and adventures and all your numbers station or internet dead drop needs. Here you can scream into the void and know the form of your voice is out there forever.

Search engines are instructed not to index posts and I'll do my best to make sure this isn't used as a tool by spammers or other abusers. Nonetheless, posting will be turned off if anything bad grows out of it.

Use basic Markdown to format posts: #header, **bold**, *italic*, `code`, >quote, and hyperlinks in the format [link]( Try !hacker and !professor and !timestamp too.
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may 2018
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A powerful desktop app for creating responsive websites using the Bootstrap framework.
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Simple, unobtrusive authentication for Node.js
Passport is authentication middleware for Node.js. Extremely flexible and modular, Passport can be unobtrusively dropped in to any Express-based web application. A comprehensive set of strategies support authentication using a username and password, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
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