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Trust your internal bullshit detector

A generic business estate on the outskirts of town. A generic office building. Generic office spaces lined up neatly inside. (Are these places cloned somewhere? Maybe that's what Milton Keynes...

Ang Lee and the uncertainty of success

The story of director Ang Lee's six year struggle to make it in the movie business serves as an inspirational reminder to any aspiring creative or startup founder of the importance...

Be kind to yourself

You are not a hypocrite. The world is a complicated place and you are doing your best to make sense of it. You haven't sold out, you're just being pragmatic.  All...

The benefits of (not) finding a mentor…

Reading this insanely long article on how to find a mentor, I felt bamboozled by the variety of possible ways to reach out to people. So instead, I decided to...

What do you want to *not* be afraid of?

“We’re in the richest, best educated, most spectacular moment in the history of the world and we’ve got nothing to be afraid of. There are no saber tooth tigers left....

Eike König on the importance of fun in design

Without a doubt, this was the most energising design talk I saw last year, courtesy of Berlin-based studio HORT and the creative conference 'Here' organised by creativity uber-blog It's Nice That.

How to have a year that matters

Let's cut the crap. Life is short, you have less time than you think, and there are no baby unicorns coming to save you. So rather than doling out craptastic...

How to write an opening sentence

If you over-think your article's headline, there's a danger you might forget the importance of what comes next — the opening sentence. (Note to self: you need to brush up on...

The opposite of a 4-hour workweek

In the past few weeks, work seems to have taken over, and the boundary between my professional and personal life has blurred to a mere smudge. Any freelance design projects...