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Eating the menu instead of the dinner

I’m increasingly glad that the internet and social media wasn’t really a thing when I was growing up. Sure, we had email and newsgroups and chatrooms and simple search engines...

Self-care for the Creative Soul

Last month I was invited to speak at Creative Mornings in Edinburgh on the theme of “taboo”, and decided to talk about mental health and self-care for the creative soul....

Your ideas are holding you hostage

A few years ago, deep in my “I love Bill Cunningham” phase, I pitched a CycleLove x Vulpine French Worker’s jacket to my friend Nick, who runs a cycling clothing...

Trig points for the soul

When you climb a big hill in the Scottish Highlands, you’ll often find a waist-height concrete pillar waiting for you at the top, as well as the more-expected 360 degree...

Gifted Books 2016

What book did you read in 2016 that was so good you gifted it to others? Responses collected from Twitter and Hacker News. Deep Work The man gives some great...

Are you solving the right problem?

You might remember a chap called Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi from a previous essay I wrote about finding your flow. It’s the kind of name that you don’t forget… even if you...