Frank Gehry was at the bottom of the shortlist of candidates considered to design the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in 1988. His profile made him the odd man out for the job. But he kept his creative confidence: “It’s as though people expect you to blow one note all the time, and I guess a lot of people can only blow one note. But there are people who can blow two or three notes, and I guess I’m one of them.”
The selecting committee was looking for someone who “still had his greatest work before him” and who met four design criteria. Gehry’s stood out, most notably for his the populist-looking garden lobby, “the living room of the city,” which connected “all major parts of the building as well as to the outdoors and the street.”
“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality,” said Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger who help spread the seeds of stoic philosophy. Life hacker, author, and motivational speaker Tim Ferriss is one of the modern day followers of stoicism. Watch Tim Ferriss expound on the subject in his first Ted Talk, in what he says is his most important and vulnerable presentation to date.
“How would he feel if that Louis Vuitton pouch became a whole outfit?” remarked the Harlem fashion designer Dapper Dan, aka Daniel Day. And so he made custom clothing for famed sprinter Diane Dixon and rappers Eric B and Rakim, going on to remix all types of designs from the world’s most renowned brands before the fashion houses shut down his operations.
Dapper Dan’s efforts mimicked the sampling culture which helped give rise to hip-hop at the time. Said Elle Magazine director Samira Nasr, “Sampling was taking existing music and slicing it to recreate new sounds for original lyrics. Dap was sampling in a way. He was taking existing fabrications and breathing new life and beauty into them.”
Close-minded people literally see and experience the world differently. Our vision is tied to our creativity, particularly our ability to combine images. Says scientist Anna Antinori who conducted a recent perceptual processing test called ‘binocular rivalry‘ at the University of Melbourne: “Open people appear to have a more flexible gate and let through more information than the average person.”
Charles and Ray Eames foretold a society of dizzying pace even before the inundation of mobile screens, interactive billboards, and social media feeds that are so normal today. “Their most ambitious multimedia work pushed the capacity of the medium and its platform, as when they designed Think for IBM’s Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair: a spectacular, twenty-two-screen live lecture about problem solving, and America’s first taste of information overload.
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