Amplified lives

Social media has graduated from edited real life. It is now presented in story format, free from the reigns of filters and surfeit hashtags. Yet, the content is more contrived than ever before.  As each of us become influencers on this Shakespearian stage, the presentation game has changed. We amplify everything. We don’t just broadcast […]

No hard feelings: Embracing emotions at work

Authors and experienced designers Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy have collaborated on a book that offers strategies and guidance on how to deal with toxic workplace culture. Entitled No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work, the book implores us to detach ourselves from the seriousness of work and pursue a […]

Turning heads in the sand

With peace comes prosperity, until people get bored. They want to start a raucous to make themselves to feel alive again. So they gulp down and share tabloid rumors. Meanwhile, some folks prefer to turn their heads in the sand so they can ignore the swathe of breaking news. They prefer ignorance over heaps of […]

Why people deny the facts

Everyone gets it. That rush of blood to the head when something or someone reconfirms your beliefs. You just knew it! But how often is that perspective the result of wearing blinders? The partisan brain is real and nonsense. Say and hear anything enough and of course it’ll feel true. Such mimetic behavior even dupes […]

Inconvenient truths

We live in a world where self-checkout is more painful than regular checkout, where Instagrammers risk their lives for the perfect pic, and where people hide behind their avatars to become trolls. Sure, a quick google yields all the answers. But the price for the latest convention is reduced comprehension. As soon as we hide, […]

Tethered to distraction

Set your brain roaming. Let it unbuckle into the window of boredom that bleeds into wisdom and insight. We are at peak attention. Additional information complicates and confounds. By keeping you bondage, it erodes your attention muscles so that you can’t even daydream. Too many thoughts at once, not even our own. We’ve succumbed to […]

Cultural differences between East vs West, illustrated

In her new book East Meets West (Amazon), graphic artist Yang Liu illustrates the differences between Western and Eastern cultures. From the way people confront a problem, deal with the boss, approach a queue, self-perceive, or talk in restaurants, it’s quite obvious that behaviors range between the two hemispheres. As they say, a picture is a […]

Coping with ‘the colossal volume of memories’

In an interview with the Financial Times, Apple lead designer office Jony Ive points to one of the technological conundrums of our time: balancing ease with excess. “We have such a high-quality camera with us all the time. But it becomes irrelevant if you can’t actually enjoy the photographs you’ve taken. Even 30 years ago […]

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