Merlin’s weekly podcast with Dan Benjamin. We talk about creativity, independence, and making things you love.
Merlin Mann | Apr 10 2008
I've been working on a bunch of (non-43 Folders-related) stuff lately, but I started feeling that hankering to come back and write something new here. To get the engine started, I went through some old posts and turned up a few (oddly self-inspiring) ideas that I want to re-share. The topic? "Getting unstuck."
I guess all I'd add -- since it's on my mind today -- is that I'm learning how much it pays to listen whenever you hear yourself mentally whining.read more »
Merlin Mann | Mar 25 2008
[via Dan Saffer]
The Question to You
Has your team tried some version of topless meetings? How did it work for you? Anybody tried it and given up? How did the meetings change without the toys being on?
Merlin Mann | Mar 24 2008
Yes. Constraints. As Paul shows, constraints get you thinking about the creative process in a whole new way.
Twitter's making me a stronger writer. I think harder about how to say more using fewer and shorter words. Nothing beats hitting the Twoosh. (140 chars)
Let's close with a favorite quote on creative constraint from Anne Lamott's wonderful Bird by Bird. She explains that she keeps a one-inch-square picture frame on her desk to remind her of "short assignments:"
Well put. (And only 17 characters north of the Twoosh.)
The Question to You
Got a good example of a creative constraint at work?
Merlin Mann | Mar 20 2008
Very fun episode this week if I do say so. Andy and I nerded out a lot, there was much jollity, we worked blue a few times, and my (repeat) pick o' the week is SafariStand -- specifically for the amazing "Copy Link as Markdown" and "Copy Link HTML Tag" functionality. Dammit: go pimp your Safari!
Update, 2008-03-20 16:29:45
Next Week: Patrick Wilson from Weezer
Oh, man. How did I forget this? Next week, MacBreak Weekly's special guest will be Pat Wilson, the drummer from Weezer and The Rentals and the multi-instrumental leader of That Special Goodness. Yeah, I know; I can't believe it, either, but he actually asked Leo if he could be on the show. Weird. I wonder if he sent email to the wrong place and actually thinks we're Grammar Girl or something.
Anyhow, it's on, and I'm thrilled, because I go way back with Weezer. After the jump's a live video of an old Weezer favorite (which, according to WikiPee, Pat co-wrote), "My Name is Jonas."read more »
Merlin Mann | Mar 18 2008
Wow, this is fun for you design and identity nerds -- 120 scanned pages from a book of logos that appears to be from the mid-70s or so (nb: the logos for the U.S. bicentennial and Montreal olympics are included).
I'm immediately struck that you could present this many logos in literal black and white; it's amazing how many logos today fall apart if you remove the colors or (God forbid) the gradients.
Kinda Related: if you're a logo nerd, monitor (43f site designer) Chris Glass's "design" tag for running coverage and commentary on the (d)evolution of logos over the years. Highlights: "Accepting change," "roundy, 3d, swoosh and twirl," "dog eared," "Another one bites the dust," and "CBS, 2007."
[via: Metafilter]read more »
Merlin Mann | Mar 17 2008
Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at U Mass, and he's highly regarded for his role in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine. He's also an illuminating writer and speaker on the ways that mindfulness meditation can improve health and reduce stress.
I really enjoyed this hour-plus talk Kabat-Zinn delivered at Google last year. It's a terrific introduction to meditation that includes a long portion where you can "meditate along," learning how to follow your breath and become more aware of being in the moment. (I doubt I'm the only one who'll benefit from that bit of help today).read more »
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