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A new photobook featuring potraitures and biographies of some of the hottest contemporary artistes ranging from Shepard Fairey, Mark Ryden, Audrey Kawasaki, Ron English, David Choe, Saber, Gary Baseman, Kozyndan, Anders Nilsen and Karen Knighton. Photographed by photographers Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho and just released at A Paper Tiger. Oh, and by the way this is just Volume 1.



“You know how you hear someone say of Bill Gates or some rock star or some other outlier—”they’re really smart,” or “they’re really ambitious?’ Well, I know lots of people who are really smart and really ambitious, and they aren’t worth 60 billion dollars. It struck me that our understanding of success was really crude—and there was an opportunity to dig down and come up with a better set of explanations.” Malcolm Gladwell

A new book by Malcolm Gladwell. In this book Gladwell pretty much sums up what actually seems to be the determinant of success by studying deeper into the culture and communities issues surrounding a successful person or groups for that matter. For fans of his previous books The Tipping Point and Blink, this is a surely a must read book. Don’t miss the interesting Q&A about Outlier too

Brilliant film about the wonderfully talented but tragically short lived life of the lead singer of Joy Division, Ian Curtis. Directed by Anton Corbijn, this evocative biopic was beautifully shot in black and white. There is even a photobook where you can be mesmerized by the amazing cinematography of this film of a tragic genius.

Tribes is a book about marketing, apparently, except it’s actually about leadership. 

We see Tribes behind every successful brand, organization, politician, non profit and cause. And yet it seems almost impossible to attract a tribe. In this book, I try to explain that the challenge is leadership, not marketing or hype.”

A new book by Seth Godin about marketing and leadership in our very fragmented but highly connected society. Surely a must read for any would be leaders. An interesting companion casebook can be downloaded here at no cost at all.

Interesting book project by design maestro Stefan Sagmeister. Watch this 5 minutes talk on what Sagmeister has to say of his journal. The 20 maxims that you will find in the book is indeed enlightening and the bolded ones are my favourite.

1. Helping other people helps me.

2. Having guts always works out for me.

3. Thinking that life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.

4. Organising a charity group is surprisingly easy.

5. Being not truthful always works against me.

6. Everything I do always comes back to me.

7. Assuming is stifling.

8. Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.

9. Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted.

10. Money does not make me happy.

11. My dreams have no meaning.

12. Keeping a diary supports personal development.

13. Trying to look good limits my life.

14. Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.

15. Worrying solves nothing.

16. Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.

17. Everybody thinks they are right.

18. If I want to explore a new direction professionally, it is helpful to try it out for myself first.

19. Low expectations are a good strategy.

20. Everybody who is honest is interesting.

A book cover contest to unearth a new generation of talented book cover designers based Sam Taylor’s upcoming novel The Island at the End of the World was organized by Creativity and Penguin. Some of my favourite designs are #02, #03, #19, #21 & #25. For the rest of the designs you can find them here together with the rationale behind the designs.

via Creativity

Apparently the root of all evil is not money. Watch this presentation by Philip Zimbardo about the manifestation of evil. The Lucifer Effect is the culmination of his many years of research and search for the understanding of the very definition of evil, surely this book will be worth your time for a greater understanding of the subject matter.

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