Living in the summer moment

Living in the summer moment

Unlike many others this year, we’ve been living through a summer that’s bright, dry, and clear. And yet, there have been cirrus clouds of melancholy hanging over much of this season for me. I have been missing the summers of my childhood–when each day felt like a gleaming bead strung on an infinite ribbon of(…)

Fail Harder

Fail Harder

A couple of months ago I took my students on a field trip to Wieden+Kennedy, one of the most successful advertising firms in the world. On the third floor of their huge office is this mural: One of the big messages that Dan Wieden gave to my students is that spectacular failure is important to the(…)

Ikea as investment furniture

Ikea as investment furniture

Dear Ikea, We know that haters love to hate on you. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard all the mean things they say about your stuff: It’s cheap. It’s generic and soul-less. It’s for just-starting-out kids (not real grown-ups). It’s for those without style who think you can buy style. (And that’s just about your stuff–not(…)