6. LOVE ALWAYS REMAINS
7. THE CHICLE INITIATIVE
8. WATERFORD CRYSTAL
What kinds of products will we need to exist in space or to partake in space travel?
Photographer Carl Kleiner gives a new perspective on what a recipe can look like.
COMPASSION: THE GOLDEN RULE
It is paramount that we are informed designers, responding to global challenges with compassion and ingenuity.
'Mind Melt' is our term for brainstorming...it's more fun that way.
The Frontline documentary digital_nation was incredibly inspiring for the development of the Phonekerchief.
"What technology makes easy is not always what nurtures the human spirit." - Sherry Turkle
EXPLORING OUR WORLD
We are constantly exploring, inquiring, and discovering - looking beyond our studio walls to find insights into the world around us, in search of a new opportunity for innovation.
"When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty, but when it is finished if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
"The best way to predict the future is to design it."
- Buckminster Fuller
Creative Mornings are a constant inspiration to continue creating.
THE BANYAN TREE
The Banyan Tree is a great network of entrepreneurs founded by our dear friend Tushar. Their mission is to "Build the leadership capacity of early-stage entrepreneurs by creating a global peer-mentoring network that support one another through the exchange of skills, knowledge and contacts."
OH BOYM !
The Boym's are a constant inspiration. CLICK HERE to read one of our favorite postings from their 'Collection of Curious Things and Critical Thoughts.'
Leo's Song by IMPACTIST is one of our favorite animations. It's beautiful, simple, and hauntingly powerful.
"Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we've already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we're going, but we will know we want to be there." - Bruce Mau
WE'RE ALL DIFFERENT
"By embracing the diversity of human beings we will find a way to true happiness." - Malcom Gladwell (talking about spaghetti sauce)
From the moment we start a project until it's finished, we think about the impact it will have on people and the planet.
Some very good advice from Alex Koplin and David Meiklejohn.
Design and the other 90% and Design and the Elastic Mind are some of our favorite exhibits because they showcase social impact through design and collaboration. A great example is Susanna Soares' Bee Project.
WRITE DOWN IDEAS
"Write all your ideas down. Don't let them die. Even if it doesn't make sense now, come back to it." - Carla Blumenthal
We're always meeting with people who are older and wiser than us when we need help. Our mentor Bart Haney has guided us from the very start of our company, and we are always continuing to learn more from him and many others along the way.
Taking a step back allows us to see the whole picture.
We are infinitely inspired by nature and its incredible ability to design itself more efficiently and more beautifully than we could ever imagine.
We love this manifesto by our friends at HOLSTEE.
DON'T BUY THIS SHIRT UNLESS YOU NEED IT
"You can never get enough of what you don't really need to make you happy." - Patagonia
There is a lot of talk today about happiness and what things truly make us happy. The NY Times article But Will It Make You Happy? by Stephanie Rosenbloom discusses how experiences make us happier than material goods. "Current research suggests that, unlike consumption of material goods, spending on leisure and services typically strengthens social bonds, which in turn helps amplify happiness."
The Corporate Pursuit of Happiness
Optism: Cure For the Resession
Are You Making Something?
Is Happiness Overrated?
We love collaborating with people outside of our realm.
"Design is not just about design." - Debbie Millman
"A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist."- Bucky Fuller
WHAT GOOD SHALL I DO THIS DAY?
Ben Franklin was an incredibly productive person and lived by a structured daily routine. This is BF's daily schedule, which we were introduced to by Tina Roth Eisenberg during her lecture:The Power of Side Projects and Eccentric Aunts, and we just started to live by it. It's changing our lives!
"John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere." - Bruce Mau. This is how we begin a project. We are not afraid to jump right in, get our hands dirty, and find inspiration in unexpected places.
"You can't solve a problem with the same mind that created it." - Albert Einstein
We can't keep asking the same questions and expect to get different answers. 'Redon't' is about the process of reframing in order to arrive at breakthrough ideas.
This is a technique and mindset that is considered the cornerstone of improvisational theater. As one performer makes a new suggestion for the act, the other performers must respond by saying 'yes' to that idea and then building upon it. We adopted this technique to develop our process of cultivating ideas; every idea is a positive step towards creating a solution.
Lateral thinking encourages us to look beyond the obvious boundaries of the issue at hand. By considering a broader scope of ideas, we see new opportunities and achieve unexpected solutions.
Phonekerchief PromotionTo promote the PHONEKERCHIEF for Valentines Day, Uncommon Goods produced this short video featuring Ingrid discussing the inspiration for the project.
Kickstarting Edible CupsFor our EDIBLE CUPS Kickstarter we shot and edited this video - asking folks to make a donation to help us realize a more fully developed and produced version of the project. It was a success! We met our goal and are are now working hard on developing EDIBLE CUPS!
Levi's Care to AirWe collaborated with Gregory Davis for the Levi's Care to Air competition to promote air-drying jeans around the country. From New York to California, we are helping people reduce their carbon footprints.
WHO WE ARE