What we are reading, listening to, engaging with and flicking through this month
Spark For The Fire: How youthful thinking unlocks creativity - Ian Wharton
“However bizarre something may seem initially, ignore experience and pay attention to the kid in you, as it always pays to say yes, sure why not, if only in your head - because that is where great potential comes from.”
So many designers/agency heads churn out books telling us to do this, that or the other. I read them once and then discard them onto the pile of ‘pop psych from agency heads’ books in the corner of my room. This isn’t one of those books and as we head into mid year, where summer seemed oh-so-far away you may be looking for a little creative inspiration to get you excited again. This is that. Take it.
Value Proposition Design: How to create products and services customers want - Alex Osterwalder, Yves Pigeneur, Greg Bernada, Alan Smith
“Less a book and more an essential toolkit for helping your company build its ability to understand what you do for your customers, and fit your products to their needs”
When I asked the Dojo family what we should feature, Phil came back rather quickly with this suggestion. The thing is I know it’s a goodie, because I often see this book sitting on the desks of BizDojo residents in Auckland, Wellington and over at GridAKL.
Designing Patterns - Lotta Kühlhorn
“For me its not the technical thing that is so important its the idea, the inspiration”
I have my head buried in this book I picked up at Semi Permanent, a super practical guide to pattern creation by one of the best in the business. An essential for any designers bookshelf.
Headstrong: 52 women who changed science - and the world - Rachel Swaby
I first read about this book in the Wired April 2015 issue - where the intro detailed exactly why Swaby had written this book. A NYT obit for Yvonne Brill listing her as “world’s best mom” without mention of the whole other thing she did - being a brilliant rocket scientist. Engagingly written and with a global focus, this book brings into focus 52 women we should be celebrating.
City of Gold - Laura Gabbert
For the uninitiated a film about a food critic who is more likely to review a food truck taco than fine dining may seem a slightly strange recommendation. Then again Jonathan Gold is more than just a food critic. The Pulitzer Prize winning author of the regular food columns in the LA Times has an uncanny ability to unveil a very human, tangible and remarkably real side of LA with love letters to fried chicken and dak galbi. This film is a gentle reminder about the power of the written word, of passion and lastly of something we all take for granted - a meal. Go with friends and break bread after.
The Art of Misuse - Evan Roth at Beyond Tellerand 2014
Part hacker, part artist, part just curious guy - Evan Roth recently spoke at Semi Permanent in Auckland. If you were unable to make it, this 2014 talk on public space, graffiti, hacker philosophy and the power of people is a goodie.
The Colour of Pomegranates - Sayat Nova
This film is really strange and also really striking. Playing as NZFF it is well worth a look if you like your films overflowing with symbolism and haunting imagery. If you leave the theatre without an opinion, some clever thinking or the inspiration for a painting then I’m not sure what to do for you.
AUG 26 and 27, GridAKL Auckland
SEPT 4-6, AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building
AUG 14, Studio One Toi Tu
JULY 28, Various places, Auckland
OCT 5 to 7, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
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JULY 22 and 23, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
SEPT 2 of September Victoria University – Kelburn Campus, Wellington
REST OF NZ
SEPT 10 and 11, Waitangi
Entries close 4th of August
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