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Someday, Iceland. Someday.

I have a mild to medium obsession with all things related to the homeland of Björk. It is a country of extreme contrasts—a place where fire and ice co-exist, where the Aurora Borealis meets summer’s midnight sun. It is next on my list of far away lands to visit and things like this breathtaking time-lapse video from photographer Joe Capra fuel that desire. Made over 17 essentially sleepless days in June, Capra shot 38,000 images and traveled 2900 miles across the spectacular landscape capturing Iceland’s amazingly vivid colors, unusual shapes and beautiful light.

Everything is a Remix

“The act of creation is surrounded by a fog of myths.” So begins part three of Kirby Ferguson’s “Everything is a Remix” series, which explores the acts of creation: copy, transform and combine. The elements of creativity are set with notable examples and historical context. Take a look and learn why Ferguson argues that “creativity isn’t magic.”

The Ten Commandments of Dieter Rams

The day after the Brand New Conference in San Francisco, I visited the SFMOMA with my friend Earl Gee and we enjoyed the special exhibit of Dieter Rams. The famous German industrial designer’s ten principles for good design are timeless: (1) Good design is innovative, (2) Good design makes a product useful, (3) Good design is aesthetic, (4) Good design makes a product understandable, (5) Good design is honest, (6) Good design is unobtrusive, (7) Good design is long lasting, (8) Good design is thorough down to the last detail, (9) Good design is environmentally friendly, (10) Good design is as little as possible. No surprise, then, that Rams himself recently remarked “Apple is the only company designing products according to my principles.”

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