Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #91

Start your Monday off right: 

  1. Gabriel Schama laser cuts and layers multiple pieces of mahogany plywood to create this elaborate wooden relief sculptures. I have no idea how he envisions how each layer will fit together.
  2. After a career working in various artistic mediums, Stephen Knapp created colorful "paintings" only using light reflected and refracted off shaped glass. Each installation is not designed before hand but created as Stephen installs the glass into the wall.
  3. Opening a bookstore in the current market environment may seem fool hardy at best but Josh Spencer has built The Last Bookstore into CA's biggest used bookstore. An inspiring story of an individual who has overcome being paralyzed in a motorcycle accident to running an oasis for book lovers. 
  4. With the Olympics right around the corner, athletes from every sport are looking for ways to make even the tinniest improvements which could mean the difference between success and failure. A few of those athletes take advantage of the equipment and environment that Red Bull has created at their High Performance Center.  
  5. “The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.
    If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to do an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.
    Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.
    Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
    — Chuck Close
  6. The designer, Anna Vital, cataloged all the visual analogies you might need to easily and effectively communicate information. Maybe this will make it easier for you to think visually about a situation or a problem. 
  7. The behavioral psychology examines how game designers build the freemium games that currently dominate the gaming app market. 
  8. Our you aware of the stories you tell yourself? As human, we always interrupt the events of our life and form a narrative which illuminates future events. This is such a subliminal process that we often unaware of even doing it. However, those stories are vitally important to how we behave. The challenge is becoming aware of those stories and then altering them so they are actually useful.