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We all suffer from a profound case of “Idea Surplus Disorder” at Filament — and we think that’s a good thing. Here are some of those ideas we’d like to share with you.



Monday Morning Meeting #26

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We've had a few crazy-busy weeks here at Filament and are taking off next week so here's an XL version of your Monday Morning Meeting. 

From the "who knew?" department:

“Single escalators have a higher capacity than double escalators, because passengers don’t dither trying to work out which escalator to take.”

This might be fun: The Stupid Sh*t No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon:

A one-day event where participants conceptualize and create projects that have no value whatsoever.

I'm always looking for something to read and was super-excited to stumble upon this collection of The Best Design Books That Aren't Explicitly About Design that started as a Twitter thread by Daniel Burka.  

It's not just a Gladwell-ian 10,000 hours of practice that makes perfect, "It comes after 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, 12,500 hours of deliberate rest, and 30,000 hours of sleep."

Speaking of learning, here are 10 You-Tube Channels to Help You Learn to Draw.

We're losing too many Einsteins:

The key phrase in the research paper is “lost Einsteins.” It’s a reference to people who could “have had highly impactful innovations” if they had been able to pursue the opportunities they deserved, the authors write. Nobody knows precisely who the lost Einsteins are, of course, but there is little doubt that they exist.

"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time." — Leonard Bernstein

Seth Godin nails one of the reasons people really "get" what we do at Filament after they visit:

Want to go visit a nudist colony?

I don't know, what's it like?

You know, a lot of people not wearing clothes.

Show me some pictures, then I'll know.

Well, actually, you won't.

You won't know what it's like merely by looking at a picture of a bunch of naked people.

The only way you'll know what it's like is if you get seen by a bunch of naked people. The only way to have the experience is to have the experience.

Not by looking at the experience.

By having it.

Why we only learn when we repeatWhy we only learn when we repeat.

Perhaps the most satisfying video ever (watch it until the end).

If you're taking some time off before the new year, perhaps you might let your mind dangle.

Seven things every kid needs to hear:

1. I love you
2. I’m proud of you
3. I’m sorry
4. I forgive you
5. I’m listening
6. This is your responsibility
7. You’ve got what it takes

– Josh Shipp

If you aspire to be a great leader, be present.

And lastly: There's Always Time to Do More Good (and other lessons from Design Sponge's founder).

Happy Holidays!