This week's three things that caught my eye.
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1. Simpsons Scenes
My new favorite Instagram Account, Scenic Simpsons, created by an anonymous curator.
I am a sucker for beauty, I happen to think it is one of the most important parts of what makes us human, and often beauty hides in strange places.
Like in the background scenes, close ups, or interior scenes in the Simpsons.
What the curator of the account does, is look for beautifully mapped out scenes in each episode (seasons 1-10 aka the Simpsons Golden age), a close up of the phone, Lisa's empty room for example, and posts it on Instagram
Go have a look.
2. Cyborg Dragonflies
Now inserting electronics into insects is not new, but this dragonfly and the way it is engineered is pretty impressive.
It could be used for “guided pollination, payload delivery, reconnaissance and even precision medicine and diagnostics,” Draper Labs suggested.
“DragonflEye is a totally new kind of micro-aerial vehicle that’s smaller, lighter and stealthier than anything else that’s manmade,” said the project’s principal investigator, Jesse J. Wheeler, in a Draper news release.
read the article here on Tech Crunch
2. Getting a grip
Discovered this great article on AoM, on developing your grip using old school strong man techniques.
Now, besides being a cool party trick and being able to open any jar, getting physically strong, in my opinion, makes you mentally strong too.
The ability to keep gripping is useful across the board, whether you are hanging from a literal cliff, or hanging from a cliff at work.
Also, the way politics are at the moment, it might do us all well to get our Katniss Everdeen-ness up. ;) (or Sarah Connor-ness for the 80's kids among us)
Go check it out (the pick up a chair one is quite cool)
So here it is, the first one for 2017. It is has been one year since I started doing these (with a little break while I was working on Gumnasia), but it has been fun creating them, and I hope you enjoyed them!
I can't stand trend predictions, they are usually so far off, and generally nobody is held accountable. (I would love to see these global trend companies post a list of 'where we were completely wrong in 2017' in December, but hey).
So here are three things, that I believe are valuable, important globally AND locally, and something I'll bet my teeth on.. well maybe not my actually teeth.. but I will do an audit in November and let you know if I was right, how about that?
So, thanks for reading. And keep sharing.
Not the My Little Pony character, rather the condition of something that is hard to come by, in-frequent, or scarce.
In a world where everyone is famous, and everyone's lives are splattered on facebook and where-ever else, anonymity will be the new celebrity.
In my opinion, anonymity is no longer truly possible, so the next best thing, is rarity.
Capitalism rewards the valuable, not the common. And we, our products, our brands, our organisations, are all too common, and easily accessible.
There is something very precious and awesome about limited edition, invite only, strict dress code, first come first serve, only 50 available, that we are missing.
So, the Q is, in a mass produced, instant, everything on demand world, how can we be rare? And still make a profit.. I suspect that is where the gold lies.
2. Continued political 'entertainment'
With President Elect Donald Trump being inaugurated today, and 2016 filled with general fantastic, shocking one after the other political upheavals and surprises, we are in for a hell of a ride.
The general knee jerk reaction of the human race is too circle the wagons, and look inward. So I except a further splintering of cultures, and amplification of 'tribes' (ala Seth Godin). Not a growing homogenised, average, genderless middle, but a growing, sometime fierce and assertive, individuality.
The positive side being, we need to look inward for identity, since our outside identity makers, state, religion, culture, are shattering even more.
I expect a rise in the self awareness industry (is there such a thing?), new avenues being created of searching for identity. And brands fighting fiercely to establish and grow their tribes.
3. Lean and mean
The most risky one I'll bet on, is the rise of minimalism, maybe not mainstream (if the mainstream still exists by November), but a love for minimal everything will grow.
Perhaps as an reaction to an unstable economy, political sphere. I suspect people will cash in, and live with as little as possible, ready to change (or flee?), at a moment's notice.
Minimal, frugal living, is perhaps the best thing that can happen to us anyway. My friend Len Sweet would say how do we do little, large? Hyper consumption and over indulgence hasn't been great to us now as a planet anyway, has it?
PS: for all you designers out there, green is the colour of 2017, I called that one last year... ;)
This is by me, Pierre, each week I post three things that grabbed my attention, and that I like. You can also sign up for the newsletter version here