Things Are What You Make of Them
From CH favorite Adam J Kurtz comes another book of positive vibes: "Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives." Entirely handwritten on perforated tear-and-share pages, the book is full of advice, inspiration and empathy for creatives...
Do Your Best Pennant
Some of us need a little extra motivation to get out of bed on the best of days, so hanging this "Do Your Best" pennant somewhere you can see when you wake up isn't a bad idea. It's also a great reminder that your best can vary day to day, so it's...
Rad Women Worldwide
Writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl (who created the New York Times bestseller "Rad American Women A-Z") have come together again for another feminist-leaning tome: "Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other...
QuoTED 2016
Once again set in Vancouver, TED 2016 was a gift that will keep giving. Beyond the invaluable networking, unique experiences and engaging installations, attendees were treated to a high concentration of inspiring, even life-changing, talks—several...
QuoTED 2015
In our last five years of attending the conference, TED 2015 might have been the best yet. Now firmly settled in its new Vancouver, BC home, this year’s production was deep, meaningful and overall more simple than in years past. Performances were moving...
Huck Magazine: Paddle Against The Flow
Drawing on its decade-long history covering a broad range of counterculture, London-based Huck Magazine recently took stock of the greatest nuggets of wisdom from leading wave-makers who have graced the publication's pages. The result is "Paddle...
AIGA's Well-Trained "Eye on Design"
Fresh from celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2014, AIGA—one of the ultimate authorities on design—has turned its focus to the 21st century with its new blog: Eye on Design. AIGA has always stood on the cutting edge of the design world (and...
Ideal Notebook
Pen your hopes and dream-scenarios in Kiosk's neat and cheery Ideal Notebook. The pocket-sized pad comes filled with lined blank pages to get your motivation out onto paper.
1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion
Graphic designer Adam J Kurtz has built his portfolio on uplifting but slightly cheeky missives printed on brightly colored objects ranging from balloons to books. His latest creation invites the rest of us to get inspired in 2015 with "1 Page at a...
Inspired Bites Cookbook
The word "catering" often conjures images of bowties, pigs in blankets or gaudy silver chafing dishes. Seeking to break out of that mold, chef Bob Spiegel and designer TJ Girard joined forces to create Pinch Food Design, an innovative approach to...
Blood Orange: It Is What It Is
Stefan Sagmeister of Sagmeister & Walsh: "Because I listened to it 120 times and it still does not get on my nerves. It is the only earworm I know that does not worm itself into my ear." (Listen)
Kurtis Blow: The Breaks
Tina Roth Eisenberg of swissmiss: "This song never fails to get me off my chair. I cannot not dance to this song. When I am in need of inspiration, all I need to do is trick myself into shifting focus, get up, get my blood flowing. 'September’ does...
Daft Punk: Alive 1997
Snarkitecture: "We listen to a lot of music in the studio, this is just one of the more recent songs that gets turned up when it comes on. Both of these guys are making some of the most innovative music right now—shouts out to La Flame and Thugga for...
Travi$ Scott: Skyfall (feat. Young Thug)
Kiel Mead of AmDC: "We put on 'The Breaks' by Kurtis Blow in the afternoon when we all need a good vibes pick-me-up. Some break for a coffee, we at the AmDC break for a two-step!" (Listen)
Earth, Wind & Fire: September
Theo Richardson of Rich Brilliant Willing: "A very moody song, but upbeat song. I'm not even sure what it really means, or why I like. I just get the feeling that something is about to happen when I listen to it." (Listen)
Ween: Bananas and Blow
Terri Chiao and Adam Frezza of CHIAOZZA: "We are constantly shifting gears and trying to move forward with our work. After a big project, this song feels like a nice reset. The simple message reminds us not to rely on the things we've already done...
U2: Pride
Drew Seskunas of The Principals: "I found myself in a very similar situation once, this takes me back to that special place." (Listen)
Connan Mockasin: I'm The Man, That Will Find You
Lindsey Adelman: "My favorite song changes every day. Right this second it's 'Everything She Wants' by Wham! Because I always want to be in a George Michael mood." (Listen)
Wham!: Everything She Wants
New York is a city steeped in music history—from salsa to hip-hop to punk, several genres were born here from bands that found artistic inspiration in the mix of disparate cultures and intense urban landscape. In turn, music itself prompts creative...
Orange Juice: Rip It Up
Shanan Campanaro of Eskayel: "I love the sound of the song and in the lyrics it actually says, 'So don't be stressed out.' (Listen)
Siskiyou: Pull It Away
Emily Sugihara of Baggu: "Makes me feel like I'm in the car driving to the beach, good vibes to channel while designing bags." (Listen)
Teen: Better
James Victore: "'In The Name of Love' and other loud power ballads; I can sing it REEAALLL loud." (Listen)
ListenUp: The New York Designer's Playlist
New York is a city steeped in music history—from salsa to hip-hop to punk, several genres were born here from bands that found artistic inspiration in the mix of disparate cultures and intense urban landscape. In turn, music itself prompts creative...
A Mercantile Meal
Portland, Oregon is a city of craft-focused entrepreneurs where many of the ideas for successful small businesses start from chance conversations among friends. Recognizing this, Jason French and Michelle Battista of Ned Ludd—an intimate Portland...
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