Ideas

The IKEA Effect: Why everyone around you is photographing the same scene

One of my favorite shrines I had the chance to visit in Japan was the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto. The shrine grounds are uniquely picturesque—the winding pathways are scattered with miniature shrines and lined with thousands of orange torii gates. I had a hard time resisting the urge to take photos as we strolled …

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Balancing the Individual and Intended Musical-Emotional Experience in the Modern Digital World

A couple of weeks ago, the 11-piece indie-folk behemoth Typhoon released their first new song in four years. It clocks in at a staggering twenty-one minutes. The song is the first of four movements, which will constitute their new album Offerings. In a world driven by singles and digital streaming, the choice to structure an …

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What to focus on when sharing ideas

We often run right into the communication barrier of idea pride when sharing our ideas with others. To combat this, we should focus on conveying the simple core message of our idea as opposed to the trivial nuances.

Favoring abstraction and ignoring human nature: why they won’t listen to your ideas

Most Advanced Yet Acceptable Humans are driven by the two opposing forces of neophilia and neophobia. We’re innately attracted to what’s new, but we are apprehensive when we do not understand it. These are the underpinnings of industrial design giant Richard Loewy’s concept of MAYA. MAYA is an acronym for Most Advanced Yet Acceptable, and …

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The Advantage of Constraints

Constraints have an image problem. All too often, the word “constraints” conjures up images of frustration. A quick google image search of the word “constraints” results in pages of figures chained down and locked up. Our culture easily perpetuates the idea that constraints are something to be viewed negatively. We are led to desire endless …

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