The Creative List XX

Before we dive into the list, I would like to give you a quick update of what's going on. I'm currently trying out a new system where I'm blocking time to manage my blog despite my busy schedule. One of the things I planned starting this June is to share The Creative List at the end of each month as a way of summarizing what inspired me throughout these past few weeks. I've thought about discontinuing it a lot of times since I never became consistent in terms of posting, but I always felt like it's been a good way for me to keep track and record things that inspired me. Whenever I need a pick me up, I simply look back at my archive and go through my previous lists and I find myself being inspired again.

The pros definitely outweighed the cons here, which is why I opposed the thought of giving up on this one. I figured that giving myself more realistic goals, like posting The Creative List once a month, seems a manageable way for me to keep up with things. It allows me to be motivated on sharing my thoughts and ideas with you without being overwhelmed with everything else that's going on. I've been working on my time management skills and creating a system to allow more space and time for the things that matter to me outside of work and school (that includes blogging and writing). So hopefully I would be able to find a way for me to finally manage my online space even when I'm busy in the real world. 

Going forward with my ramblings, let's get to what's inspiring me this summer. With class out of the way, this means more time for me to indulge in books, articles and random videos on the world wide web. Here are a few things I found interesting lately:

  • "Swedes recognize that their country is small, their population tiny, and their contributions to global climate change negligible. But they also understand that, by leading with bravery, they have earned outsized influence in the world." (IDEO, How Sweden Is Sparking A Mobility Movement)
  • Margaret Stewart talks about Navigating Modern Tech Ethics in a Medium Article. Here's an interesting quote I pulled out from the reading: "As an industry, we need to spend just as much time thinking about what we should build, even though we’re not required to; and in some cases, what we shouldn’t build, even though we’re technically allowed to. “Should we” is the essence of ethically responsible design."
  • I've been getting into reading autobiographies lately and learning from the great minds of influencing people. One of the books that I enjoyed reading this month is The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. It is filled to the brim with insights from a professor who encouraged the value of teamwork and achieving childhood dreams. 
  • "Lucks is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." (Randy Pausch)
  • Another autobiography that I'm currently reading is Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull, which highlights the lessons learned from the years of building Pixar. Catmull weaves an engaging atmosphere of storytelling while packing each chapter with great creative insights. These kind of autobiographies are my cup of tea. 
  • Lindsey Calla always has a way of bringing inspiration in the form of her words, travels and wellness journey. Her post highlighting her trip to the Exumas was nothing short of magical. 
  • "It’s not just about solving problems. It’s about making life worth living." (Elon Musk)
  • I recently shared my thoughts on Constructive Criticism in my last two posts. If you're wondering, here's How To Give Helpful Product Design Feedback.
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