Finding inspiration in lockdown

When lockdown began, I assumed I’d be erased of all inspiration and creativity. In the Before Times, I always sought inspiration from novelty (traveling to new cities or exploring unfamiliar streets in my own) and observation (eavesdropping in public or basking in art installations). Almost all of those experiences vanished in lockdown, so I figured my creative expression would … More Finding inspiration in lockdown

You recognize that this is noise, right?

In the latest 99% Invisible podcast episode, host Roman Mars acknowledges the strange new world of self-quarantining with a tranquil ode to the little-known stories behind the ordinary objects in our homes. He tells listeners about the historical connotations between windows and wealth, the cultural associations between fans and death, and the rise and fall of … More You recognize that this is noise, right?

Culling My TBR List and My Obligations to My Past Selves

If you look at my Goodreads “want-to-read” list chronologically, it’s a pretty fascinating archive of what was most important to me in each year of my recent history. The list never stops growing for a few reasons: 1) there are always more books than there is time to read them; 2) I have a tendency … More Culling My TBR List and My Obligations to My Past Selves

How to Use Emoji in Marketing (As Told by a Millennial)

You know the power of harnessing trends to connect your company with the younger generation, but it’s also easy to miss the mark and come across as out of touch. Want to reduce that risk? Take these key do’s and don’ts from a millennial (ahem, me) when using emoji in your marketing efforts: 1. DO use … More How to Use Emoji in Marketing (As Told by a Millennial)

Who Do You Know Here?

You’ll get asked this at the door of any college house party, unless the student-turned-bouncer already recognizes you. They always growl the phrase; “who do you know here?” becomes aggressive rather than inquisitive. And with good reason–if you don’t know someone there, you’re more likely to steal, break something, or be an otherwise disrespectful party guest. The … More Who Do You Know Here?