Feeding the Muse

Here are favorite things from around the web over the past two weeks:


Dear Data’s Week 50 - A Week in Our Phone. These hand-drawn inforgraphics by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec explore which apps they use and how they organize them. This post is a part of their larger weekly data drawing, pen pal project. It’s pure genius. (I’m fascinated by the topic—organizing apps—because it shows which mental models people use to organize their apps. Here’s how I organize mine, here and here.)

How to Stop Overplanning (Even If You’re a Perfectionist). I bends towards the planning side of the spectrum and this article reminds us of balance. “A 100% day is rare…When you accomplish 60-705 of what you intended…Set your sails and then adjust with the currents and winds. Life is to be lived and enjoyed, not just ‘done.’” Preach.

The False Promise of Meritocracy. I work an organization and an industry that worships meritocracy. In theory, it’s an ideology that rewards merit (ability + effort). In practice, our blind spots and biases can corrupt the ideology if left unchecked. The Atlantic explores the topic is depth.


The Equal Protection Clause Forbids Racial Preferences in State University Admissions. “Race shouldn’t matter. But race does matter.” An incredibly relevant discussion given the periodic debate on affirmative action.


Manifold Garden. Geometry? Check. Architecture? Check. Ok, you have my attention. This upcoming game could be the spiritual successor to Monument Valley. If you’re feeling the art direction, hop over to the game homepage and check out the custom wallpaper.

Lost and Found - Best Dunk of All Time?. I stumbled upon this video from NYT’s “Raising the Art of the Dunk to Another Level”. Insane what these Youtube stars compared to the NBA’s annual Dunk Contest.

Creed. I ambivalently bought tickets to see Creed during the opening weekend. I left completely floored. I may even admit to tearing up a time or three. Easily in my top 3 movies of the year. Just incredible. Entertaining and moving. One of my favorite movies of 2015. Bonus round—if you loved the film and want more commentary, check out additional coverage from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour.


2015: The Year in Visual Stories and Graphics. A collection of NYT’s top stories and infographics from the year. Tons of fun things to wander in here.

Because Recollection. This interactive music project explores the evolution of sound over the past decade. I didn’t vibe with most of the music but the interactive experience is pretty wicked.

What Would It Take To Turn Red States Blue by FiveThirtyEight is an interactive calculate that explores how shifts in party preference and turnout by different demographic groups would affect the 2016 presidential election.