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FYI: For Your Inspiration

What to listen to, watch and use

To listen:

NPR How I Built This

This podcast is probably the first podcast that emotionally overwhelmed me from the first episode. It is powerful and humble and I absolutely love Guy Raz for always asking the right questions. I feel like this podcast came out at the right time; most people are aware of Steve Jobs’ story of how Apple came about, but very few of us know how other brands established themselves. All the stories you get to hear on this podcast are unique, full of struggle, grind and naiveté.

How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands. If you’ve ever built something from nothing, something you really care about — or even just dream about it.

To watch:

Abstract 

So far I’ve made in through the first four episodes but I am already hooked. The second episode featuring Tinker Hatfield was almost the same format as the NPR How I Built This podcast, but visual.

Abstract focuses on the lives and ideas of creators, trying to tease out the drama behind the effort to bring an idea to life. I love seeing their work spaces, the process each artist and hearing each voice narrate their own story of successes and failures.

“I think if you just stay in your studio and try and dream up new ideas, there’s not a good foundation for your idea. Just get out there and experience life. That just gives you the library in your head to then translate that into new unique design work.” – Tinker Hatfield

“The series’ eight episodes each focus on one person—illustrator Christoph Niemann, graphic designer Paula Scher, photographer Platon, shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, architect Bjarke Ingels, interior designer Ilse Crawford, car designer Ralph Gilles, and stage designer Es Devlin—prying into their habits, insecurities, and occasional bravado” writes Liz Stinson for WIRED. “The show is about going inside the minds of some of the greatest designers in the world and unpacking their creative process in a truthful and honest way, in order to show people how the world around them is shaped,” says Dave O’Connor, an executive producer at Radical Media, the series’ production company.

To use:

Flipboard

A few months ago I was telling Eugen I was frustrated that I could not find a place to read and browse articles that wouldn’t necessarily be related by topic but by my interests. Within the next minute he pulled up Flipboard and I was off ticking interests. From neuroscience to cool videos Filpboard aggregates all the articles you’re interested in. It’s a great place to read, learn and develop new passions.

The all-new Flipboard organizes the world’s stories, so you can get the best news for all your passions in one place. Used by millions of people every day, the award-winning Flipboard has been created to bring together news, popular stories and conversations around any interest or passion.

There’s something for everyone—from photography to productivity, travel to technology, fashion to food. And with everything in one place, reading, collecting, and sharing stories has never been easier…or more beautiful.