Archive for June, 2013

Holiday Matinee’s June Mixtape!

It’s pretty late in the month, but it’s our turn to drop a mixtape after letting some of our most creative pals curate one for us last week. On this mix you’ll find tracks from Daughn Gibson, Chance the Rapper, Washed Out and more. Mobile users can pump up the volume here.

Talking tech with Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky is on a mission to organize the creative world. I met Scott over a decade ago at a SXSW party and have admired him ever since. He’s the founder of Behance (now part of Adobe), a best-selling author (Making Ideas Happen – a must read!), investor (Pinterest, Paper) and maker of my favorite notebooks, Action Method. Curious as to how he continues to execute so flawlessly, I asked Scott to divulge his workflow secrets.

Scott Belsky

Even though email hasn’t really changed in years, which client do you use and any tricks you can share?

Apple Mail became too slow for me. I tried Sparrow for a bit, but it also couldn’t keep up. So, I’ve resorted to Gmail in the browser. What an opportunity for the right engineering and design team!

What are your top 5 mobile apps and why?

As I look on my home screen at apps I use quite often, the big 5 are ActionMethod, Uber, Path, Circa, and Pinterest. Of course, Twitter, Spotify, and Instagram should really be included as well. Circa is one of the companies for which I am an investor/advisor; they boil down news into bullets – a daily briefing of sorts on what is happening in the world – and I love it. Highly recommended.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Make stuff, and take action, with meaning. And when you care enough about what you’re doing, you’ll be rewarded for it one way or another. With everything you do and say, consider whether it will move the ball forward or backwards. And if you think it leaves the ball idle, realize that noise and worthless chatter just moves the ball backwards.

Consuming content has evolved quite a bit since the days of going to a single website. What’s your favorite way to read content? (i.e. blogs, books, magazines, etc)

Likely the Twitter stream at this point.

What’s your go-to social media platform of choice?

Behance (of course), Twitter, Pinterest, Path, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Let’s talk cloud-computing for a sec. Do you backup your data and if so, where and how-often?

Yes, and often. Box.net, Creative Cloud, Google Apps…

What’s your favorite music service and why?

iTunes and Spotify. Only caveat is I wish Spotify charged MORE and paid the artists MORE. I think the willingness to pay from Rdio and Spotify users is much higher than these companies realize. If this whole business model could reset and charge a few hundred dollars a year (at least) – or varied charge based on usage – I think the creative world would be better off.

What’s your take on the popularity of second screen?

5% Interesting, 95% Distracting. 100% Inevitable.

What’s your current tech set-up look like?

Mac Book Air for the road. In the office, my desktop is a suped-up 27inch iMac with a second 27″ screen. Also enjoying the iPad Mini for the moment on the road. And I use my Sharp EL-738 Calculator, figuring out sign-up and metric growth rates much more than I care to admit.

Is there a specific method to tackling your daily workflow?

I spend a ton of time ploughing through Action Steps every day, using ActionMethod.com of course. My productivity on a daily basis comes down to capturing and completing Action Steps, and I think big things only happen as the result of many little things getting done. I use windows of time for email completion, trying to limit the email creep. Bottom line is I don’t want to live a life of reactionary workflow – constantly reacting to what comes in to me. On the contrary, I think a lot about managing my energy in a way that allows me to be proactive in what matters most.

What’s your go-to for watching video content?

Netflix for the most part.

Scott Belsky

My browser’s homepage is set to ______ because ______.

Behance, because my Activity feed is equal doses inspiring and humbling on a daily basis.

Browser wars – where’s your loyalty and why?

Safari and Chrome interchangeably.

Oh Snap! A curated mixtape by 12 creatives we admire.

Sometimes you hear a song and your first reaction is, “Oh Snap!”  This is that kind of mixtape. Now say it again but this time slowly…”Oh Snap!” What’s the first song you think of? We asked this question to twelve ridiculously talented creatives from Swissmiss, Holstee, Apple, Society6, Tumblr, IFC, Superfly and more. Now throw some headphones on and press play. Mobile users can get their jam on here.

Tina Roth Eisenberg – “Blame It On The Boogie” by Jackson 5
Alex Machurov – “Scenario” by Tribe Called Quest
Amber Rae – “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk
Marc Johns – “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings
Dave Radparvar – “Global Concepts” by Robert DeLong
Mindy Lyons – “The Clapping Song” by Shirley Ellis
Taj Reid – “Low Shoulder” by Toro y Moi
Dan Cohen – “Award Tour” by Tribe Called Quest
Justin Cooper – “Where Is My Mind?” by The Pixies
Jeff Taylor – “Everyday Struggle” by The Notorious B.I.G.
Jenny McCoy – “Contact High” by Architecture in Helsinki
JR Crosby – “Needy Girl” by Chromeo

Mumford in Buns

Paying tribute to the best summertime activity of all-time, backyard grilling, artist Chris Piascik takes a nice jab at one of indie’s darlings. And we love it. This illustration is part of a wonderful series called Hamburger Cheeseburger Hotdog: A Tribute to Backyard BBQ that features over 20 American artists. All works are available at the mighty impressive Super Precious Art Gallery. Go get em.

Mumford in Buns

Do-Tell: Tanyella Evans

Tanyella Evans represents one of my favorite types of people in this world. Passionate. Driven. Likes books. Travels to Haiti.  Builds libraries. You know, the usual for a young, down-to-earth New Yorker.

I met Tanyella through a friend online and have been fascinated by her story ever since. She helps run Library for All, a new digital library platform for the developing world. I love the idea of using technology for good, so had to catch up with her via e-mail…

tanyella-evans

So, why a digital library for the developing world?

Because no one else is doing it. My co-founder, Rebecca, was actually working in Haiti for just about 3 years and was really hoping to find someone who had created some kind of digital library that was designed for low bandwidth environments that she could just link up to her local school partners. There are some people distributing ebooks, or providing huge libraries of out-of-copyright material, but no one has thought through the curation of a digital library collection for specific developing countries. And no one has adequately thought through the local network topology needed to distribute content in low bandwidth environments. That’s our space.

Tell us two things you’re excited about right now.

I’m really excited about our Kickstarter! We raised half of our goal – $50,000 – in the first 10 days and right now we are just encouraging everyone to give like $10, $20, $35 so they can get our insider updates and just be a part of it. Its so awesome the doors that are opening as we approach our goal. I’m excited about new partnerships with governments and major NGOs that are opening up.

And second, I’m really excited about the OER space. We are partnering with publishers, but I’m as excited about all of the content that is already out there and freely available and that we can feed into the library that we’ve created. I also think that crowdsourcing the creation and translation of content has huge potential in helping us to get content in local languages to those living in poverty.

You can find out more about Tanyella and how Library For All hopes to unlock knowledge in the developing world on their website. Check out the video from their Kickstarter campaign below, which you should back here.

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