The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

“If people say it’s impossible we have to prove them wrong.”
Design students Anna and Terese took on a giant challenge as an exam project. Something no one had done before. If they could swing it, it would for sure be revolutionary. The bicycle is a tool to change the world. If we use bikes AND travel safe: Life will be better for all.

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“[F]ind the thing you enjoy doing more than anything else, your one true passion, and do it for the rest of your life on nights and weekends when you’re exhausted and cranky and just want to go to bed.

It could be anything—music, writing, drawing, acting, teaching—it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that once you know what you want to do, you dive in a full 10 percent and spend the other 90 torturing yourself because you know damn well that it’s far too late to make a drastic career change, and that you’re stuck on this mind-numbing path for the rest of your life.

Is there any other way to live?

I can’t stress this enough: Do what you love…in between work commitments, and family commitments, and commitments that tend to pop up and take immediate precedence over doing the thing you love. Because the bottom line is that life is short, and you owe it to yourself to spend the majority of it giving yourself wholly and completely to something you absolutely hate, and 20 minutes here and there doing what you feel you were put on this earth to do.”

— David Ferguson

Quote IconCreativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

Steve Jobs, Wired, February, 1995

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What if Money Was No Object - Alan Watts

> “And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it – you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much.”

BRAVE from EyEFORcE on Vimeo.

Meet Tommy Carroll. He has been skating since he was ten, but has been blind since the age of two…

Video production: EyEFORcE
Director: Arthur Neumeier
Director of Photography/Editor: Rakhal Heijtel

Agency: The Odd shop
Creative Directors: Niels de Wit, Robert van der Lans
Production: Josefien Homan

Written by Marijn van der Meer and Jorrit Kleijnen
Performed by Marijn van der Meer
Produced by Alexander Reumers and Jorrit Kleijnen
Featured Guitarist: Lourens van Haaften

Client: VeiligheidNL, Perry Sport

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) remains best-known for her vibrant self-portraits, which comprise 55 of her 143 paintings and combine elements from traditional Mexican art with a surrealist aesthetic. This dual mesmerism with indigenous Mexican culture and the spirit of the new imbued Kahlo’s entire sensibility – she even insisted on stating July 7, 1910 as her birth date, rather than the correct date her birth certificate reflected, in order to make her birth coincide with the start of the Mexican revolution and thus align her life with the dawn of modern Mexico.

Kahlo was befallen by a disproportionate amount of medical misfortune. As a young child, she contracted polio, which prevented her right leg from developing fully – an imperfection she’d later come to disguise with her famous colorful skirts. As a teenager, while studying at Mexico’s prestigious Preparatoria school as one of only thirty-five girls, she was in a serious traffic accident, which left her with multiple body fractures and internal lesions inflicted by an iron rod that had pierced her stomach and uterus. It took her three months in full-body cast to recover and though she eventually willed her way to walking again, she spent the rest of her life battling frequent relapses of extreme pain and enduring frequent hospital visits, including more than thirty operations.

It was during her time in recovery that Kahlo first began painting, at first as a way of occupying herself while bedridden. Her mother even had a special easel made for her in order to be able to paint in bed with her father’s set of oil paints and brushes.

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best,” she famously reflected on her self-portraits.

Two years after the accident, in 1927, she met the painter Diego River, whose work she’d come to admire, and he went on to encourage and mentor her work. In 1929, despite her mother’s protestations, the two were wedded and one of art history’s most notoriously tumultuous marriages commenced. Both had multiple affairs, the most notable of which for bisexual Kahlo were with French singer, dancer, and actress Josephine Baker and Russian Marxist theorist Leon Trotsky.

Despite her work being inducted into the world’s most prestigious art institution when the Louvre purchased one of her self-portraits in 1939, Kahlo didn’t reach wide critical acclaim until the early 1980s and the advent of the Neomexicanismo movement. Previously, she had been frequently reduced in historical accounts to “Diego Rivera’s wife.” Today, her work endures as one of the most prominent and singular voices in twentieth-century art.

In her final days, shortly before turning 47, Kahlo wrote in her diary, “I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return.”

(Source: thereconstructionists)