Anne Libby

Workplace Culture, and Then Some...

Apr 17
humansofnewyork:

Today in microfashion…

Aww.

humansofnewyork:

Today in microfashion…

Aww.


garychou:

amywutoo:

entrepreneurdesigners:

We’re getting near the end of the semester, so most of the students launched their projects last week. In just one week, we went from 3 launched projects to 13!

The full range of projects is amazing, running the gamut from productivity tools to community interviews, fashion to books. Check out the full list of launched projects below!

  • Flight Deck by Aastha Bhargava, a deck of cards for aviation enthusiasts about all the instruments in a cockpit.
  • QNSMADE by Amy Wu, a website that celebrates the people and artisans of Queens.
  • A Memory Between Us by Dami You, a postcard set for travel companions. Featured as Kickstarter’s project of the day!
  • Taskit Notes by Effy Zhang, a sticky notepad for individuals or teams to track their time
  • Experience Journal by Hanna Yoon, a notebook for people who want to pay more attention to their surroundings.
  • Mount Thunder by Jeffrey Gochman and Trent Thompson, a high-quality purveyor of video game-inspired posters.
  • Game of Phones by Luke Stern and Sam Wander, a card game for smartphones and their users.
  • Maker’s Alphabet by Melody Quintana and Sneha Pai, an illustrated book about all the things you can make.
  • Archigrams by Michie Cao, a set of flashcards and posters that introduce famous buildings in a minimalist style.
  • The Upstanding Desk by Mikey Chen and Sam Carmichael, an adjustable converter for turning your normal desk into a standing desk.
  • Glovken by Nga Nguyen, a lightweight fashion glove for commuters.
  • Rexip.es by Sarah Henry, a collection of step-by-step guides for unique experiences.
  • Geo/Day by Sunnie Sang, a blogazine and Etsy store for geometric inspirations.

The people I get to share my two years with.

This is an amazing collection of work from the first-year SVA IXD grad students. Many of these are in-progress Kickstarter projects so check them out!

Real life experiences, front and center in these SVA IXD projects. I love that. (kerismithbooks you might appreciate the spirit here!)  

And of course the real life experience of producing something, priceless.  I only wish I could back them all…


Apr 15

Harrison, Clapton & co embody professionalism:  good humor, no extraneous movement, everyone contributes.  (via @dhmeyer)

These guys are legends, and yet they project humility.  

Many moons ago in college, I was part of a motley “board” that brought concerts to campus.  

This student board, somehow constructed by university administrators, brought groups like U2, the Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, B-52s and the Beastie Boys (not all during my tenure) to campus, sold tickets, contracted with the bands’ agents, put on the show, and cleaned up afterwards.

This video takes me back to one of the best shows we did, King Crimson.   I didn’t even like their music — and they turned out to be awesome live.  But the ease of doing business with these guys was a dream.   They didn’t fuss about food or their dressing rooms.   They didn’t ask us to get them drugs, or hit on us and expect that we’d come back to their hotel with them.

Like Harrison and Clapton on this video, they were drama free:  they came in, behaved like adults (gentlemen), played, and left.  (B-52s were also great to work with.)

Just like we should be doing it at work.


Apr 12

On Toxic Cultures

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What are some elements of a toxic workplace culture?

  • Founders’ relationships with one another are more important than the organization and its outcomes.
  • The organization doesn’t believe in “process.” 
    Including a belief in a so-called flat organization.
  • Founders lack relevant management experience,
    and don’t visibly act on input from people who do.

A bit more on this, and some ways to mitigate these and related culture killers, over at my blog.

Photo:  Catchy Colors by fady habib, via Flickr under Creative Commons license.


Apr 11

newspeedwayboogie:

Cass McCombs - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

So quintessentially American.  Related — a Blue Note podcast at Soundcloud, where Rosanne Cash talks about writing a Civil War ballad for her new album.


Yesterday in Lower Manhattan I saw a guy — who may have been jacked in on an alternate cognitive valence — walking while bellowing Elton’s part of Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart.  

When he sang out, “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart,” for a split second, I considered answering, “I couldn’t if I tried.”  Decided not to, but I still sort of feel the missed opportunity.

Funny thing, I had looked for this song a few Cover Fridays ago, and fell down another You Tube wormhole that day.    

Elton John and Minnie Mouse?  A truly bizarre “cover” of this song. Far better than Sir Elton and the Spice Girls.   The man is a good sport.

I haven’t stayed up to date with the music Sir Elton makes, and yet even if only for his early work, he is a living treasure.  

My copies of those albums are on vinyl, now in Mom and Dad’s collection — they still have a turntable.   Next stop:  iTunes, to pick out an old favorite.  

And not just because David Byrne.  


Apr 5
usnatarchivesexhibits:

Time Card for Albert Einstein, 07/01/1943 - 06/30/1944
Item from Records of the U.S. Civil Service Commission. (1883 - 01/01/1979)
Look at all the marks made by Albert Einstein on his time card. He used it to record his work schedule as he consulted for the U.S. government during WWII.
Source: http://go.usa.gov/jGHV 


Imagine, Einstein punched a time card…

usnatarchivesexhibits:

Time Card for Albert Einstein, 07/01/1943 - 06/30/1944

Item from Records of the U.S. Civil Service Commission. (1883 - 01/01/1979)

Look at all the marks made by Albert Einstein on his time card. He used it to record his work schedule as he consulted for the U.S. government during WWII.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/jGHV 

Imagine, Einstein punched a time card…

(via greatestgeneration)


Apr 2
smithsonian:

Women in Science Wednesday: Meet Dixy Lee Ray, marine biologist & chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, ’73-’75. #groundbreaker
More from Smithsonian Institution Archives. 

smithsonian:

Women in Science Wednesday: Meet Dixy Lee Ray, marine biologist & chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, ’73-’75. #groundbreaker

More from Smithsonian Institution Archives


Mar 31
humansofnewyork:

"I’m going to be a basketball player. Or a taxation lawyer."

Options.

humansofnewyork:

"I’m going to be a basketball player. Or a taxation lawyer."

Options.


Mar 28

2 Cellos and AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. Too awesome! In concert, they must need new bows for every song. These guys embody the meaning of “con brio.”

Link: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uT3SBzmDxGk

Posting mobile today, and not getting the UX, which might be better on Android? Will repair the link/embed back at my laptop.

This might be the first time I’ve traveled without a laptop since 2000, when I traveled to the Himalayas.


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