I was so trapped in the newness of apps this week: Periscope, Layout, and the laundry list of Facebook Messenger apps, that I barely got this newsletter done. Thanks for sticking with me!
The Proclaimers got it wrong. American journalist Paul Salopek walks way more than 500 miles. This is an interview about his 7-year trek around the world. He's been stopped by police from Turkey to Ethiopia 42 times in his first 3 years, an average of once every 100 miles. 500 years ago such a walk would leave him dead.
“As bad as things seem, relatively speaking, we still live in a golden age of freedom of movement.”
Check the Blueprints
You're featured in some architecture's renderings and you don't even know it. This is the story of how architecture firms crowdsource online images of real people to include in their pitches to clients. Note: Hipster images are in high demand.
Depression may be genetic but it's also tied to your environment. Gloomy weather makes you lethargic. Societies that get more sun and socialize are livelier and less depressed. People who set the bar too high on happiness also tend to be more stressed, and thus, so more depressed. Depression is complex and personal.
"the reality is that depression is the result of several factors intermixing in ways that are nearly impossible to untangle."
A rare interview with graphic designer Massimo Vignelli. He designed the New York subway system in the 70s, giving each line a color and each station a dot. Today's NYC subway map is too cluttered.
“The life of a designer is a life of fight, to fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease.”
Diplo and Friends
Before the Internet, we had specific categories of music: Rock, hip-hop, country. But the Internet globalized music and morphed into a hodgepodge of undefinable sounds. "Cosmopolitan maximalists" taint what it means to be unique.
+ Radiohead and Lauryn Hill albums to be preserved in Library of Congress
▶ Tunes of the Week
- O'Flynn - Desmond's Empire
- Doldrums - HOTFOOT
- Maribou State -Raincoats
- Earl Swearshirt + Action Bronson - Warlord Weather
- Jam City - Today
+ Recommended: BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, Four Tet X Jamie xx
Thought of the Week
“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will.” - Charles Baudelaire