The unicorn phenomenon has swept my generation. I love it. And I didn’t know why, that is, until I read this article from Fast Company that made me think about it.
While I agree with what the article suggests that unicorns represent happy childhood dreams, uniqueness, and an escape from reality, I feel like this goes further. The 90’s trend resurrection in clothing, colors and graphics helps to foster this revisited feeling. As the article notates, the Lisa Frank trend was HIGHLY valued in my youth and so it’s pseudo return makes it a rapid trend much like the Pokémon Go game, choker necklaces and belly shirts. Resurgence of a time treasured by the millennials, and the businesses that capitalize on this are doing well. Gotta love it.
Mayor Murray Delivered the State of the City address to Satellites today with optimism and caution. The Seattle Times article, shares Murray’s comments that while the tech and economic growth of Seattle, “‘reflects the 21st-century dreams of the 1962 World’s Fair: a vibrant city driven by technology and science creating jobs and innovation in everything from transportation to health care,’” it at the same time is weary of a growing population of homelessness which according to the One Night Count found an increase of 19% from last year which is very startling for what the future of Seattle could look like. Murray warns of the, “[fear] from the Great Depression as issues of homelessness and inequity continue despite decades of effort on the part of this city to resolve them.”
Harvard Business Review shared insightful comments on the virtues and dangers of group creativity/brainstorming. What is commonly thought as a benefit to workplace progress, can actually limit the unique thoughts produced by regularly creative individuals.
My personal work experience mimics the sentiments expressed in this article in many ways, particularly when it comes to my graphic design projects. The more conceptual feedback I receive initially on a given project can drastically limit my creative process and the end result is rarely something I am proud of.
On that same token, there are times that I would never have thought of a product had there not been any group creativity. Some direction or inspiration is always needed.
“Today, we’re on the brink of a new digital paradigm, where the capabilities of our technology are beginning to outstrip our own. Computers are deciding which products to stock on shelves, performing legal discovery and even winning game shows. They will soon be driving our cars and making medical diagnoses. Here are five trends that are driving it all.”