When Comparing Yourself Is a Good Thing

Every one of the articles I read talked about comparison as if it were the worst thing you could ever do. Quotes were pulled from famous men and women alike. “Comparison kills.” “To compare is to despair.” “Comparison is the thief of joy.” And, yes, comparing our lives to others has lots of negative aspects to it, and we certainly shouldn’t always be measuring our accomplishments against everyone around us. But sometimes, it seems to me, comparing our lives to others—in balance, of course—can help us. (Read more)

Dark Patterns

A Dark Pattern is a user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills.

Normally when you think of “bad design”, you think of the creator as being sloppy or lazy but with no ill intent. This type of bad design is known as a “UI anti-pattern”. Dark Patterns are different – they are not mistakes, they are carefully crafted with a solid understanding of human psychology, and they do not have the user’s interests in mind. We as designers, founders, UX & UI professionals and creators need to take a stance against Dark Patterns. — Source

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Four Productivity Lies

A look at productivity from a biblical perspective.

I have invested a lot of effort in understanding productivity and emphasizing it in my life. Eventually I came to peace with it. But I only did so after addressing some of the prevailing lies about it. (Read more)

Where do ideas come from?

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

“Good artists borrow; great artists steal.”

“The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.” — David Bowie

“Good artists copy, great artists steal. We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” — Steve Jobs

“If you have one person you’re influenced by, everyone will say you’re the next whoever. But if you rip off a hundred people, everyone will say you’re so original!” — Gary Panter

Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist)

The Psychology of Cryptomnesia: How We Unconsciously Plagiarize Existing Ideas

YouTube: Copying vs. Stealing in Web Design

Theme Recycling: There Are No Fresh Movie Posters