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Throughout the last couple of months, we’ve been gathering and sharing tips and inspiration from some of our creative friends, with the intention of providing us and you with a little comfort, warmth and connection during strange times (i.e. a pandemic).  Thanks to all of those who participated, we managed to compile a comprehensive and diverse list of resources that may come in handy when you feel sad, happy, bored, or just looking to discover something new. Take care, dig in.

Featuring tips from: painter Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, Trippin’s Sam Blenkinsopp and Kesang Ball, research designer Seetal Solanki, graphic designer Eike König, Mendo’s Gunifort Uwambaga, creative director Olaf Hussein, illustrator Dewy Elsinga, Filling Pieces founder Guillaume Philibert, and Freunde von Freunden’s Timmi Seifert. 

Get Inspired

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There are two essays that have really struck a chord with me over the past few weeks: Arundhati Roy's, The Pandemic is a Portal and The Coronation by Charles Eisenstein — Seetal Solanki

Dog-walking, preferably on isolated bits of beach. It’s an efficient way for me to organise my thoughts and clear my mind — Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Stories of the people behind some of our favourite companies: Robert Iger of Disney, Yvon Chouniard of Patagonia, Nalden and Bas Beerens of WeTransfer & David and Clare Hieatt of Hiut Jeans — Sam Blenkinsopp and Kesang Ball

I’m focusing on our little family and that keeps me busy and happy — Eike König

Read

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The Art of Gathering: Why We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker — This book sets forth a human-centred approach to meeting that will help us create meaningful experiences — Gunifort Uwambaga

Start with Why by Simon Sinek. Sinek creates scenarios where looking at the bigger picture can shape your behaviour and drive long-term results — Olaf Hussein

I’m just reading page 47 from Patti Smith’s memoir — Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Daikon Migration, an incredible zine curated by a community of SE/E Asian women & non-binary people living within a European context — Sam Blenkinsopp and Kesang Ball

Mama´s Last Hug by Frans de Waal. It makes you reflect on the interconnectedness of humans and animals — Dewy Elsinga

Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull. It’s a great source for ways to work successfully in a creative team — Guillaume Philibert 

Monocultures of the Mind: Perspectives on Biodiversity and Biotechnology by Vandana Shiva. Shiva is blowing my mind right now — Seetal Solanki

There are plenty of articles around about how people deal with the crisis, but Principles for Success by Ray Dalio is a book for people to be inspired by — Timmi Seifert

I’m reading Allegro Pastell by Leif Randt at the moment. Totally in love with his writing — Eike König

Listen

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I'm obsessed with amapiano music at the moment.  Sunny, soothing and a promise of better times to come — Gunifort Uwambaga

I’m currently listening to a 17-minute long absolute banger from India (play it loud), Mast Mast by Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali — Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

If we have to pick one song, then let’s go with As long as ropes unravel fake rolex will travel by Dean Blunt — Sam Blenkinsopp and Kesang Ball

Duality by Yussef Dayes. So good! — Dewy Elsinga

I’m really into Don Toliver’s new song, Cardigan — Guillaume Philibert

NTS Radio, all day every day. The Do!! You!!! Breakfast Show is something that sets the tone for the rest of the day — Seetal Solanki

Watch

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The Last Dance. I was too young to see Michael, Scottie and Dennis during their heyday, so this documentary series is a real treat! — Gunifort Uwambaga

Normal People — Good romantic scenes! Actually makes me want to run and do pilates a bit more — Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

IDFA documentaries, you can watch a lot of them for free on their website — Dewy Elsinga

I finally had the chance to watch the Korean movie, Parasite. So good! — Guillaume Philibert

Watchmen and season four of Insecure. A combination of fiction with something that is more relatable is always a good mix — Seetal Solanki

Unorthodox on Netflix, directed by my friend Alexa Karolinsk — Timmi Seifert

Practice

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Having conversations with friends, family and colleagues, helps me contextualise my anxieties and realise that we are all in this together — Gunifort Uwambaga

Aside from catching up with loved ones, you’ll find us ceramic painting and taking an online course at MoMA — Sam Blenkinsopp and Kesang Ball

Eating healthy and sticking to a routine — Dewy Elsigna

I found a way to do a 15-minute workout each morning — Guillaume Philibert

I’ve been looking after other living beings, not just humans, but my plants too — Seetal Solanki

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Words by Isabel van Zeller