Michael Kuell

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The Simple Idea That Drives Creativity At Amazon, Airbnb, And Dell

Think small.<p>When I first joined Frog design, a global innovation firm, my role was as an individual creative contributor. I was responsible for making things that helped clients better understand the business problems they faced, and offering creative solutions to those problems. My second project …

Framing

Disney World Reveals Its Coveted Recipe For Chewbacca Cupcakes

At Disney World, Star Wars fans can pick up Chewbacca-inspired cupcakes, or Chewbaccakes, created by the genius pastry chefs at the Contemporary Resort. Not only have they figured out how to get the perfect ratio of cupcake to frosting in every bite with this clever cupcake hack, but they've given …

Experience smoked bliss at this Central Texas-style barbecue in Toronto

Before the pleasure of Central Texas barbecue, there is always pain. For the pitmasters who make a life's work of the region's meats, there's the pain of the heat and the labour, the punishing hours and the necessarily failure-riven accretion of experience and skill. The smoke-scented, …

BBQ

How Car Seat Headrest Became Indie Rock Heroes

This heavily hyped Seattle band may seem to have come from out of nowhere, but 23-year-old frontman Will Toledo has been honing his craft since middle school. Here's how you become an overnight success with your 10th album.<p>It has truly been the best of times and the worst of times for Car Seat …

How Boston’s Fort Apache Studios Captured the Sound of an Era

Boston in the mid-to-late ’80s was a fertile, if underrated, hotbed of musical talent. The city boasted scores of bands that were poised for big …

David Bowie

Pixies’ new album features a song—a nice song—about departed bassist Kim Deal

<i>Head Carrier cover art</i> <br>Good news for Pixies fans. <i>Indie Cindy</i>, a collection of 3 EPs that came out in 2014, failed to recapitulate the band’s …

Indie Music

Warner Severs Ties with American Indie Record Stores in Potentially Devastating Move

Potentially causing an devastating effect for numerous American indie record stores, Warner Music Group's distribution branch has ceased doing …

The empowering language of creativity

<b>How can we talk about creativity and innovation to make it part of our business as usual? Like many things, permission to think freely starts at the top.</b><p>Empowering team members to suggest and develop creative solutions is a leadership responsibility. To some leaders it might feel like they're …

Creativity
Filmmaking

6 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Mindfulness And Meditation

When I tell people that I’m a lawyer who teaches other lawyers and professionals to practice mindfulness and meditation, I get a lot of puzzled looks. Lawyers may seem like an unlikely group of professionals to practice mindfulness and meditation, but there’s a growing number of law schools and law …

Mindfulness

How to Tame the Wanting Mind

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you prayed for it, you saved up for it, and/or you worked really hard for it? Then once you got it, you …

Mindfulness

5 Reasons We Need To Introduce Meditation Into Schools

When a child goes to school there is a lot that we teach them.<p>At first, we want them to learn to master reading, writing, and some basic arithmetic. Later, as their analytical skills develop we give them other areas; maybe geography, history, economics and social studies.<p>Depending on the school …

Mindfulness