The Olive Reading List: February 19, 2014

Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been reading, watching, and discussing in the Olive studio this week:

Target to Launch Collections Created by Pinterest’s Top Pinners

Minneapolis-based Target plans to launch new collections curated by top Pinterest pinners. One of the three will be by Minneapolis’ own Kate Arends of Wit & Delight. I can’t wait to see what she includes in her collection!
— Jessie Reagen

Rebranding The TSA To Suck Less

The TSA is a touchy subject, no pun intended, and for many it may be the most dreaded part about traveling. This student’s proposal suggests that adding some humor and humanity to the TSA brand would help make the process more bearable.
— Jonathan Sollie (@solliedesign)

Tap Into The 7 Secrets Of Silicon Valley’s Innovation Culture

Soren Kaplan writes how companies can create a culture of value creation, no matter where they’re based.
— Tieran Haskin (@TieranH)

Behind The Minimal Look Of The 2014 Olympics Logo

See how the Sochi logo evolved into the first digitally-focused Olympic brand.
— Peter Robelia (@PeterRobelia)

11 Amazing Photos of Really Terrible Weather

I find it continually fascinating how much beauty terrible bouts of nature can bring. In this case, a whole lot.
— Dani Noyes (@DaniNoyes)

An Olympic Coach’s Strategies For Getting The Best Performance From Your Team

The Olympics are so inspiring. You might not be aiming for the world’s stage, but there is solid advice in this article for reaching any goal.
— Shawn Lockhart (@ShawnALockhart )

A Space-Inspired Watch That’s Strengthened by a Sapphire Dome

I love it when cool technology collides with great design to create something unique. Now this may not be the most advanced or well-designed, but I think it’s awesome!
— Ben Oberg (@benoberg )

Outdated UX Patterns and Alternatives

I don’t agree with all of the things noted in this article, but I do think it raises legitimate questions and concerns about some common UX practices. Down with unexplained merged functionality!
— Erik Norsted (@enorsted)

The Brain-Training Secrets Of Olympic Athletes

Although most of us do not have the physical prowess to compete in Sochi, we can learn from the mental abilities of Olympic athletes. Channel your inner Olympian and strengthen your mind using these life-altering strategies.
— Katie Yohn (@KatieLyohn)

Organized Neatly

Excellent exercise in seeing things in a new way. The variety really illustrates the amazing diversity within one “color” group.
— Tom Keekley (@tkeekley)

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