Mentoring relationships are complex and tenuous, but they work best when the needs they fulfill are clearly identified. And like any relationship, they require nothing less than mutual vulnerability.
A drifter and street musician bends the rules in Freiburg. After being caught twice, on two different accounts, he finds his way to an unlikely bargain.
A daughter's bright, brief life marks a stark contrast between before and after. Through the lens of grief, creative work and the world look different.
In the face of a plumbing distaster, a botched solution evokes greater empathy for the distinctly human, often irrational people who use the products we design.
A first job out of university is awkward, even funny, and a little challenging. Then a national epidemic and a heartbreaking call lends new gravity to the work at hand.
The future of web design can be saved if web applications are built not only for humans but for humanity, and made to last. To solve deeper problems, technology may need ask more from its users.
The same bit of advice, repeated over time, is at first frustrating and impenetrable. But at last, with a little background information, it becomes invaluable.
Contrasted with the complexity of technology, our human needs are simple. There's much left to be done to build the web in a way that eliminates the distance between us.
In our new public, behavior is not an etiquette we can memorize. The web yields space for a multiplicity of identities, and a greater sensitivity to context is required.