Weekend reading list – week of January 22, 2018

January 26, 2018

Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of January 22nd 2018.

Therapeutic astrology
In a stressful, data-driven era, many young Millennials are finding comfort and insight in astrology… Even if they don’t entirely believe in it.
Read it on The Atlantic Pocket

Why startups thrive in Canada
Montreal startups have been popping up and changing the game for many years now. Canada’s innovation minister Navdeep Bains explains how restrictive visa policies in the U.S. helped the local scene thrive.
Watch it on Monocle Pocket

Lessons from the studio redesigning the NBA
The NBA redesign is well underway and Rodney Richardson, founder of RARE Design, has played an important role in the league’s visual evolution. How did a regular guy with a seven-person team come to have such an important impact on the NBA?
Read it on 99u Pocket

The first viral video
The video clip identified as “badday.mpg” began to circulate, initially by email, in 1997. It is considered by some to be the first viral Internet video and GIFs of it still pop up on Twitter and Facebook.
Read it on Wired Pocket

Google vs. Apple in the digital ring
Despite the iPhone’s enormous success, Apple is way behind Google when it comes to ecosystems. Alexa, Google Home, Drive, Photos… Google’s products are light-years ahead of the Apple equivalents.
Read it on Charged Pocket

In your earbuds: Divided States of Women
Divided States of Women is a series of videos and podcast episodes hosted by Liz Plank and Hitha Herzog. They want to disrupt the idea that there is a uni-dimensional female perspective.
Listen to it on Divided States of Women

This week’s favourite thing
Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we quickly realized that getting caught up in a “filter bubble” is terrible for our collective imagination. Some designers at IDEO share easy ways to escape your “filter bubble” and enhance your creativity.

Image by Jeremy Thomas