Weekend reading list – week of January 5

January 9, 2015

Every week, TP1 shares our top 5 reads pulled from local and international sources. Here’s your can’t-miss content for the week of January 5.

Twitter vs. Instagram
Just before Christmas, you may have heard that Instagram passed Twitter in numbers of users. To which Twitter co-founder Ev Williams replied, “I don’t give a shit” (quote). In this article on Medium (which Williams is also the CEO of), he explains why the two platforms are not so easily compared.
Read it on Medium

The supremacy of Lego
Fascinating article on how Danish toy company Lego rebuilt its brand to become “the Apple of toys”.
Read it on Fast Company

The Joan Didion effect
Fashion brand Céline made a big splash this week when Joan Didion was announced as its new poster girl. Social media exploded as the artistic community rushed to laud the decision. Didion, an award-winning novelist and celebrated literary journalist, wrote for the American Vogue early in her career. Read this seminal essay that she wrote for the magazine in 1961.
Read it on 

Internet, a new villain
We saw several films in 2014 that touched on major social and political themes. For example, Selma and Citizenfour. Of all the subjects most featured in Hollywood movies last year, one just kept coming up… The Internet, of course.
Read it on The Dissolve

Ephemeral love 
If the following excerpt grabs your attention, then you’ll definitely want to read this article on how Millennials think of romantic relationships: “We break up because we’re not good enough, our lives aren’t good enough, our relationship isn’t good enough. We swipe, swipe, swipe, just a bit more on Tinder. We order someone up to our door just like a pizza. And, the cycle starts again.”
Read it on Thought Catalog

New! Each week, we will suggest a book recommended by one of our staff. This week, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. The Hungarian writer explains the importance of understanding your “flow” in order to have a more satisfying and productive creative life.

Read and recommended by Marc-Antoine Roy, designer at TP1.

Happy reading!
– The TP1 team

Image : Fast Company