DRT: Do you think failure is a good thing?

DM: I think failure is a necessary thing — I don’t know if it’s necessarily a good thing, because it hurts so much, and it is so painful to go through. But I think it’s critical in understanding yourself, I think it’s critical in being able to defend an idea, I think that it’s ultimately something that can change your life in a very, very positive way — as long as you persevere… If you can learn from your failures and your rejections … it can really make the journey a lot reacher and a lot more meaningful. It also requires you to do better work … it forces you to up your game.

DRT: But how do you know that there’s gold at the end of the rainbow?

DM: You don’t — it’s a crapshoot. But I also think you make your own gold. I don’t know that you find gold — I think you make gold. There’s a really big difference. People that fail looking to find something maybe just aren’t looking in the right place — which is within themselves. If you are looking to make gold, then you can continue to involve yourself in that effort until the gold is manifested.

Debbie Millman talks to Dorm Room Tycoon. Millman’s illustrated commencement address on failure remains a highly revisitable gem. Also see Millman on how to design yourself a good life.

Millman is herself an extraordinary interviewer and the host of the National Design Award-winning Design Matters, the world’s first podcast about design.

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people who think “labels r bad” are laboring underneath a fundamental misunderstanding of language and of human psychology

i encourage these people to look up information on color as a social construct (heres a place to start)

why is this relevant? well, this might come as a…

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Second Embroidered Mandalas Sampler started. by MagaMerlina on Flickr.




Narrating People’s Lives: In the Aisles! by Thomas Sanders

That’s adorable.

I love how the dad does this side-glance at his kid like “You’re about to be embarrassed so hard, son”

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Chanel Iman for Harper’s Bazaar Russia June 2014
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me to westerners:

omg you take your husband’s name after marriage? that’s so oppressive. so you’re like his property? he can do anything he wants with you? *whispers* is it a religion thing?

you put your parents in senior homes? that’s so backwards and heartless. is it a…

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Four Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Gender and Pronouns


by Cara Giaimo


Language plays a huge part in how we understand and describe the world around us, and how we communicate that understanding to others. Because of this, it can be easy to forget that the dictionary isn’t some infallible, unchangeable document handed…

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Free People - Model Off Duty
White women’s feminisms still center around equality…. Black women’s feminisms demand justice. There is a difference. One kind of feminism focuses on the policies that will help women integrate fully into the existing American system. The other recognizes the fundamental flaws in the system and seeks its complete and total transformation. Brittney Cooper | Feminism’s ugly internal clash: Why its future is not up to white women (via america-wakiewakie)

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Q: I am going to try NaMoWriMo, if for no other reason than to get myself into the habit of daily writing. Any advice?


Well done, even if all you’ve done is decide to do it. The best advice I have for you is…

0) Have a story to tell. Know something about it, even if you don’t have it all plotted out.

1) Write every day. Make your word count. Train everyone to leave you alone while you’re writing.

2) Look at the pep talks on the NANOWRIMO website. Here’s mine: http://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks/neil-gaiman

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