Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Case Study 22: "The Tender Heart"

For all philosophy surrounding the heart, it still remains the most powerful and confusing prophet of emotion... It beats fast when we are both wonderfully excited and when we are distraught; in the most extreme ecstasy and in the darkest fear.

"The Tender Heart" is a rich chocolate cupcake filled with a fresh raspberry buttercream heart exploding through a fondant top.

As author and social identity seeker Charles Chesnutt described it over century ago: "The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image."

100 years later yet, what a marvelous mystery it remains.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Notes from the Field: "Finding identity in a logo..."

To form a sense of self, we must understand that we're truly an evolving sum of our experiences: the places we've gone, the things we've seen, the mistakes we have made, the successes we've found, the paths we got lost on, and the people we love.

Plato said "I must first of all know my self." Maslow believed "what a man can be he must be, this need we call self-actualization."

Throughout life, we cannot understand how others view us unless we are willing to search for who we actually are.

So travel. Eat. Make mistakes. And love. By doing these, you're one step closer to finding you.