Nikki Will

Founding Designer of Pocket. Travel fanatic, pop culture junkie and avid to-do list maker.

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Nikki Will

431 days ago

I was shocked that I had tears in my eyes during those scenes as well, but then it hit me how powerful it truly was to finally see a movie like this on the big screen.

It felt like I was discovering something I didn’t even know I had always wanted.

Why I cried through the fight scenes in 'Wonder Woman'

latimes.com

Nikki Will

587 days ago

The goal of any true resistance is to affect outcomes, not just to vent. And the only way to affect outcomes and thrive in our lives, is to find the eye in the hurricane, and act from that place of inner strength.

How to Get Out of the Cycle of Outrage In a Trump World

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Nikki Will

590 days ago

😂

Enjoy a quiet stroll by the seaside. Bring your computer and log onto Facebook. Tie brick around computer. Drop computer into sea.

Tips for Staying Calm and Relaxed in 2017

mcsweeneys.net

Nikki Will

596 days ago

We have to stay outraged for the next four years and resist the powerful urge to adapt to the new normal. But that doesn’t mean you have to live the next four years in a constant state of anxiety and anger.

How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind

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Nikki Will

600 days ago

I've been so blown away and inspired by the activism I am seeing on a daily (hourly!) basis.

It's more important than ever for people to communicate in ways that unite, rather than further divide us. This talk by social psychologist Robb Willer has a good message that empathy and respect are key to having better political conversations and ultimately bridging the ideological divide.

How to have better political conversations

ted.com

Nikki Will

661 days ago

😂😔

Yes, more of you voted for the iPhone, but you also seem to forget that the mail room staff liked how the Galaxy Note 7 has such fun games, and their votes count more. That’s the system that we have always used, that’s the system we will always use. Get used to it.

Now is Not the Time to Criticize the Galaxy Note 7

mcsweeneys.net

Nikki Will

673 days ago

The masses have proved how important it is to combat misinformation.

There will be many people who clicked share on this post because of it’s headline. They may not even click to open the story. They will never actually read these words. Ironically these are the folks who need to hear it the most.

Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little-Known Loophole

huffingtonpost.com

Nikki Will

674 days ago

This. A thousand times, this. Read the whole thing. And then get up and do something.

we can’t go back and redo the election. We can, however, start putting in some good work right now.

You can become an abortion-clinic escort. You can show up to a Movement for Black Lives event. You can actually start paying attention to your local and state government. You can volunteer with an after-school tutoring program. You can become a consistent donor to an organization that’s been doing social-change work for a long time — long before you despaired about these election results and decided to really get serious about improving the country. Use the buddy system and recruit three despondent friends to do one or two of these things with you. And then actually do them.

You’ll know that you are taking meaningful action when you start feeling uncomfortable. When you are nervous and a little scared. When you’re working with people who don’t look like you, or who have had very different experiences in this world. When you don’t have a tangible, immediate goal like “winning an election.” Because the hard work of making change in America is very different from electing a president. Elections have endpoints. Social progress does not.

Finish Your Ugly-Crying. Here’s What Comes Next.

nymag.com

Nikki Will

679 days ago

Trump appealed to America's worst impulses. Now it's on the rest of us to show, to prove, that this is not all that America is. This is a time when we're called on to do things we may not have done before. To face down bigotry and hate, and to reach beyond our Facebook feeds in trying to do so.

Don’t Mourn, Fight Like Hell

motherjones.com

Nikki Will

684 days ago

Great post about embracing awkwardness and making the most of 1:1 conversations.

Change and growth are always awkward — embrace that.

The Art of the Awkward 1:1

medium.com

Nikki Will

688 days ago

Confidence is a funny thing. It's necessary for you to do absolutely anything in life. Too little confidence, and you're unable to act; too much confidence, and you're unable to hear.

The Laws of Simplicity

lawsofsimplicity.com

Nikki Will

688 days ago

Honest and poignant essay with a reminder that perception does not always match reality.

I realized that a spell had been lifted: never again would I envy the lives of people whose homes I saw in books or magazines, no matter how perfect they may have appeared. Because mine looked pretty nice in those pages too.

This is Not My Beautiful House

medium.com

Nikki Will

693 days ago

Good creators don’t talk shit about their fellow creators. They champion the work of those around them. They know how hard this stuff is. They accept that stumbles are part of what we do. And they treat one another with respect—because we all deserve that.

Don’t Be a Crehater

erickarjaluoto.com

Nikki Will

693 days ago

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

The Purpose Of Life Is Not Happiness: It’s Usefulness

medium.com

Nikki Will

694 days ago

On average we spend about 1,000 minutes (or 100 10-minute blocks) of time awake each day. Breaking down a day this way really helps to put into perspective the impact of "blocking off" time throughout the day and how quickly it all adds up.

It’s always good to step back and think about how we’re using those 100 blocks we get each day. How many of them are put towards making your future better, and how many of them are just there to be enjoyed?

100 Blocks a Day

waitbutwhy.com

Nikki Will

708 days ago

We'll still look to the stars in wonder, as humans have since the beginning of time. But instead of eagerly awaiting the return of our intrepid explorers, we'll know that because of the choices we make now, they've gone to space not just to visit, but to stay -- and in doing so, to make our lives better here on Earth.

Barack Obama: America will take the giant leap to Mars

cnn.com

Nikki Will

710 days ago

Sounds about right.

In order for the G.O.P. to become even a marginally functional political party again, all memory of the 2016 campaign will have to be obliterated

Republican Party Could Recover as Early as 2096, Experts Say

newyorker.com

Nikki Will

713 days ago

Read this, laugh, and then tell me you (or your colleagues) aren't guilty of any of these. 😂

9 Tricks to Appear Smart in Brainstorming Meetings

medium.com

Nikki Will

714 days ago

Still fascinating to me that although I spent a considerable amount of time on the phone throughout my childhood, when the phone rings these days my natural response is to be alarmed.

Calling somebody on the phone used to be a perfectly ordinary thing to do. You called people you knew well, not so well, or not at all, and never gave it a second thought. But after the Great Texting Shift of 2007, a phone call became a claim of intimacy.

The Death of the Telephone Call

slate.com

Nikki Will

717 days ago

I am guilty of this and am definitely going to try to use these alternatives from now on.

The most important thing to do when writing an email to anyone — be it work correspondence or a love letter or a threat to your enemies — is to ask yourself, do you actually hope this person is well? If you do, then find some sincere way to say that instead of a bottled expression that has come to mean anything but.

It’s Time to Stop Writing ‘I Hope You’re Well’ in Emails

nymag.com

Nikki Will

719 days ago

There is no one “right” way to navigate the world. There are a myriad of ways, and it’s up to us to find the one that best reflects our values.

How to make hard decisions

hackernoon.com

Nikki Will

719 days ago

There are always more incoming emails, more meetings, more things to read, more ideas to follow up – and digital mobile technology means you can easily crank through a few more to-do list items at home, or on holiday, or at the gym. The result, inevitably, is feeling overwhelmed: we’re each finite human beings, with finite energy and abilities, attempting to get through an infinite amount. We feel a social pressure to “do it all”, at work and at home, but that’s not just really difficult; it’s a mathematical impossibility.

Why you feel busy all the time (when you’re actually not)

bbc.com

Nikki Will

734 days ago

I have re-read this post a few times since it was written over 2 years ago, and it always rings true.

Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. It’s our instincts, our cravings and longings, the things and places and ideas we burn for, the intuition that swells up from somewhere deep inside of us. Must is what happens when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own.

The Crossroads of Should and Must

medium.com

Nikki Will

734 days ago

Female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification”: When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.

Obama’s Female Staffers Came Up With a Genius Strategy to Make Sure Their Voices Were Heard

thecut.com

Nikki Will

742 days ago

And isn’t that the gorgeous thing about life and getting older? You can never truly map out how your life will turn out. You can only hope to make the right set of decisions to lead you to your intended destination. And hope again to have the courage to adjust your sails and catch the right winds when you need to change direction.

This is Us. This is our 30’s.

byrslf.co

Nikki Will

743 days ago

Satire or real life? 😳

Platt was reportedly seconds away from letting go and enjoying himself when he was suddenly crushed by the full weight of work emails that still needed to be dealt with, looming deadlines for projects that would take a great deal of time and energy to complete, an upcoming wedding he had yet to buy airfare for because of an unresolved issue with his Southwest Rapid Rewards account, and phone calls that needed to be returned.

Man On Cusp Of Having Fun Suddenly Remembers Every Single One Of His Responsibilities

theonion.com

Nikki Will

743 days ago

Of all the places I've visited, Iceland is one that I definitely want to go back to one day. It is such a unique place and these photos just scratch the surface of what makes it so special.

10 photos explaining why the world is so in love with Iceland

treehugger.com

Nikki Will

748 days ago

Humans crave patterns. The reason pop music is successful to begin with is because almost every song is immediately familiar before you get more than 10 seconds into a first listen.

The Millennial Whoop: The Simple Melodic Sequence That’s Showing Up All Over Contemporary Pop

slate.com

Nikki Will

756 days ago

Eloquent essay about feminism and equality. We have come a long way, but there is still work to do. Preach, POTUS, preach!

We need to keep changing the attitude that values being confident, competitive, and ambitious in the workplace—unless you’re a woman. Then you’re being too bossy, and suddenly the very qualities you thought were necessary for success end up holding you back.

Glamour Exclusive: President Barack Obama Says, "This Is What a Feminist Looks Like"

glamour.com

Nikki Will

762 days ago

Amazing. 👌🏻

I Replaced The Word ‘Millennials’ With ‘43-Year-Old White Men’ And Now These Headlines Are *Italian Chef Kissing Fingers Gesture*

medium.com

Nikki Will

762 days ago

😂

My Brain: The All-Hands Meeting

newyorker.com

Nikki Will

762 days ago

Marriage isn’t the honeymoon in Thailand—it’s day four of vacation #56 that you take together. Marriage is not celebrating the closing of the deal on the first house—it’s having dinner in that house for the 4,386th time. And it’s certainly not Valentine’s Day.

How to happily endure 20,000 days with another human being

qz.com

Nikki Will

763 days ago

Interesting perspective on finding "balance."

Would you rather live a life that is unbalanced, but high-performing in a certain area? Or would you rather live a life that is balanced, but never maximizes your potential in a given quadrant?

The Downside of Work-Life Balance

jamesclear.com

Nikki Will

778 days ago

There are two types of travelers in the world, which one are you?

Two Types of Travelers

medium.com

Nikki Will

783 days ago

Great piece from Airbnb's VP of Design about defining the state—and future—of product design. (Honored to be included in a nice Pocket shoutout!)

Hire and unleash a design lead from the get-go. A great startup example of this strategy is Pocket, which has achieved impressive growth with a lean team. When it started, founder Nate Weiner had the engineering and design expertise, but lacked the design acumen. So his first hire was Nikki Will who later became Head of Design. Weiner credits Will for bringing in the expertise that helped create a truly great product from the beginning.

Defining Product Design: A Dispatch from Airbnb's Design Chief

firstround.com

Nikki Will

783 days ago

There are a lot of incredible tools out there right now, but I agree that a number of these suggested improvements (ex: unified syntax and type formatting) could have a powerful impact on the design world.

The inherent problem with most of the tools designers use today is that they are focused on working in isolation. Designers often learn to do things in one specific way and develop habits that make them more efficient at their process. The problems kick in when many designers are working together but their processes differ.

The Design Tools We Really Need

medium.com

Nikki Will

794 days ago

There are so many debates in this life in which there is some evidence of one thing and also some evidence of the other. At such a point, you just have to decide to believe in and do what is best for you. So here’s a radical idea: Why not do the thing that makes you happy?

Get the Epidural

nytimes.com

Nikki Will

795 days ago

😱

Unless your go-to sushi joint is Masa or Nobu, you’re not getting the sushi you ordered, ever, anywhere, and that includes your regular sushi restaurant where you can’t imagine them doing such a thing, Olmsted says. Your salmon is probably fake and so is your red snapper. Your white tuna is something else altogether, probably escolar — known to experts as “the Ex-Lax fish” for the gastrointestinal havoc it wreaks.

Everything we love to eat is a scam

nypost.com

Nikki Will

796 days ago

our natural circadian rhythm actually clocks in around 24.5 hours—a little more than a day. This extra slice of time makes it easier to travel in a direction that lengthens the day—west—than to travel in a direction that shortens the day—east.

We Finally Know Why Jet Lag Is Much Worse Flying East

gizmodo.com

Nikki Will

796 days ago

Insightful dose of perspective from Trevor Noah with a number of undeniable truths.

The Fatal Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile: The Daily Show

youtube.com

Nikki Will

797 days ago

But while we look to distinct periods in the past to try to understand the moment we are in, it’s important to remember that history is a story in which we are still immersed.

What History Teaches Us About Today’s Political and Racial Turmoil

nymag.com

Nikki Will

797 days ago

Solid piece about innovation that digs into the question: "When everything is characterized as 'world-changing,' is anything?"

If the most fundamental definition of design is to solve problems, why are so many people devoting so much energy to solving problems that don’t really exist? How can we get more people to look beyond their own lived experience?

Solving All the Wrong Problems

nytimes.com

Nikki Will

798 days ago

Jennifer Aniston should not have had to write this essay slamming the everyday objectification and scrutiny of women, but I am glad she did.

Here’s where I come out on this topic: we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own “happily ever after” for ourselves.

Jennifer Aniston : 'For The Record, I Am Not Pregnant. What I Am Is Fed Up'

huffingtonpost.com

Nikki Will

803 days ago

Have always been intrigued by this, although I admit I often forget that Michelin Stars have anything to do with tires.

Fascinating story about how a tire company became culinary experts and essentially—pioneers of content marketing.

So how did a tire company become—and why does it remain—the arbiter of culinary greatness?

Why Does a Tire Company Publish the Michelin Guide?

priceonomics.com

Nikki Will

804 days ago

Thought this was pretty fascinating! Never would have guessed the answer.

When people say "flyover states," they're usually referring to the big, square states out west that people stereotypically cross over while flying between New York, LA, and Chicago, but don't actually land in.

But what state do the largest number of planes actually fly over?

Science Answers Which State Airplanes Are Flying Over The Most

businessinsider.com

Nikki Will

804 days ago

Lots of great tidbits in here about creativity. Liked the sentiment about the beauty of curiosity and it always being within reach, especially important in those moments when it feels as if you cannot dredge up any passion.

But curiosity doesn’t take anything from you. Curiosity just gives, and all it gives you are clues, just a beautiful thread, a tiny little clue from the scavenger hunt that you’re unique here in life.

Fear is boring, and other tips for living a creative life

ideas.ted.com

Nikki Will

804 days ago

The Goldilocks Rule states that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right.

The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business

jamesclear.com

Nikki Will

807 days ago

If The Speech From Independence Day Happened Today

youtube.com

Nikki Will

809 days ago

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Jen and I are utterly horrified to announce the arrival of our son, Jasper Heusen-­Gravenstein, born May 21st at 4:56 A.M. For nine long months, we’ve wondered who this little creature would be. Well, now we know: he’s the living embodiment of our darkest imaginings, with a nefarious agenda and Grandpa Jim’s nose.

An Honest Birth Announcement

newyorker.com

Nikki Will

810 days ago

I am a sucker for Pantone swatches AND snark, so this totally made my day.

medium.com

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