At the Future Trends conference in Miami this year, Ken Carbone of the Carbone Smolan Agency gave a fascinating talk about how he finds inspiration in an increasingly digital world. He showed the scrap books he uses to journal his life. As he ends each book, he actually paints them (you can see an example in the blurred photo) before he starts another. He told the audience:

“As designers we are placed in this enviable orbit around life. There’s a huge world out there to learn from beyond design. Life is a feast for the senses. The digital world offers extraordinary access however it is somewhat limited into feeding a couple of our senses We need to create a healthy balance between high touch and high tech.

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