// BarryBlog //

A creative dumping ground for issues that interest me personally and professionally, with the thought they may interest you too. Issues such as the business of design, the design of business, the design of objects, design strategy, creative direction, innovation, creativity, thought leadership, observations, as well as recommendations, mid-century modern decorative arts and architecture, and the state of my thinking (and currently the state of my heart).

Monday, December 21, 2009

DOG backwards spells GOD

Struggles, questions, issues and joys that I cannot get my head around. All of this is my life over the last several years. But with humility, reverence and awe, one thing I can say with 100% certainty is this: God works in all of His creation. In people who use the F-word. In murderers. In sinners of all ilks. In the most holy. And the least. In words that are spoken. And those that are not.

And, in dogs.

Read the testimony of one such dog — the last minutes with one of God's special creations - ODEN. As told by a man who sees God, just through knowing ODEN.

via Tina, the Swissmiss

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Future Magazine

Mag+ from Bonnier on Vimeo.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

No, Mr. President.

I recommend the full screen option. It's under the YouTube logo, below. Notice how this post (though many others share this honer) have zero comments. I guess this subject is either too scary, or hits too close to home for many. Someone needs to stand up for the unborn. Yes, this is not a particularly popular subject - in fact, I suspect some who have followed the blog may no longer as a direct result of this line drawn in the sand. But this video just has to be spoken, and it is my great privilege to showcase it here. God bless Pastor Piper and all those who have chosen, under any circumstance to keep their baby.

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Jesus wants the rose

You're not perfect. God knows, I'm not. But even though we struggle at times, and although we all fall short, through it all, the message of the season is just how much God loves us. How he pursues us. He proved this to us through His Son.

In the end, Jesus wants the rose.

via: the gideon chronicles

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Audrey Assad - Winter Snow

It's been a VERY long time since I've been wowed like this. And by complete surprise. So unassuming. So beautiful. A voice of an angel. Had the distinct honor of hearing Audrey live with my wife Janel and two very close friends in Barrington Illinois. She was backed by Chris Tomlin's band in this video. You are viewing a major talent in the making. My new favorite Christmas song. Go Audrey. Go Jesus.


Could've come like a mighty storm
With all the strength of a hurricane
You could've come like a forest fire
With the power of heaven in Your flame

But You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

You could've swept in like a tidal wave
Or an ocean to ravish our hearts
You could have come through like a roaring flood
To wipe away the things we've scarred

But You came like a winter snow
(Yes, You did)
You were quiet
You were soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

Oh, no, Your voice wasn't in a bush burning
No, Your voice wasn't in a rushing wind
It was still
It was small
It was hidden

You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

(Oh, yeah)
To the earth below
You came falling
From the sky in the night
To the earth below

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

The capacity to concentrate

Concentration is under-rated. Maybe it's just me, but it's getting harder to carve out quality time of late. Meetings. Projects. All important, necessary stuff. But when the rubber meets the road and deadlines draw near, concentration is key. Enter Ommwriter... interactive agency Herraiz Soto & Co.'s humble attempt to recapture what technology has snatched away: our capacity to concentrate. I've been using it a bit at home and on the road, and love it. Alot. In beta form, Ommwriter is a simplified, less-is-more text processor that makes writing your focus—and keeps the distractions at bay. If you spend a fair share of time writing as I do, you will love this.

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