Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.
If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, check out these motivational posters by Be Happy. The company believes that “Words are Powerful” and they’ve put inspirational sentences on everything from posters and t-shirts to cards and mugs. Like Ira Glass’s great advice for creatives, these powerful words might just help you see the brighter side of things.
As Be Happy states, “Life isn’t all fun and games, but the cloud always has a silver lining. We’re tired of all things negative in the world. Instead, we want to focus on what’s good, and on giving us the nudge to get even better. We believe that starting your day off with a bit of inspiration prompts you to think about your day, open your mind to details you might not normally notice, and puts you in the path of amazing things.”