Wellbeing that calls for a healthy dose of doing

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When the going gets tough, it’s hard for me to change my mind. Myopic, tunnel vision and close-mindedness are all symptoms of my being overwhelmed. But in a silver lining of our current cultural revolution, I’ve taken solace from quite a few wise teachers who’ve been liberally sharing their practices of gratitude, hope, and compassion to usher in a sea change.

Yet, even when these practices lead me to lighter and more connected places lately, I’m still uneasy.

I wake up too early. The mornings are unusually filled with hesitation. And with all that mental processing going on behind the…


DESIGNING TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCES

What the most historic event in fashion taught me about designing better digital

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Viktor + Rolf Evening Dress, Autumn/Winter 2005–6 | Art by Bryn McCoy + Anais McCoy Smithey

At any given time, at least a hundred notifications line up in my digital queue, promising me a better life beyond the click. More beautiful homes–”This Dreamy Surf Town Hideout Just Hit the Market,” more brain power–”Your learning breakthrough starts here,” more social–”You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer Fun!” and more fitness–”The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.” Being a product designer myself, I skeptically skim through the noise. But more often than I’d expect, I find myself meandering right into these mousetraps. Then I really surprise myself when…


DESIGNING TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCES

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Viktor + Rolf Evening Dress, Autumn/Winter 2005–6 at The Met | Art by Bryn McCoy + Anais Smithey

At any given time, at least a hundred notifications line up in my digital queue, promising me a better life beyond the click. More beautiful homes-”This Dreamy Surf Town Hideout Just Hit the Market,” more brain power-”Your learning breakthrough starts here,” more social-”You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer Fun!” and more fitness-”The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.” Being a product designer myself, I skeptically skim through the noise. But more often than I’d expect, I find myself meandering right into these mousetraps. Then I really surprise myself when…


Ecommerce used to be a dirty word. When we have so many huge global issues to address, why would the best and brightest in digital work so hard to sell more stuff?

Then, I started meeting the makers. Designers, mothers, artists, writers, chefs, lawyers, students, new to town, new fathers, healers, the generous, the insightful, the brave. Ecommerce empowers visionary people to make work that matters and to live a more meaningful life.

Threadless is doing this like a boss. Fifteen years after the company launched in Chicago’s Ravenswood corridor, people still cock their head inquisitively, ‘T-shirts, really?’ And yet…


“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
–Friedrich Nietzsche

San Francisco, May 2000 Gary Fisher + I rolled into town, finishing the roadtrip to kick start my new life. In some warehouse in Mountain View, California, I’d be a software engineer now. We bought a car to seal the deal, then drove it straight from Saturn of Indianapolis to SF’s Mission Dolores park, where I had him drop me off at a free Fugazi concert. Because in a lonely new city, it’s good to start dancing. Because even…


While strolling the west loop on Randolph, the new year’s morning commute seems to have lost a bit of its bustle. After 26 years, Harpo Studios pulled up stakes from the Chicago headquarters that have been sending big love over the world’s air waves, through the hearts of many in what I used to call ‘the mindful minority.’ Over the past five years though, I’ve found Oprah to be one of many emerging leaders that have exposed a new frontier in vivacious living to a mainstream community hungry for a better experience and ultimately a better life (and yes, I’m…

Bryn McCoy

I’m a technologist, designer, business advisor, and design professor. I love to collaborate with other creative leaders + make things happen–www.brynmccoy.com

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