Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Each Monday, we’ll link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you. Be sure to check in each Monday morning for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

How to pretend you’re a great designer
Practical tips and principles to trick people into thinking you’re an industry thought leader.


The Golden Mean of Design and Engineering
“There was a time when I viewed designers with the same scepticism as I viewed homeopathy.”


The Drug of Choice for the Age of Kale
How ayahuasca, an ancient Amazonian hallucinogenic brew, became the latest trend in Brooklyn and Silicon Valley.


Against Minimalism
A Plea for Cyberpunk


Designs of the Time: Tokyo
Welcome to the future of the Japanese house – delivery-friendly outdoor fridge and handy pull-down bath included.


How Chromebooks Are About to Totally Transform Laptop Design
Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the first quarter of this year, and according to Google, US schools buy more Chromebooks than all other devices combined.