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.

Introducing 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

Emails From A CEO Who Just Had A Great Branding Idea
“It’s important for the brand to look and feel human…”


How I got 2.3 million app downloads (without spending a cent on marketing)
The story of how an app I built in 6 hours got 2.3 million downloads, generated a full-time salary and was acquired after 18 months.


Finally, Leo Can Relax
Leonardo DiCaprio just won the Oscar he’s always wanted. Now he can quit trying so hard.


Academic Virtue
What is the job of higher education and what is it that those who teach in colleges and universities are trained and paid to do?


Linguists Not Exactly Wow About Facebook’s New Reactions
Representatives for Facebook declined to comment.


Microsoft’s Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking
By studying underserved communities, the tech giant hopes to improve the user experience for everyone.


Expedia Thinks It Can Help You Find the Dream Vacation You Didn’t Know You Wanted
Can the mid-’90s travel survivor thrive by understanding the psyche of the modern traveler?


These Fan-Made 2020 Ford Bronco Renderings Are Perfect
We are all rabid for a new, sixth-generation Ford Bronco. Rumor has it Ford is planning to build one by 2020.


Meet the Developer Who Made Games for Three Years While Living on the Streets
“Today I shed my old skin, which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity.”


Rethinking the Work-Life Equation
It takes more than just policies to make a workplace truly flexible. The whole office culture has to change.