Lesser Life

“do not choose the lesser life. do you hear me. do you hear me. choose the life that is. yours. the life that is seducing your lungs. that is dripping down your chin.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

Friday Link Pack

Experimental artist Petros Vrellis creates detailed portraits with a single thread

Falling for sleep: When wakefulness is seen as the main event, no wonder so many have trouble sleeping. Can we rekindle the joy of slumber? (via)

– “I believe editing is an essential skill that is often overlooked and under appreciated. The future belongs to the best editors.” – Jason Fried (via)

A field guide to black holes.

– Outch: Legroom on most major US airlines, compared in one GIF

Blackbox is a new shipping company from the creators of Cards Against Humanity.

Why does traffic jam for no reason at all?

– This made me laugh: Sleeping Baby Becomes The Master Of Cosplay During Her Bedtime

– I agree with Coudal, this Stubby Squid looks like a Pixar character brought to life.

– Inside the stunning new Oculus at the World Trade Center Transportation hub.

– This is great news: Pandora readies for on-demand streaming. I am a big fan of Pandora.

Photo retouching has been around before Photoshop.

– I want to hit so many of these outdoor installations.

Pattern is a simple, focused, drawing application for the iPad and iPad Pro. It focuses on simple design tools rather than fancy brushes and effects. (via)

– The new SOMA water bottle is pretty and are made from shatter-resistant borosilicate glass.

– My daughter loves Audiobooks, she will be psyched to know: As Far As Your Brain Is Concerned, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’

– Within the next four years, 40% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers who are working for more than one company at any given time.

The Best of BESTA: Design Inspiration for IKEA’s Most Versatile Unit

These wool sneakers claim to be the ‘most comfortable in the world’

Saype drew a 10,000 square meter man in the mountains of Leysin, Switzerland

– Wow, now THAT’S a double rainbow.

The backstory of the massive lawsuit against Mother Jones.

– “Success is often a result of committing to the fundamentals over and over again.” How to Stick With Good Habits Every Day by Using the “Paper Clip Strategy” (via)

On the Internet nobody knows you’re a dog.

– YES! Currently experiencing just this: Your vacation will feel longer if you don’t plan it to death

Masdar City was planned as the world’s first carbon-neutral city, located in the desert of one of the world’s most oil-dependent nations, the United Arab Emirates. Located 11 miles south of Abu Dhabi, would be home to 50,000 residents and serve 40,000 commuters.

– Love the Stallion Tattly by Stina Persson.

Waving from the Swiss Alps

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I spent the past two days hiking in the Swiss Alps with my kids and our friends from London. I took the above photo right outside the mountain ‘hotel’ we stayed in, sleeping in a bunk. We grilled sausages on sticks and swam in the icy alpine lake. The beauty of Switzerland is absolutely breathtaking.

Why do we humans have such a hard time seeing and appreciating what’s right in front of us? Did I really have to move to NYC to now appreciate and see this beauty?

Cat Drawings

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If you’re into cats, you might like these cat drawings by Måns Swanberg.

I adopted a cat from the shelter exactly a year and I just recently realized that I have officially become a cat person. Words I never thought I’d say.

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Intricate Letters Hand-Cut from Paper

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How incredibly stunning is this hand-cut paper by Annie Vought?

Eternal Recurrence

“Eternal recurrence”: A sense of contentment with one’s life and an acceptance of it, such that one could live exactly the same life, in all its minute details, over and over for all eternity.

– Nietzsche

(via)

The Only Thing That Counts

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated.”
– Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes on the Universal Inner Child, in a Moving Letter to His Son

“Naked Faces”

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Dylan Hamm takes two sets of portraits — one with the person wearing clothes and the other standing completely naked. Check out more “Naked Faces“.

Sad Animal Facts

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I just spent way too much time on Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barber. So man of these illustrations made me chuckle. And soon they’re available as a book.

Human Nature

“My view of human nature is that all of us are just holding it together in various ways — and that’s okay, and we just need to go easy with one another, knowing that we’re all these incredibly fragile beings.”
– Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton on What Makes a Good Communicator and the Difficult Art of Listening in Intimate Relationships

Soy Shape

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These soy sauce dipping dishes by Duncan Shotton take advantage of the natural colour gradation that occurs in soy sauce at shallow depths to give the illusion of three-dimensional shapes once filled. LOVE!

Ornitographies by Xavi Bou

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Ornitograhpies by Xavi Bou are shapes created by flying birds, captured with single time frame photographs. Stunning.

(via Chris)

The Scariest Moment

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
― Stephen King

Solitude Rating

Solitude Rating

I am a total extrovert but I also appreciate some good alone time. This sign made me chuckle.

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Friday Link Pack

A remarkable (short) true story of love.

Trumpinator™ turns any mention of Trump into instant satire by replacing his name with contextually relevant nicknames.

– Love this: Park Pens: twigs packaged to look like stationery

Ne vous TRUMPez pas.

This made me dizzy watching.

– The USPS is releasing Star Trek stamps.

– Awesome! The mighty Debbie Millman is teaching a branding class over on CreativeLive.

This Is How To Get Healthy

The Legendary Design Of Eero Aarnio

– Tattly is looking for college students to join our team as
Tattly College Ambassadors at their schools this fall.

– Trans model wears stunning couture dress made from flags of countries that ban homosexuality.

– With my current obsession of the Invisibilia podcast I can’t wait to see Lulu Miller’s talk at Hopscotch Design Festival in a few weeks.

Twitter adds a quality filter setting. Yes please.

– Now that’s sugar cube: 3D printed sugar.

– Great message (wish there was less swearing though): A 5 Minute Plea to Do

I’m soaked to the skin with emotion.

– Currently enjoying this Tumblr.

– 23:01:46 — pill to make bird forget it has been kissed

This: “Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

– Albert Lee and the good folks at NEA are running a survey about design’s role in startups. Take it here!

– While researching a video of my favorite restaurant in the Appenzeller mountains, called Aescher, I came upon this one, and randomly found my entire family, including my mom, in it. No idea who the person is that shot it. This is us standing and watching the paragliders taking off! HOW RANDOM IS THIS?

Dispatching from the Swiss Mountains

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We had the pleasure to spend this week in the Appenzeller mountains, where I grew up. Luckily we have one more week of fresh-air-vacation ahead of us. Can you believe this view?

Where We Started

“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
– T.S. Eliot

(via)

Head Hammock

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Airplane neck pillows do nothing for me. I don’t understand why they are so popular. This head hammock on the other hand might be useful.

And yeah, I couldn’t care less that it looks silly. That’s what happens when you reach your 40s.

How To Overcome Procrastination

In this video Stuart Langfield and Marco Patricio outline the procrastination problem and some solution(s).

(via Chris Glass)

All Right, Call Me A Businessman

“…When you make something, when you improve something, when you deliver something, when you add some new thing or service to the lives of strangers, making them happier, or healthier, or safer, or better, and when you do it all crisply and efficiently, smartly, the way everything should be done but so seldom is – you’re participating more fully in the whole grand human drama. More than simply alive, you’re helping others to live more fully, and if that’s business, all right, call me a businessman.”

Phil Knight, Founder of Nike in Shoe Dog – A Memoir

5 mins. 5 hours. 5 days. 5 years. a lifetime

“when you meet that person. a person. one of your soulmates. let the connection. relationship be what it is. it may be five mins. five hours. five days. five months. five years. a lifetime. let it manifest itself, the way it is meant to. it has an organic destiny. this way if it stays or if it leaves, you will be softer from having been loved this authentically. souls come into, return, open, and sweep through your life for a myriad of reasons, let them be who and what they are meant.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

Felt Bedside Caddy

Feld Bedside Caddy

The minimalist in me wants to get these Felt Bedside Caddies and ditch my nightstands.