Friday Link Pack

This is the time of the year where I seriously miss living near the Swiss alps. I grew up with a ski lift in front of my door that offered night skiing. It was heaven.

– So much fun: Inspirograph!

– The latest ONE OF MANY photo essay by Wesley Verhoeve is out, featuring creative types of Portland OR

– Hey graphic designers, did you see these 50 Vintage Text Effects?

How to pay attention, by Rob Walker

– This year’s National Geographic Photo Contest Winners

Martine Rothblatt: She founded SiriusXM, a religion and a biotech. For starters.

– Surprise your family with this Christmas Tree Napkin Fold.

– Somehow I missed this when it did the rounds in October: If Disney Princesses Had Realistic Waistlines (thanks Oliver)

– A modern shelf with hooks. Love it.

– ‘Everything But the News’ Picks the Brain of a Five-Year-Old Venture Capitalist. Made me laugh.

– Gloves that keep you warm and let you use your phone at the same time: Glove.ly

– This cup and saucer made me look. (via)

– Love this: 30 Minute Infinity Scarf tutorial

– Joanna shares 8 entertaining tips

– Yellow stains on your pillow? Here’s how to wash and whiten pillows.

– Sam Lyon’s amazing Jelly Gummies GIFs!

– In need of some visual inspiration? Directory of design blogs.

Play Dough Type.

Doors to other cities. What a great idea. (via)

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Dan Pallotta on Charity

Grateful that my friend Mac pointed me to this powerful TED talk by Dan Pallotta. Some serious food for thought.

Dan is an activist calling out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done.

Mac Premo on being a parent

“I don’t raise children, I raise adults.”
Mac Premo

Ping Pong Balls + LED Lights

ping pong garland

Love this DIY idea: Using ping pong balls and LED lights to make a festive garland.

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight

Leeo Smart Nightlight

Leeo is a beautifully designed nightlight that connects to your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Smart!

(via Fast Co. Design)

A Simple Trick That Makes Batting Around Balloons More Fun

I am so doing this with my kids this weekend.

(via Laughing Squid)

Hunger Crunch

Hunger Crunch

Hunger Crunch is a FREE online game that fights world hunger. All proceeds go to help feed orphaned children around the world.

Play the game online or download it from the App Store!

How to Persuade Others with the Right Questions

“When people have their own reason for doing something, they believe those reasons more deeply and adhere to the behavior more strongly.” Always insightful to listen to Daniel Pink.

What Color Is it?

What Color is it?
What Color is it?

What color is it? A simple website that showcases time in hex color values. So simple. So smart. Love it. #nerdy

Tattly featured on MSNBC

This morning I got up early to watch MSNBC’s Your Business with the delightful JJ Ramberg. My heart was bursting of excitement when the above feature on Tattly came on. My little company on national television! What an exciting day!

Friday Link Pack

– Space nerds, you will love this website – Wiki Sky. (via)

Wireless Showerhead Speaker. Seriously. (via)

IKEA Sit/Stand Desk Review over on GIZMODO (via)

– Love this old-school looking kids schoolhouse desk.

The Little Prince looks REALLY good.

– Love this Moon Lamp by Nosinger.

15 Creative DIY Christmas Trees

Wall-Mounted Succulent Letter DIY

Optical illusion placemat appears to warp under the weight of tableware

A mitten flask! <--- !!!

- For the bearded men out there

– I love before and after shots of apartment renovations. This is a good one.

_ Give the gift of a plant: The Sill.

Bitbox, monthly code projects for kids.

– Apple’s first employee: The remarkable odyssey of Bill Fernandez

– The 2014 kottke.org Holiday Gift Guide

Travel as Therapy

– Not feeling Christmas? You’re not alone.

7 tips for designing awesome animated GIFs (via)

Let’s Party. Lovely.

– 5 cool things about the revamped Smithsonian Design Museum

Tortoise fitted with LEGO wheelchair to help him move around. Wait, what?

The Movie Project: A collection of popular movie titles grouped by year

How to deal with chronic complainers

– Interesting: Lumi allows you to print you on fabric (T-shirts etc) without any fancy equipment.

– Pixel Union is looking to hire a Creative Director.

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Tattly Subscriptions

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Send The Elevator Back Down

“If you’ve done well, it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down.”
– Kevin Spacey

From this interview over on Levo.com

K Desk

K desk  black&white

Now this kids desk by RAFA kids is a beauty! You see it closed in the image above but once the lid is lifted you discover another layer of the desk with rounded corners and hidden organizer. Perfect place to put notebooks, iPad or little toys and treasures. Vertical part is good exposition space for drawings, photos or important messages. I’d take a grown up version!

Those who were seen dancing…

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

Plastic Balls on an Escalator

This is somewhat poetic. I totally want to recreate this now. Reminds me of the Sony Bravia Commercial.

My Library by Tom Gauld

My library

Love this library color coding, imagined by Tom Gauld. (You can buy it as a print!)

Origami Coffee Table

Origami Coffee Table

I noticed this beauty of a West Elm coffee table at my friend’s house over the weekend. Bookmarked!

Cranky Table Lamp

Cranky Lamp

Some lamps are a little too tall. Others are a little too short. This is not a problem with Cranky, an adjustable-height table lamp.

Pong Traffic Light

pong

Traffic light that lets you play Pong with person on the other side officially installed in Germany. What’s not to love?

It’s Not Too Late To Make A Difference

Via Seth Godin’s post The stories we tell ourselves.

Friday Link Pack

– How to run a zero waste home

– Interesting read: When Is One Ready to Get Married?

– Watch How Amazon’s Robots Ship Your Order. (Also, make sure to buy small/local and not just on Amazon. Ok?)

– Put a smile on someone’s face with a custom min banner. So stinking adorable. I just got one and I love it.

9 basic principles of responsive web design

– Now this is a diaper bag I’d be cool with. (But glad those days are long gone)

Dream telepathy suggests that human beings have the ability to communicate telepathically with another person while they are dreaming.

– Ben McGrath has a long and fascinating profile of Sasha Hostyn, aka Scarlett, “the most accomplished woman in the young history of electronic sports,” namely Starcraft II: A Star And Her Craft. This is so Nerdy. Always amazed at all these sub-cultures in today’s world.

– A short film about space travel; Wanderers.

– I would be totally ok with this house.

– I want to go swimming here.

Keyboard Waffle Iron. Made me laugh.

Animated Alphabet

Edera is a modular rug and headboard system.

How to remove a dent from wood. Wow. (via BB)

Give the gift of plants.

– Are you a fellow parent also in need for some school lunch inspiration? This way.

Color the earth. Literally.

How Not To Suck as a Creative Director.

Good work takes hard work. Truth.

Swiss Santa is coming to our home tomorrow. My kids are psyched.

– Need a gift idea? Tattly subscriptions!

– Out of Print is looking to hire a Design Director.