What it Feels Like to Slide Downhill at 90 M.P.H.

This:

“If you start to get stiff, you start to get scared, it’s not going to work, the sled is going to break lose on you and you are going to crash. You have to embrace the speed instead of getting afraid of it!”

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How Spiders Fly

A 1909 animation on how spiders take to the air is a charming dip into the history of science. Stop motion has come a LONG way!

Ikigai

Ikigai is a Japanese concept meaning “A Reason For Being”. More over on Wikipedia.

“Although there are some examples of highly engaged communities being developed via technology (e.g., Peloton riders), when it comes to belonging, real connection will most likely come from in-person interaction in real life. But having physical space is not enough: Brands should create spaces, experiences, products, and services that deliberately foster the conditions for diverse people coming together in respectful environments for shared experiences.”

Excellent read: The Best Brands Are The Ones That Build “Belonging”

Uhm, CreativeMornings, anyone? Every month 20k creative types get together in over 65 countries. For free.

How to Keep Going

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This Room. This View.

This room. This view. A dream!

I feel this

I feel these photographsby Sakir Yildirim.

GifMuse

Lots of mesmerizing GIFs, like the ones above, can be found over on GIFMUSE.

Eye Poster

Eye-catching poster by German artist and graphic designer Marta Fromm.

One Word Resolutions

These one word resolution prompts seem like an interesting way to help form new habits. Could be used as a playful tool in an office environment.

Progress

“Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive.”
Zadie Smith

♥ / Miss D

A big thank you to Miss D for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

Imagine what would happen if you let a couple of enthusiast photographers build a language app?

Miss D is a beautiful, multilingual language app that creates an engaging, visual way to learn new vocabulary by taking and browsing photos. Miss D presents comprehensive information in a delightful way and includes up to 10 language translations, Oxford English Dictionary, Emoji, cover photo and Wikipedia.

Last but not the least, you can put a dent in the universe of words by exhibiting your wonderful photo alongside the relevant words or phrases.

Give it a try: www.wearexd.com

Friday Link Pack

This gives new meaning to “skating on thin ice.” In Sweden, a filmmaker named Henrik Trygg likes to take his chances skating on pristine sheets of black ice, measuring only five centimeters/two inches thick. TERRIFYING!

– The Obama portraits for the Smithsonian make my heart pitter patter.

– This is terrifying: Chinese police are wearing sunglasses that can recognize faces

– Vintage Educational Video: What to do on a date

Audiobooks for kids.

These socks make me so happy. Have to post them again.

– Put some confidence inducing flair on you.

– I love how The Sill breaks down the plants by category: For Beginners, Pet Friendly, For Small Spaces… –> Click on “Shop Plants”.

On the power of slow consumption (via)

– Poetic: A Double Ring That Breaks in Half for You and Your Love by Frederik Roijé

Everyday Rainbow Wear (via Manu, via Mule Design)

– Does your sandwich have a bag? It should.

– If my kids were still little I would get this Cloud Nine Area Rug with the built-in pillow. Or should I just get it for myself?

– Here’s your chance to float on a big giant smile.

– There are some gems in here: 25 icebreaker questions

– Debbie Millman has once again proven that she is SUPER PRO at interviewing humans. This one with TED founder Richard Saul Wurman is intense.

– I like this Free as a Bird pennant.

– I enjoyed this interview with Jason Kottke, one of the longest standing bloggers I know.

– I have been able to work through some really rough patches in my life (work and personal) thanks to the help of my coach Heath. Can’t recommend him enough.

– This Orangutan by Oliver Jeffers makes me laugh.

– A big thank you to the fine folks at Frere-Jones Type for sponsoring my blog this week. They just introduced a new typeface called Conductor, inspired by a range of historical references. See more of Conductor (with live testing!) and read Helen Rosner’s detailed backstory.

New Life

I could have used this keychain 2.5 years ago when I started a big new chapter in my life. What a great gift for someone embarking on a new adventure.

Floating in Empty Space

“You’re floating in empty space in a universe that goes on forever. If you have to be here, at least be happy and enjoy the experience.”
Michael Singer

Infento

A few weeks ago I was at a friend’s house in LA and he showed me Infento. This makes me want to be a kid! You can build various rides for your kids, with your kids. This is next level LEGO-kinda-play!

Wearing Every Single Piece of Clothing

Libby Oliver photographed individuals wearing every single piece of clothing they own. Beautiful.

♥ / Conductor by Frere-Jones Type

A big thank you to Frere-Jones Type for sponsoring my blog, Newsletter and RSS Feed this week.

The latest release from Frere-Jones Type is Conductor, a commanding display family inspired by a range of historical references. Originally based on the delicate, blocky numerals from vintage Bulgarian lottery tickets, it also incorporates elements of vernacular shopfront lettering and mid-century type design. The result is a dual family: the strong and graceful roman, constructed on a grid of rectangles; and the swift and energetic italic, built around triangles.

Conductor offers four widths from Condensed to Wide, anticipating applications from editorial to branding and packaging. The family’s distinctive flavor relies on a seemingly self-contradictory approach: boxes and triangles made of curves, rigid frames that sway and lunge. Conductor is severe at a glance, but the details reveal dimensionality and depth.

See more of Conductor (with live testing!) and read Helen Rosner’s detailed backstory.


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Moon Tray

This Moon Tray is a beauty.

Something Rad

“When I’m terrified, I’m probably on the brink of something that’s pretty rad.”
Shannon Lee Simmons

Bot Candy Heart Messages

Research Scientist Janelle Shane collected all the candy heart messages she could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm called a neural network. Given a set of data, a neural network will learn the patterns that let it imitate the original data – although its imitation is sometimes imperfect. The candy heart messages it produced are quite humorous. Made me chuckle. Also, Happy Valentine’s everyone. It’s my son’s birthday, so this day is extra special.

(via CoolHunting)

AirPods Case

The Catalyst Case for AirPods is waterproof, drop proof and allows easy access to the Lightning port. It comes with a detachable carabiner so you can easily hook it on to your belt, bag or purse. Smart.

(via CoolHunting)

CreativeMornings Manifesto

The remarkable Debbie Millman reading the CreativeMornings manifesto, with the wonderful Canara Price signing. You can read it again, here.

Scented Sacred Geometry Tattly

Today’s Tattly release is a multisensory experience combining the calming scent of Eucalyptus, a sound meditation, and six sacred geometric shapes. The accompanying sound meditation download by Sara Auster features her playing crystal singing bowls. Zen out everyone!

(Not sure what sacred geometry is? Here you go)