Question for My Readers

Synchrony

Synchrony

Synchrony made me look. It is a music therapy platform that helps parents and children with autism develop intimacy and promote understanding with each other through improvised music play.

I want to touch it.

Letterpress at Home Kit

Letterpress At Home Kit

This Letterpress At Home Kit is very tempting. My kids and I could have some serious fun with it. Anyone know if it’s any good?

USB Port Extension

USB port extension

Here’s a product I didn’t know I needed until I saw it: The blueLounge Jimi USB Port Extension will end my constant getting up and trying to plug USB devices into the back of my iMac. YES!

Food For Thought

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

I want to try to make these Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips.

Simple Machines by Tinybop

Simple Machines is the latest app by Brooklyn based Tinybop. The app allows you to explore the playful side of physics. Just like all their earlier apps, Simple Machines is *beautifully* illustrated and thoughtfully executed. Team Tinybop continues to create apps that I *want* my kids to play with; Educational, fun, and well-designed. Two swissmiss thumbs up!

Seabag

waterproof seabags

Summer in Switzerland means people jumping into rivers, in the middle of major cities (!), their clothes tucked away in waterproof bags, and then peacefully drifting for long distances. Eventually they hop out and get their dry clothes out of their bags. These design-y waterproof seabags from Büro Destruct & Kitchener are perfect for this. Also, wish our NYC water was as clean as the rivers and lakes in Switzerland. (le sigh)

(via kusito)

10 Year Blog-iversary

“In all Beginnnings dwells a Magic Force.”
– Herman Hesse

Exactly 10 years ago today, I started this blog with the above quote. Little did I know, that it would redefine my career and life. Happy my 10 year blog-iversary to you. Thank you for reading. Please consider yourself hugged.

Invest in Sugru!

I just opened my Sugru community newsletter and learned that I can now buy shares in the company I love so much.

There’s no other company that makes my heart go pitter patter the way Sugru does. (You can watch their story here.)

I am so totally investing a teeny tiny bit of money. (It starts as low as £10) How can I not? I am such a fan and respect Jane and her team so much! What a smart move!

UPDATE: So, if you live in the US, Canada and Japan, you’re unfortunately out of luck. Crowdfunding is apparently not regulated yet in these countries, so, we’re not allowed to participate. Major womp womp moment here!

Hagar Cygler

Family series by Harga Cycler

Love this embroidery series by Tel-Aviv based artist Hagar Cygler in which she layers embroidered silhouettes from family photos on top of each other.

(via the Jealous Curator)

Fontstand: iTunes for Fonts

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Netherland based Frontstand was introduced just a few days ago at TYPO Berlin and aims to be the iTunes of Fonts. Fontstand has created a Mac OS X app that allows users to test drive fonts from 20 international type foundries and independent designers for an hour at no charge. Fonts can then be rented for 30-day periods at 10 percent of the purchase price, with no location-based restrictions. This is fantastic!

4D Type

3D Type

Type a word into this browser window and see it extrude into 4D. Hit ‘space’ to pause animation and then scroll to rotate type object. Filed under “I enjoyed playing with this for the last 5 minutes”.

Makerbook

makerbook

Makerbook is a hand-picked directory of the best free resources for creatives.

♥ / Craig Frazier

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“The secret to simplicity—leave a bunch of stuff out.” –cf

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El Prado Rug

el prado rug

El Prado Rug, handwoven by artisan weavers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala using locally sourced and dyed wool. Pretty cool.

Friday Link Pack

Sleeping standing up. Made me smile. (via)

– Now that’s a lunch box I’d be cool with.

This is mesmerizing. So many masks. So many expressions. I want to make one. (via)

– A bag after my own heart, with red dots.

Watermelon cooler bag. Fun!

– I went to a concert recently and my friend smuggled in booze in Tampon Flasks! I had no idea such a thing even existed.

– Big fan of Slack here. It has completely changed how I communicate with my teams. Here’s a list of tips to make Slack even awesomer.

– Best thing that came out of the Webby awards this year: In Memoriam: Clickbait

Beware the Rise of the Pseudo-Intellectual: Tom Wolfe’s Boston University Commencement Address

Today was a good day Tote.

– Big fan of Holstee’s Mindful Art Subscription.

– Intrigued by this sketch.

– What if you could experience yourself as an old person? (via)

– The fine folks of CreativeLive in SF are looking to hire a Head of Marketing and a Visual Designer.

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Red Paper Bridge

This red paper bridge is a temporary installation by British environmental artist Steve Messam and made from 22,000 separate pieces of locally-sourced paper. Beautiful.

Seymour Chwast

Seymour Chwast Archive

Just launched: An archive of Seymour Chwast’s body of work. This archive is a treasure trove of epic proportions. Featuring selections from the designer’s personal collection, the site includes posters, books, packaging, typography, painting, sculpture, editorial illustrations, and ephemera from the 1940s to the present.

Pikaplant

pikaplant

Pikaplant will turn your “black thumb” into a green one. Tableau system mimics nature so plants water themselves. Learn more about Pikaplant over at booooooom.com.

Rainbow

rainbow

This rainbow photograph by Sarah Illenberger made me chuckle. Would make for a good wall piece in any kitchen…

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Maria Popova in Conversation with Krista Tippett

Maria Popova On Being

I am a fan of the podcast On Being as it is, but this episode with Maria Popova, force behind brain pickings, stopped me in my tracks. What a gentle, wise, old soul Maria is. I am lucky to call her a friend.

Married for 55 Years

The story of a 55 years of marriage.