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)

Everything Is Hard Again

“As someone who has decades of experience on the web, I hate to compare myself to the tortoise, but hey, if it fits, it fits. Let’s be more like that tortoise: diligent, direct, and purposeful. The web needs pockets of slowness and thoughtfulness as its reach and power continues to increase. What we depend upon must be properly built and intelligently formed. We need to create space for complexity’s important sibling: nuance. Spaces without nuance tend to gravitate towards stupidity. And as an American, I can tell you, there are no limits to the amount of damage that can be inflicted by that dangerous cocktail of fast-moving-stupid.”

Everything is Hard Again, by Frank Chimero

Art In Progress

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My son has been drawing on giant paper rolls, which made me show him the above video: Art in progress, featuring Caroline Denervaud aka @ideih on Instagram.

Community vs Network

“The difference between a community and a network is that you belong to a community, but a network belongs to you. You feel in control. You can add friends if you wish, you can delete them if you wish. You are in control of the important people to whom you relate. People feel a little better as a result, because loneliness, abandonment, is the great fear in our individualist age. But it’s so easy to add or remove friends on the internet that people fail to learn the real social skills, which you need when you go to the street, when you go to your workplace, where you find lots of people who you need to enter into sensible interaction with.”

Zygmunt Bauman, taken from this article: “Social media are a trap

(via iA)

Friday Link Pack

This 99u talk from 4 years ago is one of my favorite talks I have ever given. I am honored they invited me back this year, for their 10 year anniversary conference in May. Also, when I gave this talk, CreativeMornings was in 80 cities. Now we are in 180! GAH!

The world needs more modest, linear growth companies. Please make some.

Digital Dating and the Content Commitment

– I want this card: Game over. Thank you for playing.

– I feel this.

– “My ideas are nothing more than a new
combination of old elements. I have highlighted the text Ihave stolen to demonstrate this principle.

– This book! Dear Client: This Book Will Teach You How to Get What You Want from Creative People

Mondo Neon can make your neon sign dreams come true.

The Chrome extensions team Wired can’t live without!

– This Veggie Lasagna looks tasty.

What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids (thank you Ajay)

Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

18 Things I Wish I’d Known When Starting Out in UX Design (via)

Maria Kreyn: A millennial with an Old Master’s hand

What gives life meaning, according to kids. (via)

Ellsworth Kelly’s Temple for Light

How better listening leads to better conversations on this week’s HurrySlowly Podcast with Fanny Auger, from the School of Life in Paris.

This house! My heart!

Shuttered Storefronts Are Destroying The West Village’s Character

Eucalyptus scented Tattly! For reals!

– Honored that Ode to Things sponsored my blog this week. I pretty much want everything in their store. Talk about finely curated and a clear aesthetic!

– I am hiring a Community Coordinator at CreativeMornings and a Social Media and Marketing Manager at Tattly. Come work with me!

– Have a good weekend everyone! May you conquer what you need to conquer!

Parachute Sheets = Heaven

At a dinner party a few weeks ago my neighbors listed the five best products they bought in 2017. Without hesitation, they started raving about these linen sheets called Parachute. As someone who has never spent a lot of money on sheets, I was surprised at the excitement and enthusiasm that oozed out of both of my neighbors, especially as they are more the quiet, reserved types. Their love for these sheets was palpable. So much, that I spontaneously bought a set after I got home, even though they are super duper pricy. Granted, the 3 glasses of wine might have had something to do with it.

A few days later the sheets arrived. The moment of truth was here! And the verdict: They are F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C. They feel a tiny bit rough, but in a good way. I admit, I am excited to go to bed because of my sheets. And, yes, I do sound like a bored suburban housewife by talking about how much I love my sheets. BUT I REALLY DO!

I admit though, I can’t get over how much I paid for them. They better last a loooooong time! Also, yes, adulting hard!

♥ / Ode to Things

A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed.

Ode to Things is a micro-store run by an artist-designer duo based in New England. It is a tribute to and celebration of quality lifestyle objects. Together they gathered products from around the world that are significant in the way they unify form, function, and style. Things that bring joy to humans that care about form and function, that want objects that become an essential part of their living space.

The Ode to Things collection is unique, consistent, and finely curated. It is an absolute visual pleasure to visit their shop. See for yourself.


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