Herman Miller Picnic Posters

Considered modern design classics, Steve Frykolm’s Herman Miller Picnic Posters are in the permanent collections of museums all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art.

The Picnic Posters offers a rare glimpse into Steve’s meticulous archives unearthing sketches and stories over 40 years old, alongside a visit to reprint his first picnic poster from 1970.

STEWI Dry Rack

STEWI

I chuckled when I hung our bed sheets to dry out in my sister’s backyard on a STEWI fold-up-dry-rack. They are *such* a Swiss household staple. But the thing that made me laugh and facepalm was when I discovered the product names on the STEWI site: they range from Lady to First Lady to Lady Compact. Oh, Switzerland….

Friday Link Pack

A bit of history of the area I used to call home until I moved to NYC at the age of 26 (and where I am currently on vacation.)


Framed Palm Leaf DIY

– This Graffiti artist versus city pressure washer experiment made me chuckle.

– I would totally live in one of these. No problem.

Colors!

How people respond to life-changing inventions

SpreadTHAT! Advanced Butter Knife is an ingenious, award-winning design that uses the warmth of your hand to make short work of cold butter.

– Ha, these nametags made me laugh.

Chicken Drumstick Pillow. Made me chuckle.

– Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson talks about inaccurate perceptions, and how we view ourselves is often not how we come across to others. Halvorson’s latest book is No One Understands You and What to Do About It (via)

– “People are magnets. When you’re grateful for what you have, you will attract more of the positive and good. Gratitude is contagious.” 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M. <-- annoying title, great read.

- Wow this is some seriously cool, futuristic clothing for kids.

– Lovely: Strangers drawing strangers.

– Who knew you could use coffee grounds to produce dyes for screen printing.

– Esther Perel shares some interesting thoughts on relationships and intimacy.

– Mule in SF is looking for a Senior Designer.

An Unconventional NYC Friendship

Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50 year old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York City’s Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86 year old community activist. They became friends and he made a marionette that looks just like her. Now she’s joined his act and the two of them can often be seen performing together.

YES to living a creative life and human connection!

An Adventurer Explores the Art World

Norwegian explorer, lawyer, and writer Erling Kagge shared some insights on the international art market in his new book A Poor Collector’s Guide to Buying Great Art. Kagge’s practical yet entertaining step-by-step guide shows readers how to get started in collecting art and how to find pieces that they will enjoy for many years, as well as how to identify and avoid pitfalls and deceptive temptations.

Give A Damn

“There’s no line item on a balance sheet for ‘give a damn,’ but it’s the most valuable thing you’ve got in the business.”
Casey Gerald

DesignMatters with Kelli Anderson

Debbie Millman in conversation with the uber-talented Kelli Anderson. Do yourself a favor and listen in.

Purpose Is the New Bottom Line

Watch Casey Gerald deliver a powerful speech inspiring all of us to give a damn. He received the first standing ovation in CreativeMornings/NYC history. Trust me, watching this is 20 minutes well spent.

Transmitting from the Alps

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For the next two weeks, I’ll be transmitting from the Swiss Alps, a region in the North East called Appenzell. While there will be less frequent postings on here, there will be plenty photos of rolling green hills, cows and sausages over on Instagram.

ORU Kayak

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How incredibly supercool is this fold-up ORU Kayak? I noticed one while spending a day at the lake of Constance today. They fold down to a compact, backpack-able package. Supercool. All I kept thinking is that I could easily take this on the NYC subway. Ha!

Assembly instructions below:

Friday Link Pack

(Thanks for the reminder Sally)

– Isaac Moll (12) recorded a brief message on what he might tell someone else who was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

27 apps designers can’t live without, according to Fast Co Design.

Y Table. Made me look.

– Parents! Here are some great tips on what to teach kids when setting them up with their first email account.

– File this under first world punctuation problems: How Do You Punctuate Around Emoticons and Emoji?

– The U.S. cities where creative jobs are thriving.

Abandoned waterparks.

– Elder: A Mormon Love Story

– Veerle has some excellent graphic and web design tutorials on her site.

– Get your product in front of millions of curious folks: There are a few slots available on The Deck Network in July and August. (See that small add on the left on this page? That’s The Deck!)

UP allows you to upload images to Instagram from your computer. YES!

Meet the man who created TED in 1984

The Quick and Dirty on Your Dry Cleaning

– I feel like I need to go to Emoji School. Thankfully there’s Emojipedia. Emojipedia to the rescue! (via)

VW rolls out new California camper van (via)

Josh Wagner’s advice to his 18-year-old self.

Love this: App connects users with charities based on the news they read.

– Lego is investing over $150M to replace oil-based plastics with sustainable bricks. (via)

– How a toy figure mold of a dinosaur is made. My son will love this.

– A vertical turntable to show off your records.

– Apply by July 8th to 30 Weeks Program: an incubator for designers created by Hyperisland and Google.

Pro tip: Disable any system fonts you don’t use so your font dropdowns aren’t a mile long.

– Adorbs: Couple wore the same outfit for 35 years. (via)

– I am STOKED! I will be on my way to Switzerland later today! 2 Weeks of enjoying the Swiss Alps!

– Barrel in New York is looking to hire a Visual Designer.

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John Waters’s RISD Commencement Address

John Waters gave a spectacular 2015 RISD graduation speech on creative rebellion and the artist’s task to cause constructive chaos. Find annotated highlights transcribed over on Brain Pickings.

Wald Hi-Lo

Wald Hi Lo

The WALD Hi Lo Plug Lamp is a piece of beauty. Totally #wishlisted.

Human Head Helmets

Human Head Helmets

These Human Head Helmets make me all kinds of uncomfortable. A goosebumps inducing project by Dubai based digital designer Jyo John Mullor.

Bike Desk

Bike Desk reminds us to get out there and ride, no matter how busy we are. #mademelaugh

(Thanks Scott)

Winning Strategy

The Scottish Highlands

Go, and Be from Josh Brine on Vimeo.

After watching this mini documentary about The Scottish Highlands, I am tempted to carve out some time in my calendar and book a flight. Well done, Josh Brine!

GOBAG

GOBAG is a carry-on duffel bag with an impressive feature: a vacuum compression system that can compact your soft gear. WOW!

“No Time to Be Nice at Work”

“How we treat one another at work matters. Insensitive interactions have a way of whittling away at people’s health, performance and souls.”

No Time to Be Nice at Work, by Christine Porath

The Life & Death of an iPhone

Paul Trillo shot and edited this film entirely on an iPhone using Vimeo’s Cameo app.

(via The Awesomer)

monYay: Notifly

Notifly

Notifly is a calendar notification device that sits on your desk and lets you know when you have a meeting, by blowing a bubble. It’s one of three joy-filled conceptual provocations created by IDEO NY designers for Studio 360’s Redesigns series. The goal of these inventions: turn much-dreaded Mondays into wahoo-worthy Mon-yays!

Friday Link Pack

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– We can get more done, if we care enough. And trust enough; A good bucket brigade

– I would totally adopt Harold the Jellyfish. Henry the slug is pretty cool too.

– Ok then: Sex in space is going to be way different than it is on Earth

– This made me laugh: Robot slips on Pop Tart while talking to dog.

– This is a beauty of a wall scone.

– Oh, this looks so great: Pineapple Coconut Daiquiri in a Pineapple Cup.

– This is completely nuts: Australian guys sink world record basketball shot off dam

Jar wall light. Or Jar Pendant Light.

Improv lessons applied to entrepreneurship

– Fathers talk about how the experience of raising a daughter altered their perspectives.

– How to hack Google Maps for offline use.

Interesting read on what David Allen did before “Getting Things Done”! (via)

– Hey parents of Minecraft obsessed kids, this will make their heads *explode*.

– Teachers! Did you know Codecademy offers resources to encourage your students to code? Check them out. (via)

– Treasure trove: Tools for designers (via Amrit)

– Good read: The Counterintuitive Art of Leading by Letting Go

– Finally: U.S. Bans Trans Fat

– Never forget to Enjoy The Process

– The fine folks at Sherpaa are looking to hire a Senior UX Designer.

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