Rules for Working in a Studio

Don’t hide your work

Offer help

Ask for help

Tell the truth

Upgrade your tools

Don’t hide your mistakes

Add energy, don’t subtract it

Share

If you’re not proud of it, don’t ship it

Know the rules of your craft

Break the rules of your craft with intention

Make big promises

Keep them

Add positivity

Let others run, ever faster

Take responsibility

Learn something new

Offer credit

Criticize the work, not the artist

Power isn’t as important as productivity

Honor the schedule

You are not your work, embrace criticism

Go faster

Sign your work

Walk lightly

Change something

Obsess about appropriate quality, ignore perfection

A studio isn’t a factory. It’s when peers come together to do creative work, to amplify each other and to make change happen. That can happen in any organization, but it takes commitment.

Seth Godin

Wooden Bed House

Totally enamored with this wooden house bed. This one is in kids size but I want one for my bedroom…

Zach Lieberman | Poetic Computation

This talk by Zach Lieberman was hands-down my favorite presentation at the 2017 AIGA Conference in Minneapolis. Zach is a wonderful, humble, super talented human.

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Questions for Leaders

Does what I do count?

Does what I do make a difference to anybody?

Why should I come here?

Can I be somebody here?

Is there for me any rhyme or reason here?

Can I “own” this place?

Do I have any rights?

Does coming here add any richness to my life?

IS this a place where I can learn something?

Would I show this place to my family – or am I embarrassed to show it to them – or does it just not matter?

Is there anybody here I can trust?

Is this place open to my influence?

Max De Pree

Perseverance

“Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose.”
Josh Shipp

It’s Monday!

Let’s do this thing.

Happy Birthday TeuxDeux!

8 years ago today, I launched TeuxDeux together with Cameron and his FictiveKin Crew. It has been keeping me organized ever since.

TeuxDeux is a simple list-app and the closest you can get to a paper to-do list, digitally. I keep my TeuxDeux as the browser landing page on my computer, which means, every time I open a browser window I am being reminded what I should be focusing on. Whatever you don’t check off today, will automatically roll over to the next day. It’s delightfully simple. And in the ‘someday section’ below I keep lists like shopping, movies I want to watch, gift ideas for the kids, etc

Try it for free! And if you do, do me a favor and enable the flying cat in the settings. You’ll see!

Friday Link Pack

– Someone Asked the Internet to Name a Badder Bitch Than Taylor Swift and People Delivered

– Design-y Bottle Humidifier. (via the 2017 DesignMilk Gift Guide)

– Oh, I weirdly like these Sound Skins for SONOS.

– A reminder that it’s totally ok to be the friend who gets a little too excited.

Debbie Millman has a new Skillshare class about visual storytelling.

Why Joy is the Best Protest

The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb, by Sean Blanda

This book! I miss him so much.

Beat Generosity Burnout

Heartbeat: A bi-weekly newsletter on leadership, company culture, employee engagement and employee feedback by Claire Lew.

A boutique hotel you can call home.

– Zaha Hadid: celebrating her life, vision and buildings

A Winter Guide to NYC

The ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had

– I love my Stutterheim raincoat. I want all the colors.

– Want to know how much time you spend on your phone per day? The Moment app will track it and tell you. (via Jocelyn)

Reading at work.

Tattlys new Flash Custom program allows you to order personalized existing designs in low quantities. A fun surprise at a friend’s birthday, your book club, … you name it!

– Come work with me! CreativeMornings is hiring a community coordinator to help grow our global community or organizers.

Keep Working

“The Muse tests you and me 24/7. She flies over and peers down on us. What she wants to see is that we are dedicated to the journey, to the process, that we are in it for the long haul and in it for keeps.”
– Stephen Pressfield

(via CreativeMornings)

The Bunt Machine

When you don’t micromanage a creative genius like Mac Premo and give the artist complete creative freedom to tell a short story about your service/product, this kind of beautiful result happens. Respect for the trust, WeTransfer. Hat tip, Mac Premo!

Universal Basic Income explained

(via Kottke)

This Mug!

Last weekend when I visited some friends upstate I got to drink a coffee out of one of these mugs by WORKADAY. The imperfections are what make it so stunning! Also, the handle is GIANT! It made me laugh! WORKADAY makes all its pieces right here, in Brooklyn.

Live With Hope

YES!

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Tattly’s Flash Custom Program

Team Tattly just launched ready-to-use personalized custom Tattly templates. The new Flash Custom program allows you to order personalized existing designs in low quantities. A fun surprise at a friend’s birthday, your book club, … you name it!

(Tattly with brands on custom designs. One of the latest exciting examples is this set for Swell!)

Current Status

The Silence Breakers

Time Magazine, consider me impressed!

What Happened to New Media Design?

“Social media is not just personally unhealthy, it has become a threat to democracy. The tech companies that give us access to an infinity of information have become all-powerful and morally corrupt. And the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley fosters the development of products that idolize efficiency and greed, points us towards a dystopic future global monoculture. We don’t just hear all this, but we feel it, too. Something is profoundly wrong.”

What happened to new media design? by David Young

Stay Positive

Holding on to this thought. This sentiment has proven to be true for me in the past.

Doubt. Clarity. Growth.

“Doubt increases with inaction.
Clarity reveals itself in momentum.
Growth comes from progress.
For all these reasons, BEGIN.”
Brandon Burchard

Hygge and West Wallpaper

This wallpaper bathroom detail caught my eye in this lovely house tour on Brownstoner. Turns out it’s designed by Julia Rothman, one of our most iconic Tattly collaborators. The best part, the wallpaper is removable.

A Microsoft Excel Artist

For over 15 years, Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi has rendered the subtle details of mountains, cherry blossoms, and dense forests with the most unlikely tool: Microsoft Excel. Mind blown!

(via Paul)

Empty, Happy Brain

“When I walk, I have an empty, happy brain and I see things.”
Maira Kalman