Missing From Your Job Description

– Add energy to every conversation
– Ask why
– Find obsolete things on your task list and remove them
– Treat customers better than they expect
– Offer to help co-workers before they ask
– Feed the plants
– Leave things more organized than you found them
– Invent a moment of silliness
– Highlight good work from your peers
– Find other great employees to join the team
– Cut costs
– Help invent a new product or service that people really want
– Get smarter at your job through training or books
– Encourage curiosity
– Surface and highlight difficult decisions
– Figure out what didn’t work
– Organize the bookshelf
– Start a club
– Tell a joke at no one’s expense
– Smile a lot.

As someone who runs companies with a high level of trust and as someone who cares about people stepping into their own, this list of missing items from your job description makes my heart sing. Thank you Seth Godin.

Touchy/Feely

Touchy/Feely is a design book that explores emotional ergonomics to help foster empathy for human-centered, inclusive design.

“Insert Complicated Title Here”

I love Virgil Abloh‘s notion of creating a personal design language.

The talk comes with a looooong introduction. Skip to 5:00 and you’ll get to the beginning.

(via Michael)

Where Malcolm Gladwell’s Ideas Come From

Malcolm Gladwell explains where his Ideas come from.

Anatomy Drawing Hack

Where was this when I was in art school trying to get a handle of life figure drawing?

“Some”

A beautiful animation based on a poem by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, “Some” explores the spectrum of emotions in everyday life. Produced by Wanderlust.

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Friday Link Pack – on Thursday!

Listen to Prince’s Original Version of “Nothing Compares U2

– I am still giddy over the reveal of my latest project: The CreativeGuild, think of it as the LinkedIn of the creative world. And over 184 companies have already signed up! YAY!

Spending time with like-hearted people vs like-minded people (via)

DIY mid-century slatted bench

– Wow! Society6 Launches Modern Wallpaper

At Work With MoMA Design Store’s Merchandising Team

– This doormat!

– I want this reading nook!

– “Your attention is your soul spending yourself.(via)

Dr. Weil’s 60-Second Technique for Falling Asleep

These pants! Gah! (Thanks Jodi)

Your personality, according to IBM Watson

How Andrea Wan Creates Her Beautiful Papercut Art

– Love this song by Ted Leo.

I want to hug this hockey player.

– Grace Bonney of DesignSponge is launching a magazine called Good Company. Grace is doing important, heartfelt, inclusive work. I admire her. Pre-ordered!

– Create a festive mood anywhere with this waterproof, color-changing LED rope light

How and Why to Keep Your Team Out of Communication Debt, by Henry Poydar.

3D Printed Earth Pendant.

Spruce up your planters with some Tattly!

– Come work with me! I am hiring a Project Manager for the CreativeGuild.

– A big thank you to Layers Conference for sponsoring my blog this week.

Sugary Rio Dinner Plate

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These hand-painted stoneware pieces from Portugal are beautiful.

What you Resist, Persists

I saw this in Jocelyn’s Newsletter today. Blogged it. Then realized that she found it on my blog. Full circle. LOVE.

Don’t Close Your Heart

“Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it.”
Michael A. Singer

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HAY Cane Key Ring

These Key Rings by HAY are beautiful.

Nanimarquina Figura Humana Rug

Gah! I want to give this rug a home. The motif is based on a 1948 artwork by Spanish Basque artist Eduardo Chillida.

Looking to Hire a Product Manager

What if, there was a place on the Internet that:

– Optimized for opportunities instead of advertisements
– Was more interested in how you show up as a human, than how your data shows up in an algorithm
– Believed online experiences should feel more like face-to-face interactions

I believe in this version of the internet and am looking for a Product Manager who does too.

Join a group of big-hearted humans who care and want to build the LinkedIn for the creative world, called CreativeGuild.

Apply here!

I adore Simone Giertz!

Simeon Giertz’s super weird robots make my heart so happy.

Minimal Tee

I am not a t-shirt person but this minimal one by Everlane won my heart.

Design Canada

Looking forward to watch the documentary Design Canada, which will premiere this June in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

You Don’t Have To Live Life By The Rules

I have been following Mr.Bingo’s work for a long time and was excited to see that Do Lectures uploaded a talk he gave at Teen Do last year. He is as weird, fast and bubbly as I imagined him to be. Consider me a fan.

Renée Gouin

Love this monotype print by Renée Gouin!

The Perogative of Adulthood

“We aren’t in relationships to suffer in silence or fury; we may have come from unhappy muzzled childhoods, but it is the prerogative of adulthood to be able to complain; we simply need to give ourselves the space and compassion to learn to do so successfully, which means, with an absence of sarcasm or rage.”

How to Complain So a Partner Will Listen

Tic Tac Trivet


A Tic-Tac-Toe game and a trivet!? YES PLEASE!

10 Ways To Have A Better Conversation

I definitely will take this talk by Celeste Headlee to heart. Time to take an honest look at how I ‘listen’.

Friday Link Pack

– Wow! The Evolution of the Alphabet

– Matthew Smith created a simple Typefoundry directory and shared it with the world.

– The mighty Paula Scher on Hurry Slowly. Worth a listen.

Mark Nixon photographs well loved stuffed animals.

– Are you looking for a job? CreativeMornings now has a job board.

This Radiolab episode is fascinating and terrifying. What we think is credible will be soon not be so simple to discern.

– A study by Harvard University scientists confirms that meditating regularly can improve both your physical and mental health!

This house! The pool! Gah!

– Oh, I like this modern cat scratcher/house.

– A moving read: The silence: The legacy of childhood trauma

– I think these cement planters are beautiful.

Fake Instagrams are one of the last refuges of the authentic online self (via)

– Some of the world’s most beautiful banknotes.

Soft robots. Wow!

– Love this kids girls shirt: La fille du futur! (via Joanna)

– My friend Bekka makes these colorful jewelry trays. I love mine.

Hey Zuckerberg, ‘well shucks’ isn’t enough from a billionaire.

LEGO compatible furniture.

– This made me chuckle: A messenger that forces people to converse using just GIFs

I can relate.

Where Your Cat Wants to Be Petted, According to Science

– The panorama feature on your phone is great to create cute little cars when you scan a highway with it. This made me laugh.

– The Tattly Mermaid by Jessi Preston makes me giggle.

– It’s been an incredible week for me and my team. We launched the LinkedIn of the creative world. We call it CreativeGuild.