Oldest Living Things In the World

Earlier last week I got my hands on Rachel Sussman‘s Oldest Living Things in The World Book. It is absolutely stunning.

Since 2004 Rachel has been researching, working with biologists, and traveling all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. The work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science. (In November of 2010 Rachel told her story at CreativeMornings.)

Her book contains 125 photographs, 30 essays on her 30 subjects, original inforgraphics, and contributions by New York Times science columnist Carl Zimmer and world-renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Available on Amazon.

Car UX

CAR UX

Car-UX.com is a fascinating project by user experience designer Min Seung Song: a growing collection of UX image details of contemporary automobiles. This field of UX seems to be undergoing dramatic changes. A few weeks ago I had the change to drive a Tesla and the interior felt like an oversized iPad on wheels. I can’t remember seeing one physical button. The car is basically an app.

(via Khoi)

Surprises

What makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial

A true gem discovered by John Maeda in this PDF; What makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial? by Saras D. Sarasvathy

Inflatable Car Seat by Volvo

inflatable car seat

Whenever this little family travels by plane, the thing I dread the most is schlepping our car seats. Thanks Volvo, for making a lot of traveling parents very happy with this inflatable car seat.

Crack A Smile

Crack a smile
Crack a smile

This breakfast mold sure would put a giant smile on my kids faces!

♥ / Little Speaker by LON

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

LON just launched Little Speaker. This modern 2×2″ bluetooth speaker is designed to produce a full and crisp sound. The five hour battery is charged by USB and works with any mobile phone, tablet, or computer. $38 and includes shipping. Now available exclusively at LON.

Friday Link Pack

Benjamin Southworth wants to change that education exchange and had founded a start-up that empowers teenagers 16-18 to learn coding, design, public speaking, and other fundamental skills to get them into meaningful work, faster. He speaks on the role of technology as a changemaker and how we should be using it more make change in our world.

- A Girl Named Elastika. My daughter was mesmerized watching this.

- My daughter wants a Tree House.

- Love this arrow hanger.

- These Man Hands made me laugh so hard.

- This is a smart teacup.

- How to make great pizza dough.

- The Innovation of Loneliness

- What’s the difference between tonic water, club soda, mineral water, and seltzer? (via coudal)

- ‘Bread from Scratch’ is a collection of six objects that are symbolic yet functional and in each case represent a stage in the process of bread baking.

- Rejection letters sent from famous people. (via Joanna)

- The other side of iconic album covers. Made me chuckle. (via)

- Write down your thoughts in your favourite text editor, and Deckset will turn them into beautiful presentations.

- Cool Dude Shades.

- This week Dropbox announced a new app just for viewing and sharing photos. It’s called Carousel, and it allows and your friends to seamlessly share images between your Dropbox folders.

- Great article for people like me who think a lot about the art of hiring. How to Make Hiring Less of a Headache.

- This Rapid Packing Container student project is nothing short of impressive. (via PSFK conference)

- Twitter has started rolling out a new design this week.

- This is one smart spaghetti container.

- Where Da Wifi At?

- This Tumblr is a visual firework. Bookmarked.

- Israeli engineer Izhar Gafni has invented a cardboard bicycle that’s strong, waterproof and costs less than £10 to manufacture.

- The Brooklyn Museum is looking to hire a Web Developer and iOS Developer.

The Phone Cone

The Phone Cone

♥ / Reimagine Your Workplace

A big thank you to 1407 Broadway for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed.

The office as we know it is boring — innovation requires something different. Here’s your chance to do something about it.

The Space Forward Ideas Competition is centered on a simple task: reimagining your workplace. We want to know what environments inspire you to create, collaborate and excel — how does it look, feel and sound? What makes it unique? How does it challenge you? 
 How would you reimagine your workplace? Enter for a chance to win.

Space Forward is sponsored by 1407 Broadway, a newly re-designed building and workspace in New York City that empowers forward-thinking leaders and companies to grow, create and achieve new possibilities.

Our Loss of Wisdom

“… a wise person is made, not born. Wisdom depends on experience, and not just any experience. You need the time to get to know the people that you’re serving. You need permission to be allowed to improvise, try new things, occasionally to fail and to learn from your failures. And you need to be mentored by wise teachers.”

Barry Schwartz, Our Loss of Wisdom

3D Newspaper Ad

3d Newspaper Ad

This 3D typographic newspaper ad by Felipe Salazar made me look.

(via Hirnverbrandt)

Remember To Say Thank You

In this simple 3-minute TED talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words “thank you”. So powerful!

The Crossroads of Should and Must

The crossroads of should and must

Excellent long read: The Crossroads of Should and Must, by Elle Luna

(via Michael)

Static Happiness

“There is no such thing as static happiness. Happiness is a mixed thing, a thing compounded of sacrifices, and losses, and betrayals.”
- John Updike

LESS

LESS

Yes. LESS!

Banner Sticky Notes

banner sticky notes

These Banner Sticky Notes by Fred & Friends made me chuckle. Oh the fun that could be head!

An Interview with Milton Glaser

Wonderful interview with the legendary and wise Milton Glaser, as part of Costa Rica’s International Design Festival.

Easter DIY

Tattly on Eggs

Here’s a fun crafts project: Put Tattly on (Dancing) Easter Eggs.

Retro Cassette iPhone Speaker

Retro Cassette Player Styled Portable Speaker For iPhone

This retro cassette player iphone speaker made me chuckle. Probably sounds horrible, just like the original I had when I was a kid, sans iphone.

Giant Bubbles

This must be the most wonderfully zen and magical video on YouTube. Thanks to my studiomate Albert Lee for pointing me to it.

The Wonders Within Your Head

wonders within your head

There’s a party in my head..

(via Melissa Easton)

I Feel So Online

I feel so online

I feel so online print by Jean Jullien. Made me smile.

YES

YES

I feel as everyone is trying to learn to say NO these days. I feel a bit bad for YES.

Amazon Dash Wand

amazon dash

Amazon Dash is a handheld Wi-Fi wand that includes a barcode scanner and a microphone, allowing you to scan or say what you’re running low on without having to leave your kitchen. Woah, Amazon is agressively taking convenience to a whole new level. I can’t help but admit that this doesn’t feel good. Don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of ordering from Amazon. But I have consciously started reconsidering what exactly I am ordering online. If a small local business sells it close by, I will go there.

The examples they’re showing in this video are making me a bit sad; milk? You really want to get one jug of milk in a big cardboard delivered the next day? Also, doesn’t the iphone app already do exactly this?

ps: I first thought this was an April’s Fools Joke.