Perfect Acceptance

“Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters.”
– Seth Godin

♥ / No more crappy spatulas

A big thank you to Get It Right (GIR) for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.

Get It Right (GIR) makes kitchen tools with attitude. Their flagship unibody silicone spatula is the internet’s best-reviewed spat — and the internet never lies.

The folks at GIR are launching a Kickstarter campaign for a series of silicone lids to top any pot or turn any bowl into a storage container (seeing is believing). To get in on the action, check out their campaign here.

SwissMiss readers can also get their very own GIR Spatula for an excellent 20% off at productofgir.com with code HEARTSWISSMISS. But honestly, you have to see these Lids.


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Friday Link Pack

Tiffany Pratt, speaker at CreativeMornings/Toronto during the COLOR month.

- Not sure how a copy of Symbol landed on my desk, but I wish I would have had it back in the days when I still designed identities for clients. Symbol: The Reference Guide to Abstract and Figurative Trademarks

- Stay Awesome Tote

- Write a manifesto.

- In love with this old-school leather camera bag.

- Hey nerdy parents, check out this legit Halloween costume. Scroll to the bottom. (via)

- Someone strapped a GoPro to an eagle flying over Paris & mon dieu, it’s magnifique!

- Article: Who Gets the Conference Room?

- How American parenting is killing the American marriage

- Announcing The Winners Of The 2014 Innovation By Design Awards

- 8 year old Aidan Prince dancing to Major Lazer.

- Joanna Goddard, force behind the blog A Cup of Jo shares her beauty uniform.

- A TED-Ed Animation Explaining the History of Tattoos

- Wow, this is well done. World of Swiss.

- Work hard, be nice to people poster, silver on black.

- Keep coming back to the email charter.

- Cool socks alert.

- These erasers made me laugh.

- The Six Mile Pencil indicates how far you’ve drawn.

- Singular console. I want it.

- I needed this 14 years ago: How To Date In NYC Without Losing Your Mind

- Gold Floral Rifle temporary tattoo back in stock!

- Plants make people happy.

- The Brooklyn Museum is looking to hire a Web Developer. I know for a fact that this is for a seriously awesome, big, giant, cool project.

Switch Port: A dry-erase light switch

switch port

This light switch with a built in dry-erase board is smart and useful. A brainchild of 16 year old Nick Bain. Hat tip!

(thanks Zerlina)

The Bézier Game

The Bezier Game

Here’s a game that helps you master Bézier curves. If you’re a designer, you know what they are. If not, read this.

Never forget:

A page from 99u’s most recent book: Manage Your Day-to-Day. Such a good read. Made me rethink my daily rituals and work habits.

Studio Roller

STudio Roller

Love the simplicity of studioroller.

(via designmilk)

Patagonia Tsampa Soup

What a surprising content of the most recent Patagonia newsletter: It’s about food! Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard shares the traditional Nepali Tsampa Soup. You can buy the provisions for Tsampa soup on their site. Cool!

Portable Standing Desk: StandStand

StandStand is a portable standing desk, an invention by Luke Leafgreen. StandStand is super lightweight, sturdy and folds down in seconds. Brilliant! Want to get one? Support the Kickstarter, it ends in 7 days!

Miximal App

Miximal is one of these kids apps that I secretly play with when the kids are in bed. It allows you to mix and match over 1000 unique animals. Miximal is available for iPhone and iPad and in 5 languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Miximal
Miximal

♥ / Design Leaders Retreat – Miami, Dec 8-9

A big thank you to One Show for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.

Exchange ideas and gain inspiration and insight from some of the world’s leading designers in an intimate environment. With only 30 people in each session, everyone is on the front row.

The Design Leaders Retreat is a unique professional development opportunity for Designers, Studio Owners, Creatives, and Creative Leaders. No hashtags. No podiums. No lectures. Tough questions can be asked and honest answers can be given.

Take advantage of this special offer for Swiss-Miss readers. Use the code clrswissmiss for 15% off.

To reserve your place go to: www.creativeleadersretreat.com/miami


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Ostrich Pillow Mini

I have written about the ingenious ostrich pillow before and am delighted to see that there is now a more practical version, the ostrich pillow mini in the works. I totally need this for impromptu desk naps. Who is with me?

August Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock is a new lock and access system, designed by Yves Behar, that allows you to send a virtual key to anyone you choose to have access to your home. I am tempted to try this for our co-working space. No more dealing with copies of keys. Brilliant.

Friday Link Pack

Waterfall swing at World Maker Faire. (via)

- These low fruit/vegetable bowls are stunning.

- Artist Eric Oglander searches Craigslist for photos of mirrors for sale and collects them on his tumblr. Absurdly awesome.

- This is a beauty of a backpack.

- Interesting concept: Goodpin is a social platform for collaborative giving. (via)

- Adobe Shape lets you capture images and convert raster to vector with your PHONE. http://www.adobe.com/ch_fr/products/shape.html (via glass)

- Woodsnap prints photos on wood. Looks beautiful!

- A tool that will allow you to carve beautiful type driven pumpkins as shown on this product page? Yes, please.

- 12 fall vegetables you should know how to cook.

- This beanbag by Yogibo looks all kind of legit and comfy.

- Mission Control Sleeping bag. My 4 year old son would dig this.

- IDEO is developing an online school to unlock the creative potential in everyone.

- Words that have no business being in your emails

- Wow. Video of a hawk attacking a drone. (via)

- Stephen Fry explains humanism in 4 animated videos: Happiness, Truth and the meaning of life and death

- An intelligent bracelet that helps you manage stress: Olive.

- It’s a watering can, it’s a water carafe. It’s cool.

- David Hieatt shares his favorite resources. Good stuff.

- Slow Factory x Able Made created the Nebula Lova Scarf to fund Cancer Research.

- Amazon to open a store in NYC. An actual store. Wait, what?

- In its latest adventure, New York Times’ Living City series explores the city’s enormous underground steam distribution system.

- Why give out candy if you can give out candy Tattly on Halloween? Also, spooky spider.

- IDEO is looking to hire a Full-Stack Developer. I don’t even know what that is but I would work for IDEO in a heartbeat.

♥ / Acuity Scheduling

A big thank you to Acuity Scheduling for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.

How much back-and-forth do you waste on people trying to book appointments with you?

End the hassle, let people schedule appointments with you online, on their own time, through Acuity Scheduling. Accept appointment bookings within your own website and customize everything to beautifully match your brand.


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Confetti Balloons

confettiballoon

Everything is better with a Jumbo Clear Confetti balloon by Knot and Bow.

High Definition Macro Videos of Chemical Reactions

Yan Liang‘s macro videos of chemical reactions are nothing short of breathtaking. See more over on Laughing Squid. Yay science!

Food Huggers

FOod Hugger

Food Huggers are silicone ‘food hats’ designed to save that half of a lemon or an apple you don’t want to throw away. The Avocado Foodhugger alone is a total winner, no? foodhuggers.com

Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing

“… The real trick to producing great work isn’t to find ways to eliminate the edgy, nervous feeling that you might be swimming out of your depth. Instead, it’s to remember that everyone else is feeling it, too. We’re all in deep water. Which is fine: it’s by far the most exciting place to be.”

Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing, by Oliver Burkeman

Values

“To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

(via Gretchen Rubin’s Newsletter)

Friday Link Pack (on Sunday)

- When to Delegate? Try the 70% Rule

- Babies cracking up at ripping paper compilation.

- Big Hero 6 Trailer.

- First animated New Yorker cover. Go Christoph Niemann!

- Dice Furniture changes shape when you roll it.

- Lampersand. Get it?

- A ball stand? I had no idea this exists.

- Lobster claws. Who doesn’t want to be a lobster on Halloween?

- This Should Only Take a Minute or Four, Probably

- What Went Wrong After DailyCandy’s $125 Million Sale

- Architects design cat shelters.

- The Most Important Skill for Great Leaders? Trustworthiness.

- Boah. What It’s Like to Fly Aboard a Singapore Airlines A380 in the Über Fancy Suites Class

- Sunday Pleasure – Having fun with paper

- Would a Different Job Make You a Different Parent?

- Email Marketing Best Practices: 20 Tips for Dramatically Better Emails, by Jimmy Dali (via)

- Although these stunning images might look like the work of Photoshop magic, photographer Robert Bösch captured them for the Swiss mountaineering brand Mammut by carefully coordinating an entire team of mountaineers on the snowy Alps.

- Using looks of ‘sticky’ bookmarks? Why not create miniature scenes while doing so?

- A System For Email Productivity, by George Kao (keep coming back to this one)

- “You are pure potential in Manhattan, limitless, you are making yourself every day.” Find your Beach, by Zadie Smith (via)

- “Starting a successful startup is similar to having kids in that it’s like a button you push that changes your life irrevocably.” Paul Graham

- The Brooklyn Botanic Garden team is looking to hire a part-time web developer.

Resist The Presence

“Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.”
- Alan Watts

on the art of timing and the pleasure of presence

Dandelion Objet d’Art

Dandelion

This Dandelion, frozen in time, made me look.

♥ / Meet Karma. Take WiFi with You Everywhere.

A big thank you to Karma for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.

Meet Karma. Take WiFi with You Everywhere.

Frustrated by the constant struggle of finding reliable WiFi during frequent travel in the US, a rogue Dutch designer built Karma — a tiny box that allows you to bring WiFi with you wherever you go, but without the headaches of traditional service providers like contracts, expiring data or horrible customer service.

It’s time to take back the internet. Pre-order the new Karma Go before Oct. 23rd and get $50 off.


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