Marina Abramović: Advice to the Young

(via Carly)

Flowers

perenneial tattly set

Next time you are going over to someone’s house and want to bring some flowers, try a bouquet of scented Tattly. They are water color designs by French artist Vincent Jeannerot.

(image by Ace Boothby)

Buzz vs Symphonies

“As long as we feed people buzz, we cannot expect their minds to produce symphonies.”
– Maria Popova

Maria gave a commencement address to a class of future journalists, policy-makers, and culture-creators.

Candy-colored Field Notes

candy colored field notes

Loving the new candy colored Field Notes!

CreativeMornings: Todd Henry

In this CreativeMornings talk Todd Henry speaks on how at the end of your life you’ll point to a delta, a sum total of change that exist in this world because you were alive. And how the choices we make every day on where we want to put our focus, assets, time and energy ultimately determine the body of work that we build.

If you enjoy this talk, I recommend you look up his book Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day.

People Judge You Based on 2 Criteria

“If someone you’re trying to influence doesn’t trust you, you’re not going to get very far; in fact, you might even elicit suspicion because you come across as manipulative,” Cuddy says. “A warm, trustworthy person who is also strong elicits admiration, but only after you’ve established trust does your strength become a gift rather than a threat.”

A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you

Community

“The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in life.”
– Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich on Lying, What “Truth” Really Means, and the Alchemy of Human Possibility

Small Victories

small victories

Small Victories takes files in a Dropbox folder and turns them into a website. Here are some super fab examples:

small victories example

small victories example

Try it yourself: Small Victories

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Pencil Bowl

pencil bowl

A bowl made of pencils, designed by Michiel Cornelissen Ontwerp. Love this.

Friday Link Pack

Filmmakers Ben Watts and Ivan Kander have put together this impressive supercut of writers struggling with writer’s block, based on 53 popular films. (via)

– Come work with me. Team CreativeMornings is hiring a Content Manager.

– Did you know you can print your own custom Mighty Wallet?

The Unhealthy Truth Behind ‘Wellness’ and ‘Clean Eating’

– Love this: Two Buildings on Canal Street Are Waging a Post-it War in Their Windows

– Kimberly Weisul, editor-at-large at Inc Magazine wrote a very generous article about me: 6 Secrets of Radical Productivity, From an Entrepreneur Who Runs 4 Businesses

How To Teach Your Kids To Swim. (via Aarron)

The GoBoat is a highly portable and compact inflatable boat invented by Dave Yonce.

– Need more reason to move? Exercise appears to substantially reduce the risk of getting 13 different types of cancer.

– The US decided to make trash collection as invisible as possible, Taiwan decided to play a loud song in the streets

– I want to lounge on this pizza.

The unbearable lightness of being yourself on social media 

How to get rid of burn marks in your pots, with just salt and water.

– Tim Ferriss on The Awesome Jar and Gratitude

– “Facebook is a catalyst for envy, and therein lies its inevitable moral exhaustion.” Facebook Adé

– Watch a series of tennis shots on a clay court and decide whether each was in or out. You only get one chance and five seconds to make the call.

What are those floaty things in your eye?

– These Misaki Sackies made me look. And giggle.

– Made me look: The Poetry Of Moving Furniture By Nendo

– “We wear black because we’re not tourists here to see a show; because we are, in a sense, with the band. The band is New York, and the color is black.” Why New Yorkers Have Always Worn Black, by Amy Larocca

Hangbird clothes drying rack lifts your clothes away for drying, helps save resources and is made of high quality components by people with special needs. (via)

– This is one cool kids sweater.

– This made me chuckle: My First Time Camping. (via Coudal)

Tattly turns 5 this summer! Instead of asking for presents and making a birthday wish (like many 5 year olds) we’re granting you a birthday wish! Tell us what new Tattly you would love to see added to our collection and we’ll make your Tattly dreams come true by bringing the most requested design to life. Head here to make your wish!

– Product Designers listen up: Charity Water is hiring!

Giant Octopus Kite

I could watch this giant octopus kite for hours.

(via Coudal)

A Successful Life

“I’d like for us to learn to have a more generous and kind understanding of what it means to have a successful life, one that is not about individual accumulation of goodies, but actually about the transformation of communities. It’s bathed in humility. And it’s practical.”
– Omid Safi

(via Libby)

Are You A Freelancer?

master freelancer

Freelance life can be lonely. And it can be tough to get the recognition you deserve. That’s why CreativeMornings and FreshBooks teamed up and launched the Master Freelancer Award. It’s absolutely free to enter, just like every CreativeMornings event.

The winners will officially be able to call themselves Master Freelancers and prove it with a trophy. CreativeMornings will share their work with their global audience in every corner of the Internet. And if you win, you’ll also receive a Bamboo Spark and a free FreshBooks subscription for one year. With all the work you’re getting, you’ll be able to invoice like a boss.

The deadline is June 1st! It takes 10 minutes to enter! Go!

Entries will be reviewed by these lovely judges: Ingrid Fetell Lee (Design Director at IDEO), Josh Hansen (Creative Director, FreshBooks), Liz Danzico (Creative Director, NPR), Mike McDerment (co-founder and CEO, FreshBooks) & myself!

The Son of a Terrorist

Thanks to the team of Virgin Unite, I had the pleasure to meet Zak Ebrahim last night. He is the son of a terrorist. And, he is a gentle, soft spoken beautiful soul. His story moved me and gives me so much hope for this world. Empathy can change the world! We need more of it!

Whale Cutting Board

Whale Cutting Board

This cutting board is simply charming. Want!

A Soul on Fire

“The most powerful weapon on earth is a soul on fire.”
– Ferdinand Foch

Instructions for Living A Life

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Mary Oliver’s instructions for living a life.

(via)

Shutterstock CEO Jon Oringer

Love seeing the force behind Shutterstock, Founder and CEO Jon Oringer going undercover at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Super thankful to Jon and his team. They really get the global creative community we are fostering with CreativeMornings. Shutterstock has been a global partner for years. Their support is making a real difference in the creative community.

Friends Forever

Ok, this totally made me smile.

Come Work With Me!

CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings is hiring! Team CreativeMornings is looking to adopt a highly motivated, organized and upbeat Content Manager.

Ideally, you consider yourself a mini-Maria Popova, consuming and digesting content faster than a human body can process a Hi-Chew. You listen to Design Matters with Debbie Millman, admire the lush lettering of Jessica Hische and when we say “fck you, pay me”*—you think Mike Monteiro. If you know any of these people (or what a Hi-Chew is), you’ll fit right in.

Here’s the full job description!

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Current Status

so many balls

This GIF sums up my life.

Data

“… Data paves the road to the bottom. It is the lazy way to figure out what to do next. It’s obsessed with the short-term.

Data gets us the Kardashians.”

Actually, more data might not be what you’re hoping for, Seth Godin