Friday Link Pack

How to win at rock-paper-scissors

Life Hacks Anyone Over 50 Should Know

The Executive Coloring Book

– In case you wondered why the unicorns are extinct.

Fix your computer hunch and other posture problems in 30 seconds

– A mold to make your hard-boiled egg look like a chick. Made me laugh.

– This megaphone iPhone speaker made me chuckle.

– The Uncommon Surfboard gives you the feeling of bodysurfing with the speed and control of surfing. And it fits into a bike basket.

– A mini Raclette table grill for a dinner of two.

– A flask to hold ex boyfriend tears. Made me chuckle.

– This is cool: New Sonos logo design pulses like a speaker when scrolled

The Challenge for Today’s Parents, a talk by Shefali Tsabary at NY-Presbyterian Hospital

The UX Reader, a compilation of articles from Mailchimp’s UX team, is now available for free!

– Virtual reality porn reactions on Oculus from first-time virtual reality Viewers

– Wow, I wonder if I will ever have to use a service like Kontainers: Real-time booking of freight shipping containers.

– Xero in San Francisco is looking for a Product Design Director.

– Psst… All Tattly Stationery is currently on sale. Send a letterpress printed card with a temporary tattoo inside.

Interview with the inventor of Sugru

Ian Sanders just posted this wonderful interview with one of my industry heroes, Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, the inventor of Sugru.

Tipsy Writer

Tipsy Writer

The Tipsy Writer is a pen holder weighted by a half brass, half wooden ball. Lovely.

Meet Easton LaChappelle

Easton LaChappelle taught himself robotics and combined open source designs with 3D printing to create a completely functional prosthetic arm. Humbling and inspiring.

Folding Bunk Bed

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A minimal folding bunk bed for tight quarters. I like.

How to Find Fulfilling Work

The key to finding fulfilling work is to think a lot, analyse one’s fears, understand the market, reflect on capitalism – and to watch this film.

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

Woah! This brand new mini site by Squarespace just stopped me in my tracks. (see what I did there?)

Squarespace believes that the world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest – that’s why they teamed up with Jeff Bridges who created sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night’s rest.

100% of the retail price from each album sold goes directly to No Kid Hungry. Sleep better and do good.

Well done, Squarespace.

The Vipp Shelter

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This minimalist prefab called VIPP Shelter is simply breathtaking. Click through to IGNANT for more photos.

Frozen Bubbles

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Photographer Angela Kelly beautifully documents bubbles her son blows in freezing temperatures. Stunning.

What cloud services do you use?

Here’s a question for you. What subscription based, cloud software do you use and love? I made a list of services I use personally or subscribe to with my companies CreativeMornings and Tattly. I was surprised to see how long the list is:

Freshbooks for all my invoicing needs (also does time tracking but I don’t need that at this point in my career)

Squarespace for my co-working space website and smaller CreativeMornings related project sites.

Helpscout is what we use for all of our Tattly support.

Dropbox is where we store all of our files. I would not be able to sleep without it.

Mailchimp is our service of choice to maintain our mailing lists and sending our newsletters.

Shutterstock is our stock photography service of choice.

JustworksHR takes care of our CreativeMornings payroll, benefits and HR related services.


Trinet
takes care of our Tattly payroll, insurance needs and HR Management.

Netsuite helps us keep track of our Tattly inventory, our financials and we use it as our CRM. It’s a beast.

Shopify is what powers our Tattly e-commerce site.

Typekit makes sure we look good on the web with designy fonts.

Mediatemple hosts our CreativeMornings website

Contactually helps me organize and keep on top of all my contacts.

Sanebox is the best $5 I spend every month. It filters out non-important email.

Brandboom is our wholesale e-commerce platform for Tattly.

Slack is a chat app on steroids. It has completely revolutionized how I communicate with my teams, cutting down on emails we are sending each other.

Basecamp keeps track of our custom projects at Tattly and allows conversations for our CreativeMornings hosts around the world.

Tinyletter is the simplest and most pleasant way to send small, personal newsletters. I use it for my co-working space.

Authenticjobs is where we post all of our job listings

Trello is keeping us on track with internal projects and bugs we need to fix.

1Password keeps me sane. Not sure what I would do without it. The team functionality is pure gold.

Flickr hosts all of our CreativeMornings photos.

Teuxdeux is how I keep track of my daily to-dos. (it’s my own app)

Simplenote is where I keep all of my notes, combined with Notational Velocity on the computer.

rdio is my music library in the cloud.

Feedly is where I keep all my bookmarks organized.

Netflix is what I use to watch shows.

What about you? Do you love and use certain services that we don’t know about? Share in a comment!

Fear

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
– Jack Canfield

Admin Mondays

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Over dinner last week Jessica Hische convinced me to try her concept of Admin Mondays. Read her entire post on email efficiency.

Friday Link Pack

I am such a big fan of The School of Life. I can not wait until they open a branch in NYC.

How to take better care of your teeth

How Reading Transforms Us, by Keith Oatley and Maja Djikic

– I always get so excited when Wesley posts another one of his One of Many Photo Essays, this time, it’s on Savannah.

– Did you create your profile yet over on AuthenticPro?

– This is the perfect mitten for every parent.

Cotton cloud wallpaper.

Fake cat bedding.

Batman cookie cutter. My son approves.

– How cool is this house bed for kids?

– Are you a runner? This runbell might be just what you needed to complete your life!

Aren’t we all?

Bear sweater. Yes.

– Now this is a jewelry holder I could get behind.

– Interesting looking trash bin.

– I received one of these YAY finder ring stamps for my birthday. Made me chuckle.

Chocolates that represent Japanese onomatopoeic words to describe texture

Questions you should ask about a company’s culture in a job interview.

Duet is an app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable.

To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

– Some real gems in here: Surprising parenting tips.

– I just watched my studiomate Wesley use the service Makespace. A door to door storage service. So good.

– I know someone who’d love this panda ring.

Knitted birds.

– Add some sparkle to your life; Gold Tattly.

– VICE is looking for a mobile product manager.

At Home Conveyor Sushi

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What kid wouldn’t love this at home conveyor sushi?

See the faces of hand models

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Love this: Head shots of professional hand models.

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Kredo

I always pay attention when the super talented folks over at Format launch something new. In this case it’s Kredo, a brand-new free iPad Portfolio app for creative professionals. What I love best: users of Kredo can share their retina-quality, high resolution portfolios online by email, social media, or within the in-app Discover Network.

Hemingwrite

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Hemingwrite is a modern-day typewriter for the distraction prone.

We are Studiomates. Soon we will be Friends.

FRIENDS

In July of 2008 I started a co-working space here in DUMBO that over the years has grown from a 4 people space into a 50+ creative force called Studiomates. With our office building going condo, this beautiful chapter is coming to an end.

Over the past 7 years I have learned so much about what it takes and most of all, what defines a thriving co-working space. I believe in keeping the community small and carefully curated. I believe in balancing out the trades and skills of that the community members bring to the table. To me, a co-working space is about community, about being surrounded by folks that are talented at what they do, passionate, kind and low in ego. Being around my studiomates elevates my game. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the support of my studiomates. They made me feel safe and gave me confidence in moments of doubt. They pushed me when I needed to be pushed. And they were able to connect me with accountants, lawyers, printers, you name it when I needed it. The value of a likeminded community like Studiomates is hard to put into words.

I gave the next chapter of Studiomates a lot of thought and am thrilled to announce that 17 of us are moving to a new space in Boerum Hill in beginning of April. We are taking a floor in The Invisible Dog in Boerum Hill, joining the impressive artist community Lucien Zayan has so masterfully curated over the last 5 years.

The new space will have a lounge, a full kitchen, phone booths, a conference room. We are going to feel so grown up! Yay! Construction is starting mid February and move in date is end of March. Doors will officially open on April 1st.

We are currently taking applications for the remaining desks. (If you’re interested, apply quickly, the desks are almost all gone. Psst… Developers are high on our wish list!)

At this point we are Studiomates, starting April, we will be FRIENDS.

The Sketchbook Project

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Are you someone that uses sketchbooks? Don’t you ever wish you could flip through other artists’ sketchbooks, or that yours could be seen by other people? That’s exactly what the Sketchbook project makes possible; it’s a massive, global, collaborative art project. It’s a crowd-sourced library that features 31,703 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. (<-----!!!!!)

Brooklyn Art Library is their storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY where The Sketchbook Project collection is on view to the public. Or, you can browse a selection of their books online.

How fantastic is this? Totally going to check out the library with my kids this weekend.

Hakanaï

Hakanaï is the union of two Japanese characters—one meaning “man” and the other “dream”—used to define the ephemeral and the fragile. In this dreamlike environment, a single dancer moves within a cube, interacting with the images projected on its walls, tracing arcing parabolas and sine waves with hands, arms, and feet.”

Coming to BAM in Brooklyn on March 20-22.

Tattly Does Good

The craziest thing you can do

Tattly recently started a new campaign called “Tattly Does Good”. They connect artists with not-for-profit organizations to create a Tattly which then will raise awareness and funds. In this case Tattly connected charity: water with artist Sean Tulgetske and the result is this design, called The Craziest Thing.

80% of the proceeds will go directly towards clean and safe drinking water in developing nations. You can do nothing, or you can wear this Tattly and feel great about it.

How to make hard choices

In this TED Talk Philosopher Ruth Chang speaks on how we we go about big hard choices the wrong way. Anyone who ever had a hard time making a difficult decision will enjoy this talk.

How To Peel An Egg

Tim Ferriss teaches us how to “peel” a hard-boiled egg.

(thanks Wesley)