The Museum of Four in the Morning

Rives has a contagious obsession with 4 a.m. At TED2007, the poet shared what was then a minor fixation with a time that kept popping up everywhere and turned into fourinthemorning.com.

(Thank you Emily)

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50 Books | 50 Covers

Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition is now the longest continually running design competition in the United States. Since 2011, Design Observer has hosted it. And in 2015, for the first time, they are publishing a book and mounting an exhibition to commemorate the competition winners of 2014, narrowed down from a field of 500 entries from fourteen countries. If you love books and want to own this one, support their Kickstarter campaign.

The Bucket Bag

The Bucket Bag

Inspired by traditional Japanese fishermen’s packs, the Bucket Bag can be carried as a spacious tote or cinched shut and slung over your shoulder. I like.

This American Life: NUMMI 2015

If you run a company, think a lot about what it means to create a healthy company culture, you will enjoy this episode of This American Life on a car plant called NUMMI in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved.

The part that really made me listen up is when they talk about how Team Toyota taught the American employees what it means to work as a team and help each other out. Really shows the importance of a healthy company culture where employees stick together and help each other, where your co-workers care about you doing a good job and lift you up, if necessary.

Really inspiring episode. Listen in!

Friday Link Pack

Always trying to find more Keith Jarrett gems online. If you’re not familiar with Keith Jarrett’s The Koeln Concert, do yourself a favor and listen in.

How to Do Almost Anything

– Woah! Ultimate glamping: caravan that floats like a boat.

– Loving Malcolm Brown’s Face Reader Project.

R/m Design School is a series of educational projects about design, a constantly expanding “design primer”, covering such fundamental concepts as typography, color, grids and layout.

– Gah! Free: Download Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Short Course, The Inexplicable Universe, in Audio or Video Format

– I want to see this in person: ‘The Beach’, an interactive architectural installation by Snarkitecture

– I am a HUGE Kinder Surprise Eggs fan: Kinder Surprise eggs are wildly popular around the world but banned in the United States.

Pluto Through the Years: A GIF Showing Gradually Improved Views of Pluto from 1930-2015

– (Intense) Street photography shot on an iPhone during fake phonecalls by Jay Giampietro

James Murphy wants to turn NYC’s subway system into a symphony (via)

– My daughter used to have this bunk bed from IKEA. These are some inspiring IKEA hacks. Wish I would have seen this earlier…

You have no credibility (yet)

– Interesting: Cushion aims to help manage a freelancer’s unpredictable schedule and unsteady income.

– This is moving: Color blind young man’s reaction to seeing color for the first time

Rainy Day Umbrella Stand is awesome. And then I looked at the price. Not.

– Everything I am afraid might happen if I ask new acquaintance to get coffee. (Nr. 13 made me laugh)

– Looking for more Design Blog inspiration. This is a good start.

First World Problem Store. Made me laugh.

Silverware that won’t make a mess when you put it down. Smart.

Explaining graphic design to four-year-olds (via)

– I used GlamSquad for the first time this week. Highly recommend.

– That’s one cool Banana.

– Hillary for America is looking to hire Designers. In Brooklyn.

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Behind Every Product…

behind every product...

Wonderful ugmonk and krochet kids collaboration reminding consumers that behind every product is a person.

Feelers


Feelers is a slightly unsettling typographic experiment based on the movement of animal appendages.

(via But Does it Float)

Getting Past Status Anxiety

Writer Alain De Botton says that status anxiety is more pernicious and destructive than most of us can imagine, and recommends getting out of the game altogether.

The Fourth Wall

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These photographs of famous European theater auditoriums taken from the stage are breathtaking. Hat tip to Klaus Frahm, the photographer.

PuppeTeaBag

PuppeTeaBag

It’s a teabag, it’s a marionette. Wonderful idea by Naoto Fukasawa.

(via Duncan)

The Same Song in 15 Places

This gentleman sings the same song in 15 different places experimenting with natural revert, early reflections and short delays. Beautiful.

(via one of my favorites, Open Culture)

ESCAPE

Escape Bag

This bag made me chuckle.

(via Joanna)

Friday Link Pack

(via)

– Love this outdoor DIY wine cooler table.

Pad Thai Spring Rolls. Never made anything like his.

– I didn’t realize Richard Saul Wurman (Founder of TED) was a graphic designer: Unsung graphic design visionaries you should know

– “Everything starts with you and your values and how you set the agenda for your business.” – Cindy Gallop

– OH! It’s Nice That is having a 50% off Summer Sale!

– Currently enjoying this udemy class by Brené Brown on Vulnerability. Worth every penny.

– Next time you realize you forgot to put on deodorant, remember this trick.

– This golden sloth pendant made me smile.

– Didn’t we all wonder: Why Do Mammals Have Penises?

Willing is a free way to make your legal will.

– How to easily peel the skin of a Mango. Cool hack.

– Learn IDEO’s approach to moving from ideas to action.

– Next time you have an idea and it gets rejected, I want you to think of these emails.

– So happy I got to experience the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at RISD in person.

– This case will turn your iPhone into a Super-8-Style camera. Cool.

– Oh, these LED old-school oil design lanterns are superfun.

– You’re into hiking? You can now borrow your own Google Street View Trekker rig. (via)

– Made me think: How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes

– This is an interesting looking stool.

– Shopify in Montreal is looking to hire a Theme Designer.

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Tiny Objects and their Pantone Chip

Tiny object and their pantone color
Tiny object and their pantone color
Tiny object and their pantone color

Designer Inka Mathew matches tiny objects with their corresponding Pantone color. Made me smile.

Stories

“Stories are data with a soul.”
Brené Brown

SayHi Translate App

Say Hi Translate

While on vacation in Switzerland, Ella (9) made a friend that didn’t speak English, so I downloaded them the SayHi Translate App. The app covers 43 languages and dialects. While it’s not always perfect, it sure is helpful and makes for a good laugh here and then. What an amazing time we live in.

Opera Singer Ring Holder

Opera Singer Ring Holder

This Opera Singer Ring Holder made me laugh.

Caran D’Ache Pencil Set

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I was just browsing the NEW section on the MoMA Store site and noticed this colored pencil set by Caran D’Ache. These are the coloring pencils I grew up with. Who knew they are MoMA Store worthy! Made me smile!

Embroidered Animations

Embroidered Zoetrope from Elliot Schultz on Vimeo.

Zoetropes is a pre-film animation technique that relies on a rotating sequence of images or objects that’s photographed or displayed with a strobe light to create the illusion of motion. For his degree project at the ANU School of Art in Australia, digital artist Elliot Schultz devised his own method: the Embroidered Zoetrope.

Donut Plates

ceramic dount plates

I don’t need these Ceramic Donut Plates. But I want them.

The Case for the 32-Hour Workweek

This is inspiring. Respect to Ryan Carson.