Friday Link Pack

- Color coded photography. Stunning.

- Smokers lungs vs healthy lungs. This will make you stop smoking.

- 10 websites that help make you more money-savvy

- Take a closer look at how half-a-dozen ceramics masters practice their craft.

- Also from Jason Kottke’s blog: Texting in movies

- History of an Icon: La Vespa (via coudal)

- “There are countless forces in our lives that are out of our control. That doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about how they influence our work and our life…” Totally and completely out of my control

- Yoga Hacks: How to Undo the Damage of a Desk Job

- ‘Complements’, A bizarre collaborative portrait series by a creative couple

- The science of depression

- How to be polite (via)

- Yes, you may pet me

- Love these abstract compositions by Aaron Robbs.

- Avocado stuffed meatballs. Wait, what?

- Cargo, a desktop organizer.

- Why is it impossible to make plans anymore. So true.

- Every Sunday Mark Bustos gives free haircuts to NYC homeless.

- Team Tattly is looking to hire a Front-End Developer

Perfectly Useless

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Katerina Kamprani creates perfectly useless product designs. Made me smile.

You’re Officially Awesome

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This is the best thing ever: You can buy a Certificate of Awesomeness to give to whoever deserves one, designed and signed by Jessica Hische. Look! It has rainbow edge-painting! Over the top? Yes!

All certificates ship with a rainbow pencil so the recipient or co-signer can add their own signature. That Jessica Hische! Always coming up with awesome stuff!

Birdhouse Bookshelf

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This designy, wall mounted, bedside table made me chuckle. The best part of the design: Birdhouse Booklshelf lets you place your book on its roof.

Hidden Message Necklace

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These customizable hidden message necklaces by Beth Macri really put a smile on my face. I first learned about it via Rachel of Story. Today I met a lovely lady at the gift show that was wearing one. Definitely wishlisted.

Canvas Messenger Bag

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Really lovely canvas messenger bag by See Design Shop. Comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns.

Warp Speed Bubble

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Love Love Love this Warp Speed Bubble Backpack by Madpax.

Sarah Loertscher

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Stunning geometric ear hoops by Sarah Loertscher. #want

♥ / Brainbean

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

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Friday Link Pack

CreativeMornings/SF talk by Josh Higgins.

- LEGO Ruler, all kinds of cute.

- There are only a few spots left at this year’s Do Lectures in California. I attended last year and can say it was the best three days of 2013. I am still in touch with many of the attendees. You have apply quickly if you want to go.

- After nearly 10 years + over 200 episodes, Design Matters finally has its own Facebook page!

- There’s another Like Knows Like mini documentary out, giving us a glimpse into Geffen Refaeli’s life.

- I admit, I want one of these sleeping bags: Shark or Whale (via)

- Good job at still being alive!

- The shirt mock-up don’t do the awesomeness of these shirts justice. Kevin keeps wearing them around Studiomates and they’re fab.

- What Wikipedia’s recent changes feed sounds like. (via Liz)

- Excellent book recommendations by Debbie Millman.

- If designing for the internet is your world, I recommend you read Jason Santa Maria’s new book: On Web Typography.

- This bright red casserole is totally on my wish list.

- The original Monument Valley soundtrack is now available for streaming on Rdio and Spotify. If you haven’t tried this game yet, you should.

- 5 Questions for 100 designers.

- My cloud obsession continues: Cloud Garland

- Be Kind T-Shirt

- “Delight” and “delightful” have become all-purpose marketing words in the tech world…” What Silicon Valley’s Favorite Word Says About Tech Priorities

- Francis L. Thompson shares his strategy on how he will start talking to his kids when they turn 18

- So true: “The truth is, you don’t break a bad habit; you replace it with a good one.” – Denis Waitley

- I discovered Urban Camping last night. So much fun!

- Never wonder again if you should put on sunscreen.. (Thanks Jen)

- Psst… Team Tattly is looking to hire a Front-End Developer.

This Fox Likes Tattoos

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Team Tattly partnered with North American Bear on tattoable dolls, called Cutie Tattootie. Seriously adorable, right. (Not to mention the girl!) The fox comes with 12 Tattly tattoos that the kid can either apply on themselves or on the doll. Put the doll in the washer and the tattoos disappear. Fun, right?

New Nomiku Sous Vide

The new Nomiku Sous Vide immersion circulator looks fantastic. If you like to be a nerd, even in the kitchen, Nomiku is for you.

Too Many Walnuts

“A salad with too many walnuts or a sauce with too many capers is like a Sunday with too many free hours – you stop appreciating the pleasure they provide. I think about that when I cook. Put just enough sweet cubes of carrots in a soup, and you won’t have to search too hard to find one, but when you do, it’ll still give you a little thrill.”
- April Bloomfield

From the new book called The Chef Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom by Princeton Architectural Press

The Floyd Leg

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Love the brilliantly simple system behind The Floyd Leg. Ideal for people that move often.

(via Krissy)

Swing Bin

I blogged about the beautiful Swing Bin in February of 2010. At the time, it was just a concept, and now, with this Kickstarter campaign, we are all one step closer to owning our own. The Swing Bin is so sculptural that at first glance you might not notice that it is a waste bin. Its diagonal opening has been dramatically cut with a wooden lid, a lid that swings and tilts.

I am so totally supporting Shigeichiro Takeuchi’s Kickstarter campaign. You?

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Maria Popova: 7 Things I Learned

As part of CreativeMornings‘ fifth birthday last year, my friend Maria Popova talked about 7 things she’s learned. I keep coming back to this one. Here’s the blog post she wrote based on the mini talk she wrote the day before and based her talk on.

In Tune With What You Love

“…the difference between people who are successful and not are that those who are successful seemed to know from the age of 7 or 8, maybe older, they’re very in tune with what they love. I compare it to a voice inside their head, not literally a voice but something that says “you really are drawn to this subject” and they hear it throughout their lives. For me it was writing and books, since I was a kid. At any time I deviated from that love and went into something else, I was just so unhappy and I knew that I wasn’t doing the right thing. It’s just this voice that keeps drawing you back to what you really, really love.”
- Robert Greene

Found the above quote via this blog post, feed your head + find your soul, by Justine Musk. Something I think about a lot, hoping I’ll be able to help my kids find what they really, really love.

Water Trampoline

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I saw this image and thought: Must buy a lake! Then this aqua trampoline. Oh, the fun that would be had!

Friday Link Pack

Broadway cast of ‘The Lion King’ takes over NYC subway, sings ‘Circle of Life’ I love this city. So much.

- 5 Hard-to-kill houseplants

- Couple Performs ‘You’re the One That I Want’ From ‘Grease’ in Sign Language While Driving

- OMG. This. Is. Hilarious: How to stop a baby from crying by Katy Perry Dark Horse

- What the heck is toothpaste anyway?

- “Google to collect data to create a full picture of what a healthy human being is.” (via)

- Uber keeps impressing me with how they push their service forward. Now, you can ‘car pool‘.

- Discover the saddest, most lonely tweets you ever tweeted. (Can it be that I had only one sad tweet out of 22.8k tweets total? I doubt it!)

- Here’s what Brooklyn Summer looked like in 1974

- This dad wins.

- Wow, Accurat does some seriously legit information design.

- The Art of Not Moving, with Laure Courtellemont. The latest installment of the urban dance video newsletter called Why Aren’t We Dancing by Yoko Ohama.

- Layer Tennis is back! I once participated in a global match. Most stressful 15 minutes of my life.

- Just re-watched this conversation between Gary Vaynerchuk and Chase Jarvis.

- Infographic: Porn Vs. Real Sex, Explained In Food

- Most spoken language by NYC neighborhood – aside from English or Spanish. (via)

- The fine folks over at Brooklyn based Hyperakt are looking to hire a front-end developer.

Bus Stop

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Now, that’s a Bus Stop. Go Baltimore!

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Birch Tree Wall Decal

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I have a thing for birch trees. Totally ok with these wall decals if I can’t have the real thing…

♥ / Zuki — WordPress Theme by Elmastudio

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

Elmastudio just launched Zuki — a gorgeous, minimal WordPress theme for magazines, news sites and blogs. With Zuki you can create a beautiful, super flexible front page, by tossing different Recent Posts widgets into the themes front page widget areas. This flexibility makes it almost impossible to find two websites using Zuki that will look exactly the same. So it’s time to get creative!

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Starting today, Elmastudio offers a 15% discount exclusively to Swissmiss readers on all themes and the theme bundle. Just use the coupon code “swissmiss” at checkout. This offer will end on August 10th 2014, 11:59 p.m. (EDT).


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Pitching Like A Girl

“I don’t want to be afraid to say what I haven’t yet figured out or to give realistic projections of what we can deliver when. As a designer, I never promised a client anything I couldn’t deliver, and I won’t start now as a founder.”

Pitching Like a Girl, by Ellen Johnston