Rope Masks

Rope Masks

I am alternating between being terrified and fascinated looking at these Rope Masks.

The Reinvention of Normal

I just watched this wonderful mini-documentary on artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox with my kids. Everyone’s mind was blown.

(In case you’re a parent and not familiar with The Kid Schould See this I recommend you put that blog on your radar.

Not Seeing The World

Not seeing The World

This photo series by fellow Swiss Clarina Bezzola is hitting a cord with me. It’s titled Not seeing the World and depicts an individual who is constantly absorbed in the dialogues with her inner voices and misses the beautiful world around.

Make a Seat The Table For An Apprentice

The idea of “every company needing to make a seat at the table for an apprentice” really stopped me in my tracks. Switzerland has an apprentice system in place for young folks that don’t want to go to college and the USA is really lacking a similar track in my opinion.

EI is a project inspired by Victor Saad’s Leap Year Project, a self-made MBA he completed in 2012. Check out more at The Leap Year Project. And here’s where you can watch Victor Saad’s CreativeMornings talk.

Dangerous Popsicles

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Dangerous Popsicles are a collection of weird shaped popsicles inspired by cacti and life-threatening bacteria/viruses.

The Rise of the NYC Skyline

This is breathtaking: The elevators to the observatory atop 1 World Trade Center show an animated time lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline, from the 1500s to today.

Design

The Generosity Experiment

Sasha Dichter’s Generosity Experiment made me think. It’s all about leading with generosity.

The Fringe Benefits of Quitting

We don’t celebrate stopping things, changing our paths, or our minds. Just the opposite. We celebrate finishing things. In our race to finish–in our race to win–we underestimate the benefits of stopping. In this talk, Liz Danzico puts quitting under the microscope and consider its fringe benefits.

CreativeMornings: Elle Luna

In this CreativeMornings talk Elle Luna describes her path from designer to artist, following her dreams and choosing ‘must’ over ‘should’.

Why You Should Be Nice

Stephen Post discusses the mental and physical benefits of altruistic behavior. So much of this resonates with the magic that is the global CreativeMornings volunteer family.

Big Juicy Creative Life

“What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65… and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life?”
– Anne Lamott

(via brain pickings)

YES / NO

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I hugely admire Markus Raetz‘s artwork. This YES/NO sculpture is one of my favorites. Just like in real life, depending on your perspective, the answer can be YES or NO.

LifePaint

Impressive: Volvo introduces LifePaint: A reflective spray only visible at night.

Michael Bierut on the Power of Logos

Michael Bierut interview at Design Indaba.

(via Quipsologies)

A Tale of Two Americas

What an incredibly powerful talk by Anand Giridharadas. Do yourself a favor and take 19minutes to watch this.

After the Kodak Moment

Kodak has prioritized its patent portfolio and the Eastman Business Park since it declared bankruptcy in 2012. Despite some success, the company might never live up to the legacy of its own past. After the Kodak Moment.

Canary Home Security System

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G and I installed (our Kickstarter purchased) Canary Home Security System today and we’re impressed. Easy to set up and an incredibly elegant user experience all around. It alerts us if there is motion detected in our home and lets us monitor air quality, temperature and humidity using internal sensors. Impressive!

The Highlights of My Day

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My friend Inaki reads a book a week. I told him I want to subscribe to his Amazon Kindle Highlights. His response: The Highlights of My Day. Instant favorite! I love the internet so much.

Makers of Things

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Powerful quote from Dave Peth’s CreativeMornings talk.

Redesign for Joy

Some things are just plain annoying, unpleasant. My personal list of bummer experiences includes going to the post office, security at airports, changing sheets and dealing with health insurance. The fine folks at IDEO and Studio 360 are challenging these moments and want to flip it and find a way to infuse it with joy, very much inspired by Ingrid Fetell’s work Aesthetics of Joy.

What do you think needs redesigning? What do you find unnecessarily joyless? Leave a comment below. Or tweet about it with the hashtag #bringjoy.

Simple Tips for Success

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Really loving these Life Tips by Adam J. Kurtz.

(Did you know he is a Tattly artist?)

How to become a better person

My love for The School of Life keeps growing. This video is so good. Totally sharing with my kids.

The Thread

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This email conversation between Maria Popova and Maira Kalman makes me crave more thoughtful, deep email conversations.

(Thanks Inaki)