Creativity

“You can’t teach creativity; all you can do is let it blossom, and it blossoms in play.”
- Kyung-Hee Kim

The play deficit, by Peter Gray. If you’re a parent, please read this.

(Via Tinybop)

Forever Pillow

I find the Forever Pillow brilliant and hilarious at the same time. I’d use it.

Worn Wear

Worn Wear is a film about the stories we wear, presented by Patagonia. Released as an antidote to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy, Worn Wear is an invitation to celebrate the stuff you already own. Bravo Patagonia.

(via Do Book)

Honey Bees detecting Cancer

dezeen bees

Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. Truly fascinating! Read more over on dezeen.

(Thanks Barbara)

The Bluelace Project

The fine folks behind Flint and Tinder are currently running a Kickstarter campaign that I couldn’t be more excited about: The Bluelace Project is trying to proof to US retailers that customers do in fact care about domestically produced goods.

Lacing up blue lets retailers know that you’re willing to give a second look to domestically produced products. Lacing up blue lets American manufacturers — the men and women fighting to innovate and bring better-built products to market at a time when their competitors undercut them by cutting corners abroad — know you appreciate the war they’re fighting daily.

YES!

Sugru Fixer’s Manifesto

Sugru Fixer Manifesto

Fixing is the unsung hero of creativity. And it really shouldn’t be. It’s the most common, humble and beautiful form of creativity. Sugru wants us to wear that belief proudly. Let’s notice and celebrate these little everyday triumphs, and help others see their value. Sugru made this Fixer’s Manifesto to fuel the conversation about why a culture of fixing is so important.

You can buy a poster of this manifesto here. And there’s a plaintext copy on Github.

Phone Cone

Phone Cone

(via Joanna)

THINK

THINK

During our parent teacher conference at my daughter’s school today I discovered this poster. Can someone please turn this into a typographic-letterpress-printed masterpiece? I’ll buy it.

Take A Breath

For our CreativeMornings birthday we asked a few of our former NYC speakers to share 2mins of advice. (You can view all of them here.) This one, by Jason Santa Maria really resonated with me. Remember the human on the other side, when criticizing others.

Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count

There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. “Not caring what people think,” she says, “is its own kind of hustle.”

From last year’s 99U Conference. Did you get your ticket for the 2014 99U?

The Never Talked About Side of Doing Good

What is it to give yourself to an idea? Where the thing you love is the thing that hollows you out. Dedicating yourself to something that becomes all consuming because you believe in the idea and the impact this has on yourself and your relationships. Finding something where you have to give up something of yourself and your relationships and not think about the problems this might create because you believe in the idea. Adil gives a heartfelt talk about his own very personal journey of making his ideas happen.

Lots of more fantastic talks to be found here, over at the Do Lectures Archive.

Amuse Their Minds

Plato

(via JP)

STET by Editorially

Stet

My studiomates of Editorially just launched STET, a writers’ journal on culture & technology. STET’s goal is to demystify writing by drawing attention to how writing works. It pairs good writing with notes that explain what makes writing good. Topics range across culture and technology, with special attention paid to the intersections between them.

STET is published by Editorially, a fantastic collaborative writing and editing platform. Team Editorially never ceases to amaze. Such good and smart folks.

Clear Results

“Clear intentions and clear purpose begets clear results.”
- Pharrell Williams

No Place Like Home, GPS Shoes

Dominic Wilcox has created a fully functional prototype pair of shoes that will guide the wearer to any destination, no matter where they are in the world. Poetic.

Wow!

wow

How to say something nice about someone’s work when you have nothing nice to say, by Wendy MacNaughton.

(via Maria)

8,336,615 (New York)

The paradox of feeling lonely in a city of 8 million. A visual monologue by Paul Riccio and Molly Finley.

Jennifers!

popular girls names

This animated GIF explains why I have 39 Jennifers in my address book. Original post over on Jezebel.

Your life is your most important project

Ayse Birsel explaining why your life is your most important project.

I am really enjoying the Herman Miller YouTube Channel.

Intent

“If you want people to to think, give them intent, not instruction.”
- David Marquet

“Greatness” by David Marquet

How did nuclear submarine Captain David Marquet take over the worst performing ship with the lowest moral in the US Navy and turn it into the highest graded ship ever? Watch this animated speech to find out!

(via Cameron)

New Beginnings

New York City Ballet filmed NEW BEGINNINGS at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan. This stunning short film captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home.

Make sure to watch in full screen mode!

(Thank you Joao Unzer)

Attention

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”.
- Simone Weil

How Big is our Moon?

How big is our moon?

Instant perspective: How big is our moon?

(via Brainpicker)