“When in doubt, tidy up.”
—Brian Eno

(via Austin Kleon)

Dan Pink: Assume Nothing, Expect Everything

In this BIF Talk, Dan Pink speaks on the trend of incorporating non-commissioned work into corporate culture. Sideprojects, people! Side projects!

(Thank you Katherine!)

Manifesto: Enjoying the Web

1. Don’t just covet new. Seek out timeless content.

2. Spend more time learning, than teaching or preaching.

3. Pay talented people directly, not by looking at ads.

4. Meet people in-person as much as your time allows.

5. Credit discoveries, and more importantly, creators.

6. Reflect on and remix, don’t regurgitate.

7. Check your facts. Question provocative claims. Empathize.

8. Emails is salt. It’s critical, but can destroy meals when overused.

9. Read less, more thoroughly, and more thoughtfully.

10. Avoid page-view journalism.

Enjoying the Web Manifesto by Len Kendall, Co-Founder of CentUp.com

Eleven Commandments of Improv Theater

Del Close‘s Eleven Improv Commandments can be applied to all kinds of life situations, startups for example:

1. You are all supporting actors.
2. Always check your impulses.
3. Never enter a scene unless you are NEEDED.
4. Save your fellow actor, don’t worry about the piece.
5. Your prime responsibility is to support.
6. Work at the top of your brains at all times.
7. Never underestimate or condescend to your audience.
8. No jokes (unless it is tipped in front that it is a joke.)
9. Trust… trust your fellow actors to support you; trust them to come through if you lay something heavy on them; trust yourself.
10. Avoid judging what is going down except in terms of whether it needs help (either by entering or cutting), what can best follow, or how you can support it imaginatively if your support is called for.

Via this wonderful post over on Open Culture.

Moving upstairs

“A few years ago, a friend shared with me his strategy for decluttering his home. He and his wife lived in a duplex and decided to gather every single thing they had and put it in the bottom level of the duplex. They moved upstairs, lived in just the top level, and as they needed something, they would go downstairs, find it, and bring it up. Little by little, they repopulated their life with only what was necessary.”

Moving Upstairs, by Jack Cheng

The Bioscope

Consider me intrigued by the bioscope, a project by Jon Stam & Simon de Bakker. It was inspired by an early movie projector of the same name and is a medium to experience memories in relative time. By rotating the handle, the digital (or digitized home) movie is animated frame by frame, forward or in reverse, relative to the speed and direction that is used to turn the dial.

More info.

(via kidsroomzoom)

PressPausePlay: Seth Godin

This is a short trailer of the 2011 documentary called PressPausePlay featuring Seth Godin.

PressPausePlay explores the massive digital revolution of the last decade which has unleashed and democratized creative opportunities. Does democratized culture really mean better art, film, music and literature?

You can download the movie over at PressPausePlay.com. Or you can buy it on iTunes.

Explore Create Repeat

Explore Create Repeat

Explore Create Repeat is an online magazine for the creative community published weekly by 4ormat. Fantastic!

A Life Well Lived

Fifty years ago, Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Mt. Everest.

Paraplegic Duct Tape Surfing

This is one of the most moving things I have seen in a long time. Pascale Honore has been in a wheelchair for 18 years and recently went ‘duct tape surfing‘ on the back of her friend and experienced surfer, Ty Swan. Read more.

(via LaughingSquid)

Discover your Design Alter-Ego

Discover your Design Alter-Ego

Design in a Nutshell is a series of beautifully animated videos by Open Learn, explaining 6 key design movements. Watch short videos on Gothic Revival, Arts and Crafts, Bauhaus, Modernism, American Industrial Design and Postmodernism.

Or Simply discover your design alter-ego. Take the quiz.

(via the always amazing Open Culture blog)


“The Most important days are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
- Mark Twain

I am pretty sure Simon Sinek agrees with this quote wholeheartedly.

Method Ocean Plastic


I just discovered Method’s Ocean Plastic Soap Bottle. It’s the world’s first bottle made with a blend of recovered ocean plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic, a combination that results in a uniquely gray resin.

How fantastic is this? How much do I love this brand?

The Question…

“The question is not Will you succeed? but rather, Will you matter?”
- Seth Godin

Seth Godin spoke at today’s CreativeMornings/NYC. I will share the video of the talk as soon as it is ready.

Humor and Creativity

“A growing body of research shows that when you share a laugh with someone, you’re mirroring not only one another’s body language, but also the hormonal and neuronal activity, prompting a mutual investment in each other’s well-being. That’s a bond of kindness–and you’ll need acts of kindness to make it in any career.”

Why humor makes you more creative, by Drake Baer.

Felt App

I just received a ‘handwritten’ card that was sent via an app called Felt. I could not tell that it was written on an iPad. Oddly impressive.

The Secret of Success in Creative Work

Ira Glass on the Secret of Success in Creative Work.

The Last Bookshop

The Last Bookshop short film by Richard Dadd and Dan Fryer imagines a world in which only one bookstore survives.

(via explore)

How To Work With Creative People

How to work with creative people

How To Work With Creative People is a growing archive of advice and thoughts on how to best work with creative people. A wonderful project by Amrit Richmond.



The fine folks of Fictive Kin created slashpurpose.org. They believe that the world would be a better place if the people trying to shape it spoke openly and plainly about their vision for the future.

The Fictive Kin guys think a fine place to do that is on your own /purpose page, to share the “why” behind your “what”. Like this! yourlovelysite.com/purpose.

Sharing your purpose means being explicit about the place you ultimately want to take people and about the metrics you use for measuring success.

I am determined to create a /purpose for CreativeMornings and Tattly. We already have one for TeuxDeux. Thanks for the inspiration, Fictive Kin.

What’s your /purpose?

Living and Longevity

Well, that just put my day into perspective. Thanks, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

On Copycats

on copy cats

Earlier today, I opened a package that entailed a product sample of our biggest and most blatant Tattly copycat. Seeing them online is one thing, holding the actual product in my hands, another. After a rollercoaster ride of emotions, I arrived at the sentiment expressed in the above animated gif. Team Tattly on the left. Copycat on the right.

Yup, we are better dancers.

Children Should Be Allowed to Get Bored

“When children have nothing to do now, they immediately switch on the TV, the computer, the phone or some kind of screen. The time they spend on these things has increased.

But children need to have stand-and-stare time, time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes or assimilating their experiences through play or just observing the world around them.”

- Dr. Teresa Belton

(via Kottke)



Demetri Martin, This Is a Book

(via Madeline Levine)