How New York City’s subway technologies are being modernized

This is an astounding behind-the-scenes video about the technologies running the NYC subway system. While I knew that the system is *old* I didn’t realize the infrastructure has never really updated and still is run with 1930 equipment.

(via The Kid Should See This)

CreativeMornings: Wilson Miner

In this CreativeMornings/SF talk Wilson Miner talks about collaboration and it’s crossover with appropriation.

And if you enjoyed this talk, make sure to also watch this one by him titled When We Build from 2011.

Daily Overview

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The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. ‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect and features important commentary on the wider implications of this understanding for our society and our relationship to the environment.

Get your Daily Dose of Overview Here.

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!

Behind Every Product…

behind every product...

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

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.

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)

DesignMatters with Kelli Anderson

Debbie Millman in conversation with the uber-talented Kelli Anderson. Do yourself a favor and listen in.

Purpose Is the New Bottom Line

Watch Casey Gerald deliver a powerful speech inspiring all of us to give a damn. He received the first standing ovation in CreativeMornings/NYC history. Trust me, watching this is 20 minutes well spent.

John Waters’s RISD Commencement Address

John Waters gave a spectacular 2015 RISD graduation speech on creative rebellion and the artist’s task to cause constructive chaos. Find annotated highlights transcribed over on Brain Pickings.

Human Head Helmets

Human Head Helmets

These Human Head Helmets make me all kinds of uncomfortable. A goosebumps inducing project by Dubai based digital designer Jyo John Mullor.

Winning Strategy

One day I’ll read all those books…

The screenwriter, director and author Judd Apatow owns a lot of books and convinced himself that buying books is the same as reading. Glad to see I am not the only one… See the full article over on the NYTimes.

(via David Conrads Newsletter)

Elizabeth Gilbert on Inspiration,

Beautiful Elizabeth Gilbert quote. Taken from this blog post over on Brain Pickings.

How to be a predictable success

In this Do Lectures talk, Les McKeown describes the 7 stages every business goes through. Some stages you don’t want to be in. And some you want to stay in forever. This talk was just what I needed on this Monday morning.

Also highly recommend Les’ book titled Share your vision. Inspire others. Achieve the impossible.

InFrame: Jessica Lehrman

Format just launched a beautiful new film series called InFrame in collaboration with crazy talented Bas Berkhout. The first film of the series (above) offers a beautiful glimpse into the life of Brooklyn based photographer Jessica Lehrman.

Makes me so happy when good people collaborate. Check out InFrame.

Food For Thought

Simple Machines by Tinybop

Simple Machines is the latest app by Brooklyn based Tinybop. The app allows you to explore the playful side of physics. Just like all their earlier apps, Simple Machines is *beautifully* illustrated and thoughtfully executed. Team Tinybop continues to create apps that I *want* my kids to play with; Educational, fun, and well-designed. Two swissmiss thumbs up!

10 Year Blog-iversary

“In all Beginnnings dwells a Magic Force.”
– Herman Hesse

Exactly 10 years ago today, I started this blog with the above quote. Little did I know, that it would redefine my career and life. Happy my 10 year blog-iversary to you. Thank you for reading. Please consider yourself hugged.

Invest in Sugru!

I just opened my Sugru community newsletter and learned that I can now buy shares in the company I love so much.

There’s no other company that makes my heart go pitter patter the way Sugru does. (You can watch their story here.)

I am so totally investing a teeny tiny bit of money. (It starts as low as £10) How can I not? I am such a fan and respect Jane and her team so much! What a smart move!

UPDATE: So, if you live in the US, Canada and Japan, you’re unfortunately out of luck. Crowdfunding is apparently not regulated yet in these countries, so, we’re not allowed to participate. Major womp womp moment here!

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.