Snowflake Tree Skirt

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I have never cared about a tree skirt until I saw this one by Haptic Lab. Also, their quilts! My heart!

Artists Who Want To Sell

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Let’s make a 2016 version of these tips by John Baldessari, shall we?

Natural Sea Sponge

Natural Sea Sponge

I remember having to clean the black board in first grade with a natural sea sponge. My kids love to play with them in the bathtub! And, I simply think they are pretty to look at.

Retro Japanese Boom Boxes

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Spoon and Tamago’s post on Retro Japanese Boom Boxes made me smile.

Friday Link Pack

Check out Lucy Engelmann’s portfolio.

Where does confidence come from?

– Recommended reading: America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny, by Andrew Sullivan

– Cheese Lovers, listen up, according to this study eating cheese is good for your heart.

– Love this: Doodl Club is a coloring book club for creative kids. Members receive an artist-made, zine-format, 24 page coloring book monthly.

– The person behind this Tumblr is turning temptation of eating something into a blog action item: I didn’t eat this. Smart!

– Loving these minimal notebooks and postcards.

– The Eurovision Song Contest was always such a (cheesy) big deal growing up. It’s coming to the US!(via)

– Need some design inspiration? Top 75 Design Blogs and their Best Articles

Cindy Gallop’s CreativeMorning talk is now available as a podcast. It went live this morning.

– Interesting: Radiohead and Thom Yorke have erased themselves from the internet

– For more than a century, all New York City leases expired and started on the same day of the year, May 1.

Time-Lapse of Northern Lights in Alaska

– Have some die hard Pizza Lovers in your life? Show them this pizza jumpsuit and bedding. I mean…OMG!

– “.. working mothers are viewed as more distracted and less productive, while working fathers are viewed as more stable because they have kids to support.” This Is Exactly How Hard It Is For Mom Entrepreneurs

– Peas are totally underrated. Here are three recipes that make my mouth water.

– This is a soccer match I would actually watch

– Need a space in NYC or SF for a meeting, photo shoot, pop-up or a party? Check out Splacer.

– My heart is open 7 Days a week. Yours?

– I don’t know about you but I feel GREAT!

– FiveStars in San Fransisco is looking to hire a Senior Visual Designer and a Head of Design

Empowered by MailChimp: Tattly

A few weeks ago I got a call from my friend Mark at MailChimp in which he asked: “What would you say if we made a commercial on Tattly for Viceland TV?” Needless to say, I nearly fell off my chair. Sure enough, a few weeks later, Vice and their huge crew showed up at Tattly HQ and filmed a day straight. And above is the end product, which you can also see here. How cool is MailChimp? For a small bootstrapped company like Tattly, generous PR gestures like this one are a big deal.

MailChimp was part of Tattly from the very beginning. In fact, when I started the project, almost five years ago, I ran out of money and didn’t have the funds to print the first batch of tattoos. Rusty who helped me at the time had the idea to add a sponsored bonus Tattly in every order. We pitched the idea to MailChimp and they said yes, which allowed us to get production going. Interesting fact: MailChimp knows the pain of being a bootstrapped company. They are still, years later, privately held, which I think you can sense when you pay a bit of attention. They are and have been generously supporting creative projects around the world. (I myself fall into this category also with CreativeMornings. MailChimp was our first global partner) I consider them a “angel investor of the creative world” not just with Tattly but with many other conferences, magazines, experimental-creative-you-name-it-proejcts. Their generous support is making a real difference.

Thank you MailChimp. Tattly (and the rest of the creative world) loves and appreciates you.


In this same series, Vice and MailChimp also made one on FLO+THEO, Jane’s Motorcycles and Heatonist. You can see them all here.

The surprising habits of original thinkers

Adam Grant shares why great innovators procrastinate, feel doubt and fear and have bad ideas.

Selfie Arms

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After the Selfie-stick comes the Selfie-Arm. This made me laugh.

(via Amrit)

850 mL French Press

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I know nothing about French Presses but this one is a beauty.

Respect

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
― Confucius

Icon Diary

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Rachel Berger created Icon Diary, a collection of daily memories, each captured in writing and in a simple animated illustration. Beautiful.

A Threaded Light Spectrum

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This Threaded Light Spectrum Exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington DC by Gabriel Dawe makes me want to jump in my car and drive there pronto. The rainbow sculpture is made from 60 miles of thread. Absolutely stunning!

Comedy Wildlife Awards

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The fact that The Comedy Wildlife Awards exists just made my day.

(Via Katie)

A Sponge Soap Thingy

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A sea sponge dipped into a shallow bath of all-natural vegetable-based glycerine soap. Lovely.

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Friday Link Pack

tumblr_ntc5bqUHtb1shn04do1_500A Tumblr full of cute animal GIFs. There goes my day. (via)

Academia.edu is the largest social network for academics.

We Need a United Nations of the World’s Religions

– Maker’s Row launched a Made in the US store.

– Boo! Check out these 16 Tattly inspired Halloween costumes? The illegal watch seller made me laugh!

– My friend Mans made an app for cats. It made me laugh. My cat is weirdly fascinated by it.

– Product Hunt launched a podcast channel.

– Cats have been ruling Instagram for a while. Get ready for Pumpkin the Raccoon.

– These design-y student residences in Berlin make me want to be a student again.

– An amusing compilation of some of the most memorable things Tom Waits said on Talk Shows

– This is so cool: Giant megaphones amplify the sounds of nature.

11 interesting questions to ask yourself. Especially this one: If you died tomorrow what would you want your legacy to be?

– Made me laugh: Scotch experts review cheap whiskey.

– Interesting: The cost of mobile ads on 50 news websites.

– Journalists and others are understandably concerned about Peeple, the “Yelp for People” app scheduled to launch in late November.

– I didn’t know this worked: Remove Odors from Your Entire Home by Simmering Vinegar

– What do non-English-speaking people say when it’s raining cats and dogs? France: “It’s raining like a pissing cow.”

– Apparently it’s harder to be thin than it was in the ’80s.

– Fascinating: Millions of Facebook users have no idea they’re using the internet. (via)

– Wow, awesome job alert! IDEO in Chicago is looking to hire a Senior Interaction Designer.

Friday Link Pack (on Saturday)

I spent the last three three days at a private mini conference organized by Simon Sinek and Bob Chapman. One of the many highlights was that I got to meet Aloe Blacc. What a remarkable, deep, thoughtful soul.

– From 2003, a 25-minute documentary on how Pixar made Finding Nemo

– Great read: On How to Disagree

– Bruce Lee on the power of repose and the strength of yielding – a beautiful philosophy of life.

Sculptures that measure atmospheric conditions. Lovely.

– We use slack religiously in my teams. This article on “How do I reach Slack Zero?” made me re-think how I use Slack.

– Super useful travel app: Hopper. You plug in destination and dates and it tells you when to buy. (via)

– Looking for a female speaker for your conference in the creative industry? Check this!

– The fine folks of Big Think had me as a guest on their rather unusual podcast.

– The Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC is looking to hire a Graphic Designer.

One Star National Park Reviews.

– What can you teach the world? What’s your hidden skill?

7 moving podcast episodes. (via)

Friday Link Pack

This very personal story by studiomate Michael Yates really touched me. He should totally give a TED talk on this story.

– “RBF is a face that, when at ease, is perceived as angry, irritated or simply … expressionless.” Totally part of the RBF club.

– I agree with Booooooom: Some fantastic visuals in this video for Awwz’s dreamy track Awake.

– Love how Frank Chimero shares his favorite books online.

– Practical: Contemporary minimalist wooden foldable coat stand

How to write a condolence note.

– This Carry On Cocktail Kit made me laugh.

– This is the coolest, minimalist bunkbed I have seen in a long time.

Price comparison for Airbnb x couchsurfing x hotels around the world. (via)

– What’s the best way to spend $20,000 to help the common good? (via)

Collective Quarterly is a travel and design magazine about discovery. Each issue spotlights a single geographic location, focusing on the artisans, music, food, and natural wonders that make it special.

– This website lets you chat with your future self. (via)

Black Cat Shower Curtain. Also available as a mug.

How to spend time alone in NYC

– This is so weird it’s good. How to make unicorn poop cookies!

I look like an engineer. Yes!

– This is one cool dad: Inventive Father Builds a 50 Meter Crazy Straw For His Daughter’s Fifth Birthday

– Still smiling and happy because of yesterday’s NYTimes Styles feature.

– Vox Media is looking to hire a Designer.

The Purgatory of Monotony

As someone who’s thesis consisted of a 200 book on the beauty of the ordinary, I appreciate this short called The Surrealism of The Mundane by Ace Norton.

(via Malcolm)

The Museum of Four in the Morning

Rives has a contagious obsession with 4 a.m. At TED2007, the poet shared what was then a minor fixation with a time that kept popping up everywhere and turned into fourinthemorning.com.

(Thank you Emily)

Friday Link Pack

A bit of history of the area I used to call home until I moved to NYC at the age of 26 (and where I am currently on vacation.)


Framed Palm Leaf DIY

– This Graffiti artist versus city pressure washer experiment made me chuckle.

– I would totally live in one of these. No problem.

Colors!

How people respond to life-changing inventions

SpreadTHAT! Advanced Butter Knife is an ingenious, award-winning design that uses the warmth of your hand to make short work of cold butter.

– Ha, these nametags made me laugh.

Chicken Drumstick Pillow. Made me chuckle.

– Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson talks about inaccurate perceptions, and how we view ourselves is often not how we come across to others. Halvorson’s latest book is No One Understands You and What to Do About It (via)

– “People are magnets. When you’re grateful for what you have, you will attract more of the positive and good. Gratitude is contagious.” 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M. <-- annoying title, great read. - Wow this is some seriously cool, futuristic clothing for kids.

– Lovely: Strangers drawing strangers.

– Who knew you could use coffee grounds to produce dyes for screen printing.

– Esther Perel shares some interesting thoughts on relationships and intimacy.

– Mule in SF is looking for a Senior Designer.

Carpet Beater

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I completely forgot about the existence of Carpet Beaters.

Cone Backpack

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Cone backpack by Doug Johnston. Beautiful.

cloudreporter

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Stumbled upon this lovely site called cloudreporter. It features cloudy sky photos from around the world. If you want to join and be part of the cloud reporter movement, get in touch here. Lovely.