This Apple commercial parody to introduce IKEA’s new catalog made me laugh. Experience the power of a book book!
This little family is currently spending a week in the Northfork, enjoying the last week before school starts again. I’ve reconnected with my younger self and looked up some papier-mâché projects to do with my 8 year old, Ella. Here are some of my favorite finds:
Papier-Mâché Lollipop man (no instructions)
Papier-Mâché Bowls (with step-by-step instructions)
And then here, slightly creepy personalized DIY papier-mâché pinatas:
Don’t know how to make the ‘glue’? Here’s a round-up of various papier-mâché recipes. What are you going to make?
My studiomate Wesley Verhoeve launched a fantastic new project called One of Many. Over the next few months, Wesley will travel to 12 cities across the US and over the course of a week immerse himself in their creative communities. The results are beautiful essays with stunning portrait photography and personal stories. Check out Charleston.
Wesley, who is the most outgoing person I have ever met, can strike up a conversation with anyone. When visiting these cities, he will be seeking out designers, chefs, woodworkers, farmers, engineers, writers, coffee brewers and anyone else making something that moves people.
Wesley believes that being a small business owner or a creative independent is exhilarating, but it can also be quite lonely and stressful. With One of Many Wesley wants to remind us that we are not alone. We are part of a growing movement. We are one of many.
(Above photos are all by Wesley Verhoeve, part of the Charleston series but previously unpublished. From top to bottom: David Lee, Diego Castro Oliva and Kate Nevin, members of the Charleston community)
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A Better Queue lets you filter Netflix’s instantly streaming movies by Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, number of reviews, years, and genres. It also lets you add movies straight to your queue. Awesome!
Last week Tattly launched the brand new SUPER SET whiche contains their top 100 super sellers! Plus a bonus “Super” Tattly by Oliver Jeffers! The Super Set is enclosed in a sturdy, shiny, hinged-lid tin with “Super” screen printed by Brooklyn-based Haven Press.
– Next time you look up into a starry sky, read this: The Fermi Paradox: Where the hell are the other earths?
– Excited to read Weingart: The Man and the Machine. Weingart taught for over 30 years at Basel School of Design and now this book documents his students reflecting on his teaching.
– OTO, the famous ice cream truck, now comes in cat size. Yup.
– “A mature understanding of the madness of crushes turns out to be the best and perhaps the only solution to the tensions of long-term love.” On the madness and charm of crushes
– Ever think you’re getting old? I just learned that the moon has orbited the earth 540 times since I was born. Ok!
– Why would you want to sacrifice a couple of square feet to a dish drying rack, when this compact roll-up alternative turns an open sink into a place for anything to drip dry?
– I am not into sports, but this made me look: A scale replica of your favorite team’s stadium, made entirely of LEGOs.
– Now that’s a stylish mug: MUGr
– BULBING is an optical illusion LED lamp.
– So tempted to get this Adult Cookie Monster costume and answer Skype video calls wearing it.
– A tent hotel on Rockaway beach? Yes, please!
– A Type House Divided, the story of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones
– Tattly launched a tattoo by Stefan Sagmeister: Self-confidence produces fine results.
– ÄKTA in Chicago is looking for a Sr. User Interface (UI) Designer.
Car-UX.com is a fascinating project by user experience designer Min Seung Song: a growing collection of UX image details of contemporary automobiles. This field of UX seems to be undergoing dramatic changes. A few weeks ago I had the change to drive a Tesla and the interior felt like an oversized iPad on wheels. I can’t remember seeing one physical button. The car is basically an app.
Whenever this little family travels by plane, the thing I dread the most is schlepping our car seats. Thanks Volvo, for making a lot of traveling parents very happy with this inflatable car seat.
HUM seems to try to apply a more email inbox looking interface on what has until now been now as a typical chat interfaces. Interesting.
– An iphone app that can help you get pregnant or avoid pregnancy: Kindara.
– This Craft Tape Dispenser by Lakeshore makes my kids so happy.
– 550 (!) Free Audio Books. No catch!
– This egg holder made me laugh.
– Mexican Wrestling Bottler Opener. Made me smile.
– “While You Were Steeping” with Geoff McFetridge
– Always going back to this advice by Georg Lois: Be courageous!
– This Plant Watering Cloud is all kinds of adorable.
– Love this simple pitcher.
– Wow, this is something else: Dad makes butterfly pancakes for his kids.
– A recent study suggests that “coffee … provides similar hydrating qualities to water.”
– I started using Contactually this week. It helps me organize and nurture my contacts. How? Contactually reminds you automatically when you’ve fallen out of touch. Brilliant!
– I am an astronaut at heart. I should buy this brooch.
– Watch University of Toronto’s Professor Stephen Morris knock over a 1-meter tall domino that weighs over 100 pounds by starting with a 5mm high by 1mm thick domino. Yup!
– I usually don’t post about beauty products, but this Superbly Smoothing Argan Hair Pak by Kiehl’s is rocking my world.
– Sometimes you just gotta let go.
– Nicholas Felton’s Reporter app launched today. If you’re into data, personal data, this is for you. I want to download it just for the App icon alone. A beauty.
– Sammy Screamer is a cute little movement sensor that’s controlled by your smartphone. Protect that cookie jar! :)
– Who says archival boxes have to look boring?
– I want one of these with my age. Why stop at 6?
– New York is about success. Maybe that’s why it’s no longer the world’s cultural capital. MOBY on why he left NYC.
– This Tattly Hack made me smile.
– Pay It Forward: Why Generosity Is The Key To Success, by Sean Blanda
– These photos took my breath away: Portraits of the world’s remotest tribes
Shape Boards by Brooklyn based Bower are equal parts cutting boards and art. The blank side is a cutting board surface, and the painted side is decorative, painted to give the illusion of a 3D geometric shape. They can either hang on your wall of rest on it’s edge. They’re available in different shapes, sizes and types of wood.
Shape Boards are most definitely my favorite find of walking the NYNOW Gift Show yesterday, currently happening in NYC.
– Did you know Your iPhone Has a Secret Undo Button?
– The .GIFYS are the first ever awards honoring the animated GIF as a medium, social commentary and art form.
– Wow, Swiggle looks interesting.
– Daytona Beach in the 1950s. Time-travel please.
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– I could spend hours (!) on the Library of Congress Flickr Account.
– Mario Wienerroither takes music videos, strips out all the sound, and then foleys back in sound effects based on what people are doing in the video.: Musicless music videos.
– Facebook Paper. Looks beautiful.
– Doorman, a service that collects packages of all kinds and delivers them to you on demand.
– 4 million songs on Spotify have never been played. Not even once. Forgotify.com is changing that.
– Have you tried the Waterlogue App yet?
– Little Love Notes, just in time for Valentines.
– Squarespace is looking to hire a Production Designer.
In 1983, after years of deteriorating vision, the writer and theologian John Hull lost the last traces of light sensation. For the next three years, he kept a diary on audiocassette of his interior world of blindness. This film is a dramatization that uses his original recordings.
– “You’re only as good as your last job. That’s what keeps you functioning. It keeps you current.” Great Free Radicals interview over on PSFK with Paula Scher.
– This completely modular, minimal shelving system makes my heart go pitter patter.
– Did you know you can get your kid’s drawings 3D printed? Supercool!
– These images are a great reminder on what a feat it was to build these majestic NYC bridges.
– “When you update your investors, be honest, tell the whole truth, and give context. Your investors want you to succeed and they understand that virtually all mis-steps can be fixed.” Only Good News … Is Actually Bad News, by Craig Shapiro
– Recently dug out this gem from my library: Will Happiness Find Me?
– 30 years! 30! Congratulations Apple! I so vividly remember when my dad brought our first Apple home! He loved it so much, it made him drop his real estate career and start the first Apple Computer School in Switzerland. Seriously.
– Notabli is a simple way to save all of the photos, video, quotes, audio and notes you take of your kids, and privately share them with the people who matter most.
– Everyone knows how to “Google,” but not everyone Googles efficiently.
– Valentines is just around the corner. Tattly got you covered.
– Live in Berlin? You might enjoy Companion.
– Hey California! Duck Duck Moose is looking to hire a Creative Director.
And then this:
Man next to me on train asked girl opposite to turn her music down. She ignored him so he started reading his book out loud. She moved. Hero
— claudiawood (@WoodClaudia) January 23, 2014
– How to make a mini pennant banner
– Some great insights: Super successful companies, by Sam Altman.
– Tokyo Metro Map Printed on the Back of Neckties
– A Map Of (Almost) Every Job in America
– “It is time to move past the popular but incorrect left brain/right brain narrative.” YES!
– This is just plain sad: Frere-Jones is suing Hoefler for half of the world’s preeminent digital type foundry
– Veerle’s inspiration stream is full of fantastic finds.
– Storehouse – Visual Storytelling. Wow. Why is this app free?
– Writing Is Thinking, by Sally Kerrigan
– Tattly is having an inspirational sale until Sunday, midnight.
– Squarespace is looking to hire a Template Designer.
“In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.”
– Jonathan Harris
Navigating Stuckness, by Jonathan Harris. Very touching post.
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