Classic Carafe and Cup

A minimal, classic carafe. Just what my desk needs.

#needtodrinkmorewater

Friday Link Pack


One final push before our CreativeMornings Kickstarter ends on Monday Morning!


- The 9 warning signs of an amateur artist (via explore)

- Need some email newsletter design inspiration? Here you go.

- New Yorkers, are you ready for the DUMBO Arts Festival?

- Simple Genius: A Condom You Can Open With One Hand

- A Video Compilation Showing The Origin of Popular Memes

- Shelter of Nostalgia by Worapong Manupipatpong

- Shit Apple Fanatics Say

- My studiomate Rob Weychert wrote an interesting post about how Rdio has changed his music listening behaviors.

- Analog way of keeping track of your Hallowe’en costume history.

- Want to join Team Tattly? Here’s your chance.

- A badass Mini NookaNooka Hello Kitty

- 60 years of Presidential attack ads, in a single video.

- Statistical Atlases of Everything (liquor, Methodists, malaria…) in 19th-century USA (via @curiousoctopus)

- Worst College Majors for Your Career (via coudal)

- How to Make Your Own Cotton Candy Machine for $45

Cool Lunch

Now this is a modern take on a portable mini cooler bag. Designed by Jakob Wagner for Menu A/S Denmark. Two swissmiss thumbs up.

♥ / RE:DESIGN

A big thank you to RE:DESIGN Conferences for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed.

RE:DESIGN/Inspire, Chicago, September 23+24
Stop. Look. Listen. We’re driven by deadlines, controlled by clients, and tied to our desks. How do we stay sane and, most of all, inspired when we’re so hurried? What can replenish our creative reservoirs? It’s time to get re-inspired. Join a luminescent group of inspirers for small-scale discussions in Chicago this September. http://www.redesignconference.com/conferences/inspire/

RE:DESIGN/CD, Portland, October 29+30
Back to School: The (Re)Education of the Creative Director. Digital technology, social networking, social change. The landscape of design and advertising is evolving constantly and irrevocably. What’s new? What’s the same? What must we let go of? What do we need to (re)learn? Your (re)education begins here. http://www.redesignconference.com/conferences/cd/

RE:DESIGN Conferences focus on small-scale conversations led by design industry leaders, and attendance is limited to 150. Learn more at www.redesignconference.com.


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Jessica Hische on your iPhone

If you’re a fan of Jessica Hische’s Drop Caps you might want to check out her iphone cases over on uncommon. #awesomegiftforanytypenerd

Software

“I see software as the testing ground for the future, a place where we can put on our training wheels and get our ethics right and develop cultural and social norms for how technology should relate to humans.”
- Jonathan Harris

From Jonathan Harris’ CreativeMornings talk.

Finite

“Human attention is a finite resource, the same way that oil is and energy is.”
- Jonathan Harris

A quote from Jonathan Harris’ CreativeMornings talk.

Blurring Lines

“Traditional ideas about what is opinion and what is news, what is advertising and what is editorial, and the separation between content makers and consumers, are evaporating each day.”

Digital’s Ever-Swifter Incursion – NYTimes.com

(via Amrit)

Happy 4th of July

Thank you Karen for the Strawberry Shortcake

Happy 4th of July everyone! I am taking the day off! Hope you’re all having a great day, no matter where you live!

Not Knowing

“Being the person that always knows and always has an answer, doesn’t leave a lot of room for learning. And for people to have the energy to teach yourself. The more I work, the closer I get to *not* knowing and to understanding that what matters is the responses not the pre-determined idea.”
- Andrew Zuckerman

(via On Curiosity)

♥ / Shillington School

A big thank you to Shillington School for sponsoring my RSS feed this week.

Tired of turning away web work? Shillington’s one-week web development and design course is for practicing designers who want to compliment their existing knowledge with web design and basic coding. With locations in the US, UK and Australia, Shillington’s global team could give you just the edge you need to win that next job. Find out what you could learn in just one full-time week, and see what graduates have to say about the Shillington experience.

Look for Shillington courses in New York, the UK or Australia.


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Book Sculptures



Stunning Book Sculpture by Guy Laramee.

(via Kottke)

Retro Cat + Dog

Irresistible retro looking Stuffed Cat and Dog by Jane Foster. What kid wouldn’t want to cuddle with these?

Sunshine Map of Europe

Simplified Wikipedia Map of Sunshine Duration in Europe according to national data.

(via Brianpicker)

Friday Link Pack

Loriot, one of my favorite German Comedians from back when I was a kid.

- Do you live in NYC? Make sure to stop at the 4th Annual Epic DUMBO Stoop Sale in the “Bridgehole”, this saturday from 11am-5pm

- A teeny tiny firetruck

- Watch the video on this page to see where in Switzerland I am from: The Appenzellerland Region is stunning. (Thank you sis)

- Seth Godin’s Long Lost Broken Speech.

- RSS-to-Email Overview for Bloggers

- CNN Money is looking to hire an Interactive Designer

- I simply love Melissa Easton, she even manages to turn a visit to Home Depot into a visual firework.

- Paperback Swap is your source for swapping and buying books online

- If I had a small dog, I would buy this Dog Pillow.

- Beach Season!

- 10 Kid-Friendly Ideas for Backyard Fun

- This Sweet Talker is quite an adorable Sugar Dispenser

- I simply love Picplum’s photo printing service. This means, I get prints of my favorite photos and my family in Switzerland does as well. Best $ spent.

- Teeny Tiny Luxury Home On Wheels

- The Crazy Swiss: They’re moving a 6,200 tonne building 60 metres. No joke.

Thingiverse

Assume you’d own a Makerbot 3D Printer, then Thingiverse would be your playground: It’s an online community sharing digital designs for real, physical objects: A universe of things!

♥ / Bigstock

A big thank you to Bigstock for sponsoring my RSS feed this week.

With a collection of over 11 million royalty free images at affordable prices, Bigstock is offering 6 Free Images just for signing up. It’s both a great deal and a great time to try them out!

No matter how challenging or esoteric your stock photo needs may seem – “a cat eating ice cream?” or “a skeleton wearing headphones?” – Bigstock has something to fit the bill. Their website is a super-easy-to-use marketplace full of photos, vectors and illustrations to fit any project. Bigstock even offers different pricing plans depending on how often or how little you might need them, so there’s no need to worry about wasted subscription costs or minimum purchase requirements.


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Friday Link Pack

A Spacesuit Ballet

- The New York Times shares refreshing Wine Spritzers for this upcoming long weekend. (via @onehungrymama)

- How To Customize The WordPress Admin Easily

- Geek Alert: Turn your MacBook eject key into a rimshot button

- A dress made out of IKEA bags.

- I would love to do a LEGO Inside Tour.

- Clay Shirky describes five student projects that he thinks are pushing the creative boundaries – from interface design to how people cluster to build new work.

- Oh my! Pixar is looking to hire a Systems Assistant. PIXAR!!

- Beach Days!

- How Jeff Croft is implementing responsive web design.

- Yoga Breakdance. Wow. (via @erinkissane)

- Herman Miller has a pop up shop in Soho until July 1st

- The No Button – A Parent’s Best Friend

- When I was a kid, I loved to make garlands. Here’s a tutorial for a quite charming one.

Flat Vernacular

My personal highlight of this year’s ICFF was meeting the folks behind Flat Vernacular. They are a Brooklyn-based design company that specializes in original hand-drawn, hand-printed wallpapers. At ICFF they showed me their brand-new glow-in-the-dark wallpaper. It made me squeal! I couldn’t find it on their site but I think to remember they said it will be up soon!

And get this, if your budget allows, they will make you custom, one-of-a-kind wallpaper. Consider this is on my personal wishlist! Also they told me that everything’s designed in Brooklyn and printed upstate. That makes me happy!

Yay for Wallpaper!

The Wander Postcard Project

The Wander Postcard Project folks asked some of their favorite illustrators to imagine a postcard from everywhere and nowhere at once. The designs are available to download as high-res iPad or iPhone wallpaper. Don’t be shy, take one for the road.

Grid Wall

A Josef Müller-Brockmann inspired Grid Wall. File that under *so cool*!

How To Build an Owl

1. Decide you must.

2. Develop deep respect
for feather, bone, claw.

3. Place your trembling thumb
where the heart will be:
for one hundred hours watch
so you will know
where to put the first feather.

4. Stay awake forever.
When the bird takes shape
gently pry open its beak
and whisper into it: mouse.

5. Let it go.

By Kathleen Lynch

(via Jack Cheng)

Benga – I will never Change

Stunning promo music video showing the waveform of the song being formed in a stopmotion sequence.

(Thank you @chrisfizik)

Fix Your Communities

An excerpt from a post by Anil Dash:

“Fix your communities. Stop allowing and excusing destructive and pointless conversations to be the fuel for your business. Advertisers, hold sites accountable if your advertising appears next to this hateful stuff. Take accountability for this medium so we can save it from the vilification that it still faces in our culture. Because if your website is full of a**holes, it’s your fault. And if you have the power to fix it and don’t do something about it, you’re one of them.” – Anil Dash

I linked to Anil’s article once before, last year. Worth re-reading.