Here’s a question for you. What subscription based, cloud software do you use and love? I made a list of services I use personally or subscribe to with my companies CreativeMornings and Tattly. I was surprised to see how long the list is:
Freshbooks for all my invoicing needs (also does time tracking but I don’t need that at this point in my career)
Squarespace for my co-working space website and smaller CreativeMornings related project sites.
Helpscout is what we use for all of our Tattly support.
Dropbox is where we store all of our files. I would not be able to sleep without it.
Mailchimp is our service of choice to maintain our mailing lists and sending our newsletters.
Shutterstock is our stock photography service of choice.
JustworksHR takes care of our CreativeMornings payroll, benefits and HR related services.
Trinet takes care of our Tattly payroll, insurance needs and HR Management.
Netsuite helps us keep track of our Tattly inventory, our financials and we use it as our CRM. It’s a beast.
Shopify is what powers our Tattly e-commerce site.
Typekit makes sure we look good on the web with designy fonts.
Mediatemple hosts our CreativeMornings website
Contactually helps me organize and keep on top of all my contacts.
Sanebox is the best $5 I spend every month. It filters out non-important email.
Brandboom is our wholesale e-commerce platform for Tattly.
Slack is a chat app on steroids. It has completely revolutionized how I communicate with my teams, cutting down on emails we are sending each other.
Basecamp keeps track of our custom projects at Tattly and allows conversations for our CreativeMornings hosts around the world.
Tinyletter is the simplest and most pleasant way to send small, personal newsletters. I use it for my co-working space.
Authenticjobs is where we post all of our job listings
Trello is keeping us on track with internal projects and bugs we need to fix.
1Password keeps me sane. Not sure what I would do without it. The team functionality is pure gold.
Flickr hosts all of our CreativeMornings photos.
Teuxdeux is how I keep track of my daily to-dos. (it’s my own app)
rdio is my music library in the cloud.
Feedly is where I keep all my bookmarks organized.
Netflix is what I use to watch shows.
What about you? Do you love and use certain services that we don’t know about? Share in a comment!
In case you’ve never seen Playtime, you should.
– This 4-Port Sliding Smart Hub instantly adds four extra USB ports where there once was one.
– Seriously touching: Woman Photoshops Herself Into Her Mom’s Childhood Pictures For Touching Photo Series
– What a bummer! United Pixelworkers is closing shop.
– I think I know what I am getting G for the holidays: The Access Case.
– It’s a mitten, it’s a flask. It made me laugh!
– I am dreaming of driving a snazzy stick shift on these windy roads.
– Storest – a seriously adorable app for kids to play store.
– Love the look of this Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Bluetooth speaker.
– SurgeProtector helps you call an Uber to the nearest location without surge pricing.
– I love this Cardboard Mushroom.
– This lake cabin! A dream!
– The Language of Lying: Animated Primer on How to Detect Deception
– The 3 Most Valuable Leadership Traits according to Simon Sinek
– NeoCover is a standard light switch cover that has super-strong rare earth neodymium magnets inside, and that allows you to hang your keys, favorite pen, or even tools from it.
– I grew up with a ski lift in front of my door on the Swiss country side. I used to go night skiing as a kid, granted without LED lights. Oh, the memories.
– This phone case/stand made me giggle.
A big thank you to Get It Right (GIR) for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.
Get It Right (GIR) makes kitchen tools with attitude. Their flagship unibody silicone spatula is the internet’s best-reviewed spat — and the internet never lies.
The folks at GIR are launching a Kickstarter campaign for a series of silicone lids to top any pot or turn any bowl into a storage container (seeing is believing). To get in on the action, check out their campaign here.
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)
A big thank you to Brainbean for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.
Parents! Let your kids explore their creativity with Brainbean It’s a brand new, free iPad app with fun and colorful creative mini-games.
“The perfect game to inspire family-time creative play,” says Common Sense Media. “Educational but not necessarily just for kids,” wrote msn.com. Gizmodo described Brainbean as “a brain training app suitable for anyone from the ages of nine to 109. With eight games available, based on various scientific exercises, with the aim of challenging your brain to the full.” One teacher who uses the app in her classroom wrote: “Brainbean is a colorful, kid-friendly game that will boost your students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills.”
Download Brainbean for free from the iPad App Store.
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.