Maria Popova in Conversation with Krista Tippett

Maria Popova On Being

I am a fan of the podcast On Being as it is, but this episode with Maria Popova, force behind brain pickings, stopped me in my tracks. What a gentle, wise, old soul Maria is. I am lucky to call her a friend.

Married for 55 Years

The story of a 55 years of marriage.

Design Matters

Design Matters

The wonderful Debbie Millman, force behind the Design Matters podcast has relaunched her website. It’s never been easier to find the gems in her huge archive of conversations with key players in the broader world of creative culture. Check it out: Design Matters

Stevie Wonder

Last night I had the incredible privilege to see music legend Stevie Wonder in concert. What a talented human being! There is nothing I respect and admire more than masters in their craft and growing old gracefully, staying relevant and full of life.

OK Go + Pilobolus

I took Ella (8) to see Pilobolus at BAM yesterday. We *LOVED* the performance. The last piece was based on the above music video with OK GO. It totally messes with your head and our perception of gravity. Enjoy the full interactive experience at allisnotlo.st.

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

Woah! This brand new mini site by Squarespace just stopped me in my tracks. (see what I did there?)

Squarespace believes that the world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest – that’s why they teamed up with Jeff Bridges who created sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night’s rest.

100% of the retail price from each album sold goes directly to No Kid Hungry. Sleep better and do good.

Well done, Squarespace.

Yours Truly on Good Life Project

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Johnathan Fields, force behind the wonderful Good Life Project. Here’s our conversation:

Super Looper

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Super Looper. You have to try it! Make sure to put headphones on, then, get in the zone.


(via coudal)

Design Matters with Jonathan Harris

You & I (Nobody In The World)

Beautiful video by John Legend. (Late to the game. I know.)

(via Carly)

The Writing’s On the Wall

(thanks Gigi)

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

Library of Commencement Speeches

Some fine folks over at NPR hand-picked over 300 commencement speeches going back to 1774. Search by name, school, date or theme. I want to hug the person responsible for this.

Go listen!

(via Liz)

Seth Godin in conversation with Debbie Millman

At the 2014 HOW conference, Debbie Millman, host of interview show Design Matters sat down with Seth Godin to discuss courage, anxiety, change, creative integrity, and why he got thrown out of Milton Glaser’s class. Listen to it here.

(Thank you Maria)

Songs That Make You Dance

Impromptu dance parties are happening more frequently at casa swissmiss these days, with disco light and all. And I find myself constantly looking for new songs to add to my playlist.

What’s *the* song that will get you off your feet and onto the dance floor? Let’s start a YouTube-Link-Comment thread? YES?

Happy weekend!

Intangible Qualities

“There are intangible qualities of companies that you pour your heart into that are impossible to purchase. And it’s really special when you create a company that provides that. Nothing tops the feeling of being a part of that.”
– Zach Klein

on Rethinking your Exit Strategy

Lessons In Leadership: It’s Not About You.

“The dominant view of leadership is that the leader has the vision and the rest is a sales problem. I think that notion of leadership is bankrupt.”
– Ronald Heifetz

Listen: Lessons In Leadership: It’s Not About You. (It’s About Them)

(via 99u)

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This site lets you experience the London Symphony Orchestra like never before. Design studio Sennep created the stunning interactive orchestra experience. Try it!

Evolution of Music

Pentatonix, what a talented group. Makes me want to see them live. Check their tour dates.

Philip Galanes on Houseguest Hospitality

I just remembered this WNYC podcast on Houseguest Hospitality with Philip Galanes, New York Times Social Q’s columnist. Some good tips on how to be a graceful guest or host.

Marshall Anniversary Speaker

Marshall Anniversary Speaker

I know nothing about audio equipment, so I have no idea if this Marshall Hanwell 50th Anniversary Speaker is any good, but I can say with confidence, it is a thing of beauty.

Jimmy Fallon

Ok, so obviously I live under a rock as 14,280,365 people have seen this Jimmy Fallon clip performing “Call me Maybe” with Carly Rae Jespen and The Roots before me. Made me laugh. Yay for classroom instruments!

(thank you Jen)

Design Matters with Ben Chestnut and Aarron Walter

I am thrilled over Debbie Millman’s most recent Design Matters episode with Mailchimp co-Founder Ben Chestnut and Aarron Walter, Director of User Experience at Mailchimp.

Mailchimp managed to make email marketing fun, not an easy task. Over the past few years I’ve had the chance to see a bit behind the scenes at Mailchimp and I have the utmost respect for their company culture and values they operate under. I consider them “Design Philanthropists” as they support so many initiatives I care about in the creative world.

If you haven’t seen Ben Chestnut’s CreativeMornings talk, I recommend you bookmark it. It’s one of my favorites.

Debbie, Thank you for making this happen!

Twitter Music

twitter music

Twitter finally launched its much-anticipated Music App. It lets you see what music is trending, emerging and find new music from artists you follow. Smart.

Sivu

This music video by British singer Sivu made me look, big time. Sivu went inside an MRI scanner and sang repeatedly for 2 to 3 hours to make it happen. Also, beautiful song.