Missing From Your Job Description

– Add energy to every conversation
– Ask why
– Find obsolete things on your task list and remove them
– Treat customers better than they expect
– Offer to help co-workers before they ask
– Feed the plants
– Leave things more organized than you found them
– Invent a moment of silliness
– Highlight good work from your peers
– Find other great employees to join the team
– Cut costs
– Help invent a new product or service that people really want
– Get smarter at your job through training or books
– Encourage curiosity
– Surface and highlight difficult decisions
– Figure out what didn’t work
– Organize the bookshelf
– Start a club
– Tell a joke at no one’s expense
– Smile a lot.

As someone who runs companies with a high level of trust and as someone who cares about people stepping into their own, this list of missing items from your job description makes my heart sing. Thank you Seth Godin.

Touchy/Feely

Touchy/Feely is a design book that explores emotional ergonomics to help foster empathy for human-centered, inclusive design.

“Insert Complicated Title Here”

I love Virgil Abloh‘s notion of creating a personal design language.

The talk comes with a looooong introduction. Skip to 5:00 and you’ll get to the beginning.

(via Michael)

“Some”

A beautiful animation based on a poem by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, “Some” explores the spectrum of emotions in everyday life. Produced by Wanderlust.

HAY Cane Key Ring

These Key Rings by HAY are beautiful.

Design Canada

Looking forward to watch the documentary Design Canada, which will premiere this June in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

10 Ways To Have A Better Conversation

I definitely will take this talk by Celeste Headlee to heart. Time to take an honest look at how I ‘listen’.

Mac OS Archives

Oh the memories: A collection of early Apple Computer User Interfaces.

Set Yoga Videos

Setu is an inclusive yoga community that supports and promotes diversity. And now, the site has a section where you can follow classes. Setu is a labor of love started by Libby Nicholoau.

Phone Detox

The School of Life created Phone Detox, a palm-sized book filled with insights, ideas and meditations about the complex relationship we have with our phones.

Personal News: Introducing The CreativeGuild

I am ANXCITED over what I am about to share:

For nearly a decade CreativeMornings, an organization I started, has been bringing together people who are driven by passion and purpose, who support one another, and are collectively raising the bar on what it means to be creative.

Today, we’re launching the CreativeGuild where we will be translating our face-to-face community values to an online network for creatives. We like to think of it like LinkedIn, but for the creative world. .

This is something I wished existed 19 years ago, when I first moved to NYC and would Google ‘design studio NYC’ to find companies to apply to. All these years later, there is still no broad directory of creative companies, until now.

The CreativeGuild will start out as a global directory of creative companies and jobs but with an ambitious product roadmap ahead of us that will make it evolve into much more, a place for creatives to meet, that will open doors to new connections and opportunities. (The individual profiles will undergo a major upgrade next!)

Where other social networks are leaving me wanting more; more connection, more inspiration, more control over my data – we’re taking what we have learned with our face-to-face events and are aiming to create a more human experience.

What if, there was a place on the Internet that optimizes for opportunities instead of advertisements? An internet that is more interested in how you show up as a human, than how your data shows up in an algorithm? An internet that believed online experiences should feel more like face-to-face interactions?

I believe this version of the Internet can exist. Help me make it a reality.

Join the CreativeGuild.

Cards for Perspective

School of Life launched Cards for Perspective: A set of 20 cards featuring fresh perspectives through which to look at life. LOVE!

Permanent Press Editions

How delightful are these framed photographs by Permanent Press Editions? A Brooklyn baed business, founded by Shana Faust and Alexa Mulvihill, dedicated to creating original photographs that are meticulously crafted and archivally printed.

Peak Design Backpack

I couldn’t help but admire my friend Jesse’s backpack from Peak Design. Super smart in its design, it comes with side openings, modular configuration of the inside and expandable external side pockets, just to mention a few features. Also, stylish!

WISP Broom and Dustpan

I weirdly got one of these WISP Broom and Dustpan sent to me last year. I laughed at it. Yet, I took it home and now it’s my favorite cleaning devices I own. It looks a bit awkward, yes, but it has changed the way I feel about sweeping. This is probably one of the very few times where I broke my personal rule of an object having to be aesthetically pleasing to be allowed into my house. The WISP is ugly but oh-so-functional.

Growing Kidney Bean

Will show this to my kids. But I admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it myself.

No Is a Complete Sentence T-Shirt

A while back I tweeted “No is a complete sentence”, which Debbie Millman surprisingly turned into a t-shirt over at Cotton Bureau. HOW FUN!

20 Historical Paper Clips

I have never thought of paper clips having historical significance. Apparently they do.

Do Not Choose The Lesser Life

Nayyirah Waheed’s poems get me in heart. Always.

Cluttered Desk

I can definitely relate to this illustration by Gareth Strange.

David Attenborough’s Light on Earth

David Attenborough has a new documentary about Earth’s most otherworldly wonder: bioluminescence.

(via)

Chow Crown

Yes, I am totally going to get a Chow Crown for my kids. I’ll put Broccoli on it. Just kidding.

This Laundry Soap!

I don’t think I have ever raved about a laundry detergent. Until now: This laundry soap by Zum Clean makes my laundry and my house smell delightful. I discovered it thanks to my friend Camella. Every time I’d hang out with her or visit her house I’d wonder why she smells so good. We “sniffed around” until we realized it was her laundry detergent! :)

The Broccoli Tree

When you share something, you risk losing it.”