Balloon Animals

These Balloon Animals are nothing short of breathtaking.

How Table Tennis Balls Are Made

(via The Kid Should See This)

The Chromatic Typewriter

A typewriter that writes with paint. My heart!

(Thank you Cathy)

Skyline Chess

Skyline Chess brings the iconic architecture of New York City to your chess board. Made me smile.

Panobook: A Notebook for Your Desk

Panobook Kickstarter Video from Studio Neat on Vimeo.

A panoramic notebook for your desk? And eventually, your shelf? Panobook looks fantastic!

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How do you draw a circle?

Analysis suggests that the way you draw a simple circle is linked to geography and cultural upbringing, deep-rooted in hundreds of years of written language, and significant in developmental psychology and trends in education today. Fascinating article!

(thanks Christine)

Minutiae

Minutiae is designed to record mundane moments with no time to pose nor polish shots. The app was created as a response to the polished, carefully selected images we put on Facebook and Instagram. Instead of weddings, pets and brunch, Minutiae wants its users to capture the random, often boring things that happen in between.

As someone who created a 200 page book celebrating “The Beauty in the Ordinary” in 1999 as my thesis, this makes my heart sing.

The Creature Garden

The Creature Garden App by Tinybop is delightful. It lets you create incredible, fantastical creatures with 100s of different hooves and horns, wings and beaks, paws and claws, and more. So much fun!

The Bunt Machine

On June 27th, The Bunt Machine opens at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn.

It’s a one man performance by my friend, office building mate and artist in residence, Mac Premo. The play is about that familiar intersection between death, learning to listen, M*A*S*H, and baseball. Life, you know!?

The Bunt Machine is directed by Donal Brophy (a divine derelict from Dublin), with sound design by Jad Abumrad (of Radiolab notoriety).

This first run is a short one with limited seating— just six nights, from June 27th through July 2nd. And if you come on June 28th, you’ll bump into me! Excited to see Mac perform!

Here’s a video piece by Mac that I love. And here’s his CreativeMornings talk.

SheEO

Last week I had the absolute pleasure to meet Vicki Saunders, the founder of SheEO, a global community of women radically transforming how we finance, support, and celebrate female innovators. SheEO’s goal is to reach 1M Activators, 10,000 women-led Ventures and a $1B perpetual fund to support women for generations to come.

I. LOVE. THIS!

Yes to radical generosity and women supporting women!

Facebook Social Fixer

Social Fixer, a plugin for Facebook lets you hide sponsored posts, remove politics, make your feed chronological again and much more.

(thanks Manu)

Gotham Chocolates

I have fallen in love with the packaging of Gotham Chocolate. Yet have to taste it!

Real Words as HEX Colors

Love this playful site showing real words as hex colors. Made me smile.

(via Chris)

Happy Monay!

IKEA now on Amazon

OMG! You can now order IKEA products on Amazon? My head just exploded. This changes everything!

UPDATE: Uh-oh. Looks ike it’s resellers and not IKEA directly selling on Amazon. This bums me out.

Questions To Get To Know Someone

This post has LOTS of questions that help you get to know someone. Here are three that caught my eye:

What have you created that you are most proud of?

What do you value in a friendship?

What question do you always want to ask people but don’t have the courage to ask?

(via)

Rubber Band Gun

Rubber Band Gun. My kids would love this.

Bowl and Colander Set

A colander that comes with a bowl. Smart.

Toio

Toio, Sony’s new toy for kids is designed to inspire a future generation of robotics engineers.

Handkerchiefs

My dad used fabric handkerchief all his life. Still does. They weren’t as design-y as this one or this one though. Are handkerchiefs having a comeback?

How To Have A Good Conversation

We too often imagine that ‘good conversations’ are things we fall into out of luck. According to the School of Life it’s far from it, knowing how to have a good conversation is a skill that can be learnt – and here are the beginning of the rules.

Shape Shifting Pasta

MIT researchers designed a shape-shifting pasta that looks like a flat sheet when it’s dry but will transform into an array of interesting shapes when placed in water.They say this flat-packed pasta is cheaper to package and ship.

Monument Valley 2

Ustwo launches Monument Valley 2, a sequel to the hit puzzle game. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!