David Shatz’s Melina transforms from backpack into sleeping tent in one quick action. Love this.
Homescreen Homie lets you put a selfie in the most precious place, the home screen of your friend’s phone, in the form of an app icon. From there, they can tap your face to instantly text, call or view your Instagram profile. You can also create your own gallery of Homies on your phone’s home screen!
If my daughter had a phone she’d be all over this.
Beyond Prison is a creative collaboration between numerous filmmakers, photographers, writers, designers and developers from all over the world. The project was drawn up in the US and its stories – in the form of short documentary films, photography, animated infographics, and articles – explore innovative approaches to rehabilitation and offer a new vision of what prison could be: a place of transformation from the inside out.
Extremely well done. Thoughtful. Moving.
I was recently gifted a pair of these Zero Waste Chashmere Bangles and I am loving them. They are made of 100% cashmere scraps. Each piece is unique and hand sewn in Brooklyn. Two thumbs up.
Oh, how much do I love the School of Life videos? This one is by Lara Lee and Hannah Jacobs, with words written by Alain de Botton, and narration by Anna Martine.
How lovely is this Eleplanter? It is a self-watering porcelain kitchen planter perfect for growing herbs by the windowsill. Its generous water reservoir will hold water for 2-weeks of continuous hydration, which seeps into the plant’s soil through tiny weep holes. Watering is done through the Eleplanter’s trunk, preventing soil-filled overflow on the kitchen counter. Well done, Scott Henderson!
Do yourself a favor and take 30mins to watch this incredible talk by Bill Ury. I had the pleasure to meet Bill and spend two days with him at a small conference a few months ago. While he might not realize it, but meeting him has had a huge impact on how I think about negotiations, listening and the way we should go about life. He is one of the most remarkable humans I have ever met. Watch the talk. I think you’ll understand…
Sarah Di Domenico bought a tin trunk at a store closing sale and found inside hundreds of handwritten love letters addressed to the same man. All dated throughout the 1950s, written by many women. She read them all and identified one great love. This complete stranger of years past, Omar, soon became a new man in her life.
She transcribed the letters, uprooted lost photographs, and photographed pieces of ephemera from 1940s maps to passports to thing-a-ma-bobs. A Young Man’s Follies is a website that documents and shares each handwritten letter and all of these pieces (except 1 pair of ladies underwear).
Play relationship voyeur and fall in love with a time when love was made by pen and ink.
The latest Tinybop app is perfect for my six year old who is obsessed with hurricanes and tornadoes. Weather lets you mix elements and make the weather. It lets you experiment with air and wind, the sun and temperature, water and precipitation. Like all their other apps, Weather is beautifully executed and a big hit at casa swissmiss.
‘SO ME THING’ is an interactive installation by StudioSpass created for the exhibition ‘Do it’ at Kunsthal Rotterdam 2015. The installation invites visitors to tear of sheets of paper to create their own (read ‘so me’) typographic composition. By doing so visitors playfully discover all the hidden designed typographic layers. The message So Me Thing remains readable till the last layer is removed.
Tattly just launched this stunning Watercolor Feather Set by Natasha Lawyer. So excited!
This. Just. Blew. My. Mind: Simon Beck specializes in making ornate snow murals with just his snowshoes. The murals take at least an entire day to complete, and in order to really see them you have to take to the skies.
Kiddle is a visual search engine for kids, powered by editors and Google safe search. All sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements and most search results are illustrated with big thumbnails, which makes it easier to scan, differentiate between them, and click the most appropriate results to your query. Thumbnails serve as visual clues and are especially beneficial to kids as they don’t read as fast as adults. Try it: Kiddle.com
Doh! Instant Dry Umbrella: Of course every umbrella should be made of water-repellant material, no? Also, why did it take us so long to put wheels on suitcases?
Last night I learned abut the existence of Senior Planet, think co-working space for people 60 and up. Senior Planets host free classes, workshops, talks and social and cultural events, offering older New Yorkers the chance to learn, work and explore new ways to thrive in today’s digital world. YES!
Live in NYC? Want to volunteer at the local Senior Planet? Here’s what they are looking for.