Thoughts about “making things” & the internet by Adam J Kurtz.
I just had the pleasure to meet one of the co-founders of Switzerland based Studio Banana. Key Portilla-Kawamura is one of the forces behind the wonderful Ostrich Pillow and now it’s smaller brother the Ostrich Pillow Light, pictured above. These pillows are made in a small town in Spain and revived a dying factory. What is not to love?
Key also gave a CreativeMornings talk in Geneva a year ago. Yay for smart creative people making cool stuff. And yay for the internet connecting us all.
I just discovered the biggest (video) rabbit hole of all time: 5by.com. Consider it your personal concierge, delivering a never-ending stream of well curated video. And the next thing you know, a few hours went by. Yes, it’s that good. (And, it’s free!)
This is Not a Conspiracy Theory is the first installment of a brand new documentary feature by Kirby Ferguson. You can view the first installment above. Always amazed at Kirby’s skill of connecting the dots.
And I love his experimentation in how a release of a documentary can work. If you want to see the upcoming installments, you’ll have to subscribe. I am all for supporting independent film makers.
I can also highly recommend his Everything is A Remix Series.
Everything Justin told me about Somewhere, got me incredibly excited and reminded me a bit with what we are trying to achieve with the CreativeMornings profiles. Linkedin profiles feel sterile and cold. What I want is to see how someone works, what side projects they work on and what super powers they have. I think Somewhere is about to offer that.
Team Somewhere was so kind to create a custom sign-up link for swissmiss readers, so you don’t have to request an invite. (YAY!) Voila, use this link and Go Somewhere!
What do you think?
ps: Justin McMurray gave the November CreativeMornings talk in Berlin. Watch it here.
Over lunch today, the mighty Jessica Hische told me about her brand new collaboration with Caja Jewelry! Check out the stunning, typographic LOVE Necklace. Available in silver and gold. Well done, Jessica!
Chopstick manufacturer Hashikura Matsukan asked Oki Sato from Nendo to redesign the chopstick. Read more here.
Hélène Le Drogou was concerned with the plastic waste that contaminates the Colombian Amazon and decided to do something about it. She collaborated with Industrial Designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón and talented textile artisans from Cauca and started making these stunning PET Lamps. I love people that don’t complain but instead go ahead and make things better.
The Bulan (“moon” in Indonesian) was designed by San Francisco artist Elle Luna. It accurately represents 2014’s moon phases and is made in Bali by friends and master Batik artisans employing centuries-old hand painting and hand dyeing techniques. Produced in a limited Edition of 100.
Dictionary of Numbers is a Google Chrome extension that tries to make sense of numbers you encounter on the web by giving you a description of that number in human terms. Like a dictionary describes words you don’t know in terms you do, Dictionary of Numbers puts quantities you’re unfamiliar with in terms you can understand. Because “8 million people” means nothing, but “population of New York City” means everything.
(Thank you Yoko)
Not exactly sure why, but I have very fond childhood memories of this two-colored pencil.
MotaWord claims to be the world’s fastest, lowest cost, cloud-based, collaborative human translation platform. While I haven’t tried it (yet) myself I can for sure say that their site design is absolutely beautiful. Also, the brand mark, so smart.
Another beautiful mini documentary by the fab folks of Like Knows Like: Brandon Doman founded an unusual storytelling initiative called “The Strangers Project“. Living in New York City he has collected over 7000 stories from strangers who have passed his sign saying;
Hi there! I’m collecting your stories.
Share them anonymously or just ask “what for?”
Sugru introduced their first ever sugru kit: It comes in a small tin. Inside you’ll find three packs of sugru (2 for your magnet projects and 1 spare). Below them, nestled in some cleverly cut cardboard, are four fantastic bespoke neodymium magnets. Also included is a great little booklet full of tips and tricks! Those Sugru folks, brilliant, as always! Check out their magnet-kit page for ideas on how to use it.
Each shirt is screen-printed with a geometric design that visualizes the behavior patterns of bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, and ADHD. With the design being abstracted, it’s a private-but-public way for the wearer to be empowered and feel good about themselves. Also, $2 of each sale is donated to Active Minds, a fantastic non-profit that’s working to change the mental health conversation on college campuses across the nation.
I just got back from a two-day Tattly country-side retreat where Natalie wore one of these Poler Napsacks pretty much 24/7. Here’s proof. It’s an ingenious invention if you ask me; a wearable sleeping bag. It has zippers at the shoulders, so you can stick your arms out, and a cinch at the bottom so that you can open it up and stick your legs out. Hike it up to your waist, cinch it, and wear it like a puffy coat around the campfire, and then crawl right back into your tent without ever having to leave the warmth of your bag.
Brilliant, right? Napsacks for everyone!