Spaceship Canopy

rocket tent

I totally want this Spaceship Canopy in my new office. So much fun!

After the Kodak Moment

Kodak has prioritized its patent portfolio and the Eastman Business Park since it declared bankruptcy in 2012. Despite some success, the company might never live up to the legacy of its own past. After the Kodak Moment.

Buckminster Fuller on The Geodesic Life



Buckminster Fuller
on The Geodesic Life in Episode 1, by Quoted Studios.

Canary Home Security System

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G and I installed (our Kickstarter purchased) Canary Home Security System today and we’re impressed. Easy to set up and an incredibly elegant user experience all around. It alerts us if there is motion detected in our home and lets us monitor air quality, temperature and humidity using internal sensors. Impressive!

The Highlights of My Day

HIghlights

My friend Inaki reads a book a week. I told him I want to subscribe to his Amazon Kindle Highlights. His response: The Highlights of My Day. Instant favorite! I love the internet so much.

Magic Paper

Magnetic Notes looks like a magical product, it’s a paper that sticks to any surface. Post-it notes on Steroids! We could totally use this in our studio!

(Great product idea but that Kickstarter video is painful)

Redesign for Joy

Some things are just plain annoying, unpleasant. My personal list of bummer experiences includes going to the post office, security at airports, changing sheets and dealing with health insurance. The fine folks at IDEO and Studio 360 are challenging these moments and want to flip it and find a way to infuse it with joy, very much inspired by Ingrid Fetell’s work Aesthetics of Joy.

What do you think needs redesigning? What do you find unnecessarily joyless? Leave a comment below. Or tweet about it with the hashtag #bringjoy.

How to become a better person

My love for The School of Life keeps growing. This video is so good. Totally sharing with my kids.

Winter Wakeskating

This is breathtaking. Hat tip to Brian Grubb.

The Thread

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This email conversation between Maria Popova and Maira Kalman makes me crave more thoughtful, deep email conversations.

(Thanks Inaki)

Mug Tray

Mug tray

A natural wooden tray that elegantly holds a mug and saucer, memo pad and smartphone.

Socks With Faces

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Today I brought home some Chatty Socks, socks with faces. Haven’t seen my kids this excited in a long time. (I think they’re pretty cool too!)

Emails I Like To Open

Out of the Ordinary Newsletters

CreativeMornings just launched a campaign highlighting Out Of The Ordinary Emails featuring exceptional newsletters about creative obsessions. They’re hoping it will inspire others to start their own.

Know some newsletters they should add, submit them. Or better, get inspired and start your own!

Hat tip to Karen Baker who so masterfully has curated this (growing) list.

CreativeMornings: Lucien Zayan

Lucien Zayan is one of my all-time favorite people here in NYC. Last month he spoke on the theme of UGLY at our CreativeMornings/NewYork.

Hard to believe, but it was his first time speaking in public. He won the 200+ crowd over instantly. You could literally feel everyone’s heart open up. In his talk, Lucien is telling the story of The Invisible Dog, the artist space in Brooklyn that I am lucky to call my new work home in another 36 days.

The world needs more people like Lucien, who see beauty where others can’t. NYC is a better place because of him.

Waytools Textblade Keyboard

As someone who tries not to type anything longer than one or two sentences on my phone, I could see myself using this keyboard by Waytools when on the go.

(via shoeboxdwelling)

New Dropmark

Dropmark

I have been a loyal Dropmark user ever since Oak launched it in 2011. They just pushed an updated version: The new team feature and dashboard make me want to hug a bear. I use Dropmark to save my animated GIFS, save artwork of potential new Tattly artists, furniture research, drawings by my kids etc. Try it yourself.

American Kids Try Breakfast from Other Countries

The Cut created the above video featuring American children testing out breakfast foods they’ve never experienced before. The video was inspired by this NYTimes article. So many priceless expressions.

Folding Sled

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I grew up with Davos sleds and have never been able to find one here in New York. This Folding Sled is the closest I have seen and the folding down part is mighty useful when you live in a space challenged place like NYC. Two thumbs up and wish listed.

Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things

This beautiful short film follows one of my all-time favorite visual storytellers, Maira Kalman, as she curates her exhibition “Selects.” The reopening of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum features this collection—an exploration of life, love, joy and loss.

The film traces the story behind one of the exhibition’s highlights: Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, restored to tick again for the first time in 150 years. It’s an extraordinary opportunity, Maira observes, to “connect us to history, dreaming and the future.”

Beautifully executed by Gael Towey! Don’t miss the other videos in her series Portraits in Creativity.

Urban Yoga

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Artist, architect, dancer and yoga teacher Anja Humljan is the force behind the Urban Yoga project. Filed under made me look.

NomNom Cat Bowl

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I am not even a cat person but yet I am getting excited over this smartly designed cat bowl by Hepper. The tray forms a moat around the bowls that catches whatever falls to the side.

Craftholic Dolls

How incredibly cute are these Craftholic cuddly creatures?

Interview with the inventor of Sugru

Ian Sanders just posted this wonderful interview with one of my industry heroes, Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, the inventor of Sugru.

Meet Easton LaChappelle

Easton LaChappelle taught himself robotics and combined open source designs with 3D printing to create a completely functional prosthetic arm. Humbling and inspiring.