Ok, now this is a stapler with personality: Meet Ellepi, a stapler with ‘a face’.
A wonderful short in which the lovely Debbie Millman speaks on seeking out criticism. Taken from her wonderful CreativeMornings talk.
It’s been a little over a year since the CreativeMornings Kickstarter when we were humbled by the response from our 1200 backers. And today is the big day, where we unveil our new site. And yes, I am about to burst of excitement. I am incredibly moved by what CreativeMornings has turned into.
What started exactly five years ago in my studio has grown into a 57 chapter strong global organization, featuring speakers from Milton Glaser and Seth Godin to Jessica Hische and Erik Spiekermann. Obviously, I never could have imagined what CreativeMornings has become. Ever.
The new site was carefully handcrafted by my extraordinary studiomates of Oak Studios. And, in true CM spirit, the site translation into 10 languages was done by our chapter organizers! (You can change the language selection in the footer of the site)
The new website features include a full, searchable, sortable archive of every CreativeMornings talk. Every chapter now has a dedicated chapter sections to stay up to date with your local event. Take a look at Berlin for example. You now have the ability to live tag quotes from a video, post comments, save talks to watch later and ♥ favorite videos. But my favorite part of it all is the People section filled with attendee profiles from around the world. (Notice the ‘single’ filter? Grin!)
Today’s launch also marks the announcement of CM’s Official Partners: MailChimp, Shutterstock, and Squarespace. These like-minded companies support our growth and are a key reason why CreativeMornings can exist worldwide, for free. They make sure CreativeMornings is in good hands with an amazing full-time dedicated team: Kevin, Carly, Sally and Kate.
Enough with words! Have a look at the new site, play around, claim your username, and make a profile! This is only the beginning.
A big giant thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers that made this new site possible. An special thank you goes to 4ormat, Mailchimp, Squarespace, RISD and Andrew Zuckerman for the extra generous contribution.
“Not that she didn’t enjoy the holidays: but she always felt—and it was, perhaps, the measure of her peculiar happiness—a little relieved when they were over. Her normal life pleased her so well that she was half afraid to step out of its frame in case one day she should find herself unable to get back.”
- Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver
And, I am back from my trip to Europe!
A day ago our internets mysteriously broke down at the place we are staying here in Switzerland. This means, no blogging after the kids are in bed.
I typed this brief blog post on my iphone, half-annoyed and half-amazed. How incredible are these devices in our pockets? (I remember the days when I used to race home to check my email! )
This little family is not without internets for much longer as we will be traveling back to the U.S. on Thursday.
And, I’ll be back in the office on Friday with a rather spectacular announcement. I am bursting of excitement just thinking about it!
Until then! And, by the way, you look great today!
“If everyone had the luxury to pursue a life of exactly what they love, we would all be ranked as visionary and brilliant. … If you got to spend every day of your life doing what you love, you can’t help but be the best in the world at that. And you get to smile every day for doing so. And you’ll be working at it almost to the exclusion of personal hygiene, and your friends are knocking on your door, saying, “Don’t you need a vacation?!,” and you don’t even know what the word “vacation” means because what you’re doing is what you want to do and a vacation from that is anything but a vacation — that’s the state of mind of somebody who’s doing what others might call visionary and brilliant.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
“One should not be too distracted by definitions. Ideas transcend definitions.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Mica Angela Hendricks collaborates with her 4-Year-Old daughter creating stunning illustrations. Each drawing begins with Hendricks drawing a detailed head, after which her daughter adds on her own vision on how the drawing should evolve. Afterward Hendricks goes back in to polish things up a bit. And that’s how oddly charming dinosaur women, slug ladies, and beaver astronauts are born. Read more.
(Fantastic find via This Is Colossal)
My son (3) has a new favorite book, it’s called Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Brooklyn based Peter Brown. The beautifully illustrated story celebrates individuality, self-expression and loud roars. Nothing wrong with that.
That’s So Crazy It Just Might Work is a future web show about creativity, entrepreneurship, and uncertainty.
Do you design User Interfaces for mobile devices? Then you might like the idea behind Sticky Jots: They are sticky notes and chipboard bases for sketching of mobile and tablet apps. The notepads come with 50 sheets per pad and the bases are made out of chipboard. Great idea.
I am currently enjoying a family vacation in the Swiss Alps, which means postings will be light this and next week. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite online destinations that will keep you plenty entertained: Brain Pickings, Minimalissimo, Seth’s Blog, Kottke, Coudal, it’s nice that, but does it float, The Kid Should See This, Doobybrain, Laughing Squid, Explore, Co Design, Smitten Kitchen, design milk, the loop, it’s ok to be smart, 99u and a Cup of Jo.
A big thank you to Skillshare for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed.
Introducing the School of Design at Skillshare.
Skillshare is a global community where you can learn real-world skills from top-notch design industry experts. Our online design classes are project-based, you can learn anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. Showcase your skills and get feedback from the community.
The talented and wonderful folks behind Like Knows Like invited me to be part of one of their beautiful mini documentaries. Back in June, Bas and Marije visited me in Brooklyn and followed me around for a day. Like pretty much any Dutch person I’ve ever met, they are a delight to hang out with and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with them.
And now that I’ve seen the result (above) I can’t help but feel a bit speechless. What a gift to be given such a wonderfully, personal mini documentary. G and my kids approve as well and it makes me so happy that all of them make an appearance.
Nightvision is a beautiful short celebrating brilliance and diversity of European architecture. Over the course of three months Luke Shepard journeyed with a friend through 36 cities in 21 countries with the ambition of capturing some of the greatest European structures in a new and unique way. The video is comprised of thousands of carefully taken photographs, strung together and stabilized in post-production.
(PS: This little family is off to the Swiss alps today! Posts will be on the lighter side, while I am gone.)
“Cultures aren’t so much planned as they evolve from that early set of people.”
― Jeff Bezos
“Work Hard, have fun, make history.”
― Jeff Bezos