“The power of preserving silence is the very first requisite to all who wish to shine, or even please in discourse; and those who cannot preserve it, have really no business to speak. … The silence that, without any deferential air, listens with polite attention, is more flattering than compliments, and more frequently broken for the purpose of encouraging others to speak, than to display the listener’s own powers. This is the really eloquent silence. It requires great genius—more perhaps than speaking—and few are gifted with the talent…”
There’s nothing better than brands you love teaming up and turning up everyone’s dial of awesome to 11. In this case: House Industries + Uniqlo.
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Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, the charming founder of Sugru, gave my favorite 99U talk at this year’s conference. They *just* put up the video! Do yourself a favor, watch it and learn about Jane’s journey from student to inventor. She got the first ever, well deserved, standing ovation in 5 year 99U history!
I saw this image and thought: That woman is me. That big giant ball of hay, my inbox.
Shuts down computer and goes to bed. Good night.
“We only want to link up with people whom we like, admire, and trust. … We do not wish to join with managers who lack admirable qualities, no matter how attractive the prospects of their business. We’ve never succeeded in making a good deal with a bad person.”
- Warren E. Buffett
Mrs. Easton posted a beautiful collection of vintage paper coin wrappers she found at her mom’s house. Filed under finding beauty in the mundane.
Wow! Astronauts Irwin and Bull modeling the Apollo IVA (Intravehicular Activity) and (EVA) Extravehicular Activity spacesuits. I am grateful I have no dress code at the office.
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Woah! Designers & Books has a new look! If you’re into books on design, this site is for you. The Designer & Books team believes that books are an important source of inspiration for creativity, innovation, and invention. And for people that share this love for books, they publish lists of books that esteemed members of the international design community identify as important, meaningful. Pages full of lists with formative—books that have shaped their values, their worldview, and their ideas about design.
From Vitruvius to William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright to Edith Wharton to Le Corbusier to Paul Rand—there has always been a particularly special and robust relationship between designers and books: reading them, writing them, designing them, collecting them, learning from them, and being inspired by them. Designers & Books celebrates that relationship.
Check out the growing roster of designers that share the books that influenced them the most. Ever wondered what books Michael Bierut, Paula Scher or John Maeda would recommend? Or what the Notable design books of 2013 are? Ever wondered what books feature a designer as the main character? Or what the recently published books in graphic design are? Designers & Books answers all of that.
“No one can manipulate anyone else. In any relationship, both parties know what they’re doing, even if one of them complains later on that they were used.”
- Paulo Coelho
This print of Apollo 1 Astronauts Working by the Pool made me smile. It shows them practicing water egress procedures in a swimming pool at Ellington Air Force Base (EAFB), Houston, Texas. Astronaut Edward H. White II rides life raft in the foreground. Astronaut Roger B. Chaffee sits in hatch of the boilerplate model of the spacecraft. Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom, third member of the crew, waits inside the spacecraft. June, 1966.
I totally want one of these prints for our studio! Available over on PrintCollection.
This Hand Shadow Puppet Chart made me look. Tempted to buy one for the kids room.
For a space challenged place like NYC, this modern Fold-Out Pet Bed makes total sense. Perfect for large dogs or multiple smaller dogs.
“Many people believe that great designers get great clients. It’s the other way around.”
— Seth Godin
A quote from this fantastic Seth Godin CreativeMornings talk.
“The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you.”
- Jean de La Brùyere
(via The Happiness Project)
What a beauty of a quilt. Congrats to the designer Sherri Lynn Wood who developed a bias strip curve patchwork technique for this quilt. Free-cut continuous bias strips were machine pieced to create the curved lines. Large curved segments were then hand appliqued to the strip pieced back ground.