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Chicago, April 14, 15
San Jose, May 5
San Francisco, May 7, 8, 9
Bethesda, June 3
Arlington, June 5, 6
Seattle, Portland, Denver, August

Lecture at University of Illinois,
Urbana/Champaign, Foellinger Auditorium, April 10, 7pm

Art exhibit at Fermilab Art Gallery,
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory,
Batavia, IL, April 15 – June 26

Lectures by Jonathan Corum, Bret Victor, Mike Bostock, Edward Tufte,
San Jose, May 6


Givers and Takers

“People tend to have one of three ‘styles’ of interaction. There are takers, who are always trying to serve themselves; matchers, who are always trying to get equal benefit for themselves and others; and givers, who are always trying to help people.”

Wharton Professor Adam Grant Explains Why The Most Successful People Are Givers, by Drake Baer

Native New Yorker

I am so totally not a Native New Yorker. But I sure do call New York my home, so this song from 1977 made me smile. Native New Yorker is a song written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell and was a 1977 hit single for the dance band Odyssey.

Best Drying Rack

While I find it quite bold that they called their drying rack the Best Drying Rack. I admit I am intrigued by its shape.

Invisible Tattly

Invisible Tattly

We *just* launched our very first Invisible Tattly in collaboration with Mario the Magician.

It feels good to innovate.

Let’s Remember to…

be kind

… be kind. I’d totally hang this banner in my office.

Google Magic Hand

Google Japan wins this April Fools Day.

Jen Mussari’s Brooklyn

My talented studiomate Jen Mussari is currently featured as a finalist in My Life in VOGUE. I am totally voting for her. Join me?

Communication Patterns

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Loved this Business Insider article on cultural communication patterns. As someone who grew up in Switzerland and then moved to the USA at 26, I can attest that there are clearly different communication styles at play.

British linguist Richard D. Lewis charted communication patterns as well as leadership styles and cultural identities in his book, “When Cultures Collide“.

Read the Article.

Build-On Brick Mug

Build-On Brick Mug

There are no toys allowed at the breakfast table in our house. This might change with the Build-On Brick Mug. Get your LEGO on!

Thinking Cap

Thinking Cap

Put on your Thinking Cap. Literally. Made me smile.

Friday Link Pack

(My kids have this song on repeat at our house. I dig the Jimmy Fallon version)

- Stina Persson launched a new print over on Wonderwall. (Her elephant decorates our studio walls!)

- Astronaut Chris Hadfield covers Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in space.

- The Take-Off Light by fifti-fifti is a DIY design that allows you to customize your own geometric lamp shade. (via)

- Bloom Blanket by Bianca Cheng Costanzo.

- This must be the coolest dad ever.

- I want this in NYC: 300ft Water Slide for Commuters

- Tofu varieties: What’s the difference?

- “Everyone’s a sucker for talking about the things they love, so if you ask people to share their discoveries, you’re going to be taken on a magical, drunken journey with some new friends.” Three Things to Say by Frank Chimero

- Slow Life. Fascinating.

- Veto Vito is a portrait of Vito Acconci and the latest project by Jonathan Harris.

- I had the chance to drive in a Tesla today. I don’t usually get excited about cars, but this made me giddy.

- The other day we Image Google Searched Pizza Slice Tattoo. I have no words.

- Nothing made me happier this week than seeing the kids of Kopila Valley having fun with Tattly.

- The SnapRays Guidelight – a modern twist on nightlights.

- Milton Glaser Critiques Modern Beer Art (via)

- Fun: Whisk Tealight holders.

- GNTLMN sells limited edition accessories and home goods for gentlemen
and the stories behind them.

- “What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets” Shows Stunning Portraits Of Daily Meals (via)

- Do you know someone really awesome in Charleston, Copenhagen or Rio?

- I met Jason Travis, force behind the Flickr Persona project today. (Someone please offer him a book deal. I’d buy it.)

- Etsy is looking to hire an iOS Engineer.

Who Dares Wins

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So good.

Crest Brass Bottle Opener


What a beautiful bottle opener this is! Wow! How perfect when a mundane object like a bottle opener has such decorative and sculptural qualities.

Shelterwood Field Notes

Shelterwood Fielnotes

Oh my! The 22nd Field Notes Colors seasonal release is made of wood! The “Shelterwood” edition features covers made from actual American Cherry wood. The fine folks behind Field Notes never cease to amaze. Watch the making off video here.

Hat tip to Jim Coudal and team!

Hand Carved Pencil Case Objects

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London-based sculptor and illustrator Camille Barnard created these wooden, hand-carved Pencil Case Items, transforming the seemingly mundane into sculptural objects. Absolutely love this.

(G would approve of the drill)


“Don’t do it for the money.
Don’t do it for no money.”
— Oliver Reichenstein

(via Sawyer’s CreativeMornings profile)


Dragdis allows you to easily collect images, texts, links or videos to your private folders or post directly to Facebook, Twitter & (soon to come) Tumblr, Dropbox, Pinterest etc. Interesting!

Luckey Climbers

Luckey Climbers

A Luckey Climber is a three dimensional sculpture designed for children to climb on.

Made of bent plywood platforms that are suspended by steel pipes and cables, climbers are visually elegant works of art that are also part jungle gym and once alive with children they become what Thomas Luckey called “fountains of children.“

Absolutely love this.

(Also, made me think of this episode…)

Drip Maple Syrup

Drip Maple syrup

The beautifully minimal Drip Maple site and Maple Syrup packaging stopped me in my tracks. Refreshingly modern.

Beyond Reason

“There is no why. We are. Life is beyond reason.”
- George Lucas

George Lucas on the Meaning of Life

Freitag R521 Coolidge

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I am absolutely loving this latest FREITAG truck tarp backpack design called R521 COOLIDGE. It features a compartment with a padded base for a 15″ MacBook, a zippered outer pocket on the flap. and an adjustable cover flap for more volume.

Also, team FREITAG totally wins at product video:

Friday Link Pack

Brandon Doman founded a very special storytelling initiative called “The Strangers Project”.

- A hidden feature in YouTube lets you stream an unlimited amount of music.

- Scroll down. Colorgasm by Nina Geometrieva.

- World Food Clock.

- A utensil holder made out of LEGOs.

- After having seen the LEGO movie I can’t get the Everything is Awesome song out of my head. Unhear it is the cure for moments like this. They’re using the latest in reverse-auditory-melodic-unstickification technology,that allows users to “unhear” songs by hearing equally catchy songs. Made me smile.

- My four year old would TOTALLY approve of these Batman Fight Sounds Pencils.

- Excellent read: How to get a busy person to respond to your email.

- Poncho is your very personal weather forecast.

- Good advice from Mary Phillips-Sandy on what to do if you love New York but it’s bringing you down.

- This List Proves You’re Never Too Old To Do Something Amazing

- UPSTANDING is an affordable flat-pack desk accessory that turns your existing desk or table into a customizable standing desk.

- I am so excited about this news: H&M’s COS line is coming to America

- Love Ever After – Portraits of Couples Who’ve Been Together Over 50 years

- How to be a balanced giver.

- Doug Johnston makes beautiful Bags

- Why We Rescue is a yearlong story-telling documentary highlighting how pets transform our lives for the better.

- Happiness makes people work harder.

- Love these Pantone Cups.

- Are you a certified arse? Take the test. (via)

- These 3D printed models of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests make me happy.

- This week I got to meet the fine men behind Invitation Annual, a truly thoughtful lifestyle magazine celebrating the human spirit of creative types.

- I wish I was in town for this Design and Violence Debate I at the Museum Modern Art, organized by Paola Antonelli.

- Bamboo HR is looking to hire a Senior UX Designer.

- This week team Tattly launched Cutie Tattootie, tattooable dolls, in collaboration with North American Bear Co.

- Japanese manhole covers are something else.

Bow Rubber Band

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This Bow Rubber Band by Japanese designer Yu Asou made me smile.