The Solar System In The Nevada Desert

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe. Stunning.

(via Kottke)

The Little Book of IDEO

Tim Brown shares the 7 values that drive IDEO.

Geodesic Dome for your Backyard

garden igloo

Yes, I totally want this geodesic dome (Garden Igloo) for my backyard. What the heck, it would even be cool as a conference room in our office.

Splacer – like airbnb but for Event Spaces

splacer venue screenshot

I had the pleasure to meet one of the co-founders of Splacer, a service that helps you find event space for a party, off-site, photo shot etc. As someone who is and has been putting on events in NYC for years, I know how hard it can be to find the perfect venue. Splacer is an absolute delight to browse. I was told they are just about to come out with a new and imroved website but I am already impressed with what I am seeing. If you know someone that has an event space here in NYC (or in Tel Aviv) tell them to sign up. It doesn’t cost anything to sign up and you’d just give Splacer a cut of your rental fee. They will be soon expanding to other cities.

I for now want to have a dinner party on this rooftop farm or simply find a reason to hang out in this jacuzzi.

See for yourself: Splacer.

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Minimalissimo Magazine

Carl Brandenburg, the force behind one of favorite blogs Minimalissimo just launched a Kickstarter campaign to create their first print issue. He is good people. He gets my support.

Ships from Above

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These photographs of ships from above by Dirk Broemmel have me completely mesmerized.

(via recent raddness / via Fubiz)

What really matters at the end of life

Very moving TED talk by BJ Miller on What really matters at the end of life.

I grew up with a dad who thought and talked a lot about death. He introduced me to the work of Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross and even did past life regressions in our living room.

I realized quickly that not everyone is as comfortable talking about death as I am. This became especially clear once I moved to New York City.

While we don’t have to all believe in past lives, we should all be comfortable talking about death. I will make sure my kids will.

Friday Link Pack

(Thanks for pointing me to this talk, James. Deep and funny at the same time.)

– Love this minimal glass pitcher.

– What a crazy privilege to be two animals in one life: butterfly.

– A unique, cleverly designed watch that is inspired by vintage car speedometers

MacWorld’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus FAQ

– “There are genetic differences between human populations. But none of that supports the concept of race.” Science Vs podcast asks: Does race exist? (via)

– CreativeMornings skills video: How to Storyboard

The difference that 25 years makes.

William Ury’s video archive with talks about the art of negotiating is a treasure trove.

– This Plum Cake looks so scrumptious.

– A new app that lets you walk your friends walk home virtually.

Drawing as Therapy sketchbook.

7 styles of decision making. Interesting.

– “The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us.” Mary Oliver

Your hunch is probably wrong and the importance of testing. (via)

The Tools Designers are Using Today

– My friends over at Hyperakt are looking to hire a Senior UI/UX Designer.

– The Paper App is now available for iPhone! This makes me very happy.

Beth Cavener – Sculptor

My friend Bas Berkhout released yet another personal Like Knows Like mini documentary. This time on the sculptor Beth Cavener.

Bas has a way of getting people to open up, and feel comfortable in front of the camera. He did one on me, a few years back.

The Secret to a Successful Network

Based on a decade of research developing detailed case studies on a range of successful networks, the authors of this article have identified a common pattern of factors that are essential to effective collaboration.

– focus on mission before organization;
– manage through trust, not control;
– promote others, not yourself;
– and build constellations, not stars.

Four Network Principles for Collaboration Success, by Jane Wei-Skillern

(via William Ury)

Thought of the day

Black Dip Coffee Mug


Love this black dipped coffee mug.

Does the Internet Threaten Creativity or Nurture It?

Video by The Atlantic.

Remembering Oliver Sacks


Maria wrote a beautiful post remembering Oliver Sacks. To commemorate this irreplaceable man, she asked artist Debbie Millman to create a piece of art illustrating the passage that captures not only the heart of that heartening story, but the spirit in which Dr. Sacks inhabited and exited our world. The artwork is available as a print and I am donating all proceeds to the Oliver Sacks Foundation.

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Friday Link Pack (on Saturday)

I spent the last three three days at a private mini conference organized by Simon Sinek and Bob Chapman. One of the many highlights was that I got to meet Aloe Blacc. What a remarkable, deep, thoughtful soul.

– From 2003, a 25-minute documentary on how Pixar made Finding Nemo

– Great read: On How to Disagree

– Bruce Lee on the power of repose and the strength of yielding – a beautiful philosophy of life.

Sculptures that measure atmospheric conditions. Lovely.

– We use slack religiously in my teams. This article on “How do I reach Slack Zero?” made me re-think how I use Slack.

– Super useful travel app: Hopper. You plug in destination and dates and it tells you when to buy. (via)

– Looking for a female speaker for your conference in the creative industry? Check this!

– The fine folks of Big Think had me as a guest on their rather unusual podcast.

– The Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC is looking to hire a Graphic Designer.

One Star National Park Reviews.

– What can you teach the world? What’s your hidden skill?

7 moving podcast episodes. (via)

100% biodegradable Denim Jeans

FREITAG F-ABRIC presents the first entirely compostable five-pocket jeans grown and made in Europe. 0% cotton – 100% biodegradable. Impressive.

Friday Link Pack (on Sunday)

Creative Music Video Shows The Dramatic Effects Of Photoshop

– A (short) Friday Link Pack going up on Sunday? Yeah. I was in a car accident on Friday. I walked away unharmed. Counting my blessings and squeezing my kids extra tight these days.

How to age gracefully. (via)

DIY Unicorn Piñata. YES!

DIY Pineapple Drawstring Backpack (via Bas)

Art Installation invades London with 100,000 balloons.

– I like these wall decals: Be Nice or Leave, Do it and Good Vibes Only (via)

Judgmental New York Subway Map (via)

– A short video documentary on inventor Alan Adler telling the story of how Aerobie Flying Disc and the AeroPress came to be.

Japanese-Inspired Shoes That Wrap Around Your Feet

A German book critic reviews the Ikea catalog. (via)

– Soundcloud in New York is looking to hire a Senior Product Designer.

Outlasting The Critics

“Outlasting the critics feels like it will take a very long time, but you’re more patient than they are.”
Seth Godin

How to send stuff to your Kindle

Did you know you can send articles to your Kindle, directly from your browser? Ryan Shelley teaches us how, on our brand new CreativeMornings project called Skills. What can you *you* teach us?

The Everything Machine

Tinybop just launched The Everything Machine. It reminds me a bit of IFTTT but for your iPhone or iPad. By using a visual programming language The Everything Machine lets you connect the camera, microphone, speakers, light, gyro- scope, and display on your devices.

I don’t think I have been this excited over an iOS app since Monument Valley. Tinybop really experimented with this one. I love experiments.

Human Mattress Dominoes

850 people world record of Human Dominoes. Made me smile.

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