Free Wi-Fi Experiment

Imagine if free Wi-Fi was the key to getting strangers to talk with each other! Wonderful little experiment by Michael Reiner and Ivan Cash.

Pool Rug

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This lovely rug was inspired by the historic making technique of colonial American braided rugs. It is made to order from natural undyed wool in Rhode Island.

Friday Link Pack

Impressive work by MethodStudios.

– Not a new read, but still timely: Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30?

Hanging Animal Furoshiki Designed by Cochae

Lacona lets you control your Mac using natural language (via)

A few more vegetables and a little less meat may reduce diabetes risk

Here’s the reason why you can’t photocopy money

Visiting my dad on Google Street View. (via)

British grandma includes “please” and “thank you” in Google searches, on belief that manners make search quicker (via)

– A giant, creepy, realistic wool cat head you can wear as a mask

– Your butt is proof that you should wear sunscreen every day

When emotion is impaired, so was decision-making. (via)

– Here’s the 2016 “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list

Instagram likes and comments are plummeting

Rainbow sticky Notes.

– An impressive, portable new Bluetooth speaker from Bang & Olufsen.

Banana purse? What?

– Beautiful, minimal pitcher.

– This is a lovely top.

73 Questions with James Corden. I adore this man.

– Here’s how you can make your own essential oil diffuser.

The Warning Signs of Adulthood. Made me chuckle.

The Empty Cups Award

– A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles and other cool shit like sparkly people. Found it here.

– I totally want one of these custom walnut light boxes.

– Woah! Bold move: Zenefits dares its employees: Get behind our turnaround or please get out

– This is important. Please watch: This former CIA officer has a lesson for Americans

The quality of one’s childhood has an overwhelming effect on the course of adult life.

– Carolyn Wood is one of the kindest and most generous souls I have met through the internet. She needs our help. Join me in supporting her.

– Kids are off to Camp and parents are struggling to find cool stuff to send and surprise them. Tattly got you covered with the Camp Bundles. Forget snacks! Send Tattly!

– MTV is looking to hire a Jr Product Designer.

♥ / Kosmosphaera – Giant Glass Marbles

Big thanks to Kosmosphaera for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Kosmosphaera” are oversized, beautiful glass marbles made in Switzerland by a team of Swiss artist and designers: Valérie, Jodoc, both form Lausanne’s prestigious art school, ECAL and Matteo Gonet an impressively talented glassmaker. Each marble is handmade in Basel, Switzerland, and weighs an impressive 13kg (28lbs). Each marble is completely unique and numbered. Want a custom one? Just ask! Or simply want to see them up close? Check out images on Instagram or see them live during the following exhibitions:

Château de Vullierens, Mobilab Art Gallery, Switzerland, June 1-19
Hublot Polo Gold Cup, Gstaadt, Switzerland, August 16-21
London Design Fair, booth L10 sept 22-25


(Interested in sponsoring a week of my RSS feed, learn more here.)

Product Roadmap Planning Tools

Do you run a product company? What software do you use to plan your product roadmap? Care to share in a comment below or in a reply to the above Tweet? Thank you!

Octopus watch for Kids

Octopus is an icon-based watch that teaches kids good habits and the concept of time. Smart.

Purpose

“When you have purpose, you don’t have time for negativity.”
– Mark Victor Hansen

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Fish in a Jellyfish

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I would love to know wha this fish swimming inside a jellyfish is thinking.

Ring Soap

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Designer Sebastian Bergne was asked to design a soap dish and after much thought decided to redesign the soap instead: The Ring Soap doesn’t need a soap dish and it stays dry. Brilliant! Plus, it looks beautiful.

Synchronizing Fireflies

Trailer for Synchronicity (Thailand) by Robin Meier & Andre Gwerder, 2015.

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Pencil Shaving Flowers

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How poetic and beautiful are these pencil shaving flowers by Haruka Misawa?

Tendr – Giving Money in Style

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When G and I got married a long time ago, we didn’t want ‘stuff’. We wanted art. We bluntly asked our family and friends to contribute to an ‘art fund’ that would allow us to buy art for our new home. We got checks and cash. It was awkward. But hey, we did end up purchasing beautiful art!

I wish Tendr already existed. Tendr takes the awkwardness out of giving money. Imagine if Paperless Post and Venmo had a baby. Yep, that’s Tendr. Have an occasion you’re raising money for and asking family and friends to contribute? Use Tendr. Really good people behind this service!

My favorite part is that every time you use their service, send a beautifully designed card to send someone money, the artist that designed the card gets a generous cut of the service fee. Just like Tattly, Tendr believes in supporting artists. YES!

Sleepy Steve

Don’t you sometimes wish for a machine that helps you get ready in the morning? I do!

Today! Human Rainbow on Brooklyn Bridge

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Fellow New Yorkers, my friends are organizing a Human Rainbow to span the Brooklyn Bridge today to mourn the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. Dress monochromatic, in one bright rainbow color and show up at the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge at 6.30pm. TODAY! Yes to Human Rainbows and love.

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Cast Iron Pan

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I love to cook with cast iron pans but have never seen this type of shape. I’d give it a loving home.

Today

Absolutely loving the concept behind Today: A 24-hour clock that simplifies the day into a perfect balance of dawn, noon, dusk, and midnight. Hat tip to the inventor, Scott Thrift.

IKEA Museum

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An IKEA museum is scheduled to open at the end of this month inside the building that housed the company’s first ever store. I’d visit.

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This Lightpainting-Stopmotion by Daniel Barreto made me look.

Feelings

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Nobody told me but apparently being in your 40s means all of the feels all the time. So, I am proudly wearing my Adam J.K Feelings Pin.

Reframing Entrepreneurial Success

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Definition of a Designer

“A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense.”
Bruno Munari

Scorebot

Use Slack with your teams? Have a sense of humor? Then you might want to consider using Scorebot: It turns your everyday Slack conversations a competition. Once you /invite Scorebot to a channel it will listen for Slack reactions (emoji) to be used. When Scorebot sees a Slack reaction it will give that person points! Made me smile.

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Kid Lessons

In this CreativeMornings talk Dallas Clayton shares what he calls ‘kid lessons,’ bite-size lessons that make your life and the lives of the people around you better. You can also listen to it here, in our podcast.

Magic

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Roald Dahl