The Art of Asking

I needed to re-watch this talk. Thank you Amanda Palmer for sharing your wisdom.

Grace Bonney on The Art of Thoughtful Emails

“It’s important to own your content in the sense that you take responsibility for it. I’m proud of most of what we produce at Design*Sponge, but I’ve made a lot of publishing mistakes over the years. And owning those mistakes and talking about them publicly (and hopefully helping others avoid those pitfalls or mistakes) is a part of that accountability and trust you have to build with your audience. So I want to make sure that I can go to bed at night knowing I did my best to protect and celebrate the people we’re writing about and that when that goes wrong, I take responsibility and people reading know that we care and are doing our best.”

Taken from Grace Bonney’s interview on The Art of Thoughtful Emails and Clear Communication in Collaboration, part of CreativeMornings’ and’s #OwnYourContent campaign.

Previous articles: John Maeda & Kat Holmes on Designing for Inclusiveness and Ryan Merkley on Licensing Creative Work and How Attribution is Gratitude.

The Cosmic Banana Peel

“Whenever the world throws rose petals at you, which thrill and seduce the ego, beware. The cosmic banana peel is suddenly going to appear underfoot to make sure you don’t take it all too seriously, that you don’t fill up on junk food.”
– Anne Lamott


Body Language Lessons from a Poker Pro

For poker champ Liv Boeree, calling someone’s bluff isn’t about their face at all, it’s often much more about their body as a whole—and one part in particular.

(via Big Think)

Dancing in 80’s

(via The Curious Brain)

The Point is to Run

“In a long distance race, everyone gets tired. The winner is the runner who figures out where to put the tired, figures out how to store it away until after the race is over. Sure, he’s tired. Everyone is. That’s not the point. The point is to run.”
– Seth Godin

(via Emerline)

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Friday Link Pack

(via Alain de Botton)

Balloon Cushions!

– These scissors are beautiful.

– I love SUGRU so much. It now comes in a kid friendly version. Let’s get fixing. Here’s a NYTimes Article about Jane’s remarkable labor of love.

Alexa is laughing at people unprompted. This his hilarious.

Flat Plants.

– I am about to launch a new thing and have to keep re-reading one of my anchor books on that topic: Do The Work by Stephen Pressfield

This made me chuckle.

– So many feelings looking at this.

This is the Queen of England being delighted by cows. Made me smile.

– After having started multiple projects that turned into businesses, this is a key question: Can you maintain it?

– I want this pavilion in my office.

– This Sloth Ring made me laugh.

Stunning botanical installations made by Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler

For two months I got my news from print newspapers. Here’s what I learned. (via)

Node Lightning Multi-charger

Michelle Obama dances with the little girl that was mesmerized by her portrait. My heart.

Halo Smart Phone Mount Kit seems super smart.

These dogs look like they need a software upgrade.

– This floating hotel room is what my nightmares are made of. (I get seasick)

– I believe in the power of GIFs. Love to attach them to emails and texts. They bring lightness and sometimes are better than words. So much gratitude for the existence of Giphy.

– Easter is fast approaching. Put some Tattly on your eggs.

Sanebox help me tame my inboxes. Not sure what I would do without it. And they sponsored my blog this week.

Wall Shelf/Desk

It’s a shelf. It’s a mini desk. It’s a Wall Shelf/Desk.

Emergent Behavior

In ‘Emergent Behavior’, San Francisco-based photographer Thomas Jackson captures hovering art installations inspired by the self-organizing systems of the insect and animal worlds.

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Living not Coping

“It is not lies or a lack of loyalty that ends a relationship. It is the agonizing truth that one person feels in their heart on a daily basis. It is realizing that you are coping and not living. It is the false belief that there is a verse, quote, phrase or talk that will magically make you feel content, complete or not care. However, it doesn’t last longer than a few days, before your mind and heart goes back to what it wants. It is the moment you realize that you left without ever leaving. It is the moment you realize that fear, shame or guilt is the only thing standing in the way of the life God meant for you to live.”
― Shannon L. Alder

Portable Hanging Magazine Rack

Hanging portable bookshelf and magazine rack. Why not!?

Benjamin Ewing

This painting by Benjamin Ewing made me look.

Stay Awake

“Here is the hardest thing for many people about adulthood: Staying awake. That is, resisting the somnambulance that will grow like weeds over any state of habitual life, excepting acute crises. You have to actively invite experiences into your life that will interrupt the smallness of your story and the calcifying generalizations you make about the world based on your own private universe.”

not in any particular order, and not exactly a gospel, but

Black Square Trunk

This black trunk would make for a cool nightstand or use two next to each other for a coffee table.


(via This Isn’t Happiness)

Ji Lee Instagram Portfolio

Smart. Ji Lee turned multiple Instagram accounts into a portfolio site.

(via Jocelyn)

Wow! Spike Jonze Ad for Apple!

Some more background info here. Delightful.

(via Kottke)

The People You Spend Time With

“The people you spend time with literally co-create who you are, down to the near-cellular level. You’re building a life. The ones you build it with will be critical to your professional success, not because they’ll be in your field, but because they’ll be in your corner. The good ones will give you a kind of emotional buoyancy and a head-shrinking perspective that will nourish the person you’re trying to become—and yeah, that’ll enhance your job performance immeasurably.”

not in any particular order, and not exactly a gospel, but

Afraid To Speak

“When I am afraid to speak is when I speak.
That is when it is most important.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

Brompton Bike

After years of dreaming of owning a Brompton Bike, the day has come. I am actively researching which model and which features I want. This spring I will be cruising through Brooklyn on my very own Brompton.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have caught this post from last October, when visiting Minneapolis for the AIGA conference, one of my followers Martha, offered to take me on a Brompton tour through the city. I said yes and proceeded to bike with this wonderful, big hearted stranger. Now she is a friend and I want a Brompton. :)

Do you own one? Have any recommendations? I admit, I am intrigued by the new Electric Model.

Pets Who Just Came Back from The Vet

This made me laugh, but also extend a lot of empathy.

On The Color White

Animated by Jocie Juritz.