The Generosity Experiment

Sasha Dichter’s Generosity Experiment made me think. It’s all about leading with generosity.

Calder Style Mobile

Calder Style Mobile

One of my life dreams is to eventually own a real Calder Hanging Mobile. Until I find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, this one will do just fine.

Emma Backpack

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If there is such a thing as falling in love with a backpack, I just did: Emma.

A-holes: A type book

Did you know that there are at least two A-holes in every typeface? A-holes: A type book. File this under: It made me laugh.

Chilewich Coasters

Chilewich Coaster

I am no fan of coasters. Never cared from them. Until now. I discovered these from Chilewich.

How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?

How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?
How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?
How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?

How fast is 120 kilometers per hour? How heavy are 4 tons? Units of measure are abstract—until, that is, they are contrasted with other quantities. The juxtapositions in How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? make dimensions and measurements more comprehensible for children. It is filled with illustrations by Jan Van Der Veke, available in English and in German. I will totally get this for my kids.

The Fringe Benefits of Quitting

We don’t celebrate stopping things, changing our paths, or our minds. Just the opposite. We celebrate finishing things. In our race to finish–in our race to win–we underestimate the benefits of stopping. In this talk, Liz Danzico puts quitting under the microscope and consider its fringe benefits.

CreativeMornings: Elle Luna

In this CreativeMornings talk Elle Luna describes her path from designer to artist, following her dreams and choosing ‘must’ over ‘should’.

Do The Right Thing

I applaud companies that have grown to a sizable employee count but don’t lose their human touch. After all, a company is nothing other than a living breathing organism made out of humans. So why is it, that employees in BIG companies seem to lose all common sense and make decisions that hurt the business in the end?

I recently called Time Warner Cable and told them I would like to terminate our internet service as we are being evicted from our office building (it’s going residential) and the new building we’re moving into doesn’t offer their service. What happened was baffling: Their response was that I have to pay a $900 early termination fee for Tattly and CreativeMornings each.

Completely stunned at the absurdity of this, I tried to talk to a customer support, kindly explaining that this makes absolute no sense. We are moving to a location that DOESN’T offer their service. Why would we be punished for that?

All I got was: “There’s nothing I can do!”

If I would have been on the other side of that call, my soul would have shriveled up and died. I in fact feel for the Time Warner employee that wasn’t able to do the right thing.

Do you run a company? Do you make sure your employees have the power to do the right thing? I will make sure mine do.

Stevie Wonder

Last night I had the incredible privilege to see music legend Stevie Wonder in concert. What a talented human being! There is nothing I respect and admire more than masters in their craft and growing old gracefully, staying relevant and full of life.

Why You Should Be Nice

Stephen Post discusses the mental and physical benefits of altruistic behavior. So much of this resonates with the magic that is the global CreativeMornings volunteer family.

Big Juicy Creative Life

“What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65… and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life?”
– Anne Lamott

(via brain pickings)

The Habit of Reading

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Lovely quote on this Habit of Reading screenprint.

Friday Link Pack

(via It’s Nice That)

– Wow! Do you know how much water is used to produce your food?

– Useful: Typography Cheatsheet

– Here’s a tutorial to make your own Pineapple Nightlight.

Which doll would you rather play with?

– Woah! Otteroo is weirdly fascinating. It’s a floatie for babies eight weeks and older to use in the bath or pool. Since the inflatable circle attaches around your baby’s neck, their arms and legs are free to play.

Life as an upstairs neighbor. Made me laugh.

– This is great: Dropmark now supports screenshots

– Here’s how you can spruce up your boring office walls with 9,000 Post-It Notes.

– Artist uses rollerblades to create traditional Chinese Ink Painting.

– Here’s how to “annoy” your friend on his/her birthday.

– So happy for Maggie Doyne: She was just recognized as one of the CNN Heroes. Well deserved.

Wearable Planters.

Honest business card exchange.

– I agree with Gina, this is a brilliant Bachelorette Party Banner.

Life explained in 27 seconds.

– The fine folks at Mule are looking to hire a Project Manager.

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YES / NO

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I hugely admire Markus Raetz‘s artwork. This YES/NO sculpture is one of my favorites. Just like in real life, depending on your perspective, the answer can be YES or NO.

Enthusiasm and contempt

“Someone who shows up with enthusiasm made a decision before she even encountered what was going on. The same thing is true for the guy who scowls with contempt before the customer opens his mouth.

It’s a choice.

This choice is contagious.

This choice changes what will happen next.

This choice is at the heart of what it takes to be successful at making change or performing a service.

More than you imagine, we get what we expect.”

Seth Godin

Tinybop: Robot Factory

I have been anticipating the Tinybop’s Robot Factory release for months! The day is finally here! Build a robot and then see them walk, or not, depending on how your construction skills hold up. So much fun! Who doesn’t love to build robots? Exactly.

Hakanai

Hakanaï / trailer from Adrien M / Claire B on Vimeo.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to enjoy a Hakanaï performance at BAM. It was a stunning visual firework. I wish I could see it another time. Or even better, I’d love to call one of those interactive projection cubes my own. You know, to play with during a coffee break at work… You should check their schedule to see if they’re performing in your city anytime soon.

NYTimes Cooking Techniques

NYTImes Cooking Techniques

I just got lost in a sea of short and refreshingly basic Cooking Technique Videos over on the New York Times. Here’s how you shuck an oyster.

I wish the internet would have been around when I was a kid…

Favorite Things

Favorite Things

I am so getting my kids one of these classical memento boxes. Really lovely.

This Banner:

Eat More Tacos

Eat More Tacos. YES!

Pivot Table

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Who would ever think to put a table on a corner? Lex Pott does.

Friday Link Pack

(via HUH)

– Gabrielle Blair, better known as Design Mom came out with a beautiful book on how to live with kids. A practical room-by-room guide. I will definitely implement some of her ideas.

– This Swiss shoulder bag/backpack is very much after my own minimal heart. #want

– Wow! Astropad lets you use your iPad as a tablet. (thank you Cesar)

Parcel is a package delivery service for New Yorkers who don’t have doormen — they hand-deliver your packages when you’re actually home!

– PON is a seriously smart idea.

– Fun: Che-Wei built a simple webapp to create long scale single use stopwatches. Each stopwatch gets its own permanent URL.

– Woah! Take your standing desk habit to the next level with Fluidstance!

– A studded case that let’s you add LEGO to your laptop. Yes!

– Do you design mobile apps? These iPhone Whiteboards might come in handy. I am tempted to get one for my kids to draw on in their room! They’d love it! Definitely made me chuckle.

– How to really drive across the U.S. hitting major landmarks (via Chris)

Airpocket is a carry-on purse that fits in the airplane seat pocket, designed to hold all the bits and pieces needed whilst in transit.

– Beautiful work by Simone Noronha. This always interneting gif of hers made me laugh.

Onehundredforty turns your chosen tweet into a unique and beautiful print.

Decorate your Easter Eggs with Tattly.

– Enjoyed this talk. I am definitely an “Infovore”: The Art of Curiosity by Camille Sweeney.

A picture book subscription service!

– The You Museum is an online gallery and series of artworks by New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey. Using a few simple questions The You Museum curates personalized exhibitions that are delivered to you via banners on the websites you visit most. Using various retargeting technologies these exhibitions reach you organically across ninety-eight percent of the internet. (Thanks Abra)

– Tattly is hiring a designer.