Donut Plates

ceramic dount plates

I don’t need these Ceramic Donut Plates. But I want them.

The Case for the 32-Hour Workweek

This is inspiring. Respect to Ryan Carson.

Cloud Classifications

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Lovely poster by James Brown showing the cloud classifications that Luke Howard, the ‘father of meteorology’ devised in 1803. Similarly cool is this poster showing the Morse, Semaphore and Phonetics Alphabet all in one.

Tattly = 4

Tattly turns four

Today’s a big day! Tattly turns 4! What was meant as a side project so my kids could walk around with cool temporary tattoos, designed by actual artists, illustrators and designers has taken off like a rocket. We are now in over 1,000 stores around the world including the Tate Modern Shop, MoMA, JCrew and have a roster of over 100 artists. Someone pinch me!

We’re celebrating the big milestone with our yearly “happy our birthday to you sale”: Now thru Monday, July 13th, take 50% off with code BDAYSUIT. This year’s The Super Set includes a gift from us: an advance offering of the upcoming Application Kit which includes a Tattly Sponge, Water Bottle, and an It’s Only Temporary Apron with a matching Tattly designed by Ladyfingers Letterpress.

It’s fun being 4, right?

Friday Link Pack

Bibliophilia is a video-essay that takes looks at the books in Wes Anderson films.

– Totally loving this grid dot wool rug.

– The Hungry Castle guys did it again. First you were able to walk into Lionel Richie’s head now they put Nicholas Cage in a cage.

Camping with architects. (via)

– This is so cool: Expandable origami planter grows along with plants to cut waste. (via)

The Secrets of Happiness – in 60 Seconds

– Interesting read: Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

The anatomy of a credit card form (via)

– Research suggests gluten per se is not the problem, but living in a rich society: The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten (via)

– I wouldn’t mind one of these conversation pits in my home, or office.

The rejectionists

– New research suggests a vegan diet is best for losing weight.

40 maps that explain the internet

– This is cool: Paper Maché ZigZag Drum Side Table.

– How Software Projects are managed: “I’ve set the wedding date. I’ve not asked her out yet.” (via)

– Jonathan Fields of the Good Life Project in conversation with Susan Cain, the world’s most famous introvert. See her TED talk?

– Woah: The Abandoned Soviet Space Centre complete with two Unfinished Spacecrafts Inside

– Tattly turns 4 this weekend! YAY! We’re having our annual 50%-OFF-Happy-Our-Birthday-To-You-Sale!

– ICON Worldwide is looking for an Graphic Design Intern to join them in Switzerland, where I am currently transmitting from, on my vacation.

Bang Bang Pegboard

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I would LOVE this modular pegboard shelving system in my home. Imagine the possibilities. Perfect for a kids room as well. Well done, again, George & Willy.

Herman Miller Picnic Posters

Considered modern design classics, Steve Frykolm’s Herman Miller Picnic Posters are in the permanent collections of museums all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art.

The Picnic Posters offers a rare glimpse into Steve’s meticulous archives unearthing sketches and stories over 40 years old, alongside a visit to reprint his first picnic poster from 1970.

STEWI Dry Rack

STEWI

I chuckled when I hung our bed sheets to dry out in my sister’s backyard on a STEWI fold-up-dry-rack. They are *such* a Swiss household staple. But the thing that made me laugh and facepalm was when I discovered the product names on the STEWI site: they range from Lady to First Lady to Lady Compact. Oh, Switzerland….

Friday Link Pack

A bit of history of the area I used to call home until I moved to NYC at the age of 26 (and where I am currently on vacation.)


Framed Palm Leaf DIY

– This Graffiti artist versus city pressure washer experiment made me chuckle.

– I would totally live in one of these. No problem.

Colors!

How people respond to life-changing inventions

SpreadTHAT! Advanced Butter Knife is an ingenious, award-winning design that uses the warmth of your hand to make short work of cold butter.

– Ha, these nametags made me laugh.

Chicken Drumstick Pillow. Made me chuckle.

– Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson talks about inaccurate perceptions, and how we view ourselves is often not how we come across to others. Halvorson’s latest book is No One Understands You and What to Do About It (via)

– “People are magnets. When you’re grateful for what you have, you will attract more of the positive and good. Gratitude is contagious.” 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M. <-- annoying title, great read.

- Wow this is some seriously cool, futuristic clothing for kids.

– Lovely: Strangers drawing strangers.

– Who knew you could use coffee grounds to produce dyes for screen printing.

– Esther Perel shares some interesting thoughts on relationships and intimacy.

– Mule in SF is looking for a Senior Designer.

An Unconventional NYC Friendship

Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50 year old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York City’s Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86 year old community activist. They became friends and he made a marionette that looks just like her. Now she’s joined his act and the two of them can often be seen performing together.

YES to living a creative life and human connection!

An Adventurer Explores the Art World

Norwegian explorer, lawyer, and writer Erling Kagge shared some insights on the international art market in his new book A Poor Collector’s Guide to Buying Great Art. Kagge’s practical yet entertaining step-by-step guide shows readers how to get started in collecting art and how to find pieces that they will enjoy for many years, as well as how to identify and avoid pitfalls and deceptive temptations.

Give A Damn

“There’s no line item on a balance sheet for ‘give a damn,’ but it’s the most valuable thing you’ve got in the business.”
Casey Gerald

DesignMatters with Kelli Anderson

Debbie Millman in conversation with the uber-talented Kelli Anderson. Do yourself a favor and listen in.

Purpose Is the New Bottom Line

Watch Casey Gerald deliver a powerful speech inspiring all of us to give a damn. He received the first standing ovation in CreativeMornings/NYC history. Trust me, watching this is 20 minutes well spent.

Transmitting from the Alps

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For the next two weeks, I’ll be transmitting from the Swiss Alps, a region in the North East called Appenzell. While there will be less frequent postings on here, there will be plenty photos of rolling green hills, cows and sausages over on Instagram.

ORU Kayak

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How incredibly supercool is this fold-up ORU Kayak? I noticed one while spending a day at the lake of Constance today. They fold down to a compact, backpack-able package. Supercool. All I kept thinking is that I could easily take this on the NYC subway. Ha!

Assembly instructions below:

Friday Link Pack

(Thanks for the reminder Sally)

– Isaac Moll (12) recorded a brief message on what he might tell someone else who was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

27 apps designers can’t live without, according to Fast Co Design.

Y Table. Made me look.

– Parents! Here are some great tips on what to teach kids when setting them up with their first email account.

– File this under first world punctuation problems: How Do You Punctuate Around Emoticons and Emoji?

– The U.S. cities where creative jobs are thriving.

Abandoned waterparks.

– Elder: A Mormon Love Story

– Veerle has some excellent graphic and web design tutorials on her site.

– Get your product in front of millions of curious folks: There are a few slots available on The Deck Network in July and August. (See that small add on the left on this page? That’s The Deck!)

UP allows you to upload images to Instagram from your computer. YES!

Meet the man who created TED in 1984

The Quick and Dirty on Your Dry Cleaning

– I feel like I need to go to Emoji School. Thankfully there’s Emojipedia. Emojipedia to the rescue! (via)

VW rolls out new California camper van (via)

Josh Wagner’s advice to his 18-year-old self.

Love this: App connects users with charities based on the news they read.

– Lego is investing over $150M to replace oil-based plastics with sustainable bricks. (via)

– How a toy figure mold of a dinosaur is made. My son will love this.

– A vertical turntable to show off your records.

– Apply by July 8th to 30 Weeks Program: an incubator for designers created by Hyperisland and Google.

Pro tip: Disable any system fonts you don’t use so your font dropdowns aren’t a mile long.

– Adorbs: Couple wore the same outfit for 35 years. (via)

– I am STOKED! I will be on my way to Switzerland later today! 2 Weeks of enjoying the Swiss Alps!

– Barrel in New York is looking to hire a Visual Designer.

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John Waters’s RISD Commencement Address

John Waters gave a spectacular 2015 RISD graduation speech on creative rebellion and the artist’s task to cause constructive chaos. Find annotated highlights transcribed over on Brain Pickings.

Wald Hi-Lo

Wald Hi Lo

The WALD Hi Lo Plug Lamp is a piece of beauty. Totally #wishlisted.

Human Head Helmets

Human Head Helmets

These Human Head Helmets make me all kinds of uncomfortable. A goosebumps inducing project by Dubai based digital designer Jyo John Mullor.

Bike Desk

Bike Desk reminds us to get out there and ride, no matter how busy we are. #mademelaugh

(Thanks Scott)

Winning Strategy

The Scottish Highlands

Go, and Be from Josh Brine on Vimeo.

After watching this mini documentary about The Scottish Highlands, I am tempted to carve out some time in my calendar and book a flight. Well done, Josh Brine!