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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A Working Desk for 2 / Dining Table


Table for Two is a clever desk/dining table design by Daniel Liss.

Friday Link Pack

(Entrancing endless spiral of toy trains)

– PBS is airing a documentary in September about Muppets creator Jim Henson called In Their Own Words: Jim Henson.

– Banksy’s latest exhibition, Dismaland, is certainly his most ambitious to date.

3 ways good design makes you happy

How 17 companies got their quirky names.

Absurd and whimsical water faucets created by Kakudai

– Always running out of storage on your iPhone? Here are 12 handy tricks. (via)

– Team Cup of Jo asked me if I have a current favorite business book. I sure do. I mention it at the bottom of this post.

– Furniture startup Greycork created a couch that ships flat and assembles without any tools in minutes. And is way more stylish than any IKEA couch.

– Personalized hand-writing bracelets and necklaces.

A Report on Sleep by the DO Lectures

– Great read: Abandoning the Work I Hated

– Totally nerding out over this Spaceship Home.

– My friend Kevin shares his secrets to booking a round the world plane ticket

The Offline Chair helps you stay offline and relax.

– Here’s a first; Kim Kardashian’s daughter in the Daily Mail (I know!) wearing our Gold Bracelet Set.

– The fine folks at Percolate in SF are looking to hire a Product Designer.


“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”
John Maeda

Diving for Scallops

This short documentary profiles a fisherman in Maine who practices a fading craft: diving for sea scallops on the ocean floor. I will have a whole new appreciation of the work that goes into the scallops that end up on my plate.

What Will You Teach the World?


There is a lot of excitement in the air here at CreativeMornings HQ as we just soft-launched SKILLS. It is an attempt to highlight all of the creative talent in our community, by inviting anyone, in video form, to answer the question: What will you teach the world in two minutes or less? Here is one of the example videos by Adam J.K:

How To Draw A Ladder (Sort Of)

So, what will you teach the world? creativemornings.com/skills

Made me look: notabag


Notabag is a smart combination of a bag and a backpack. With a single pull on the straps, it transforms itself from a sleek eco-friendly bag to an easy-to-carry backpack. I am into it.


“If you can’t draw as well as someone, or use the software as well, or if you do not have as much money to buy supplies, or if you do not have access to the tools they have, beat them by being more thoughtful. Thoughtfulness is free and burns on time and empathy.”
Frank Chimero