Oscar and The Truth Toad

Oscar and the Truth Toad

I often feel like I have Oscar the Truth Toad sitting on my head. Painting by Travis Louie.

Eyes at The Front

chicken with eyes at the frontshark with eyes at the frontpigeon with eyes at the front

This made me laugh so hard. What if animals had eyes at the front?

(via Paul)

ViewMaster Job Application

View Master job Application

The bar for the “most creative job application” ever received has been raised. Last week, Ryan Beller dropped off a white box with a beautifully arranged ViewMaster inside. Clicking through it revealed his resume and cover letter. Consider me (and the rest of team Tattly) impressed!

Update: We offered him the job. And, he accepted. So, YAY!

Happiness Floats

“It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness. With sadness there is something to rub against, a wound to attend with lotion and cloth. When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up, something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change. But happiness floats. It doesn’t need you to hold it down. It doesn’t need anything… Since there is no place large enough to contain so much happiness, you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you into everything you touch. You are not responsible. You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit for the moon but continues to hold it, and share it, and in that way, be known.”
– Naomi Shihab Nye

(via Emilie)


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CreativeMornings: Maggie Doyne

Do yourself a favor and watch this incredibly moving, raw and vulnerable CreativeMornings talk by Maggie Doyne. It is a testament to how love reveals itself in unexpected people and places.

(This talk needs a new category: Made me cry)

Friday Link Pack

Pro domino artist Hevesh5 spent 25 hours over eight days building this Domino Masterpiece, her third largest solo project to date.

– Woah, this is a good vintage find: Linotron 505 for high-speed film typesetting (via Coudal)

– Teju Cole on How the Paradox of Photography Captures the Central Anxiety of Existence

How to Use iMessage (to Annoy the Hell Out of Your Friends)

– This is a beauty of swiveling towel/clothing holder which can hold up to 10kg.

– Amanda Palmer wrote a moving essay on Nick Cave. After the singer lost his child, he invited a film crew in and simply carried on working.

– Beautiful, super minimal barstools.

– It’s starting to be dark in the morning when I wake up, which makes it harder for me to get up early. Thinking about getting this sunrise-imitating-alarm-clock.

– Please do your best to avoid the huge moon balloon rolling through China

A Walking Guide to Public Art in Manhattan and Queens (animated backgrounds for iPhone with stories inside.

– A meticulously designed poster to sharpen your internal sense of scale. Use your body to measure things!

– An online collection of people’s personal anxieties: I still have anxiety about this.

– Interesting read: Why you should tell your children how much you make

The Power of 5

– In case you’re in the market for a USB battery pack. This post is helpful.

– Great read: Avoiding Organizational Debt

– In overvaluing confidence, we’ve forgotten the power of humility

– These are some impressive beards and moustaches.

– Aren’t we all dreaming of a custom, hand-made neon sign.

Which European Cities Have the Most Affordable Housing?

– “The Sandwich Club fosters an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and forward-thinking sandwich culture by encouraging the discovery and consumption of delicious sandwiches and sandwich components, both in the United States and abroad.”

– Eric Lobdell, a swissmiss reader, emailed me to tell me that he made this typeface. Here’s the story. Yes to side projects!

– I am looking to hire a part-time in-house photographer for Tattly.

Put a Rhino on it.

Letting Go

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
– Hermann Hesse

Friends Work Here

friends work here

Core 77 published a generous article on my co-working community Friends Work Here.

Thank you Allison Fonder.

Auf Wiedersehen

Auf Wiedersehen

This drawing by Jacqueline Smith made me look. More here.

A new way to catch up in Slack


Slack added a new feature to their app: All Unreads (as the name may suggest…) gathers all your unread messages in one easily digestible, scrollable view. So good!

The Rhinoceros by Albrecht Dürer

rhinoceros Tattly by Albrecht Dueler

And, today, we added no other than Albrecht Dürer to our ever growing Tattly artist roster. Please welcome The Rhinoceros.

A Tyvek Coat

Tyvek Coat

Wait, what? A stylish coat made out of Tyvek material? Or Tyvek bag anyone? Definitely made me look!


“there is no healthier drug than creativity.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

The Old Email Days

Stone Backpack

stone backpack by Jana Sternback

This stone backpack by Jana Sternback is everything.

Pool Rug

Pool Rug

I endorse rugs that break out of the good old rectangle format. Pool Rug gets my thumbs up.

Secret Room

secret room

These books shelves hide a secret room.

When Nobody is Looking

“You know, I’m not a huge fan of the concept of ‘passion’ when it comes to careers. Instead of trying to answer the daunting question of ‘What’s your passion?’ it’s better simply to watch what you do when you’ve got time of your own and nobody’s looking.”
– Daniel H. Pink

Hello there, dressed Lemur.

Dressed Lemur

There is something about animals dressed in clothes. This lemur by Yago Partal really speaks to me. And, then of course, there’s the Berkley Animals.

Bardos in Mandagon

Mandagon is a video game inspired by Tibetan Buddhism.

(via Chris)


Monday Morning

Hello there, Monday! (Photography by Alena Zhandarova)

Zubits, Magnetic Shoe Closures


My son would totally approve: Zubits are magnetic shoe closures that easily snap together allowing the wearer to quickly put on or remove a pair of shoes without having to tie the laces.

Moving: Vincent van Gogh Today

This is surprisingly moving: In an episode of Doctor Who from 2010, the Doctor and his companion Amy take Vincent van Gogh, who was not a commercially successful artist in his own lifetime, to the Musée d’Orsay to see an entire room filled with his paintings.

(via Kottke)