The Thread

the thread

This email conversation between Maria Popova and Maira Kalman makes me crave more thoughtful, deep email conversations.

(Thanks Inaki)

Mug Tray

Mug tray

A natural wooden tray that elegantly holds a mug and saucer, memo pad and smartphone.

Friday Link Pack

Finding love after a heart transplant. A truly moving story. 

Monster Scout turns your iOS device into a real monster locator.

– Some of these charts depicting what it’s like to turn 30 made me laugh out loud.

– This Pool Chair might make you want to dive off it…

Phases of the moon towel. Love it.

Alto’s Adventure – a new favorite iOS game.

– How stinking cute is this Shark Pillow from Target?

– One of my favorite blogs, Laughing Squid, launched a store. This is doing o to be dangerous.

– We so totally need one of these Pina Colada lamps for our new co-working space, FRIENDS, opening its doors April 1st.

– I am dreaming of light boxes for my new office space.

How to Save for Your Child’s College Education

This house!

Hub Ladder transforms the classic ladder into an expandable, free-standing rack which hangs clothes, towels and accessories in style.

– There’s something quite magical about this magnetic Woodland feathers.

DIY Tattly cell phone case.

How to enjoy the cold: Advice from an arctic SCUBA diver

Beam: The smart projector that fits in any light socket

Be Like Water: The philosophy and origin of Bruce Lee’s famous metaphor for resilience

If it doesn’t get scheduled, it will never get done.

– In a fascinating article, Hopes&Fears takes a look at how speakers of American Sign Language sign various Internet and pop culture slang terms including “selfie,” “five-second rule,” and “photobomb.”

– Come clean with this simple-yet-genius DIY cleaning solution kit! All you need to make your own spray cleaner – naturally

This dress broke the internet last night. I looked at it at different times, at different places, in different light situations and saw both the white gold and the blue black version. That was way too trippy for me and I went straight to bed.

– The fine folks over at Helpscout are looking to hire a Designer.

Socks With Faces

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Today I brought home some Chatty Socks, socks with faces. Haven’t seen my kids this excited in a long time. (I think they’re pretty cool too!)

Trust me…

I am fine

I am fine, she said, burning the candle at both ends.

Emails I Like To Open

Out of the Ordinary Newsletters

CreativeMornings just launched a campaign highlighting Out Of The Ordinary Emails featuring exceptional newsletters about creative obsessions. They’re hoping it will inspire others to start their own.

Know some newsletters they should add, submit them. Or better, get inspired and start your own!

Hat tip to Karen Baker who so masterfully has curated this (growing) list.

CreativeMornings: Lucien Zayan

Lucien Zayan is one of my all-time favorite people here in NYC. Last month he spoke on the theme of UGLY at our CreativeMornings/NewYork.

Hard to believe, but it was his first time speaking in public. He won the 200+ crowd over instantly. You could literally feel everyone’s heart open up. In his talk, Lucien is telling the story of The Invisible Dog, the artist space in Brooklyn that I am lucky to call my new work home in another 36 days.

The world needs more people like Lucien, who see beauty where others can’t. NYC is a better place because of him.

Waytools Textblade Keyboard

As someone who tries not to type anything longer than one or two sentences on my phone, I could see myself using this keyboard by Waytools when on the go.

(via shoeboxdwelling)

Friday Link Pack

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– A storage stool? Yes!

– Yum: charred cauliflower quesadillas

– “Hire those excited about the future vs. those nostalgic about the past” Advice for Startups by David Noël

– Beautifully old-school twine and scissor stand.

Grown-up LEGO bricks: Gold!

– This guy played table tennis every day for a year to see how good he could get

– Mark Zuckerberg wants to build a kind of 911 service for internet access

– Want your little one to embrace hard boiled eggs? Use these Egg Shapers to turn your hard boiled egg into a soccer, tennis or golf ball. Fun!

– The Museum of Online Museums is one of the best ways to spend some time online.

Noizio is an ambient sound extension for your menu bar. It’s great for drowning out distractions.

– “If you’re the kind of person who is scared and courageous at the same time, you might end up doing big things.” From a moving commencement speech by David Carr

– An interactive map of the world’s megacities and their growth from 1950 to 2030

– Agreed: Cookbooks belong online, not just on your shelf

Hobby Club is a year-long adventure that intends to bring 12 new hobbies into your life, one month at a time.

New Dropmark

Dropmark

I have been a loyal Dropmark user ever since Oak launched it in 2011. They just pushed an updated version: The new team feature and dashboard make me want to hug a bear. I use Dropmark to save my animated GIFS, save artwork of potential new Tattly artists, furniture research, drawings by my kids etc. Try it yourself.

American Kids Try Breakfast from Other Countries

The Cut created the above video featuring American children testing out breakfast foods they’ve never experienced before. The video was inspired by this NYTimes article. So many priceless expressions.

Folding Sled

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I grew up with Davos sleds and have never been able to find one here in New York. This Folding Sled is the closest I have seen and the folding down part is mighty useful when you live in a space challenged place like NYC. Two thumbs up and wish listed.

Space Egg

UFO egg holder

This egg holder makes your soft-boiled egg look like it just landed on your plate, from outer space. Made me smile.

Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things

This beautiful short film follows one of my all-time favorite visual storytellers, Maira Kalman, as she curates her exhibition “Selects.” The reopening of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum features this collection—an exploration of life, love, joy and loss.

The film traces the story behind one of the exhibition’s highlights: Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, restored to tick again for the first time in 150 years. It’s an extraordinary opportunity, Maira observes, to “connect us to history, dreaming and the future.”

Beautifully executed by Gael Towey! Don’t miss the other videos in her series Portraits in Creativity.

Friday Link Pack

Watch the above video and then watch the reaction video. GAH! Video by mssngpeces.

BusyContacts is a contact manager for OS X that makes creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient.

– Beautiful: Planet Iceland.

Dear Valentine, I love you, whoever you are.

Who said it? Kanye West or your Creative Director?

Siracha and Ketchup having a baby? YES!

– Skylights are my big dream. This new technology can make it happen in any room. Supercool.

– My son is turning 5 tomorrow, on Valentine’s day. Hence this post I just stumbled upon made me smile.

– Bill Gross on What Matters Most in Startup Success

Muji Air Purifier. A beauty.

– “Most organizations regularly assess individual accomplishments. Why not track acts of helping as well?” Madam C.E.O., Get Me a Coffee

– Mattel announced a partnership with Google that will resurrect the toy company’s View-Master line. Supercool!

– A beauty: Porter Tray Table.

What does “OK” stand for, anyway? (via)

– Beyonce’s 8-minute mini-doc on racial injustice

– Creative ideas happen when you stop checking your phone

The Whiskey Cabinet is a jargon-free guide for the whiskey enthusiast (via)

– I would be totally ok living in this Copenhagen Townhouse.

How to Disagree (Without Being a Jerk)

– The fine folks of Local Projects are looking for a Senior Graphic Designer.

Cars and Bodies

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Made me look: Cars and Bodies by photographer Yann Rabanier, architect Thomas Cestia and videographer/director Romain Dussaulx.

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Creatures and Features

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This customizable monster shirt by Creatures & Features put a smile on my face. What a great gift for little ones.

Being Defined by What the Create

“We have to stop being defined by what we own, and start being defined by what we create.”
— Mark Stevenson

Watch the CreativeMornings talk this quote is from.

Giving

“No one has ever become poor from giving.”
Anne Frank

First hangable Kid Cup – PhillUp by Puj

Love this hangable kid cup by Puj.

Freaker For Your Feet!

The fine folks of Freaker are at it again: They just launched a new (and wonderfully absurd) Kickstarter campaign. First they made cozys for drinks, now they aim to take over the world of socks. I am so totally backing this.

UPDATE: They have 20h to go. Come on everyone, let’s rally and make these sock dreams happen!

(Remember their first Kickstarter campaign? One of the best videos I have seen…)

Bookniture

BOOKNITURE unfolds from a book to a multifunctional furniture. I love this.

Friday Link Pack

(via theawesomer)

– Great read: Whale hunting or scale hunting? by Ben Chestnut

– I totally want this popcorn machine.

Getting out of a bad place, by Derek Sivers

– In AT&T’s 1976 interview with Sir Arthur C. Clarke, he describes in great detail the gadgets and technology we have today, 39 years later.

– This would come in handy in our house: Universal USB rainbow charger.

A Way To Go, a beautiful, interactive web game. Try it!

Swell makes truly stunning water bottles.

Beacon Reader is the Kickstarter for Journalism.

– Coming up with a good story is often a struggle for Ella (8) when she does her writing assignment homework. This is exactly what Storymatic Cards were invented for. Totally picking these up.

Why you should tell your children how much you make, by Ron Lieber

– In case you ever wanted to learn the Estonian alphabet. Here you go. File this under random YouTube find.

– Ewww… Mapping the Bacteria in New York’s Subways

Meet Darcy the hedgehog. Cute overload.

– Parenting expert has nerve to tell you how to raise your kids

– Always good to go back to this one: Give it five minutes, by Jason Fried

– After years of having difficulty finding high quality early reader books outside of schools, reading specialist Kyla Ryman founded Home Grown Books. I saw her books at the trade show this week. They’re stunning.

– Looks like a book I’d read: Parting It Out – Writing on Graphic Design

– Here’s a fantastic job opportunity for a NYC based Senior Graphic Designer; Local Projects is hiring!