Flicks: Mobile Speaker and Projector

Flicks is a Bluetooth speaker and LED projector – all in one. This is awesome. I want one.

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Jessica Hische and Forever Love

That talented Jessica Hische! Here’s an interview with her on her recent USPS Forever Stamp design. What a talent!

Life

“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
– William James

Urban Yoga

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Artist, architect, dancer and yoga teacher Anja Humljan is the force behind the Urban Yoga project. Filed under made me look.

Ben Chestnut’s 5 Rules for a Creative Culture

There’s not many CEOs I admire as much as MailChimp Co-founder Ben Chestnut. I keep reminding myself of his 5 rules for a creative culture:

1. Avoid rules. Avoid order. Don’t just embrace chaos, but create a little bit of it. Constant change, from the top-down, keeps people nimble and flexible (and shows that you want constant change).

2. Give yourself and your team permission to be creative. Permission to try something new, permission to fail, permission to embarrass yourself, permission to have crazy ideas.

3. Hire weird people. Not just the tattoo’d and pierced-in-strange-places kind, but people from outside your industry who would approach problems in different ways than you and your normal competitors.

4. Meetings are a necessary evil, but you can avoid the conference room and meet people in the halls, the water cooler, or their desks. Make meetings less about delegation and task management and more about cross-pollination of ideas (especially the weird ideas). This is a lot harder than centralized, top-down meetings. But this is your job — deal with it.

5. Structure your company to be flexible. Creativity is often spontaneous, so the whole company needs to be able to pivot quickly and execute on them (see #1).

If you enjoyed this, I’d recommend you watch Ben’s CreativeMornings talk. I guarantee you it’s 40minutes well spent.

NomNom Cat Bowl

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I am not even a cat person but yet I am getting excited over this smartly designed cat bowl by Hepper. The tray forms a moat around the bowls that catches whatever falls to the side.

Donkey Kong

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Not sure why but I just remembered playing Donkey Kong as a kid but I just Googled it and found this site that allows you to play the game. There’s also Pacman, Mario and Galaga. Enjoy!

Craftholic Dolls

How incredibly cute are these Craftholic cuddly creatures?

Friday Link Pack

How to win at rock-paper-scissors

Life Hacks Anyone Over 50 Should Know

The Executive Coloring Book

– In case you wondered why the unicorns are extinct.

Fix your computer hunch and other posture problems in 30 seconds

– A mold to make your hard-boiled egg look like a chick. Made me laugh.

– This megaphone iPhone speaker made me chuckle.

– The Uncommon Surfboard gives you the feeling of bodysurfing with the speed and control of surfing. And it fits into a bike basket.

– A mini Raclette table grill for a dinner of two.

– A flask to hold ex boyfriend tears. Made me chuckle.

– This is cool: New Sonos logo design pulses like a speaker when scrolled

The Challenge for Today’s Parents, a talk by Shefali Tsabary at NY-Presbyterian Hospital

The UX Reader, a compilation of articles from Mailchimp’s UX team, is now available for free!

– Virtual reality porn reactions on Oculus from first-time virtual reality Viewers

– Wow, I wonder if I will ever have to use a service like Kontainers: Real-time booking of freight shipping containers.

– Xero in San Francisco is looking for a Product Design Director.

– Psst… All Tattly Stationery is currently on sale. Send a letterpress printed card with a temporary tattoo inside.

Interview with the inventor of Sugru

Ian Sanders just posted this wonderful interview with one of my industry heroes, Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, the inventor of Sugru.

Tipsy Writer

Tipsy Writer

The Tipsy Writer is a pen holder weighted by a half brass, half wooden ball. Lovely.

Meet Easton LaChappelle

Easton LaChappelle taught himself robotics and combined open source designs with 3D printing to create a completely functional prosthetic arm. Humbling and inspiring.

Folding Bunk Bed

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A minimal folding bunk bed for tight quarters. I like.

How to Find Fulfilling Work

The key to finding fulfilling work is to think a lot, analyse one’s fears, understand the market, reflect on capitalism – and to watch this film.

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

Woah! This brand new mini site by Squarespace just stopped me in my tracks. (see what I did there?)

Squarespace believes that the world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest – that’s why they teamed up with Jeff Bridges who created sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night’s rest.

100% of the retail price from each album sold goes directly to No Kid Hungry. Sleep better and do good.

Well done, Squarespace.

The Vipp Shelter

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This minimalist prefab called VIPP Shelter is simply breathtaking. Click through to IGNANT for more photos.

Frozen Bubbles

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Photographer Angela Kelly beautifully documents bubbles her son blows in freezing temperatures. Stunning.

What cloud services do you use?

Here’s a question for you. What subscription based, cloud software do you use and love? I made a list of services I use personally or subscribe to with my companies CreativeMornings and Tattly. I was surprised to see how long the list is:

Freshbooks for all my invoicing needs (also does time tracking but I don’t need that at this point in my career)

Squarespace for my co-working space website and smaller CreativeMornings related project sites.

Helpscout is what we use for all of our Tattly support.

Dropbox is where we store all of our files. I would not be able to sleep without it.

Mailchimp is our service of choice to maintain our mailing lists and sending our newsletters.

Shutterstock is our stock photography service of choice.

JustworksHR takes care of our CreativeMornings payroll, benefits and HR related services.


Trinet
takes care of our Tattly payroll, insurance needs and HR Management.

Netsuite helps us keep track of our Tattly inventory, our financials and we use it as our CRM. It’s a beast.

Shopify is what powers our Tattly e-commerce site.

Typekit makes sure we look good on the web with designy fonts.

Mediatemple hosts our CreativeMornings website

Contactually helps me organize and keep on top of all my contacts.

Sanebox is the best $5 I spend every month. It filters out non-important email.

Brandboom is our wholesale e-commerce platform for Tattly.

Slack is a chat app on steroids. It has completely revolutionized how I communicate with my teams, cutting down on emails we are sending each other.

Basecamp keeps track of our custom projects at Tattly and allows conversations for our CreativeMornings hosts around the world.

Tinyletter is the simplest and most pleasant way to send small, personal newsletters. I use it for my co-working space.

Authenticjobs is where we post all of our job listings

Trello is keeping us on track with internal projects and bugs we need to fix.

1Password keeps me sane. Not sure what I would do without it. The team functionality is pure gold.

Flickr hosts all of our CreativeMornings photos.

Teuxdeux is how I keep track of my daily to-dos. (it’s my own app)

Simplenote is where I keep all of my notes, combined with Notational Velocity on the computer.

rdio is my music library in the cloud.

Feedly is where I keep all my bookmarks organized.

Netflix is what I use to watch shows.

What about you? Do you love and use certain services that we don’t know about? Share in a comment!

Fear

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
– Jack Canfield

Admin Mondays

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Over dinner last week Jessica Hische convinced me to try her concept of Admin Mondays. Read her entire post on email efficiency.

Friday Link Pack

I am such a big fan of The School of Life. I can not wait until they open a branch in NYC.

How to take better care of your teeth

How Reading Transforms Us, by Keith Oatley and Maja Djikic

– I always get so excited when Wesley posts another one of his One of Many Photo Essays, this time, it’s on Savannah.

– Did you create your profile yet over on AuthenticPro?

– This is the perfect mitten for every parent.

Cotton cloud wallpaper.

Fake cat bedding.

Batman cookie cutter. My son approves.

– How cool is this house bed for kids?

– Are you a runner? This runbell might be just what you needed to complete your life!

Aren’t we all?

Bear sweater. Yes.

– Now this is a jewelry holder I could get behind.

– Interesting looking trash bin.

– I received one of these YAY finder ring stamps for my birthday. Made me chuckle.

Chocolates that represent Japanese onomatopoeic words to describe texture

Questions you should ask about a company’s culture in a job interview.

Duet is an app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable.

To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

– Some real gems in here: Surprising parenting tips.

– I just watched my studiomate Wesley use the service Makespace. A door to door storage service. So good.

– I know someone who’d love this panda ring.

Knitted birds.

– Add some sparkle to your life; Gold Tattly.

– VICE is looking for a mobile product manager.

At Home Conveyor Sushi

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What kid wouldn’t love this at home conveyor sushi?

See the faces of hand models

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Love this: Head shots of professional hand models.