Pioneer Rayz Rally is a pocket-size speaker with a built-in mic and lets you turn your iPhone into a conferencing system. It claims to be good enough to fill up any conference room with sound, allowing you to enjoy professional-quality conferencing without the expensive hardware investment. Hmm…
The Tattly Does Good collection connects artists and their designs with meaningful not-for-profit organizations to raise awareness and raise funds.
“An ideal approach trusts others enough to not demand trust in return. It acknowledges the importance of trust without trying to commoditize it. It promotes good decisions, not fear.”
What’s your Uber rating, by Yancey Strickler.
“A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.”
― Steven Pressfield
(From the book titled Do The Work)
This Tier Side Table by Design by Jonah Takagi is visually interesting. I’d adopt it.
“When we make a decision, whether it’s good or bad, at least it’s motion. That motion is what moves us forward. Ironically, whether that motion is in the right or wrong direction, at least it’s giving us some better visibility of the terrain around us and helping us learn.”
– Scott Belsky
Taken from the fantsastic Hurry Slowly Podcast Episode with Scott Belsky.
Today is considered #SmallBusinessSaturday! Tattly is a small business and while it looks all shiny and easy, it’s not. Running a small business is a consistent cash flow battle. Small businesses like us don’t have marketing budgets to spread the word, we rely on happy customers to tell friends and for social media mentions.
Here are some of the small businesses I’d like to highlight and that deserve our support. (Please leave a comment if there’s another small business we should support this holiday season.)
We are Closed Mondays | Brooklyn made rope products by Bekka Palmer.
Gift items such as pins, patches, pencils etc by City of Industry.
Quiet Town | A husband and wife, Brooklyn run business selling beautiful shower curtains, bath rugs and more.
Various Keytags | Stock up on ready to go funny and punny keychains, or make your own.
Flavorpaper | The Flavorpaper team makes your wallpaper dreams come true. You will never look at a blank wall the same way again.
Recently | Your camera roll in a monthly magazine.
One Girl Cookies | The best small delicious cookies in all of Brooklyn. Their assorted boxes are a favorite go to gift of mine. Also, the owners are delightful humans.
Slowfactory | 100% clean and fair trade clothing, best known for printing high-resolution digital images from NASA on the highest quality natural Italian silks
Paper Jam Press | The coolest letterpress posters and apparel.
Hit Denim | Remarkable, generous people making high-quality jeans and reviving an entire town, doing so.
Boerum Frames | This is where I go when I need something framed. Jeff, the owner is a super kind and impressively talented human!
Please leave links to other small businesses that deserve our support in a comment below.
A big thank you to Fair UI for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.
How might UI design help counteract racial and gender-based discrimination in online platforms? Are there UI patterns that could make a difference in this area? If so, what are they and how should they be used?
We don’t have the answers to any of these questions yet, but we are trying to find out.
Fair UI is a new Samhæng research project to look into these topics. The objective of Fair UI is to create evidence-based resources for UI professionals aiming to deal with these issues. This survey is our first step in that direction. It aims to get an overview of some of the issues that designers are currently facing and an idea of how we can begin to build better support materials.
At the Museum is a new video series by MoMA in NYC that offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a world-class modern art museum.
Most of you probably don’t know this but I used to run my own design studio and my first client was the MoMA. I had the honor to design and build their Intranet 12 years ago. It was an incredible opportunity and it gave me a thorough glimpse into this prestigious museum.
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
– E. E. Cummings
The F.C.C. is set to repeal rules that require internet providers to give consumers equal access to all content online. Here’s how it works. Yikes.
Make a poster using these old printing sets which have never been used. Each set consists of the full alphabet in lower, or upper, case. The plastic blocks have a foam letter applied to them, which can be dipped into paint.
Love the simple shape of this Citrus Juicer. Beautiful enough to always leave out.