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


missing cat

This made me laugh.

(via Jean)

Frankenstein Style Light Switch Plate


These Frankenstein style light switch plates made me smile.



Here’s a prime example of a product solving a first-world problem: Phone-Brella lets you text and hold the umbrella at the same time.

How to Make Onsen Tamago

When I was in Japan a little over a year ago I fell in love with Onsen Tamago, a fancy version of a medium boiled egg. For some reason I just remembered how much I loved the and and searched on YouTube. Of course (!) there is a Tutorial on how to prepare them. I love the internets.

Friday Link Pack

The Random User: A vintage hacked mouse that browses the internet randomly. Made me smile.

– There’s no better way to display books for kids than like on this bookshelf. When they see the cover they get excited.

Why you should be a morning person.

– IKEA now makes furniture entirely made from paper.

– Lovely feather print.

Are we there yet? car flag. So good.

– This Sac a Pain makes me want to move to France.

– This doorstop made me chuckle.

The Pep Talk Generator

– Kids can play with these blocks and learn math at the same time. Brilliant.

– I like this jewelry box.

Summer Ghosts.

An Adult’s Guide To Snapchat

– How to print on Brown Paper Bags. Fun.

Stephen Powers makes NYC streets less dull with his colorful, hand-painted signs

– Few things get New Yorkers riled up like a debate about where one neighborhood ends and the next begins. Here’s where you can test your knowledge: Draw where you think your neighborhood borders are on this map.

Sleeping soldiers. (via)

– The Tattly team weighs in the value of creative relationships

– These BUSINESS CARDigans made me laugh.

– Still floating on a cloud from last week’s New York Times Style’s Section Feature.

– Gah! Seriously awesome job alert: The MoMA in NYC is looking to hire an Interactive Designer!

Hearing Color

A few months ago I was at JFK and noticed this gentleman in front of me, about to go through security. I noticed his strange head piece and thought it was a fashion accesorry. So happy to stumble upon this video over on Shoko’s blog shedding some light. His name is Neil Harbisson. He is a colorblind artist with a surgically-implanted antenna that allows him to hear color. Wow!

Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

“You can say almost anything to someone if they feel safe. Likewise, you can hear almost anything, if you feel safe. Now let me be clear — I’m not suggesting negative feedback will make you feel giddy — but I am suggesting that if you feel psychologically safe you’ll be able to hear it, absorb it, reflect upon it.”

This article offers some fantastic insight in how to give and receive negative feedback.

(via Brian)

Interactive Explanation Why Time Flies

why time flies

Maximilian Kiener’s side project on the brevity of life explains why ‘time flies‘.

What is Essential

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint Exupery

With this suit…

with this suit

Graphic designer Nick Reeve lined his wedding suit with the text of all the messages he and his future wife had sent each other via the dating site where they met. Adorable.


Reply To That Email Already

reply to that email already

This is what my nightmares are made of. (By Adam JK)

The Slinky Machine

This Slinky Machine just made my kids heads explode. FUN!