Putting Thought Into Things

“If a website (or any artifact) lacks quality, it is not just one aspect that needs improvement and then it’s all good. Quality is not just the method, just the form, or just the content. The lack of quality doesn’t cumulate in a spot, it is fundamental. Quality is what holds form and content together.”
- Oliver Reichenstein

Putting Thought Into Things, by Oliver Reichenstein

Paper Plants

Paper Plants

Finally my not-so-green thumb can thrive: Paper Plants! Art We Heart comes out with the best stuff. You’ve seen the wall gardens, right?

Made me smile!

Your Attention

“We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we will fill them. Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need. Don’t let the media convince you to covet the lives of celebrities. Own your attention — it’s all you really have.”
- Jonathan Harris

Design Matters with Jonathan Harris

This World

This World

This World print by Wasted Rita.

(via Bas)

Friday Link Pack

Keith Yamashita, founder and chairman of SYPartners, spoke at PSFK Conference 2014 about the need to remain open-minded and receptive to new ideas as a creative person.

- Love this Seth Godin post on project management for work that matters

- Nick Knight interviews famous models about working with artists and photographers

- Focus – A Mac app to block distracting websites

- Selfie Toast.

- The CIA style guide goes online: now you can learn to write like a spy (via)

- Ryan tried to cancel his Comcast service. And he recorded the conversation. Painful.

- A TED-Ed Animation Explaining Why Tattoos Are Permanent

- Chase Jarvis’ 7 Habits for Creativity.

- “We are on a boat” matches people who would like to be on a boat, with people who are willing to share their boat.

- Welcome to the Era of the Side Hustle

- Lovely animation.

- Some oldie-but-goodie tips by Chase Jarvis for getting awesome shots on a budget.

- When pets interrupt Yoga. Funny.

- Since 1979, Jadav Payeng has dedicated his life to planting trees, creating a forest that has surpassed the scale of New York’s Central Park.

- Snail Mail My Email is a collaborative art project where volunteers handwrite strangers’ emails and send physical letters to the intended recipients, free of charge.

- This made me cry.

- Don’t carry it unicorn-style. Hold it a few inches above the top of your head, then go forth into that murky filth that is rainy New York. A Pedestrian’s Guide to Walking in New York City With An Umbrella

- A gold Tattly. Gold!

- My friends and studiomates of Oak are looking to hire a Design/Dev intern.

Start Where You Are

“Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.”
- Arthur Ashe

Doing That Thing On Your Own

“You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple saying, but it’s true…The only way to start being asked to do something you want to do is to start doing that thing on your own.”
- Jonathan Harris

Beautiful feature in The Great Discontent

Will Lisak of Etwas

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Will Lisak of Etwas believes in old school craftsmanship. I am completely in love with his Standard No. 3 Bag.

What are you looking at?


31011_1Observation Notebook

This is the most charming notebook I have ever seen. It’s based based on the one Jason Polan uses while moving around and sketching the world. He holds his notebook close to his face when he draws, so he thought it would be appropriate to put eyes on the notebook’s back side. LOVE!

Perfect, Crispy Bacon

Here’s how you make perfect, crispy bacon:

1. Line a pan with the bacon. You can use a glass baking pan, a steel or aluminum baking sheet, or even a cast iron pan.
2. Put the pan into a cold, unheated oven. Use the middle rack.
3. Set the oven to bake at 400°F (204°C).
4. Set the timer for 20 minutes. It may take a bit more or less time, depending on your oven.
5. Remove the pan from the oven. Place the bacon on a plate (or a plate lined with a paper towel if you’re grease averse).
6. Enjoy the best, crispiest, most delicious bacon you’ve ever had.

Thanks Bacon Method for teaching me to put the bacon in a COLD oven. Ah!

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Computer Virus Catalog

Computer Virus Catalog

Bas van de Poel is the force behind Computer Virus Catalog, an “illustrated guide to to the worst viruses in computer history.”

(via Khoi)

Social Good Ipsum

Social Good Ipsum

Social Good Ipsum is Hyperakt’s spin on the Lorem Ipsum generator, pulling words and phrases from the humanitarian, do-gooder world they are immersed in. Because wouldn’t you rather “Equal opportunity mobilize; Global, accessibility, fairness NGO support; technology. Invest billionaire philanthropy humanitarian relief natural resources outcomes. Peaceful overcome injustice collaborative cities, gender rights youth change-makers save the world” than a string of Latin?

Go ahead, try adding a little compassion to your comps: socialgoodipsum.com

Portraits in Creativity: Maira Kalman

Portraits in Creativity

The talented and delightful Gael Towey recently started a short film series called Portraits in Creativity in which she documents artists and their inspirations, revealing the courage and curiosity that propel the creative act.

Last night she launched her latest short film on illustrator Maira Kalman. It’s a deep yet humorous glimpse into Maira’s world, a woman I hugely admire. Watch it.

(In 2012 Maira gave a beautiful Maira’s CreativeMornings talk)

Welcome to the Era of the Side Hustle

Inspiring TEDx talk by Jullien Gordon on the importance of a side hustle.

(via 99u)

Net Neutrality Matters (And What You Can Do To Help)

Thanks College Humor for breaking down NetNeutrality. Also, go to dearfcc.org to make your voice heard!

This Makes Me Uncomfortable

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My studiomate Carly put together this Pinterest board titled “This Makes Me Uncomfortable“. It’s so bad it’s good. Just what I needed after a day of looking at Excel spreadsheets.

Dot Desk

Dot Desk

I find this Dot Desk over on the Land of Nod quite charming. Perfect for a small corner desk in a small apartment.

Daniel Dennet on how to compose a successful critical commentary

1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.

2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).

3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.

4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.

- Daniel Dennet

From this brain pickings blog post.

Tattly Super Set (Top 100)

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Last week Tattly launched the brand new SUPER SET whiche contains their top 100 super sellers! Plus a bonus “Super” Tattly by Oliver Jeffers! The Super Set is enclosed in a sturdy, shiny, hinged-lid tin with “Super” screen printed by Brooklyn-based Haven Press.

(Psst.. Today’s the last day you can get it 50% off. As well as all of the other 400+ Tatty designs over at Tattly.com. Yay for birthday sales!)

You & I (Nobody In The World)

Beautiful video by John Legend. (Late to the game. I know.)

(via Carly)

♥ / Edward Tufte, Presenting Data and Information, one-day course

A big thank you to Edward Tufte for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed.

EDWARD TUFTE, PRESENTING DATA AND INFORMATION, ONE-DAY COURSE
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Lectures by Jonathan Corum, Randall Munroe = xkcd, Maria Popova, Edward Tufte
Seattle, August 7

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Tattly Turns 3 (Birthday Sale!)

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Three years ago today I posted about the launch of Tattly. Today, we have a team of 14 shipping orders around the world. Never in a million years would I have imagined Tattly would grow the way it did. Talk about a humbling experience!

To celebrate the occasion, we will take 50% off your order with discount code TATTLY3. This sale lasts as long as a Tattly – up to 5 days! Happy our Tattly birthday to you!

Magical Pool

Next time you jump into a pool, watch out, you might come out like this lady… Did you know Tattlys are waterproof? (They just really don’t like moisturizer, that will take them off!)

(Thanks to Nic and Ace for putting this video together. And a big giant thank you to my friends Kim & Jiro for letting us use their beautiful pool!)