To All Tired New Parents

“For every tired, overworked, bitter parent who tells you how much you won’t get done when you have kids, there’s a parent like John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, who talks about cradling his son in one arm, and picking out melodies on the piano with the other. Or George Saunders, who stole time from his office job for seven years to write the stories that would become CivilWarLand In Bad Decline. Or any number of moms and dads who make it work and make the work. They are out there. Find them. Hang out with them. Ask them how they do it. Let them be your role models.”

On writing post-fatherhood, by Austin Kleon

(via Chris Glass)

Friday Link Pack

Former CreativeMornings COO Kevin Huynh is a man of many talents. This is what he does when he is bored at an airport. Wow.

– Wow! The elevators of 1 World Trade Center show an animated time lapse that recreates the development of NYC’s skyline:

– A shoe that is able to adjust to a child’s growing foot.

– Stunning: Thin sheets of glass are arranged in gorgeous spiraling forms.

Sit. Feast on your life.

– Job related emails exchange gone love story.

– Everything will be ok. Comfort pocket box with sleeping fox.

– Great gift for kids: World Map Cushion.

Agile Domain Search is a beautifully designed domain name generator. Definitely helpful if you’re looking for that perfect startup name or domain.

– Interesting read: How Tall Can A Mountain Actually Be?

Bikestock kiosks are 24/7 accessible, self-service bicycle repair hubs for riders on the move.

– Kitchen Science: Use Peeps To Calculate The Speed Of Light

Daily Overview uses satellite photography to artistically show the places where humans have most impacted the landscape of the planet. Definitely following their Instagram.

– 6 online sites that will teach you to code.

The charm of hotels.

– Great read: 7 habits of highly effective teams

– YES! Pizza Towel! Of course!

Noon Pacific releases a weekly mixtape of the best music – every Monday at noon, Pacific time.

– Tattly Does Good: 80% of this Electric Guitar Tattly design by Julia Rothman will go directly to VH1 Save the Music Foundation, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools.

– Spark No.9 in NYC is looking for a design intern.

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Trust

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.”
– Frank Crane

Analog Memory Desk

analog memory desk

YES! This analog memory desk made me smile. I want one.

The Rise of the NYC Skyline

This is breathtaking: The elevators to the observatory atop 1 World Trade Center show an animated time lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline, from the 1500s to today.

Success

“Success is liking yourself,
liking what you do,
and liking how you do it.”
– Maya Angelou

(via @tbc_nyc)

CreativeMornings: Paula Scher

I am thrilled to share Paula Scher’s CreativeMornings talk in which she takes us through different types of ink she’s worked in and the way she feels about them.

You can see all the talks on INK, last month’s global theme, over on the CreativeMornings theme page.

Paula Scher’s event was generously hosted by the MoMA.

Friday Link Pack

cat by Mans SwanbergIllustration by Måns Swanberg

Quip aims to change the electric toothbrush game.

– ‘Distraction is a kind of obesity of the mind

– I want to stay here.

Six Shortcuts For Formatting Data In Excel

– Interesting answers on this Quora thread: How do you know you are on the right path in your life? (via)

– 13 vegetables that you can regrow again and again

– This made me laugh: Why Is Your Millennial Crying? (via)

CMYK Necklace: For your print designer friend.

SelfControl app helps you avoid distracting websites.

– A genius (and gentle) way to teach your child not to interrupt

– Loving these geometric rings.

– Nice new SOMA pitcher.

– A giant, creepy, realistic wool cat hat you can wear as a mask

– Design-y catnip: Goodnip. There’s a market for everything.

– Currently enjoying this book: How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work

– My studiomate Måns is a man of many talents. I just discovered his musical treats.

Gold Tattly make me happy.

– The fine folks at HappyCog in Philadelphia are looking to hire a Designer.

Design

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The Generosity Experiment

Sasha Dichter’s Generosity Experiment made me think. It’s all about leading with generosity.

Calder Style Mobile

Calder Style Mobile

One of my life dreams is to eventually own a real Calder Hanging Mobile. Until I find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, this one will do just fine.

Emma Backpack

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If there is such a thing as falling in love with a backpack, I just did: Emma.

A-holes: A type book

Did you know that there are at least two A-holes in every typeface? A-holes: A type book. File this under: It made me laugh.

Chilewich Coasters

Chilewich Coaster

I am no fan of coasters. Never cared from them. Until now. I discovered these from Chilewich.

How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?

How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?
How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?
How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?

How fast is 120 kilometers per hour? How heavy are 4 tons? Units of measure are abstract—until, that is, they are contrasted with other quantities. The juxtapositions in How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? make dimensions and measurements more comprehensible for children. It is filled with illustrations by Jan Van Der Veke, available in English and in German. I will totally get this for my kids.

The Fringe Benefits of Quitting

We don’t celebrate stopping things, changing our paths, or our minds. Just the opposite. We celebrate finishing things. In our race to finish–in our race to win–we underestimate the benefits of stopping. In this talk, Liz Danzico puts quitting under the microscope and consider its fringe benefits.

CreativeMornings: Elle Luna

In this CreativeMornings talk Elle Luna describes her path from designer to artist, following her dreams and choosing ‘must’ over ‘should’.

Do The Right Thing

I applaud companies that have grown to a sizable employee count but don’t lose their human touch. After all, a company is nothing other than a living breathing organism made out of humans. So why is it, that employees in BIG companies seem to lose all common sense and make decisions that hurt the business in the end?

I recently called Time Warner Cable and told them I would like to terminate our internet service as we are being evicted from our office building (it’s going residential) and the new building we’re moving into doesn’t offer their service. What happened was baffling: Their response was that I have to pay a $900 early termination fee for Tattly and CreativeMornings each.

Completely stunned at the absurdity of this, I tried to talk to a customer support, kindly explaining that this makes absolute no sense. We are moving to a location that DOESN’T offer their service. Why would we be punished for that?

All I got was: “There’s nothing I can do!”

If I would have been on the other side of that call, my soul would have shriveled up and died. I in fact feel for the Time Warner employee that wasn’t able to do the right thing.

Do you run a company? Do you make sure your employees have the power to do the right thing? I will make sure mine do.

Stevie Wonder

Last night I had the incredible privilege to see music legend Stevie Wonder in concert. What a talented human being! There is nothing I respect and admire more than masters in their craft and growing old gracefully, staying relevant and full of life.

Why You Should Be Nice

Stephen Post discusses the mental and physical benefits of altruistic behavior. So much of this resonates with the magic that is the global CreativeMornings volunteer family.

Big Juicy Creative Life

“What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65… and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life?”
– Anne Lamott

(via brain pickings)

The Habit of Reading

Habit-1

Lovely quote on this Habit of Reading screenprint.