Friday Link Pack

(thanks Jessica)

- The art of Japanese gift wrapping. (thanks Yoko)

- Time to vote: 2014 Public Radio Bracket Madness.

- How to Join Girls Dancing on the Floor. (YouTube, you never cease to amaze.)

- Love this Cake Stand.

- My kids *love* using JibJab.

- For the love of Money, by Sam Polk

- “Your grandparents probably drank twice as much coffee as you do.” Read more here.

- Need a simple crafts project for your kids this weekend? We love these Easy Sewing Cards.

- Emily Cohen can help you Take the Pain out of Proposals & Pricing with her Skillshare class.

- Oh the memories: Sony Walkman TPS-L2

- This bird house made me laugh.

- This 12 year old drummer is so legit. Watch it. (via)

- Oh, NYC, you look good from above.

- Excited for the Shaun the Sheep Movie to be released.

- NYTNow is a brand new app by the New York Times featuring the day’s biggest stories, summarized by a team of editors in the Times newsroom.

- If you like built in shelfing systems, you’ll probably dig this loft.

- I wish my hair would cooperate with this bun technique.

- You order some stuff on the Internet and it shows up three hours later. Radiolab looked into the magical process.

- Fred Wilson shares some thoughts on Tweeting vs Blogging.

- My son pointed at one of his superheroes this morning asking me what his name was. I had no idea. Now I know. It was Cyborg.

- James Victore says There Ain’t No Rules.

- My friends at Tinybop are looking to hire a iOS Play Engineer and a iOS Developer (C++ focus).

Fiercely Curious

Fiercely Curious

Fiercely Curious lets you buy local Brooklyn art online. Love this idea. I believe in the buying local, not just when it comes to my veggies.

Habit List

Habit List

I have been trying to change up my daily routines a bit and form new habits. So, when Jessica told me about Habit List last night I made sure to download it asap. It looks just like the app I’ve been waiting for to help me stay focused and on track with my new daily goals. It’s the little things that make a big difference, isn’t it?

The Expert

I have in fact been in a meeting just like this one.

(via Seth Godin)

CreativeMornings in Copenhagen, Rio + Charleston

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CreativeMornings is searching for three outstanding organizers who want to bring CreativeMornings to: Copenhagen (Denmark), Charleston (USA), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). To kickstart these chapters, the chosen organizers will each receive a $1000 (USD) starter sponsorship from Squarespace for their first events.

In the last five years, 71 volunteer teams have hosted over 1000 free CreativeMornings lectures to create an open, accessible space for their local creative communities to meet up and share ideas. Interested? Learn more here.

4 Minute Workout

Quick 4 is based on the concept of high intensity interval training (HIIT). It follows the popular Tabata protocol, a regimen originally used by Japanese Olympic athletes. It’s similar to the much talked about 7 Minute Workout.

Quick 4 is free for download for two days only.

Kaleidoscope Portraits

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I am totally mesmerized by these Kaleidoscope Portraits by Norg Nodis.

Pibal Bicycle


A bicycle crossed with a scooter? Yes, please! It’s a brainchild of Philippe Starck and car company Peugeot. It’s only a prototype for now, but I sure do hope it will go into production!

Mad Lettering Skills

Designer Tom Williams filmed two gentlemen road painters painting a bus stop. They show some mad lettering skills! You’d think they’d use a pencil but they don’t.

♥ / Edward Tufte, Presenting Data and Information, 1-day course

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

Chicago, April 14, 15
San Jose, May 5
San Francisco, May 7, 8, 9
Bethesda, June 3
Arlington, June 5, 6
Seattle, Portland, Denver, August

Lecture at University of Illinois,
Urbana/Champaign, Foellinger Auditorium, April 10, 7pm

Art exhibit at Fermilab Art Gallery,
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory,
Batavia, IL, April 15 – June 26

Lectures by Jonathan Corum, Bret Victor, Mike Bostock, Edward Tufte,
San Jose, May 6

Givers and Takers

“People tend to have one of three ‘styles’ of interaction. There are takers, who are always trying to serve themselves; matchers, who are always trying to get equal benefit for themselves and others; and givers, who are always trying to help people.”

Wharton Professor Adam Grant Explains Why The Most Successful People Are Givers, by Drake Baer

Native New Yorker

I am so totally not a Native New Yorker. But I sure do call New York my home, so this song from 1977 made me smile. Native New Yorker is a song written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell and was a 1977 hit single for the dance band Odyssey.

Best Drying Rack

While I find it quite bold that they called their drying rack the Best Drying Rack. I admit I am intrigued by its shape.

Invisible Tattly

Invisible Tattly

We *just* launched our very first Invisible Tattly in collaboration with Mario the Magician.

It feels good to innovate.

Let’s Remember to…

be kind

… be kind. I’d totally hang this banner in my office.

Google Magic Hand

Google Japan wins this April Fools Day.

Jen Mussari’s Brooklyn

My talented studiomate Jen Mussari is currently featured as a finalist in My Life in VOGUE. I am totally voting for her. Join me?

Communication Patterns

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Loved this Business Insider article on cultural communication patterns. As someone who grew up in Switzerland and then moved to the USA at 26, I can attest that there are clearly different communication styles at play.

British linguist Richard D. Lewis charted communication patterns as well as leadership styles and cultural identities in his book, “When Cultures Collide“.

Read the Article.

Build-On Brick Mug

Build-On Brick Mug

There are no toys allowed at the breakfast table in our house. This might change with the Build-On Brick Mug. Get your LEGO on!

Thinking Cap

Thinking Cap

Put on your Thinking Cap. Literally. Made me smile.

Friday Link Pack

(My kids have this song on repeat at our house. I dig the Jimmy Fallon version)

- Stina Persson launched a new print over on Wonderwall. (Her elephant decorates our studio walls!)

- Astronaut Chris Hadfield covers Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in space.

- The Take-Off Light by fifti-fifti is a DIY design that allows you to customize your own geometric lamp shade. (via)

- Bloom Blanket by Bianca Cheng Costanzo.

- This must be the coolest dad ever.

- I want this in NYC: 300ft Water Slide for Commuters

- Tofu varieties: What’s the difference?

- “Everyone’s a sucker for talking about the things they love, so if you ask people to share their discoveries, you’re going to be taken on a magical, drunken journey with some new friends.” Three Things to Say by Frank Chimero

- Slow Life. Fascinating.

- Veto Vito is a portrait of Vito Acconci and the latest project by Jonathan Harris.

- I had the chance to drive in a Tesla today. I don’t usually get excited about cars, but this made me giddy.

- The other day we Image Google Searched Pizza Slice Tattoo. I have no words.

- Nothing made me happier this week than seeing the kids of Kopila Valley having fun with Tattly.

- The SnapRays Guidelight – a modern twist on nightlights.

- Milton Glaser Critiques Modern Beer Art (via)

- Fun: Whisk Tealight holders.

- GNTLMN sells limited edition accessories and home goods for gentlemen
and the stories behind them.

- “What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets” Shows Stunning Portraits Of Daily Meals (via)

- Do you know someone really awesome in Charleston, Copenhagen or Rio?

- I met Jason Travis, force behind the Flickr Persona project today. (Someone please offer him a book deal. I’d buy it.)

- Etsy is looking to hire an iOS Engineer.

Who Dares Wins

how dares wins

So good.

Crest Brass Bottle Opener


What a beautiful bottle opener this is! Wow! How perfect when a mundane object like a bottle opener has such decorative and sculptural qualities.

Shelterwood Field Notes

Shelterwood Fielnotes

Oh my! The 22nd Field Notes Colors seasonal release is made of wood! The “Shelterwood” edition features covers made from actual American Cherry wood. The fine folks behind Field Notes never cease to amaze. Watch the making off video here.

Hat tip to Jim Coudal and team!