A Secret Bookstore in New York City

This secret bookstore is just one of the many examples why I love NYC so much. I have so much respect for Michael Seidenberg, force behind Brazenwood Books.

(via Njeri and Open Culture)

Stackable Candles by Andrej Urem

Au collection Candle

My friend Jen gifted me this stunning Brooklyn made candle yesterday. It’s the design of Andrej Urem, who hand pours them here in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn. He has several designs that interlock, which means you can stack them. Not sure that’s practical but it sure is fun. Check out the entire collection and don’t let yourself deter you from the low-quality photography on his site. The candles are stunning!

Friday Link Pack

In this CreativeMornings talk Dallas Clayton shares what he calls ‘kid lessons,’ bite-size lessons that make your life and the lives of the people around you better.

- Rainbow tape dispenser. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face I don’t know what will.

- I *loved* this conversation at 99u between Jason Fried and Scott Heiferman.

- 10 Foreign Words We Need in English

- Thinking of switching mobile carriers? Check Sensorly for “unbiased” coverage maps of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and even smaller companies like Metro PCS and US Cellular. (via Kottke)

- Cyber-Seniors: You’re Never Too Old For The Internet

- Poligon is a collection of foldable metal sculptures inspired by the animal kingdom which you sculpt into their final shape yourself.

- Electric Powered Wakeboard. Way cool.

- Photographs of sightseers in the USA from the 1970s and 1980s

- The Evolution of Peggy Olson (Mad Men Supercut) (via)

- During a super short trip to Switzerland last week I noticed three Japanese ladies taking Selfie after Selfie with the help of a Selfie Click Stick. They were traveling together yet took photos of themselves. Odd.

- Schiller’s X1 lets you ride a bike on water, sort of.

- Currently reading and thoroughly enjoying: Give and Take

- I dig this little guy.

- These SUMO Egg Cups made me laugh.

- Anatomical Frog Brain Model. Why not?

- Duolingo – an interesting model for free language learning. You learn and at the same time help translate.

- This small white desk is quite beautiful. (And unusual looking.)

- Construction of the Flatiron Building, New York, ca. 1902.

- I am seriously tempted to buy this Panda (?) Bear Sweater for my four year old.

- Realistic looking Dorito Pin. Totally useless but made me laugh.

- Mike Monteiro gives good advice on what to avoid when presenting designs to a client.

- Great post by Joanna Goddard on 10 lessons she learned in her career.

- This Enamel Baking Set is seriously beautiful.

- A desk is becoming available at my DUMBO based co-working space Studiomates in November. Email desk (at) swiss-miss.com if interested.

- My friend Maggie Doyne, founder of Blink Now is looking to hire a Director of Development.

20 under 20

20 under 20

Love what Flickr is doing with 20 under 20: They combed Flickr for young artists and worked with a panel of judges to nominate and award 20 as the 20 most talented young photographers on Flickr.


“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”
—Tina Fey

15 Career Tips from Smart Women.

The Only Note To Self

“…This is the only note to self: other people are real. That’s all there is to learn. It takes forever, but you can start now.”

The Only Note To Self, by Frank Chimero

Steve Powers

I consider Steve Powers a Brooklyn typography superhero. The building featured in this video is directly outside my apartment building. It makes me smile every time I walk by.

Rush Hour

RUSH HOUR from Black Sheep Films on Vimeo.

(Thanks Dominie)

Leadership as Storytelling

Some interesting thoughts on leadership and storytelling by John Maeda. Are you subscribing to his Tinyletter newsletter? If not, you should. One of my favorites.

Hold Them Together

“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Felt Popsicles

Felt iCe Cream

I love felt and I love ice cream. Two thumbs up for Freezy Dream Treats.

Navigating the Open Sea of Knowledge

Thoughts on navigating the open sea of knowledge by Maria Popova.

Do One Thing Well

Do One Thing Well

Do One Thing Well. It’s Enough. Is it?

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2 Essential Rules in Sales

1. Never answer a question that the customer hasn’t asked.

2. Never provide information that the customer hasn’t requested.

2 Essential Rules Most Salespeople Forget, by Geoffrey James

(In some way, we are all in Sales, aren’t we?)

Friday Link Pack

Tripp and Tyler Share a Clever Collection of Life Hacks to Make Life Easier

- What’s the brief? (thanks)

- Wallet-Sized Engagement Ring Case for the Sneakiest of Proposals

- “The Eyefi Mobi Card automagically syncs to your phone, resulting in a 20-second DSLR-to-Instagram workflow.”

- This Three in One Wagon is supercool. Makes me want to be a three year old.

- 101 years after the first box of Crayola rolled off the factory line, Wired looks at how the iconic crayons are made.

- I would have never thought I’d say “wow, these guns are gorgeous”. But I just did: 1890′s Handguns decorated by Tiffany

- Different kind of broken systems

- A Five Story House that hangs off the edge of a cliff. Seriously.

- You drink coffee, I drink tea.

- Why Starbucks spells your name wrong

- Helicopter drawing by Adel Abdessemed. Makes my job look boring.

- Wow: A Glass Pot.

- Get Dancing.

- In the studio | Vera Wang.

- Here’s how you make a Classic French Apple Tart.

- How sugar affects the brain.

- Here’s how your newsletter looks in various desktop mail clients. Found in Mailchimp’s Email Design Reference. It teaches you everything you need to know to build a mobile-ready template.

- The fine folks over at Mule are looking to hire a Junior Designer.

Robot Nutcracker

Robot Nutcracker

I would gladly give this Robot Nutcracker a home.

Super Looper

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Super Looper. You have to try it! Make sure to put headphones on, then, get in the zone.

(via coudal)

Wes Anderson | Vehicles

Wes Anderson // Vehicles from Jaume R. Lloret on Vimeo.

(via Coudal)

NOI Worktable

Noi Worktable

Gasp! NOI Worktable by OHIO Design is the most beautiful, minimal giant desk I have ever seen. You can customize it in length and you can chose from a variety of surface materials. Me, I am all for white.

Type Safari with James Victore

A tour of Brooklyn and Queens with James Victore, looking at, talking about and trying to make sense of type on the street. Well done, Makeshift Society Brooklyn!

(Via Jacob)

Your Brain and Meditation

Dan Harris explains the neuroscience behind meditation and predicts that the exercise will soon become regularly scheduled maintenance, as commonplace as brushing your teeth or eating your veggies.

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Friday Link Pack

- Ever favorite Tweets but forget to get back to them? Hubble sends you a weekly email with your Twitter favorites. (thanks John)

- Did you see The Coolest? A Cooler Kickstarter project that managed to raise $13,285,226. (!!!)

- A simple tool for figuring retirement income

- Learn how much tip you’re supposed to leave based on the country you’re in. Tipthismuch.com

- I no longer have patience. (via)

- A Ping Pong Conference Table by Poppin. Wow!

- When was the last time you felt truly lit up?

- Joan Rivers’ funeral request is poetic in itself. I hope they honor it.

- The Handpresso, a travel-sized espresso maker.

- Love the stairs/built-ins in this small Paris apartment.

- I am tempted to apply to this Internship with Seth Godin.

- Classic 1934 Bourbon Cocktail Recipe Book

- If you’re worried at all about the security of your Apple ID, you should have two-step verification enabled. Allyson Kazmucha explains what it is and how to enable it. (via)

- Indoor Cat Reactions to Going Outside for the First Time (via)

- “It’s easy to say no if you love something.” A lesson.

- Yoko, my longest standing Tattly employee, one of the most wonderful people I have ever met, is looking to switch things up professionally. She is an extraordinary, hard-working, kind, super talented gem. You should hire her.

- Lovely 404 page.

- Antler toothbrush or headphones holder.

- Team Tattly is looking to find a Front-End Developer (with design skills).