Being Defined by What the Create

“We have to stop being defined by what we own, and start being defined by what we create.”
— Mark Stevenson

Watch the CreativeMornings talk this quote is from.

Giving

“No one has ever become poor from giving.”
Anne Frank

First hangable Kid Cup – PhillUp by Puj

Love this hangable kid cup by Puj.

Freaker For Your Feet!

The fine folks of Freaker are at it again: They just launched a new (and wonderfully absurd) Kickstarter campaign. First they made cozys for drinks, now they aim to take over the world of socks. I am so totally backing this.

UPDATE: They have 20h to go. Come on everyone, let’s rally and make these sock dreams happen!

(Remember their first Kickstarter campaign? One of the best videos I have seen…)

Bookniture

BOOKNITURE unfolds from a book to a multifunctional furniture. I love this.

Friday Link Pack

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– Great read: Whale hunting or scale hunting? by Ben Chestnut

– I totally want this popcorn machine.

Getting out of a bad place, by Derek Sivers

– In AT&T’s 1976 interview with Sir Arthur C. Clarke, he describes in great detail the gadgets and technology we have today, 39 years later.

– This would come in handy in our house: Universal USB rainbow charger.

A Way To Go, a beautiful, interactive web game. Try it!

Swell makes truly stunning water bottles.

Beacon Reader is the Kickstarter for Journalism.

– Coming up with a good story is often a struggle for Ella (8) when she does her writing assignment homework. This is exactly what Storymatic Cards were invented for. Totally picking these up.

Why you should tell your children how much you make, by Ron Lieber

– In case you ever wanted to learn the Estonian alphabet. Here you go. File this under random YouTube find.

– Ewww… Mapping the Bacteria in New York’s Subways

Meet Darcy the hedgehog. Cute overload.

– Parenting expert has nerve to tell you how to raise your kids

– Always good to go back to this one: Give it five minutes, by Jason Fried

– After years of having difficulty finding high quality early reader books outside of schools, reading specialist Kyla Ryman founded Home Grown Books. I saw her books at the trade show this week. They’re stunning.

– Looks like a book I’d read: Parting It Out – Writing on Graphic Design

– Here’s a fantastic job opportunity for a NYC based Senior Graphic Designer; Local Projects is hiring!

Flicks: Mobile Speaker and Projector

Flicks is a Bluetooth speaker and LED projector – all in one. This is awesome. I want one.

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Jessica Hische and Forever Love

That talented Jessica Hische! Here’s an interview with her on her recent USPS Forever Stamp design. What a talent!

Life

“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
– William James

Urban Yoga

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Artist, architect, dancer and yoga teacher Anja Humljan is the force behind the Urban Yoga project. Filed under made me look.

Ben Chestnut’s 5 Rules for a Creative Culture

There’s not many CEOs I admire as much as MailChimp Co-founder Ben Chestnut. I keep reminding myself of his 5 rules for a creative culture:

1. Avoid rules. Avoid order. Don’t just embrace chaos, but create a little bit of it. Constant change, from the top-down, keeps people nimble and flexible (and shows that you want constant change).

2. Give yourself and your team permission to be creative. Permission to try something new, permission to fail, permission to embarrass yourself, permission to have crazy ideas.

3. Hire weird people. Not just the tattoo’d and pierced-in-strange-places kind, but people from outside your industry who would approach problems in different ways than you and your normal competitors.

4. Meetings are a necessary evil, but you can avoid the conference room and meet people in the halls, the water cooler, or their desks. Make meetings less about delegation and task management and more about cross-pollination of ideas (especially the weird ideas). This is a lot harder than centralized, top-down meetings. But this is your job — deal with it.

5. Structure your company to be flexible. Creativity is often spontaneous, so the whole company needs to be able to pivot quickly and execute on them (see #1).

If you enjoyed this, I’d recommend you watch Ben’s CreativeMornings talk. I guarantee you it’s 40minutes well spent.

NomNom Cat Bowl

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I am not even a cat person but yet I am getting excited over this smartly designed cat bowl by Hepper. The tray forms a moat around the bowls that catches whatever falls to the side.

Donkey Kong

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Not sure why but I just remembered playing Donkey Kong as a kid but I just Googled it and found this site that allows you to play the game. There’s also Pacman, Mario and Galaga. Enjoy!

Craftholic Dolls

How incredibly cute are these Craftholic cuddly creatures?

Friday Link Pack

How to win at rock-paper-scissors

Life Hacks Anyone Over 50 Should Know

The Executive Coloring Book

– In case you wondered why the unicorns are extinct.

Fix your computer hunch and other posture problems in 30 seconds

– A mold to make your hard-boiled egg look like a chick. Made me laugh.

– This megaphone iPhone speaker made me chuckle.

– The Uncommon Surfboard gives you the feeling of bodysurfing with the speed and control of surfing. And it fits into a bike basket.

– A mini Raclette table grill for a dinner of two.

– A flask to hold ex boyfriend tears. Made me chuckle.

– This is cool: New Sonos logo design pulses like a speaker when scrolled

The Challenge for Today’s Parents, a talk by Shefali Tsabary at NY-Presbyterian Hospital

The UX Reader, a compilation of articles from Mailchimp’s UX team, is now available for free!

– Virtual reality porn reactions on Oculus from first-time virtual reality Viewers

– Wow, I wonder if I will ever have to use a service like Kontainers: Real-time booking of freight shipping containers.

– Xero in San Francisco is looking for a Product Design Director.

– Psst… All Tattly Stationery is currently on sale. Send a letterpress printed card with a temporary tattoo inside.

Interview with the inventor of Sugru

Ian Sanders just posted this wonderful interview with one of my industry heroes, Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, the inventor of Sugru.

Tipsy Writer

Tipsy Writer

The Tipsy Writer is a pen holder weighted by a half brass, half wooden ball. Lovely.

Meet Easton LaChappelle

Easton LaChappelle taught himself robotics and combined open source designs with 3D printing to create a completely functional prosthetic arm. Humbling and inspiring.

Folding Bunk Bed

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A minimal folding bunk bed for tight quarters. I like.

How to Find Fulfilling Work

The key to finding fulfilling work is to think a lot, analyse one’s fears, understand the market, reflect on capitalism – and to watch this film.

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

Woah! This brand new mini site by Squarespace just stopped me in my tracks. (see what I did there?)

Squarespace believes that the world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest – that’s why they teamed up with Jeff Bridges who created sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night’s rest.

100% of the retail price from each album sold goes directly to No Kid Hungry. Sleep better and do good.

Well done, Squarespace.

The Vipp Shelter

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This minimalist prefab called VIPP Shelter is simply breathtaking. Click through to IGNANT for more photos.

Frozen Bubbles

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Photographer Angela Kelly beautifully documents bubbles her son blows in freezing temperatures. Stunning.