The Floyd Leg

The Floyd Leg

Love the brilliantly simple system behind The Floyd Leg. Ideal for people that move often.

(via Krissy)

Swing Bin

I blogged about the beautiful Swing Bin in February of 2010. At the time, it was just a concept, and now, with this Kickstarter campaign, we are all one step closer to owning our own. The Swing Bin is so sculptural that at first glance you might not notice that it is a waste bin. Its diagonal opening has been dramatically cut with a wooden lid, a lid that swings and tilts.

I am so totally supporting Shigeichiro Takeuchi’s Kickstarter campaign. You?

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Maria Popova: 7 Things I Learned

As part of CreativeMornings‘ fifth birthday last year, my friend Maria Popova talked about 7 things she’s learned. I keep coming back to this one. Here’s the blog post she wrote based on the mini talk she wrote the day before and based her talk on.

In Tune With What You Love

“…the difference between people who are successful and not are that those who are successful seemed to know from the age of 7 or 8, maybe older, they’re very in tune with what they love. I compare it to a voice inside their head, not literally a voice but something that says “you really are drawn to this subject” and they hear it throughout their lives. For me it was writing and books, since I was a kid. At any time I deviated from that love and went into something else, I was just so unhappy and I knew that I wasn’t doing the right thing. It’s just this voice that keeps drawing you back to what you really, really love.”
- Robert Greene

Found the above quote via this blog post, feed your head + find your soul, by Justine Musk. Something I think about a lot, hoping I’ll be able to help my kids find what they really, really love.

Water Trampoline

Water Trampoline

I saw this image and thought: Must buy a lake! Then this aqua trampoline. Oh, the fun that would be had!

Friday Link Pack

Broadway cast of ‘The Lion King’ takes over NYC subway, sings ‘Circle of Life’ I love this city. So much.

- 5 Hard-to-kill houseplants

- Couple Performs ‘You’re the One That I Want’ From ‘Grease’ in Sign Language While Driving

- OMG. This. Is. Hilarious: How to stop a baby from crying by Katy Perry Dark Horse

- What the heck is toothpaste anyway?

- “Google to collect data to create a full picture of what a healthy human being is.” (via)

- Uber keeps impressing me with how they push their service forward. Now, you can ‘car pool‘.

- Discover the saddest, most lonely tweets you ever tweeted. (Can it be that I had only one sad tweet out of 22.8k tweets total? I doubt it!)

- Here’s what Brooklyn Summer looked like in 1974

- This dad wins.

- Wow, Accurat does some seriously legit information design.

- The Art of Not Moving, with Laure Courtellemont. The latest installment of the urban dance video newsletter called Why Aren’t We Dancing by Yoko Ohama.

- Layer Tennis is back! I once participated in a global match. Most stressful 15 minutes of my life.

- Just re-watched this conversation between Gary Vaynerchuk and Chase Jarvis.

- Infographic: Porn Vs. Real Sex, Explained In Food

- Most spoken language by NYC neighborhood – aside from English or Spanish. (via)

- The fine folks over at Brooklyn based Hyperakt are looking to hire a front-end developer.

Bus Stop

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Now, that’s a Bus Stop. Go Baltimore!

(via)

Birch Tree Wall Decal

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I have a thing for birch trees. Totally ok with these wall decals if I can’t have the real thing…

♥ / Zuki — WordPress Theme by Elmastudio

A big thank you to Elmastudio for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.

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Pitching Like A Girl

“I don’t want to be afraid to say what I haven’t yet figured out or to give realistic projections of what we can deliver when. As a designer, I never promised a client anything I couldn’t deliver, and I won’t start now as a founder.”

Pitching Like a Girl, by Ellen Johnston

A Better Queue

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A Better Queue lets you filter Netflix’s instantly streaming movies by Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, number of reviews, years, and genres. It also lets you add movies straight to your queue. Awesome!

(Thanks Jake)

Charlie Kim on Company Culture

I recently had the pleasure to meet Charlie Kim of a Manhattan based technology firm called Next Jump. He is a remarkable example of a founder and CEO that is all about seeing his employees grow, not only in skill but in character.

Charlie has developed multitude of internal company culture programs that range from an in-house mentor program, to fitness programs, as well an internal university.

He has also developed a staff inclusive hiring process that guarantees a new hire never to be fired. Charlie Kim sees a new hire similar to a family adopting a new family member. If your kid underperforms you nurture and help them, don’t kick them out.

Charlie’s work is nothing short of impressive and just like him, I want my employees to feel cared for and I want them to be proud to work for me.

Charlie is a huge role model to me when it comes to how he thinks about company culture. Watch his keynote at the Colorado Health Symposium and you’ll see why.

Simon Sinek mentions Charlie in his most recent TED talk.

Pushing On

Found this music video over on Booooooom. Well done.

Sabine Finkenauer

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Absolutely enamored by Sabine Finkenauer‘s minimalist collages.

(via Booooooom)

Friday Link Pack

- 75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

- Vintage pictures of people surfing. Love this.

- Before you tell yourself that your idea is too ambitious, too unrealistic, too pie-in-the-sky; remember that once there were no planes. There were no rockets to take us into space. There were no computers: Yes to Moonshot Thinking.

- “The most productive people work for 52 minutes at a time, then break for 17 minutes before getting back to it.” The Rule of 52 and 17: It’s Random, But it Ups Your Productivity

- Weekend is here, that means I’ll be perusing Yummly for weekend recipes.

- 23 defining traits of a good teacher (boss, mentor, friend)

- It’s a rug. It’s a coffee table. It’s both!

- Mathematically correct breakfast.

- Lucky Lou – this made me smile. Totally showing my kids tonight!

- The Natural History Museum now hosts sleepovers for grown-ups. This is so cool.

- Uh, yeah, it’s business time! (via)

- Turn any iOS divide into a free monitoring camera. (via)

- Scaling Global Forgiveness One Email at a Time

- Excellent post on third-party Twitter apps. I am particularly intrigued by Happy Friends. Think of it as a mailbox-type reader for Twitter.

- “When Justin discovered that his wife Meghan didn’t want to have any photos taken during her pregnancy, he decided that he still wanted to document the special time. So with a great sense of humor leading the way, Justin hired a professional photographer to take the photos of him instead.”

- When Do Kids Realize They’re Going to Grow Up? The video in this post is so sad and adorable at the same time. So many feels.

- “Sinatra, the singer, actor, director, film producer and conductor, left behind a very detailed will. It was 21 pages long and included a “no contest clause” which prohibited various legal actions, preventing his family from fighting in court. If someone in his family engaged in any prohibited legal actions, they would be completely disinherited.” 3 Lessons to Learn from Celebrity Estate Planning

- “Cool your jets. Take a step back and calmly assess the situation.” – Jen Mussari during this Pencil VS Pixel interview.

- Postcard Club promotes handmade postcard swaps between artists around the world, as well as celebrating the wonderful practice of mail art. (via coudal)

- Just Keep Making.

- Your photos on Marshmallows. Seriously.

- I keep coming back to this minimal loft bed. Would love to build something similar for my daughter’s room.

- Do you know that if you post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #Tattly it will show up on Tattlygram. (assuming there’s a Tattly in the photo, of course)

- Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience.

- Warby Parker in Soho, NYC, is looking to hire a UX Designer

To Be Missed

“Do you know what people want more than anything? They want to be missed. They want to be missed the day they don’t show up. They want to be missed when they’re gone.”
- Seth Godin

Can ordinary people become leaders?

(via explore)

You Are Not A Storyteller

(via David)

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Workspace Organization System of Little Red Boxes

I love boxes. And I love seeing how other people organize their stuff. Knowing that, you will understand why I love this short video by filmmaker Casey Neistat in which he explains a clever organizational system, consisting of 39 little red boxes.

Key Tags

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These key tags by Three Potato Four made me smile.

Scouted

Scouted

The makers behind Scouted want to bring a human element to local recommendations by putting the people first, not the location. There are no editors, no experts, no curators—well, a little on the homepage—just real, honest people talking about the places they love. Scouted is encouraging you to find places that match your taste through the people who actually go there.

Find some like minded people and check out the places they enjoy. Share your own recommendations and help others discover your favorite places and activities.

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Tattly Subscriptions

Tattly Subscription

Tattly just relaunched their Subscription: Instead of signing up every 6 months, they are available all of the time!

You can choose between a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription for yourself or a friend. That means you or your friend will receive 10 Tattlys in your mailbox every month for the length of your subscription! And your first shipment will come in a “Oh, Hello” canvas zip pouch. Learn more about the subscription here.

Origins of Common UI Symbols

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Do you ever think about where some of the common UI Symbols we interact with on a daily basis come from? The Power Button, Bluetooth or @ symbol? More here: Origins of Common UI symbols.