Design Canada

Looking forward to watch the documentary Design Canada, which will premiere this June in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

You Don’t Have To Live Life By The Rules

I have been following Mr.Bingo’s work for a long time and was excited to see that Do Lectures uploaded a talk he gave at Teen Do last year. He is as weird, fast and bubbly as I imagined him to be. Consider me a fan.

Renée Gouin

Love this monotype print by Renée Gouin!

The Perogative of Adulthood

“We aren’t in relationships to suffer in silence or fury; we may have come from unhappy muzzled childhoods, but it is the prerogative of adulthood to be able to complain; we simply need to give ourselves the space and compassion to learn to do so successfully, which means, with an absence of sarcasm or rage.”

How to Complain So a Partner Will Listen

Tic Tac Trivet


A Tic-Tac-Toe game and a trivet!? YES PLEASE!

10 Ways To Have A Better Conversation

I definitely will take this talk by Celeste Headlee to heart. Time to take an honest look at how I ‘listen’.

Friday Link Pack

– Wow! The Evolution of the Alphabet

– Matthew Smith created a simple Typefoundry directory and shared it with the world.

– The mighty Paula Scher on Hurry Slowly. Worth a listen.

Mark Nixon photographs well loved stuffed animals.

– Are you looking for a job? CreativeMornings now has a job board.

This Radiolab episode is fascinating and terrifying. What we think is credible will be soon not be so simple to discern.

– A study by Harvard University scientists confirms that meditating regularly can improve both your physical and mental health!

This house! The pool! Gah!

– Oh, I like this modern cat scratcher/house.

– A moving read: The silence: The legacy of childhood trauma

– I think these cement planters are beautiful.

Fake Instagrams are one of the last refuges of the authentic online self (via)

– Some of the world’s most beautiful banknotes.

Soft robots. Wow!

– Love this kids girls shirt: La fille du futur! (via Joanna)

– My friend Bekka makes these colorful jewelry trays. I love mine.

Hey Zuckerberg, ‘well shucks’ isn’t enough from a billionaire.

LEGO compatible furniture.

– This made me chuckle: A messenger that forces people to converse using just GIFs

I can relate.

Where Your Cat Wants to Be Petted, According to Science

– The panorama feature on your phone is great to create cute little cars when you scan a highway with it. This made me laugh.

– The Tattly Mermaid by Jessi Preston makes me giggle.

– It’s been an incredible week for me and my team. We launched the LinkedIn of the creative world. We call it CreativeGuild.

Greatness

“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.”
Leo Tolstoy

Mac OS Archives

Oh the memories: A collection of early Apple Computer User Interfaces.

Crisis

“Crisis takes place when the old has not died and the new has still not been born.”
– Bertolt Brecht

From my current favorite Instagram account / website called Nitch.

My Own Self

“I am the architect of my own self, my own character and destiny. It is no use whingeing about what I might have been, I am the things I have done and nothing more.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

Chris Buzelli

Absolutely loving Chris Buzelli’s illustration style.

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Interactive and Participatory Art

One & Other work on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Anthony Gormley left the burden of the performance entirely in the hands of the audience members, each of whom applied to win the spotlight for an hour.

(via)

Set Yoga Videos

Setu is an inclusive yoga community that supports and promotes diversity. And now, the site has a section where you can follow classes. Setu is a labor of love started by Libby Nicholoau.

Phone Detox

The School of Life created Phone Detox, a palm-sized book filled with insights, ideas and meditations about the complex relationship we have with our phones.

Personal News: Introducing The CreativeGuild

I am ANXCITED over what I am about to share:

For nearly a decade CreativeMornings, an organization I started, has been bringing together people who are driven by passion and purpose, who support one another, and are collectively raising the bar on what it means to be creative.

Today, we’re launching the CreativeGuild where we will be translating our face-to-face community values to an online network for creatives. We like to think of it like LinkedIn, but for the creative world. .

This is something I wished existed 19 years ago, when I first moved to NYC and would Google ‘design studio NYC’ to find companies to apply to. All these years later, there is still no broad directory of creative companies, until now.

The CreativeGuild will start out as a global directory of creative companies and jobs but with an ambitious product roadmap ahead of us that will make it evolve into much more, a place for creatives to meet, that will open doors to new connections and opportunities. (The individual profiles will undergo a major upgrade next!)

Where other social networks are leaving me wanting more; more connection, more inspiration, more control over my data – we’re taking what we have learned with our face-to-face events and are aiming to create a more human experience.

What if, there was a place on the Internet that optimizes for opportunities instead of advertisements? An internet that is more interested in how you show up as a human, than how your data shows up in an algorithm? An internet that believed online experiences should feel more like face-to-face interactions?

I believe this version of the Internet can exist. Help me make it a reality.

Join the CreativeGuild.

Beginning

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – – Plato

Cards for Perspective

School of Life launched Cards for Perspective: A set of 20 cards featuring fresh perspectives through which to look at life. LOVE!

Permanent Press Editions

How delightful are these framed photographs by Permanent Press Editions? A Brooklyn baed business, founded by Shana Faust and Alexa Mulvihill, dedicated to creating original photographs that are meticulously crafted and archivally printed.

Peak Design Backpack

I couldn’t help but admire my friend Jesse’s backpack from Peak Design. Super smart in its design, it comes with side openings, modular configuration of the inside and expandable external side pockets, just to mention a few features. Also, stylish!

WISP Broom and Dustpan

I weirdly got one of these WISP Broom and Dustpan sent to me last year. I laughed at it. Yet, I took it home and now it’s my favorite cleaning devices I own. It looks a bit awkward, yes, but it has changed the way I feel about sweeping. This is probably one of the very few times where I broke my personal rule of an object having to be aesthetically pleasing to be allowed into my house. The WISP is ugly but oh-so-functional.

Growing Kidney Bean

Will show this to my kids. But I admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it myself.

Friday Link Pack

If you haven’t seen Jacques Tati’s Playtime, look it up.

Uniqlo has a collection honoring Eames

4 Types of Leaders

This Twitter account is full of pure gold.

– This story of a man being banned from a hotel is hilarious. (via Clay)

– My sister and brother-in-law are visiting from Switzerland and they got me hooked on Geocaching. The world’s biggest treasure hunt.

Marimekko And Uniqlo’s Collaboration Is A Midcentury Dream

– School of Visual Arts Presents 99 Hours of Free Photography Lecture

Every IKEA catalogue since 1951. (via)

A database of women of color, queer women, and nonbinary folks working in the food world.

– These combo cards look fun!

Hermetica – A Library of Occult Symbols for Designers

This Tweet made me laugh.

– My 8y/o son is hooked on this game called Chuchel. The illustration style is supercool!

Debbie Millman designed a t-shirt with a statement I tweeted! FUN!

– “What you resist, persists. That is because, by your continued attention to it in a negative way, you continue to place it there.”

Unearthed footage of Sylvester Stallone/Carl Weathers Choreography for Rocky in 1976

– Beautiful, strange, minimal hangers.

– “I have a little different definition of evil than most people. When you have the opportunity and the ability to do good and you do nothing, that’s evil. Evil doesn’t always have to be an overt act. It can be merely the absence of good.” Patagonia vs. Donald Trump

– The new American Tattly set by Jessi Preston is flying off the shelves. The mermaid is awesome.

– Big thanks to Nuno for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.