On Confidence

“We need to learn a calculated form of disrespect and a constructive suspicion of authority.”
Alain de Botton

This Is Your Century

Don’t touch the thermostat.

Love, Sex and Attachement

I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation between Krista Tippett and Helen Fisher on Love, Sex and Attachment. In her TED talks that have been viewed by millions of people, and the research she does for Match.com, Helen Fisher wields science as a sobering, if entertaining, lens on what feel like the most meaningful encounters of our lives.

So many gems. So many.

Parka by Studio Hopkins

Parka Media Console

Absolutely loving this minimal media console by Los Angeles based furniture designer, Ben Hopkins. Two swissmiss thumbs up!

Abstract Underwater


Stunning abstract underwater art by New York based Kim Keever.

Start As Amateurs

“Very few people have the humility to start as amateurs. They procrastinate doing the work they want in the name of perfectionism. You know these people. The one’s who have been saying for years that they’re going to do something but never do. Yet inwardly, they’re terrified of what other people will think of them. They’re caught in a state of paralysis by analysis — too busy calculating and never reaching a state of flow. Rather than doing work their own way, they do what they think will be well-received — being merely imitators of what is already popular.”

How to Become the Best in the World at What You Do, By Benjamin Hardy


Frank Chimero is brilliant: Hi, I’d Like To Add Myself to The New Yorker

Yang Cao


This painting by Yang Cao made me laugh. I would love to hang this in my house.


Q: “What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?”

A: “Living in fear.”

David Bowie

Oh You Pretty Things

What a sad day! This world lost a fearless soul. Good bye, David Bowie!


“Time is the raw material of creation.”

Creative People Say No, by Kevin Ashton

Friday Link Pack

Snippet of Jonathan Harris’s CreativeMornings talk speaking on your life as a work of art. Watch his full CreativeMornings talk.

– “Vegetables are the new meat!(via Amrit)

– This made me laugh: Startups We’ve Lost 2015.

– Myf friend Hayley gifted me a Daruma Doll for my birthday and I love the symbolism behind it all. “The eyes of Daruma are often blank when sold. Monte A. Greer, author of Daruma Eyes, described the “oversized symmetrical round blank white eyes” as a means to keep track of goals or big tasks and motivate them to work to the finish. The recipient of the doll fills in one eye upon setting the goal, then the other upon fulfilling it.”

– Helpful tips for designing animated GIFs.

PULPULP empowers artists on Instagram and other social media sites by inviting them to create limited edition, beautiful archival quality prints of their work. (via Chris)

These bunk beds are what kids’ dreams are made of. OMG, the Star Wars Imperial Walker!

– Jason Silva on Energy.

– A hotel room that comes with geometric optical illusions? Yes, please!

Read more: http://designtaxi.com/news/383257/Watch-An-Easy-Way-To-Hide-Unused-Default-Apps-From-Your-iPhone-Home-Screen/#ixzz3wcCVZe1H
– Fantastic talk: The power of listening

– I keep telling my kids this. Maybe it needs to be a poster.

– Uhm yeah, I would have loved to do this as a kid.

This lightbulb can text you if it hears a crying baby or a smoke alarm — oh, and it’s a Bluetooth speaker, too

– interesting read: How we learn fairness, by Maria Konnikova

– Interesting post on the art of design critique

Giant Banana Pillow. Of course.

– YES! Cancer death rate continues steady drop, thanks to behavior and science

– Wish I could do this with some of our blatant Tattly copy cats: U.S. Marshall’s raid hoverboard booth at CES

– I just love this guy.

– The Brooklyn Museum is looking for a Web Developer.

When Breath Becomes Air

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. In his book he takes on the question what makes life with living in the face of death.


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Illustrations by Ron Lent

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Really enjoying Ron Lent’s Instagram Account. It is filled with beautiful, minimal, pattern-y illustrations.

(via Ninja)

A Threaded Light Spectrum

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This Threaded Light Spectrum Exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington DC by Gabriel Dawe makes me want to jump in my car and drive there pronto. The rainbow sculpture is made from 60 miles of thread. Absolutely stunning!

Whitings Thermo

Withings Thermowithings

Withings Thermo will make parents around the globe rejoice! It is a handheld device that looks about the size of a toothpaste tube and lets you take a person’s temperature by simply holding the device to one’s forehead. 16 infrared sensors will go to work, taking individual readings to find the hottest spot on the person’s skin. A light vibration indicates it has completed its reading, at which point the results will be displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit via an embedded LED display.

Thermo Thermometer is supposed to be available sometimes early this year. I can’t wait. (I am already a big fan of their Home Security System)

Paper Display

Paper Display

This minimal Paper Display gently curves its contents, providing them with the structure they need to stand. I can think of several uses. Bookmarked!

Wrist Bangles

Wrist Bangles

Lovely: Minimal Wrist Bangles, hand-made in Brooklyn.

LEGO Lunch Box

Lego Lunch Box

I am not convinced this LEGO Lunch box is all that practical but it sure would make a my little boy’s head explode!

Egg Slide

Egg Slide

If I was an egg I’d want to call this Egg Slide my home.

CreativeMornings with Mac Premo

My friend Mac Premo recently spoke at CreativeMornings/NYC. In his talk he discusses the relationship between his art and commercial practices, and how they enhance each other.

Please note the podium he is standing next to. I would tweak the slides of my talks forever, he builds a podium that holds his hat and drink. –> !!!

If you are not familiar with Mac, watch this short, personal documentary done by Bas Berkhout. Mac is one of the most creative and talented people I’ve met. Good people.

Face Swap Live

Want to see your kids giggle their heads off? Download Face Swap Live and swap your face with your kid. I haven’t laughed this much in a while.

(via Cesar)

A Trip To The Faroe Islands

A trip to faroe island

These images of Faroe Island make me want to book a plane ticket.

Photo by Alex Mazurov and Anastasia Glebova.