Cities by Night (Silk Scarves)

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This image of the USA at night, printed on a silk scarf, is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. A brand new creation by Brooklyn based Slowfactory. Also available are New York, London and Paris by night. Lovely!

Brand Guidelines from popular online brands

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Brand Guidelines from popular online brands. Handy!

(via Chris Glass)

Friday Link Pack

The one-and-only Moby spoke at CreativeMornings/Los Angeles on creativity, inspiration, and the freedom to fail.

- I wouldn’t say no to this ‘office shed‘ in my backyard. Wait, I don’t have a backyard. Never mind.

- A bench you can easily wheel around. Yes, please.

- Tentsile is an ingenious portable suspended treehouse that installs like a hammock.

- I don’t surf. But these beautiful surfboards make me want to.

- Some of my studiomates are currently in Iceland, which reminded me of this video piece by Swiss artist Roman Signer, amplifying his snoring into Icelandic nature. Ha.

- How graffiti vanished from NYC subways

- Team Holstee created a letterpress poster out of Maria Popova’s 7 personal life lessons.

- Why We Name Our Stuff

- Mirai Chan is a little japanese girl, the polarizing main character of a series of books by photographer Kotori Kawashima.

- My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City

- Don’t wash chicken before cooking it. (via)

- I have been using Sanebox for a good year now. Not that my email situation is under control, but it made it so much better.

- DESIGN is… What CEOs should know about design (via)

- Nice. Ugmonk cross pocket leather wallet.

- Leaf shaped coasters.

- David Hieatt speaking at Digital 2014.

- If you’re a Seth Godin fan you will love this talk and even better Q&A he gave at last year’s Nearly Impossible Conference.

- Love this minimal Toddler Bed.

- Alan Watts introduces America to meditation and eastern philosophy (1960)

- Pleat. Minimal shelving.

- 5 questions you’ll need to settle workplace disagreements.

- SCIENCE!

- Marinated Flank Steak. Looks tasty.

- Friends of mine are looking to buy or rent a place here in NYC. Stumbled upon these LEGO glasses, I think it would make them laugh.

- The Overprotected Kid: A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

- The Graying of AIDS: Stories from an Aging Pandemic challenges how we think about HIV and AIDS, and how we think about aging.

- The fine folks of Brooklyn based Flocabulary are looking to hire a Marketing Director.

Flying Formation

Flying Formation

Flying Formation’ is a series of digital photo collages by Shaun Kardinal of birds flying in precise geometric formations.

Very Goods, the new Svpply

Ebay announced yesterday that they would be “sunsetting” Svpply. On August 31, it will be no more. They’ve been considerate and provided Svpply users an option to export their data. If you are logged in to Svpply, you can go to your settings page and hit the “Export your account” link at the bottom to get your stuff (if your export fails you might need help from this).

Svpply is being shut down and that sucks. Let’s get together and make a new one. I am backing this Kickstarter.

oon – multi-outlet power cord

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oon by OKUM is a stunningly beautiful multi-outlet power cord. Totally wish listed.

Sharing my 5 Personal Rules

I recently gave a talk at the wonderful 99u conference here in NYC and am thrilled to see it just went live. This is probably my most polished talk to date. Makes me happy. Hope you enjoy.

The Making Of OK Go’s ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’ Video

Hopefully you’ve seen the OK Go video I posted a few days ago. Here’s glimpse behind the scenes of the actual shoot. Fascinating.

(via keef)

Criticism

“Criticism is a privilege that you earn — it shouldn’t be your opening move in an interaction…

[…]

The notion that the only way you can critically engage with a person’s ideas is to take a shot at them, is to be openly critical — this is actually nonsense. Some of the most effective ways in which you deal with someone’s idea are to treat them completely at face value, and with an enormous amount of respect. That’s actually a faster way to engage with what they’re getting at than to lob grenades in their direction…

If you’re going to hold someone to what they believe, make sure you accurately represent what they believe.”

- Malcolm Gladwell

From this Brain Pickings post: Malcolm Gladwell on criticism, tolerance, and changing your mind

Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism

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Love this thought snippet by Malcolm Gladwell on criticism. I recommend you read (and listen) to this entire Brain Pickings post.

More Rainbows

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The world needs more rainbows. Right?

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The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Friday Link Pack

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- This neon-colored pigeon kickscooter by Ignas Survila folds in half. Made me look.

- These paddles would look mighty nice on our walls.

- Client feedback on the creation of the earth. So good. (via)

- Aint No Half Steppin

- Look, it’s a giant paint brush.

- Cool job alert! The Brooklyn Museum is looking to hire a 3D Designer.

- To be more productive, spend the first ten minutes of your work day attending “mise-en-place (via)

- This mid-century mini desk from WestElm is quite charming.

- The making of a Steinway Grand Piano from start to finish

- The best leaders get heard by doing more guiding than guilting.

- Carrying your bike up stairs a lot? You might like this Bicycle Frame Handle.

- 2Compendium of business models, old to new . (via)

- Love Reddit’s History Porn.

- Want to break into Product Design or Advertising? These books by William Spencer will help you do so.

- Last week Tattly launched Zodiac tattoos.

- My studiomates of OAK are looking to hire a design/dev intern. You’ll get to work with an amazing team.

Hashtag Garden

hashatag garden

Hashtag garden is a sculpture garden that you can hang on your wall. Think air plants, wood and moss. I have one floating over my computer at work and it makes me smile every time I look at it. Each “Hashtag” garden is an original artwork and hand-made in Los Angeles. Also available are @ symbol, LA, NY and PLAY.

Yours Truly in Conversation with Chase Jarvis

I had the pleasure to fly out to San Francisco for SF Design Week and appear as guest on Chase Jarvis LIVE. The fine folks behind CreativeLive work crazy fast as the conversation is already up on YouTube. How pro is Chase at this interview thing? Impressive, right? Hope you enjoy!

sugru + LEGO = Awesome!

Sugru

My love for sugru is so big.

Have you watched the sugru founders wonderful 99u talk?

Today Wednesday June 18th: Chase Jarvis Live

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I am ridiculously excited to be today’s guest on Chase Jarvis LIVE.

You’ll be able to watch the Live Stream today, Wednesday, June 18th, noon SF time (3:00pm NYC time or 20:00 London) here: www.chasejarvis.com/live. It’s free — anyone can watch and Chase and his team will be taking your questions via Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #cjLIVE

UPDATE: You can watch the interview here.

Not familiar with Chase’s Live series? Check out some of the previous interviews, i.e with Brené Brown or the really insightful conversation with Tim Ferris. Chase is a famous photographer, entrepreneur extraordinnaire and founder/CEO of CreativeLive.

The Writing’s On the Wall

(thanks Gigi)

CreativeMornings: Anthony Casalena

Founder and CEO of Squarespace, Anthony Casalena gave a thoughtful talk on Minimalism at CreativeMornings/NewYork last week. Really thrilled to share it here. Give it a listen.

The Panda and the Bicycle

“…Tribes thrive when they connect and coordinate and synchronize. They work when they create a cultural connection. But they can’t thrive when they merely embrace (or deny) the reality of the world around them.

As you organize and lead your tribe, then, the opportunity is to be crystal clear about what you stand for, but to give the alert observers within your clan the ability to stick with you and what they believe without having to pretend that the world outside doesn’t actually exist.”

The panda and the bicycle, by Seth Godin

Everyday I am Hustlin

Everyday I am Hustlin

Thrilled to see that Paper Jam Press started offering some of their designs as T-Shirts.

Envelope Clutch

Envelope Clutch

This leather envelope clutch by Kate Spade Saturday has my name written all over it. Right?

A Frame Picnic Table

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I am head over heels in love with this modern picnic table from CB2.