Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

How can you not fall in love with this rainbow cake?

Not Seeing The World

Not seeing The World

This photo series by fellow Swiss Clarina Bezzola is hitting a cord with me. It’s titled Not seeing the World and depicts an individual who is constantly absorbed in the dialogues with her inner voices and misses the beautiful world around.

Lovely Set

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Really thrilled about today’s launch of the Lovely Tattly Set by Rifle Paper. It’s the sequel to the super popular Floral Set. The continued joy my team and I get out of launching new temporary tattoos is refreshing. I hope it never stops.

How To Read The Menu in…

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I just received a copy of these incredibly charming booklets that will help you navigate restaurant menus in Spain, Italy and France. The three phrase books feature simple A–Z listings that make it easy to find items that perplex the diner, allowing for navigation around ingredients that offend, disgust or just don’t appeal. While it’s probably easier to quickly Google the ingredient on your phone, I appreciate the analog approach to this ‘problem’.

No Shoe Policy

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We have a no shoe policy in our home. This doormat would make that quite clear, wouldn’t it?

Pillow

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I am not a pillow person. But this one caught my eye.

Son Lux: Change is Everything

Impressive music video for the lead single from Son Lux’s upcoming album Bones.

Friday Link Pack

Gravity from Clemens Wirth on Vimeo.

– Great read by David Hieatt for anyone running a company: Competition is a fact of life.

– Throwing a party anytime soon? Check out Oh Happy Day’s brand new online party shop.

Moon Floor Mat. Supercool.

– Impressive how Poppin has become the place to completely furnish your office, no longer just desk items.

– Did you know you could use Vodka to cure stinky feet, clean your eye glasses or you can use it to make a perfect bendable icepack? There’s more.

– Some really useful, simple writing tips. (via)

– I think we need a few of these plant holders for our new office space. Supercool.

– I wouldn’t mind calling this Farmhouse Reclaimed Walnut Cutting Board my own.

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Ray Bradbury on Storytelling, friendship, and why he never learned to drive: A lost vintage interview

– Keep coming back to this mini documentary of Oliver Jeffers, by the talented Mac Premo.

– The Fermi Paradox — Where Are All The Aliens? (via)

This inventive strap uses your body’s own tension to keep your spine in a healthy position while sitting.

Kickstarter is about to launch in Germany. How exciting.

– These Fruit Notepads made me chuckle.

– Currently one of my favorite design blogs: Ignant.

Designer keychain.

– It’s a stool – it’s a side table: Flip Around Chair

– An inflatable Pizza Slice Float! YES!

The craziest thing we can do is nothing. Sean Tulgetske design for Tattly Does Good. 80% of the proceeds of this Tattly purchase go to Charity Water. Makes me happy.

– Toca Boca in Brooklyn is looking to find a Design Director.

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CreativeMornings: John Forté

In this beautiful CreativeMornings talk, former Fugees band member, John Forté shares his story, from his humble beginnings, to his successes, his 7 years in jail and to where he is now. This is the first time we had a musician perform on stage at one of our New York events. For me, it’s been one of the most magical CreativeMornings I had the chance to experience to date.

(Big thank you to the AV team at Google in providing Ben with some extra awesome footage for this video)

Connection

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”

Brené Brown

Piano Chords

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I would mind to hanging this Piano Chords Canvas Poster on my walls.

Design Matters

Design Matters

The wonderful Debbie Millman, force behind the Design Matters podcast has relaunched her website. It’s never been easier to find the gems in her huge archive of conversations with key players in the broader world of creative culture. Check it out: Design Matters

Pastello Draw Act

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“Here’s your crayon-helmet and your crayon-rollers-skates”, now go draw. What a fun project by Mathery Studio!

A spider’s heART.

A spider’s heART is a kid’s artbook for adults. And vice versa.

Anacleto Coat Hanger

Anacleto Coat Hanger

Superminimal and sculptural coat hanger by Paolo Cappello. Beautiful.

Friday Link Pack



You’re wondering what this video is about? Read the post that goes with it by Meg Lewis: I’m Not a Robot! I’m a Human Female Who Loves To Dance.So much respect!

Food color gradients!

– Julien de Casabianca brings paintings of anonymous figures out of museums and onto the streets. Love this!

– Wow! Respect to Audi for flipping the womens driver stereotype on its head. (via @IamAnneFleming)

– I bought this Liquid Leather Jacket by Clara Sun Woo yesterday and don’t want to take it off, ever again. Neat fact: The designer is my friend and neighbor. I own a dozen of her pieces and am totally ok that her line is slowly but surely taking over my closet.

– This guest house is a dream.

– What a beautifully old-school looking radio.

– How to play the Jaw Harp.

– So many valuable and spot on public speaking tips.

– Brooklyn-based photographer Will Ellis has been documenting eerie abandoned locales in New York City in his ongoing photo series Abandoned NYC.

Apple hack. (The snack kind, not computers)

– I love that our Friends Work Here studio manager Hayley got to model for Joanna: How to Give Yourself a One-Second Makeover

– If you’re a pen-and-paper kind of person when it comes to planning your day to day, the passion planner might be your thing. (If digital is your thing, try my web based to-do app TeuxDeux.)

– A Tattly Mother’s Day gift Guide.

– Team Digg is looking to hire a Product Designer.

Make a Seat The Table For An Apprentice

The idea of “every company needing to make a seat at the table for an apprentice” really stopped me in my tracks. Switzerland has an apprentice system in place for young folks that don’t want to go to college and the USA is really lacking a similar track in my opinion.

EI is a project inspired by Victor Saad’s Leap Year Project, a self-made MBA he completed in 2012. Check out more at The Leap Year Project. And here’s where you can watch Victor Saad’s CreativeMornings talk.

Why You Turn Up

You turn up because of the people around you.

You know, the ones with common interests and sense of ambition.

The ones who want to invent new things and do old things better.

The ones whose distortion of reality present challenges that stretch you.

The ones who give you freedom to do things differently.

The ones you trust not to drop the ball (there are no ball droppers here).

You even turn up for the ones who grate on you (they’re also brilliant).

You turn up because the people around you value what you do.

They believe in you and give you what you need.

Together you create something more than a job.

Don’t settle for anything less.

This Medium Post by Dom Goodrum, Head of Percolate Design perfectly describes why I started my co-working space Friends ( formerly Studiomates).

(Thanks Amrit)

Dangerous Popsicles

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Dangerous Popsicles are a collection of weird shaped popsicles inspired by cacti and life-threatening bacteria/viruses.

Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action

Graphic design book nerds unite: Out of print for decades, Visual Design in Action is one of the most beautiful books on modern graphic design. Written and designed by Ladislav Sutnar and published in 1961, it has been called a “lost milestone” and a “treasure.” This Kickstarter by Designers & Books is bringing it back.

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Dirt Pattern

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Dirt Pattern Material is a camouflage pattern made from a selection of the most common stains from everyday life: A scratched mosquito bite, a forgotten leaking pen. A picnic in the grass, a derailed bike chain. A hot dog accident, a broken nose.

Made me smile.

How To Connect With Anyone

Studies say that 4 minutes of uninterrupted eye contact can increase intimacy.