Here’s the perfect bedding for the swim fanatic in your life; Pool.
(But my favorite is still the Astronaut)
“… Every time you use waffle words, back off from a clear statement of values and priorities and most of all, think about what’s likely instead of what’s possible, you are selling yourself out. Not just selling yourself out, but doing it too cheaply. Own your dreams. There is no better way to make them happen.”
- Seth Godin, On Owning It
Impromptu dance parties are happening more frequently at casa swissmiss these days, with disco light and all. And I find myself constantly looking for new songs to add to my playlist.
What’s *the* song that will get you off your feet and onto the dance floor? Let’s start a YouTube-Link-Comment thread? YES?
In 1983, after years of deteriorating vision, the writer and theologian John Hull lost the last traces of light sensation. For the next three years, he kept a diary on audiocassette of his interior world of blindness. This film is a dramatization that uses his original recordings.
- “You’re only as good as your last job. That’s what keeps you functioning. It keeps you current.” Great Free Radicals interview over on PSFK with Paula Scher.
- This completely modular, minimal shelving system makes my heart go pitter patter.
- Did you know you can get your kid’s drawings 3D printed? Supercool!
- These images are a great reminder on what a feat it was to build these majestic NYC bridges.
- “When you update your investors, be honest, tell the whole truth, and give context. Your investors want you to succeed and they understand that virtually all mis-steps can be fixed.” Only Good News … Is Actually Bad News, by Craig Shapiro
- Recently dug out this gem from my library: Will Happiness Find Me?
- 30 years! 30! Congratulations Apple! I so vividly remember when my dad brought our first Apple home! He loved it so much, it made him drop his real estate career and start the first Apple Computer School in Switzerland. Seriously.
- Notabli is a simple way to save all of the photos, video, quotes, audio and notes you take of your kids, and privately share them with the people who matter most.
- Everyone knows how to “Google,” but not everyone Googles efficiently.
- Valentines is just around the corner. Tattly got you covered.
- Live in Berlin? You might enjoy Companion.
- Hey California! Duck Duck Moose is looking to hire a Creative Director.
And then this:
Man next to me on train asked girl opposite to turn her music down. She ignored him so he started reading his book out loud. She moved. Hero
— claudiawood (@WoodClaudia) January 23, 2014
Everything Justin told me about Somewhere, got me incredibly excited and reminded me a bit with what we are trying to achieve with the CreativeMornings profiles. Linkedin profiles feel sterile and cold. What I want is to see how someone works, what side projects they work on and what super powers they have. I think Somewhere is about to offer that.
Team Somewhere was so kind to create a custom sign-up link for swissmiss readers, so you don’t have to request an invite. (YAY!) Voila, use this link and Go Somewhere!
What do you think?
ps: Justin McMurray gave the November CreativeMornings talk in Berlin. Watch it here.
Over lunch today, the mighty Jessica Hische told me about her brand new collaboration with Caja Jewelry! Check out the stunning, typographic LOVE Necklace. Available in silver and gold. Well done, Jessica!
I landed in NYC today, opened my Twitter timeline and found a bunch of angry designers getting at Squarespace for having created Squarespace Logo. I was stunned.
The never ending stream of snarky comments on the new tool that helps anyone create simple “logos” made my heart sink. What is it with the design community so quickly lashing out at other creators? It’s totally ok to disagree but not to ridicule other people’s creations. I have no respect for that.
I am impressed by the simple tool they built. I have respect for the thoughtfulness and craft that went into it. Am I super thrilled that they are saying ‘anyone can design a great logo’, not really, but that’s not the point. Their logo builder is not much different than a tool like Adobe Illustrator.
I know quite a few folks over at Squarespace and I can assure you one thing: They care about design. They care about the web being a more beautiful place. And I am grateful for it. They even state in their blog announcement that this tool will never replace the need for professional designers.
Next time your cousins, uncles and aunts ask you to design a website and logo for $250, just know, that there is such an amazing tool like Squarespace that will help them get online, in a beautiful minimal way, at a low price.
Never forget: The web is a place of abundance. There will always be folks that appreciate the importance of a custom tailored brand. So, designers, take a deep breath. It’s all good. There’s a place for basic tools like Squarespace Logo *and* for your craft.
And, next time we want to ridicule someone else’s labor of love, let’s all remember this great talk by Jason Santa Maria.
UPDATE: Yes, as Erik has mentioned in the comments, Squarespace has been supporting this blog over the last year with sponsored posts. I would have written this post even if they weren’t my sponsor. I have had the pleasure to meet a few Squarespace team members over the last year and have grown fond of the their passion for what they are building. I respect their craft and hustle. They are good people! I will not accept the design community lashing out at people I admire. There is too much negativity in our community and I hope that posts like this will help swing the pendula the other way.
- How to make a mini pennant banner
- Some great insights: Super successful companies, by Sam Altman.
- Tokyo Metro Map Printed on the Back of Neckties
- A Map Of (Almost) Every Job in America
- “It is time to move past the popular but incorrect left brain/right brain narrative.” YES!
- This is just plain sad: Frere-Jones is suing Hoefler for half of the world’s preeminent digital type foundry
- Veerle’s inspiration stream is full of fantastic finds.
- Storehouse – Visual Storytelling. Wow. Why is this app free?
- Writing Is Thinking, by Sally Kerrigan
- Tattly is having an inspirational sale until Sunday, midnight.
- Squarespace is looking to hire a Template Designer.
“In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.”
- Jonathan Harris
Navigating Stuckness, by Jonathan Harris. Very touching post.
“When I think about my own future, my dream is always the same. I’m living in a small beautiful farmhouse in a small beautiful town among a small community that values me. I’m living with a wife and kids I love deeply, and I spend each day making art and watching nature. My mind is clear and calm, I’m in control of my time, and I’m kind.”
- Jonathan Harris
Navigating Stuckness, by Jonathan Harris. Very touching post.
Do you live in San Francisco, Boston or Milan? If so, you should know that CreativeMornings is looking for new organizers!
CreativeMornings began to spread from NYC to new cities in 2009. Among the first chapters to come on board were San Francisco, Boston, and Milan. After almost 100 free events in these cities hosted by volunteer organizers and their teams, it’s time to pass the torch.
We’re getting some help from our friend, Freddie at MailChimp! Each new organizer will receive a $1,000 (USD) starter sponsorship from MailChimp for their chapter’s first event.
Interested? Or, know the right person? Send them here.
Chopstick manufacturer Hashikura Matsukan asked Oki Sato from Nendo to redesign the chopstick. Read more here.
I just discovered this beauty of a simple front loading toolbox over on Best Made Co. With the front loading door you can access all your tools without having to grapple with the top tray. The powder coated toolbox is hand-made, and hand-spot welded using 50+ year methods and machinery in the USA. Bravo.
Dr. Jim Wither’s operates his practice with a simple idea: The best way to care for the homeless is to treat them where they live.
I admire people like Dr. Jim Wither. And it makes me reflect on what I do. Is any of my work making a difference? Do I need to push my companies and their purpose harder into doing good? I think so.
In this short CreativeMorning talk Jonnie Hallman talks about how his father’s work has turned him into the maker he is today. As a parent and a maker this talk really moved me. Every (creative) parent should watch it.
Now here’s a cool crafty project for a rainy weekend: FlipbooKit Moto! The laser cut kit can be assembled with simple hand tools (you’ll just need a screwdriver) and will take you under an hour to complete. No soldering or Engineering degrees required.
Love this so much. Totally want to make one with photos of my kids.