Respect The User

I wasn’t quite expecting the response the above Tweet got. (Click to read responses) Looks like I am not the only one ready for more respectful social media platform. I have been frustrated with the algorithms that determine what my feed looks like in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a while now, but this thread made my heart sink. I wholeheartedly despise how the algorithms determine what information is being served up. All I want is reverse chronological.

60 Years of Logos” feat. Chermayeff & Geismar

60 Years of Logos” is a celebration of Tom Geismar and the late Ivan Chermayeff, the dynamic duo behind Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv — the company responsible for some of the most iconic logos of the modern age.

From Dream to Reality

(via Hiut Denim)

Cheerful Despair

This pin made me laugh out loud.

Inner Voices

A hardback journal to help us to develop kinder, and more productive, inner voices.

Love this!

Hi / Bye Gloves

These Donna Wilson gloves are funny!

Ownership Levels at Buffer

Level 1 — No ownership responsibility. Learning and being actively developed by others

Level 2 — Fully owns an area, channel, or discipline. Accountable for deliverables in that area.

Level 3 — Consistent record of very strong ownership for their area. Accountable for results in that area.

Level 4 — Exhibits ownership across the team, as it relates to the impact of their area. Accountable for executing on their area’s strategy.

Level 5 — Fully responsible for all aspects of their area. This person is rare. This takes an exceptional level of dedication to the craft and is a big jump from Level 4. Very few companies will have someone at this skill level.

This ownership/responsibility framework by Buffer made me think. They don’t consider it a ladder, meaning, they don’t expect that everyone will reach the highest level in the framework. Interesting! Read the full article: How Individuals Advance at Buffer, Without Becoming Managers, by Hailley Griffis

(via Erica)

Happy Monday!

This capture by Jason Polan made me laugh. If you don’t follow him on Instagram, and like the slightly weird and absurd, you should. I love what he notices, like the above frozen toy frog. Instead of signing his name he often draws something. And then, he is a really talented illustrator.

No One Is Normal

We are all privately haunted by a fear that we’re freakishly odd. But in fact, as this bag celebrates, no one is ever quite normal

Ha-ne Earrings

Ha-ne means wing in Japanese and these are wing-like light weight earrings handcrafted using locally grown natural fiber in the Tohoku region, Japan. Lovely.

♥ / Bespoke Watch Projects

A big thank you to Bespoke Watch Projects for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

Designer, Artist, and Horologist John Beck McConnico founded Bespoke Watch Projects five years ago, a California-based watch brand that has become known for producing distinctive mechanical timepieces and made-to-order watches—while merging vintage-inspired details with clean modern design.

John’s latest model is called the 72 FLYBACK Chronograph, a robust watch available in 6 unique configurations. He recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the edition and has assembled a limited number of “early bird” models to be shipped in January.

Each timepiece is assembled by (his) hand in their Oakland, California studio. Don’t miss the chance to own a unique handmade watch at an accessible price point. Click here to support his Kickstarter campaign.

Scrub Daddy

I was at a friend’s house the other day and got use her Scrub Daddy. (Yes, I am talking about a dish sponge.) It cracked me up, seeing it first, and I honestly didn’t take it seriously. Come on, it’s a smiley face. But then I got totally into it. And cracked myself up how excited I was getting over a simple sponge. The texture changes based on your water temperature. Firm in cold water and soft in warm water. Seeing it in the store, I would have never bought it – it seems to gimmicky. But now I am all Scrub Daddy’d out in my house.

(The holder is hilarious!)

Friday Link Pack

What are those monkeys doing in my bed?

– A wooden water pistol! Ha!

Visual Sitemaps! I love this.

– If only this existed when I was a kid, growing up in the Swiss country side: 10+ YouTube Channels to Learn How to Draw for Free

– This disco snowman made me laugh.

Unlikely places and untangled goals

Customize your very own ugly Christmas Sweater. (via)

– Your kids are going to do things they shouldn’t. Keep a sense of humor. It helps.

– This mermaid tail mug made me chuckle.

This made me uncomfortable. But I couldn’t look away.

– Ziggeo’s Screen Recording API is the first embeddable video screen recorder. Ideal for customer service troubleshooting, website testing/customer experience and market research.

– Ever feel awkward? Here’s a video for you.

– These Orla Kiely iPhone Cases make me swoon. (via)

This home took my breath away! What a dream!

– If my kids were still little I would totally get one of this charming looking mp3 players.

These earrings are stunning.

– I enjoyed this post by Grace Bonney: What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting Design*Sponge

Beginner’s guide series on cryptoassets

– All of the Tattly Gift Ideas.

This Photoshoot!

The idea of a fashion brand having kids model their grown-up clothes is all kinds of fantastic. Love these photos!

♥ / Skillshare

A big thank you to Skillshare for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

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No Head

I am in love with these weird, headless photographs by Guiseppe Pepe.

7 Things Every Kids Needs To Hear

1. I love you
2. I’m proud of you
3. I’m sorry
4. I forgive you
5. I’m listening
6. This is your responsibility
7. You’ve got what it takes

Josh Shipp


Lucas Zanotto makes the funnest kids apps. Bandimal, a music composer, is crazy adorable.

(I am big fan overall. I love his Miximal Book. And my son can play with Loopimal for hours!)

Ember Ceramic Mug

Look, it’s a mug that comes with an app! The Ember Ceramic Mug keeps your beverage at the perfect temperature from the first sip to the last. It also comes with a charging coaster. I guess it’s cool but it also made me laugh!

Don’t Take Life too Seriously

Keep coming back to this one.

Fake a Fun Mind-Set

“If you’re trying to get into a new community, just fake it till you make it. Don’t have a mind-set of, Oh, I’m the new guy. No one’s going to want to be my friend. Fake a fun mind-set until you can be that fun, cool person without a second thought.”

Life Advice from Teen Experts

The Waltz of the Snowflakes

(via The Kids Should See This)

Conversations with Renzo Piano

The first episode in a new documentary series reveals an extensive conversation between the Italian architect and Luis Fernández-Galiano

Rules for Working in a Studio

Don’t hide your work

Offer help

Ask for help

Tell the truth

Upgrade your tools

Don’t hide your mistakes

Add energy, don’t subtract it


If you’re not proud of it, don’t ship it

Know the rules of your craft

Break the rules of your craft with intention

Make big promises

Keep them

Add positivity

Let others run, ever faster

Take responsibility

Learn something new

Offer credit

Criticize the work, not the artist

Power isn’t as important as productivity

Honor the schedule

You are not your work, embrace criticism

Go faster

Sign your work

Walk lightly

Change something

Obsess about appropriate quality, ignore perfection

A studio isn’t a factory. It’s when peers come together to do creative work, to amplify each other and to make change happen. That can happen in any organization, but it takes commitment.

Seth Godin