Abbesses plates, named after a Parisian arrondissement, feature a single hand-painted grey line that outlines its simple organic shape. Beautiful!
“I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.”
– Howard Schultz
Over the past few months I have developed a slight Monstera leaf obsession and am happy to be wearing them on my skin now. Also, if you buy one this week, you’re entering a give-away for one of Vincent’s beautiful prints.
On vacation with friends? Lets Camera lets you automatically sync vacation photos within a group. (Switch your “wi-fi” mode on in the settings if you do not want to waste on your data plan. Once your phone is connected to the Internet, all photos will be synced.)
This is definitely a fun idea for a close circle of friends or at a party. But then also, oh, the awkward moment when you forget to turn sharing off…
“… By all means, get it right. Get it right the first time. Successful makers of change embrace the hierarchy of importance, though, and refuse to engage with a fight about right when it’s vitally important to focus on important instead.”
Big questions before little ones, Seth Godin
Jürgen Siebert, our unstoppable CreativeMornings/Berlin host just recently hosted his 50th event! All in his free time, with his team of volunteers. You can’t put a price on what he is doing for the Berlin creative community! Team HQ has so much gratitude for him and his team! SO MUCH!
The talk of that morning was by Adam Fletcher and he speaks on How to Work Less, Live More, and Thrive in the Digital Age.
An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders. Beautiful talk.
“By middle age you might begin to see, retrospectively, the dominant motifs that have been running through your various decisions. You might begin to see how all your different commitments can be integrated into one meaning and purpose. You might see the social problem your past has made you uniquely equipped to tackle. You might have enough clarity by now to orient your life around a true north on some ultimate horizon.”
The Middle-Age Surge, by David Brooks
“Think about it like sleep. If someone was interrupted every 15 minutes while they were trying to sleep, you wouldn’t think they’d be getting a good night’s sleep. So how can getting interrupted all day long lead to a good day’s work?”
Thoughtful post on pros and cons on the usage of group chat apps like Slack by Jason Fried: Is group chat making you sweat?
“To seek honor before profit is the surest means of finding profit with honor.”
– Félix Nadar
Photographer Félix Nadar on the Single Most Important Factor in Becoming a Commercially Successful Artist
Big thanks to Guten Tag for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed.
GutenTag is a beautifully analog and visual method for planning your day: Stamp the GutenTag Clock Face in your notebook, plan out what you need to get done and then check things off, one by one. Perfect for those of us who are visual learners and creative types.
Give GutenTag Method a try!
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.”
– Albert Einstein
I believe in the generosity economy, but it only works, if it’s a two way street. It’s time for the givers to be heard and supported:
For the last 7.5 years we have been putting on free events around the world: Free talks! Free breakfast! Free coffee! This is only the second time in our existence that we ask our audience to give back. This means thousands of free events around the world, never asking the audience to chip in.
CreativeMornings started because I believe in the importance of meeting face-to-face and that’s what we want to do with our 1500 volunteers from around the world. We are hosting our second organizer summit this November in Austin to get our volunteer organizers together so we can compare notes and learn from each other.
Our volunteer organizers put countless hours into organizing CreativeMornings events around the world, for you, to attend for free and then enjoy the talks online. Please donate to our Kickstarter and help us make this 3 day 400 people gathering happen. In the end, it will come back to you, in the form of even better local events and a newly energized and inspired volunteer crew!
And, if you work for a company that would like to be corporate sponsor at our organizer summit, please get in touch.
(For those of you who have organized events, you realize that the $50k we are trying to raise doesn’t even remotely cover our cost for a 400 people, three day event! It’s just a start!)
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
– Henry David Thoreau
I just spent an eternity clicking though Design Facts. What a beautiful treasure trove with facts on all aspects of design. So much respect for Shane Bzdok for putting this resource together. May it keep growing!
Don’t “keep in touch.” It drives busy people crazy. Treat e-mailing them as you would knocking on their door and interrupting dinner. Treat it that seriously and use it that sparingly.
Tim Ferris on How to Get Busy Influencers to Share Your Stuff