8 Lessons from Mister Rogers

I didn’t grow up with Mister Rogers, but his advice rings true even as a grown-up. Better late than never.

On Email

In other words, we may despise our inboxes (and 99% of what’s in them), but we’re neurochemically compelled to make sure that there isn’t something potentially important or pleasurable lurking in there this time. And then five minutes from now. And then again. And again. “The internal stimulus is the one that gets you,” Rosen says. “On balance, [email is] maybe 10% pleasure and 90% fear of missing out.”

Great read on How Email Became The Most Reviled Communication Experience Ever

Valentine Typewriter (1969)

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Ettore Sottsass’ Valentine Portable Typewriter design from 1969 makes my heart go pitter patter. What a beauty. Currently for sale over at Sotheby’s for an estimated $15,000-$20,000. An (expensive) beauty.

No Mug

No Mug

This No Mug made me chuckle.

Guest Toothbrush

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Love the simplicity of these bamboo guest toothbrushes by Izola.

One day I’ll read all those books…

The screenwriter, director and author Judd Apatow owns a lot of books and convinced himself that buying books is the same as reading. Glad to see I am not the only one… See the full article over on the NYTimes.

(via David Conrads Newsletter)

Elizabeth Gilbert on Inspiration,

Beautiful Elizabeth Gilbert quote. Taken from this blog post over on Brain Pickings.

Clay and Bros Sandals

Clay and Bros Sandals

Last week the fabulous Paul Octavious stopped by our studio and I couldn’t help but notice his supercool sandals. They are by Clay and Bros and are the most minimal Sandal you could ever buy, made of a parachute cord and a Vibram sole. I wish they had some photos on their site of people wearing them. They looked sharp on Paul…

Exploding Plants

Slow-motion footage of “exploding plants” compiled by the Smithsonian Channel. Mind blown!

(via Laughing Squid)

Friday Link Pack

“Drunk” Robots. Made me laugh.

Six days in North Korea.

– Cameron Moll introduces Spoken.co – like Instagram for audio.

Enough is a Lot.

– His name is simon, he makes typefaces. (This one looks fun)

– Some serious facepalms going on here: 20 astonishing holiday complaints (via Yng)

– First feature review of the iWatch that might make me want to buy one: Filling in the green circle, by Marco Arment.

– I wish we had room for this hammock in our office.

Walking in the Footsteps of Tragedy.

Bottle pouch, for those moments you need to carry a bottle around, stylishly.

Vegan Taxidermy.

– Student proves earth is surrounded by freaky plasma rings.

Lost posture: Why some indigenous cultures may not have back pain. Great listen!

– THIS: Let’s Not Schedule Phone Calls Anymore

– YUMM: Crispy frizzled artichokes

– Interesting read: Say No Without Burning Bridges

Surveillance Aesthetics (via Amrit)

The computer collector

– I am a huge fan of IFTTT! They are hiring a Senior Product Designer!

– Kevin (CreativeMornings former COO) shares his secret on how to pack ultra light for his 3 month trip around the world!

– First there was scouted now there is on the grid, the designer’s guide to NYC.

– The Cool Mom Picks ladies launched a Podcast on parenting. I like their bubbly energy on air.

Spam emails and interpreted as illustrations. (via)

– I can’t stop guessing what professions these animals represent… The cat is definitely an executive assistant that moved up to operations and *loves* it.

– Team CreativeMornings is looking for a Podcast Producer.

♥ / Home Exchange for Designers Only

Big thanks to Behomm for supporting my blog and RSS Feed.

@SwissMiss: “How often do you come across a website that makes you jump out of your seat of excitement? I just did: Behomm is a house swap website for
designers and visual artists only. The homes featured on the site are stunning, absolutely breathtaking. I am a big believer in house swaps, we do it every year with ‘friends of friends’ in Switzerland. You know: I stay at your house while you stay at my house.”

@NewYorkTimes: “Trading Places, in Style. Behomm allows its members to trade properties, simultaneously or at different times. No money changes hands, unlike with Airbnb.”

Behomm is a travel revolution for creatives. A fast growing community. We already are more than 1700 members from Bali to New York. Travel for free staying in tasteful homes of like-minded people. For security reasons we’re a by invitation-only community, we avoid anonymous registrations.

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Loopimal

This brand-new called Loopimal by YATATOY lets your kid (or yourself) playfully enter the world of computer sequencing. With intuitive and fun gestures Loopimal lets you create quirky animation sequences for different animals. The content is created with loops of melodies, rhythms or movements. I love this!

Photos of Buildings Up-Close

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Roland Fischer’s up-close photos of buildings around the globe are making my graphic designer heart sing!

(via CreativeMornings)

Make your own LEGO Gummy Bricks

Grant Thompson shares a tutorial on how to make completely edible gummy LEGO bricks and figures using a mixture of corn syrup, Jello, and gelatin.

(via colossal)

This:

“Admire those who admire others!”
Simon Sinek

Only Human

Only Human Tattly Temporary Tattoo

It’s one of those days where I need to remind myself I am Only Human.

Carpet Beater

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I completely forgot about the existence of Carpet Beaters.

DesignMatters with Oliver Jeffers

Wonderful DesignMatters episode with super talented Oliver Jeffers. Time well spent!

(via brain pickings)

Dominant Thoughts

“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

(via The Book of Life)

Keynote Motion Graphic Experiment

Continuously amazed at what you can do with Keynote, Apple’s version of Powerpoint. The above motion animation by Linda Dong is fantastic! In her blogpost she shares some of the animation secrets.

(via Smashing Magazine)

HazeOver

HazeOver lets you focus on one app by fading out all the background windows on a Mac. So good.

(via Amrit)

How to be a predictable success

In this Do Lectures talk, Les McKeown describes the 7 stages every business goes through. Some stages you don’t want to be in. And some you want to stay in forever. This talk was just what I needed on this Monday morning.

Also highly recommend Les’ book titled Share your vision. Inspire others. Achieve the impossible.

Barber Osgerby Stool

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The height-adjustable Barber Osgerby stools caught my eye. They are made from a die-cast material and will hold up to abrasions and dents. They’re available in a variety of base and seat finishes for personal customization. More here.

Friday Link Pack

I was the proud owner of one of these yellow SONY walkmans. Oh, the memories…

– Interesting (sobering) maps show median 1-bedroom rent in NYC neighborhoods.

– Not sure how to feel about this app: KeyMe App.

Skillshare classes that will make you better at your Marketing job.

Full Moon Sitting Cushion. Lovely.

– The 4 Types of Productivity Styles

Roccbox is not only compact, but it cooks with an uncanny sense of urgency, as it’s able to bake a 12-inch pizzas in as little as 90 seconds. Wait, what?

Streaks – a to-do app that helps you form good habits.

– This little boy makes a compelling case for being a vegetarian.

– Watch this: Nick and the Met.

– Currently enjoying this DO book on leading.

Jumbo Confetti Balloons. YES!

– The tempescope is an ambient physical display that visualizes various weather conditions like rain, clouds, and lightning. By receiving weather forecasts from the internet, it can reproduce tomorrow’s sky in your living room.

Good advice: “4. hire those excited about the future vs. those nostalgic about the past.”

– These waterfront murals by HULA are stunning. Painting with buckets while balancing on a surfboard! Respect.

– I think I might have to book a trip to St.Louis to visit this sprawling 600,000 square-foot urban playground, built in an old shoe factory.

– A horrible new PayPal policy opts you into getting robocalls. Facepalm!

What’s the big deal with gluten? – William D. Chey

Designs John Maeda loves the most.

– Not all who wander are lost, vintage customer painted globe.

– Just listened to this Radiolab episode. Intense.

– A hand-drawn wallpaper that slowly fades into white. Love this.

– Mind blown: A self-folding Origami robot.

– My friends at Sherpaa are looking to hire a Senior UX Designer.