There’s no other book series I am more excited about than the one by 99u. Every single one so far has been rock solid, full of super-useful, actionable advice. Volume Three, Make Your Mark launches tomorrow and I am lucky enough to have gotten my hands on an early copy. (And was delighted to discover that Shane Snow wrote a chapter for the book that talks about how we try to sprinkle some love in all things we do at Tattly!)
The contributor list is super impressive; Keith Yamashita, Seth Godin, Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, John Maeda just to mention a few. There’s nothing I value more than advice and insights from people that are doers, getting their hands dirty, building and defining companies, making it all happen.
Make Your Mark, and the two other books in the 99u series, are business books for makers, not managers. In Make Your Mark Jocelyn and her team tapped 21 leading entrepreneurs and experts to share their best practices for launching a purpose-driven business, refining your product, delighting your customers, inspiring your team—and ultimately—making something that matters.
You can pre-order the book here or share the best advice you’ve ever been given in a comment below to enter this week’s Make Your Mark book give-away. 10 winners will be randomly chosen by the end of the week and will receive a copy. Yay! UPDATE: You can still share your best advice but the give-away has ended.
And yes, hell just froze over; Nine years in, this is my first ever give-away on this blog. That’s how much I love (!) this book series.
Next year we’re moving our co-working space to Boerum Hill (I’ll announce details soon) and I am considering using the The Floyd Utility Set as a table system for the lounge area. They turn any flat surface into a table. Supercool!
“For many things, your attitudes came from actions that led to observations that led to explanations that led to beliefs. Your actions tend to chisel away at the raw marble of your persona, carving into being the self you experience from day to day. It doesn’t feel that way, though. To conscious experience, it feels as if you were the one holding the chisel, motivated by existing thoughts and beliefs. It feels as though the person wearing your pants performed actions consistent with your established character, yet there is plenty of research suggesting otherwise. The things you do often create the things you believe.”
– Benjamin Franklin
From this Brain Pickings post.
It allows you to explore four unique homes around the world, from NYC to Mongolia. Wander in, cook, and play. You can investigate the utilities but watch out for wires spark and tubs overflowing…
The best part, you’re totally allowed to make a mess! Or clean up, with help from a curious cat. What I love the most is that you can personalize each space with your photos and drawings; see yourself in mirrors.
I am a bit on a Stina Persson roll this week: Stina just launched a brand new print over on Wonderwall. Would make a good Tattly as well, no?
A big thank you to Behomm for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed.
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Love these visualizations by Matt Lindley illustrating several strange idioms from around the world.
I truly enjoyed this recent POP Tech talk by Jessica Lawrence in which she shares what she has learned about leadership from early teenage miscues through her tenure with the Girl Scouts of the USA and on to running NY Tech Meetup, the world’s largest meetup with over 40,000 members.
In case you’ve never seen Playtime, you should.
– This 4-Port Sliding Smart Hub instantly adds four extra USB ports where there once was one.
– Seriously touching: Woman Photoshops Herself Into Her Mom’s Childhood Pictures For Touching Photo Series
– What a bummer! United Pixelworkers is closing shop.
– I think I know what I am getting G for the holidays: The Access Case.
– It’s a mitten, it’s a flask. It made me laugh!
– I am dreaming of driving a snazzy stick shift on these windy roads.
– Storest – a seriously adorable app for kids to play store.
– Love the look of this Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Bluetooth speaker.
– SurgeProtector helps you call an Uber to the nearest location without surge pricing.
– I love this Cardboard Mushroom.
– This lake cabin! A dream!
– The Language of Lying: Animated Primer on How to Detect Deception
– The 3 Most Valuable Leadership Traits according to Simon Sinek
– NeoCover is a standard light switch cover that has super-strong rare earth neodymium magnets inside, and that allows you to hang your keys, favorite pen, or even tools from it.
– I grew up with a ski lift in front of my door on the Swiss country side. I used to go night skiing as a kid, granted without LED lights. Oh, the memories.
– This phone case/stand made me giggle.
A big thank you to Bradley Pitts Studio for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.
The Yearlight Calendar is a site-specific calendar made-to-order for your location. Beautiful visualizations display the timing of sunrise, sunset, dawn, and dusk, every day of the year. Available for any location on Earth from Brooklyn-based artist Bradley Pitts.
As seen at the Guggenheim, New Museum, and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.
My studiomate and friend Bas Berkhout just released this beauty of a mini documentary on Mac Premo. Mac is one of the most talented creative forces I know here in Brooklyn. You might know Mac for his art, his video on Oliver Jeffers or for the most recent U2 video, Ordinary Love. He’s a force of nature. I hugely admire his artistic courage and talent.
Thank you Bas for giving us this honest, raw glimpse into Mac’s life.
Slope by Dekke is the most beautiful iPad stand I have seen to date. It uses suction, taking inspiration from the suction mechanism in the toe pads of the Gecko lizard!