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Friday Link Pack

A remarkable (short) true story of love.

Trumpinator™ turns any mention of Trump into instant satire by replacing his name with contextually relevant nicknames.

– Love this: Park Pens: twigs packaged to look like stationery

Ne vous TRUMPez pas.

This made me dizzy watching.

– The USPS is releasing Star Trek stamps.

– Awesome! The mighty Debbie Millman is teaching a branding class over on CreativeLive.

This Is How To Get Healthy

The Legendary Design Of Eero Aarnio

– Tattly is looking for college students to join our team as
Tattly College Ambassadors at their schools this fall.

– Trans model wears stunning couture dress made from flags of countries that ban homosexuality.

– With my current obsession of the Invisibilia podcast I can’t wait to see Lulu Miller’s talk at Hopscotch Design Festival in a few weeks.

Twitter adds a quality filter setting. Yes please.

– Now that’s sugar cube: 3D printed sugar.

– Great message (wish there was less swearing though): A 5 Minute Plea to Do

I’m soaked to the skin with emotion.

– Currently enjoying this Tumblr.

– 23:01:46 — pill to make bird forget it has been kissed

This: “Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

– Albert Lee and the good folks at NEA are running a survey about design’s role in startups. Take it here!

– While researching a video of my favorite restaurant in the Appenzeller mountains, called Aescher, I came upon this one, and randomly found my entire family, including my mom, in it. No idea who the person is that shot it. This is us standing and watching the paragliders taking off! HOW RANDOM IS THIS?

Dispatching from the Swiss Mountains

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We had the pleasure to spend this week in the Appenzeller mountains, where I grew up. Luckily we have one more week of fresh-air-vacation ahead of us. Can you believe this view?

Where We Started

“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
– T.S. Eliot

(via)

Head Hammock

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Airplane neck pillows do nothing for me. I don’t understand why they are so popular. This head hammock on the other hand might be useful.

And yeah, I couldn’t care less that it looks silly. That’s what happens when you reach your 40s.

How To Overcome Procrastination

In this video Stuart Langfield and Marco Patricio outline the procrastination problem and some solution(s).

(via Chris Glass)

All Right, Call Me A Businessman

“…When you make something, when you improve something, when you deliver something, when you add some new thing or service to the lives of strangers, making them happier, or healthier, or safer, or better, and when you do it all crisply and efficiently, smartly, the way everything should be done but so seldom is – you’re participating more fully in the whole grand human drama. More than simply alive, you’re helping others to live more fully, and if that’s business, all right, call me a businessman.”

Phil Knight, Founder of Nike in Shoe Dog – A Memoir

5 mins. 5 hours. 5 days. 5 years. a lifetime

“when you meet that person. a person. one of your soulmates. let the connection. relationship be what it is. it may be five mins. five hours. five days. five months. five years. a lifetime. let it manifest itself, the way it is meant to. it has an organic destiny. this way if it stays or if it leaves, you will be softer from having been loved this authentically. souls come into, return, open, and sweep through your life for a myriad of reasons, let them be who and what they are meant.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

Felt Bedside Caddy

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The minimalist in me wants to get these Felt Bedside Caddies and ditch my nightstands.

Dish Ring

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This Dish Ring by Martin Azua made me chuckle.

Almost Here

Almost Here

Quote by Nayyirah Waheed.

Ultralight Yoga Mat

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The YOGO eco origami yoga mat 2.0 version now comes with a handle! It folds up to a super-portable size and its attached straps form a handle and can also be used to hang and dry the mat. It’s made of durable natural rubber, with a cotton mesh inside that keeps it from stretching. It stays clean because the bottom doesn’t roll onto the top.

And, YOGO now gives one Food Tree per mat plus sustainable agriculture training to poor families in developing countries. Plus, you can buy a tree for $1 in their store. Just like that you can add a tree to your cart during check out. Love this.

Bummer that the grey one is already sold out.

Please Vote

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Wear this t-shirt or tote to make sure people understand the importance of this upcoming election. Let’s scream it from rooftops: Please Vote!

Help us make sure all of our friends and neighbors will have registered and are hitting the polls in this upcoming election. Register here.

The Most Productive Countries

Expert Market analysed GDP data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and found that of the 10 countries with the highest GDP also make the top 10 list for the shortest working hours. Go Luxembourg for taking first place!

The most productive countries in the world also have the shortest work days

Simplicity

Simplicity

I used to love live model drawing at university. Frédéric Forest’s Instagram feed makes me want to pick it back up.

Uniquely Unique

“… Because, while we’re each unique, we have far more in common than we’re comfortable admitting. Amplifying our differences may make us feel special, but it’s not particularly useful when it comes to getting better.

Being unique is a great way to hide from the change we need when someone offers us a better future. Learning from the patterns and the people who have come before, though, is the only way any of us advance.”

Uniquely unique, by Seth Godin

Wind

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Don’t we all feel like this guy at times? Beautiful etching by Valdas Misevičius.

Photographing New York City

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Whit this vintage photo of a man with a stereoscope camera from 1904, I am kicking off my traditional two week summer vacation in the Swiss Alps! Look out for photos of green rolling hills, cheese and cows over on my Instagram.

Basic House

Basic House

Basic House by Martin Azua is a basic habitable volume; foldable, inflatable and reversible. Is it art? Is it architecture? I don’t care, it gives me joy.

Friday Link Pack

James Curran spent a month in New York City where he animated a new GIF every day for 30 days.

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Maps Master

Feeling worried? These days, much of America is.

Lighting Bolt Space Suit. Made me chuckle.

– I Just spent an eternity looking through Public Domain Images from the New York Times

– “You will never get any more out of life than you expect.”

– I wish this adorable first period kit would have been around when I was a young girl. What a great gift to give to young girls.

The many faces of a people pleaser.

– I just started reading Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps. Very amusing.

– This lightweight, waterproof compact backpack seems like a practical travel companion.

– This is one pretty, long cutting board.

How to Feng Shui Your Home to Attract Love, According to an Expert

– This made me laugh: Mom Finds Genius Way To Make Her Internet Obsessed Kids Do Their Chores

– There are some real gems in here: Advice from some old people

– Sebastian Weiss is passionate about concrete aesthetics and the beauty seen in city shapes. (via)

This.

Joyful and Exuberant

– Boil them, deep-freeze them, crush them, dry them out or blast them into space: tardigrades will survive it all and come back for more

– Make a political statement simply by wearing socks? YES!

– Love these minimal water bottles.

– Do you ever wonder why Olympic athletes are so often photographed biting their medals?

– Now this is an interesting way to fundraise: America votes with Cards Against Humanity.

FTC to Crack Down on Paid Celebrity Posts That Aren’t Clear Ads

Cinefade is a camera system that changes the aperture at the same time as a variable ND, so you can rack the depth but the exposure stays the same. Very cool. (via)

– What an incredible opportunity: 99U and Behance are Hiring a Creative Events Manager

– I am stoked. I am leaving for the Swiss Alps today! You can follow along over on my Instagram account.

Toilet Night Light

Toilet Night Light

This Toilet Night Light made me giggle.

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Comfort Zone

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I am on a mission to push myself out of my comfort zone more often. Last week that resulted in taking an African Dance Class.

At some point, I want to do what the gentleman is doing above. Boy, that would sure make me uncomfortable.

What do you do to push yourself out of your comfort zone?

Cord Keeper

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This minimalist looking Cord Keeper makes sure your power cables stay on top of your desk or nightstand instead of flying off the back every time something is unplugged. Made by hand in Madison, Wisconsin from reinforced concrete.