Constructing Childhood

If you’re a parent, you most certainly will enjoy this CreativeMornings talk in which Raul Gutierrez speaks about the last 100 years of childhood through the lens of his family, how children see the world, and Tinybop’s approach to designing mobile apps for children.

Silver Cloud

silver clouds

My cloud obsession is not slowing down. How stunning are these handmade porcelain clouds? So much YES!

Designerd

designerd

I am a Designerd. Are you?

On Criticism

“At the core of criticism, there should always be an intent to assist.”

Inspire or stifle? Reconsider the purpose of criticism, by Sean Minogue

Caring Heart

“People don’t mind being challenged to do better if they know the request is coming from a caring heart.”
— Ken Blanchard

(via this collection of leadership quotes)

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A Dreamer’s Childhood

From Idaho to Haiti, Justin Lyon of Yo Gabba Gabba! speaks on building self-esteem, celebrating the weird, and Biz Markie while speaking at CreativeMornings/Los Angeles. With a simple wish of helping foster creativity in youth, Yo Gabba Gabba! has continued to amaze and garner awards as one of the zaniest, unconventional children’s shows that is just as appealing to kids as it is to adults.

Persuasive Communication

“Persuasive communication involves enthusiasm, animation, audience participation, authenticity and spontaneity.”
— John Maxwell

(via this collection of leadership quotes)

Fcancer.org

fcancer

Last week I met Sal Lahoud, founder of fcancer.org a non-profit that allows anyone to donate a set number of hours of their skills to cancer charities. Their volunteers which span over more than 32 countries have pledged more than 12,000 hours of their unique skills. That’s equivalent of a single person working full-time for approximately 7 years.

Check out Fcancer’s 1year anniversary site. Join FCancer and check out the projects currently needing help. Inspiring!

YES! So much YES! This kind of use of the internet to connect people makes me so happy.

Friday Link Pack

Craig Frazier discusses his approach to the art of storytelling.

- Today’s my son’s 4th birthday. Feels like he was just born yesterday.

- This house in Chile makes my heart go pitter patter.

- Designing an office space? Check out this site. (via)

- Pipedrive looks like a fantastic tool, not just for pure sales.

- My friend Wesley started the Ten Cities Project with the goal to immersing himself in the creative and startup communities of those cities, one week at a time. Given the charming, outgoing person that he is, he meets a variety of interesting people, passionately working on meaningful projects, to learn and capture their story. Here’s his first photo essay report on city #1; Salt Lake City.

- ALways good to remember: It’s the Little Things.

- This looks like a fantastic resource: Turn Your Creativity Into a Career

- These pasta pot holders made me smile.

- Parents, what an amazing idea to make kids bath time more fun: Freeze the toys.

- Look, a teeny tiny drone.

-”First generation in history that has no idea how to court a potential partner, let alone find the language to do so” Love, Actually.

- How to survive falling through the ice

- I think I need to go to Scarf School.

- This is the best idea! Lunch Break Dance Party!

- Instagram selfies photobombed with puppies to raise awareness for adoptions. Made me smile.

- Lockitron is the first device that lets you lock and unlock your door from anywhere in the world using any phone, all while installing on your door in under a minute.

- Cloud Sticky Notes? Cute!

- We need this Donut Stool for CreativeMorning HQs.

- FishBit makes owning fish easy! It keeps them safe and happy by notifying you in real time if your tank needs attention.nI needed this app when I was given two goldfish in my teenage years… (via)

- My friends over at Chartbeat are looking to hire a Designer. Love their service.

Time Enjoyed Wasting

Time enjoyed wasted

I agree with Patrick Cabral: Time Enjoyed Wasting is not Wasted. Yes!

Party Confetti Bomb

Party Confetti Bomb

Every party needs a little bit of confetti. No? This Confetti Bomb by Knot & Bow lets you carry emergency confetti in your purse. At all times.

#want

Specialization

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
— Robert Heinlein

, Time Enough for Love

Rebel Wisdom

Rebel Wisdom by SHutterstockShutterstock-CM3

Shutterstock, our official CreativeMornings partner for visual inspiration, created a set of beautifully illustrated posters based on CreativeMornings talk quotes. They totally made me smile. See them all here.

Upside Down Russian Home

Upside down home

A russian home built completely upside down. Made me smile.

(via Ted)

F1 Pit Stop Ballet 

Watch Ferrari’s F1 pit crew do a pit stop in a bit over two seconds. Crazy impressive.

Baby Bottle Holder

Baby Bottle Holder

Wish I would have gotten my hands on this Baby Bottle Holder when my little ones were tiny! Smart!

Cosmic Tote

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This limited edition Cosmic Tote made me look. Love to discover more and more products made in the USA! YAY!

Anger

He who angers you conquers you.
- Elizabeth Kenny

Saprotrophs, Mesophiles, Psychrophiles and More…

growth thingy

Melissa Easton’s blog is one of my favorite corners of the internet. She always manages to dig up some interesting finds, celebrating the seemingly mundane, just like these Saprotrophs, Mesophiles and Psychrophiles.

Find A Way

“We will either find a way or make one.”
– Hannibal

Sunlight Pills

sunlight pills

I think we could all use some Sunlight Pills just about now. Which ones would you like? Bahamas, Seychelles or BoraBora?

(Waving to you Australia! Enjoy that summer!)

Smiling Cloud Pillow

Cloud Pillow

This Smiling Cloud Pillow wins. Totally ordering one for my couch.

Could You Close that Door, One More Time?

I love it when people question and re-invent something that is seemingly not broken, i.e. the mechanics of a door. Congrats Austria based Klemens Torggler for this stunning door concept.