One Basic Decision

“People tend to burden themselves with so many choices. But, in the end, you can throw it all away and just make one basic, underlying decision: Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy? It’s really that simple. Once you make that choice, your path through life becomes totally clear.”
― Michael A. Singer

From the Untethered Soul

Meno Felt Tote


This felt tote gets my aesthetic two thumbs up! It would look good in my home.

Mini Quick Clips

All I can think is that these mini quick clips would come in handy for blanket construction. No?

Make Your Own Luck

A message I keep telling my kids.

The Bosses We Remember

The bosses we remember:

1 provided safe space to grow
2 opened career doors
3 defended us when we needed it
4 recognized and rewarded us
5 developed us as leaders
6 inspired us to stretch higher
7 led by example
8 told us our worked mattered
9 forgave us when we made mistakes

(via Farbod Saraf)

X-Ray Flower Photography

These x-ray flower photography is stunning.

Tooter Smart Flashcards

If my kids were still little, I would support this Kickstarter and buy a set of Tooder flashcards. The interactive iPad part makes it fun and parent-indepdenent. Winner!

Holding Things Together

“We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.”
― Michael A. Singer

From the Untethered Soul, a book that is changing my life.

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Friday Link Pack

– This Friday Link Pack gone Saturday is being dispatched from the Swiss Alps. It’s beautiful where I am from.

The Florence Experiment in photography

– Moby Lets You Download 4 Hours of Ambient Music to Help You Sleep, Meditate etc

– This minimal lunch box makes my heart sing.

Alexa Is a Revelation for the Blind

Scuttlebutt, a decentralized social platform.

– What would you put on a custom Linen Pillow. So many ideas.

The Bail Project is an unprecedented national effort to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the bail system, one person at a time.

When your favorite song comes on.

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn’t

Entrepreneurship is not a job

One question for a more joyful day

Minimalist Youtube. (via)

– Never before published photos of Summer of 1978! You can’t help but notice that nobody is holding a smartphone! (Thanks Bailey)

– I find Qoobo highly amusing. It’s basically a pillow with a wagging tail.

– The Prince Estate has launched an extensive site of Prince’s albums. (via)

– This Tweet made me laugh.

A pledge of alliance to yourself.

SmugMug bought Flickr and I am hoping they will be able to bring this gem of a photo service back to life.

– Need a reminder for some zen in your life? Try Christopher David Ryan’s Float Tattly.

The face of distracted driving.

– I can hardly believe these images. What a historic moment.

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Creativity

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
— Albert Einstein

(via ode to things)

Seated Figure Tattly

I love this new minimal, line drawing Tattly by Julia Rothman. I have caught glimpses of it around the office, on some of my team members, and every time thought it was real.

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Crying on Command

Over lunch I was talking with Wesley about the incredibly fascinating Black Mirror episode with Bryce Dalls. Apparently she can cry on command. The video above is prove. Wow!

Small Trades

These photographs by Irving Penn of “Small Trades” are simply beautiful.

Missing From Your Job Description

– Add energy to every conversation
– Ask why
– Find obsolete things on your task list and remove them
– Treat customers better than they expect
– Offer to help co-workers before they ask
– Feed the plants
– Leave things more organized than you found them
– Invent a moment of silliness
– Highlight good work from your peers
– Find other great employees to join the team
– Cut costs
– Help invent a new product or service that people really want
– Get smarter at your job through training or books
– Encourage curiosity
– Surface and highlight difficult decisions
– Figure out what didn’t work
– Organize the bookshelf
– Start a club
– Tell a joke at no one’s expense
– Smile a lot.

As someone who runs companies with a high level of trust and as someone who cares about people stepping into their own, this list of missing items from your job description makes my heart sing. Thank you Seth Godin.

Touchy/Feely

Touchy/Feely is a design book that explores emotional ergonomics to help foster empathy for human-centered, inclusive design.

“Insert Complicated Title Here”

I love Virgil Abloh‘s notion of creating a personal design language.

The talk comes with a looooong introduction. Skip to 5:00 and you’ll get to the beginning.

(via Michael)

Where Malcolm Gladwell’s Ideas Come From

Malcolm Gladwell explains where his Ideas come from.

Anatomy Drawing Hack

Where was this when I was in art school trying to get a handle of life figure drawing?

“Some”

A beautiful animation based on a poem by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, “Some” explores the spectrum of emotions in everyday life. Produced by Wanderlust.

Friday Link Pack – on Thursday!

Listen to Prince’s Original Version of “Nothing Compares U2

– I am still giddy over the reveal of my latest project: The CreativeGuild, think of it as the LinkedIn of the creative world. And over 184 companies have already signed up! YAY!

Spending time with like-hearted people vs like-minded people (via)

DIY mid-century slatted bench

– Wow! Society6 Launches Modern Wallpaper

At Work With MoMA Design Store’s Merchandising Team

– This doormat!

– I want this reading nook!

– “Your attention is your soul spending yourself.(via)

Dr. Weil’s 60-Second Technique for Falling Asleep

These pants! Gah! (Thanks Jodi)

Your personality, according to IBM Watson

How Andrea Wan Creates Her Beautiful Papercut Art

– Love this song by Ted Leo.

I want to hug this hockey player.

– Grace Bonney of DesignSponge is launching a magazine called Good Company. Grace is doing important, heartfelt, inclusive work. I admire her. Pre-ordered!

– Create a festive mood anywhere with this waterproof, color-changing LED rope light

How and Why to Keep Your Team Out of Communication Debt, by Henry Poydar.

3D Printed Earth Pendant.

Spruce up your planters with some Tattly!

– Come work with me! I am hiring a Project Manager for the CreativeGuild.

– A big thank you to Layers Conference for sponsoring my blog this week.

Sugary Rio Dinner Plate

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These hand-painted stoneware pieces from Portugal are beautiful.

What you Resist, Persists

I saw this in Jocelyn’s Newsletter today. Blogged it. Then realized that she found it on my blog. Full circle. LOVE.