Link Pack

(Thank you Yoko)

- Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Mom explains how to raise a brilliant child (Thank you Joy)

- Update My VC is a modern guide to keeping in touch with your investors.

- How to Hold A Pencil podcast with the delightful Debbie Millman.

- Seed-Filled caps turn plastic bottles into tiny gardens

- 30 Weeks, a founders program for designers, is an experiment in giving talented visual thinkers the hands-on experience needed to create products that may just change the world. It’s 20 designers. It’s 30 weeks. It’s in New York. And it starts September 2014.

- I keep coming back to this Zappos blog post: Your Culture is Your Brand

- Who knew car back seat inflatable mattresses existed? Wow!

- A guided tour of the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

- This conveyor belt sushi kit would get my kids so excited at the dinner table.

- Cameron Moll’s stunning Brooklyn Bridge Poster is now for Sale.

- Drinkaware animation showing effects of alcohol.

- My friend Tim told me about Nomiku, an imersion circulator. I want one.

- Reamaze looks like a beautifully designed customer support tool.

- Coursera: Learn stuff!

- This video is from a few weeks back. But, man, it still makes me smile: Two older ladies flying for the first time. (It gets really moving at 6:20)

- I definitely have days where I feel like this.

- Interested in the future of email, messages, alerts and notifications? Then you should attend Inbox Awesome 2014!

- Tell the world anything. (The dude that loves Tacos is my favorite)

- Who needs a coffee table if you have Lip Lap?

- “The modern 40s are so busy it’s hard to assess them. Researchers describe the new “rush hour of life,” when career and child-rearing peaks collide. Today’s 40ish professionals are the DITT generation: double income, toddler twins.”

- Calling all eager hustlers! CreativeMornings is looking for a paid summer community intern to take on the world.

- BAGGU in San Francisco is looking for a developer!

- A Moon Rug? YES!

Warrior

Warrior not Worrier

Warrior not Worrier, a new Tattly design by James Victore.

Everything Good

“Everything good proceeds from enthusiasm.”
- Brian Eno

Brian Eno

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Good Eggs

Good Eggs

Good Eggs brings locally farmed groceries to your door. Totally giving this a try!

How?

lost disco ball

I was stuck on the highway yesterday and noticed a disco ball (!) on the side of the road.

A DISCO BALL!

How does one loose a disco ball on the highway? I can’t stop thinking about possible scenarios. Life is so wonderfully absurd at times, isn’t it?

This Good World

This Good World

This Good World is a search discovery platform that highlights and supports businesses doing good things.

Better Swag!

Ever gotten some swag that really made you go wow! And that you actually use? What was it? Who gave it to you? So many good replies already! Leave a comment below?

Let’s make better swag!

Dear Massimo

Dear Massimo Envelope design by Erik Marinovich.

Massimo Vignelli’s son put out a call last week saying that the the graphic design legend has fallen ill and requested letters from those he might have inspired or influenced during his long career. Designers all over the world have been mailing letters, and posting them online as well, tagging them #dearmassimo. Gizmodo is currently featuring some of them. Love it so much when our community comes together.

Have you written Massimo yet?

Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

The first time I blogged about the Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker it was a Kickstarter. Now, I see it fore sale in neighborhood stores and it makes me smile. Total hipster shaker, I know…

Book on Book

Book on BookBook on Book

Book on Book” is an acrylic transparent page holder that keeps a book open.

Dinner Conversation With My 8 year Old

Me: “What do you think I do at work all day?”

Ella (8): “Sit at your computer and laugh!”

Dead on. The fact, that Ella knows my job makes me happy, is the *best thing ever*. Now I just have to help her find her path…

Judged

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A few months ago, when Catherine Hoke, founder of Defy Ventures, spoke at CreativeMornings, she asked: “What if you were only known for the worst thing you’ve ever done in your life?” I remember how that question hit me in the gut. It’s a powerful one.

And she has built her calling around that question. She runs Defy Ventures to help ex-convicts get back on their feet, write a new promising chapter of their book. She wants to prove that it is in fact possible for people to make a 180-degree turn, change their habits, and start over! Defy is helping ex-convicts start their own businesses, and giving them a chance to change their path and repave their future.

My studiomates Bas and Hanne were so struck with Catherine’s mission that they offered to help her document and celebrate Defy Ventures graduates, let them tell their stories. And today, Judged.co went live.

Listen to these stories. I know they’ll inspire you too.

The Importance of Kindness

Animated adaptation of a commencement speech given by George Saunders at Syracuse University, May 2013.

♥ / Picturelife: a smart home for your photos

A big thank you to Picturelife for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed.

Picturelife smartly syncs photos from everywhere – your phone, computer, Dropbox, Instagram, Flickr and more – and brings them all together in one safe place.

With beautiful, powerful apps for iPhone, Android, and the web, Picturelife makes it easy to search, browse, and share your favorite photos, no matter where you are.

Remember that road-trip? Picturelife does! Memories surfaces the photos you’ve loved and forgotten, reminding you of your best (and worst;) moments.

Picturelife is free to try, and plans start at just $5 a month.

Retro Diner/Movie Board

Retro Diner/Movie Board

Love this Retro Diner/Movie Board by Goodwin + Goodwin. Each board comes with a set of clear plastic alphabet letters, numbers and symbols that can be used to create any combination of words you want, fits 14 characters approx and the clear plastic letters simply slot in.

Link Pack

The great Massimo Vignelli is very ill and will be spending his last days at home. He’d like you to write to him.

- 40 maps that explain the Middle East

- Vi Hart Explains & Defends Net Neutrality in a New Doodle-Filled Video

- Home-Work Sideboard Transforms Into A Self-Contained Workspace

- A smartphone charger that can also jumpstart your car

- Organic Traveling Soap. Oh Japan, your packaging makes my heart sing.

- Gourmet Mouse Traps. Made me laugh. (scroll sideways)

- Polaroid Camera Toilet Paper Holder. Made me laugh.

- Emotional Baggage.

- What’s The Difference Between A Font And A Typeface?

- The NYPL is sharing their librarians’ favorite NYC history books on their tumblr. (via)

- Best doormat ever: The Moon.

- ‘Look Up‘ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time

- How to write on a cake.

- Posters with shapes of US states made out of words. Words that describe what makes people call their state home.

- The Guacamole Tote made me smile (and hungry).

- Euan’s Guide is a disabled access and review guide for disabled people and their families. Love!

- Sushi Memo Pads. Made me smile.

- Does your Apple Laptop need Glasses?

- Panda Necklace. I know someone who’d love this.

- Minimal and absolutely beautiful maternity clothing line called Storq.

- VW Bus toiletry bag.

- No sleep ’til Brooklyn

- Meetup NYC is looking to hire a Senior Interaction Designer.

Cindy Gallop: Make Love Not Porn

Cindy Gallop is a modern day hero in my book. The work she is doing with her company Make Love Not Porn is nothing short of courageous and oh-so-incredibly-important in this day and age. As a mother of two, I want her message to spread. People need to understand the difference between porn and real world sex.

When you’re done with the talk, check out her site, makelovenotporn.tv.

Fear of What Other People Will Think

“Fear of what other people will think is the single most paralyzing dynamic in business and in life. The best moment of my life…was the day I realized that I no longer give a damn what anybody thinks. That’s enormously liberating and freeing, and it’s the only way to live your life and do your business.”
— Cindy Gallop

Taken from Cindy’s fantastic CreativeMornings talk.

How To Make The Perfect French Omelette

Making an omelette the Julia Child’s way. 1960s!

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Upcoming is Coming Back!

Andi Baio sold Upcoming.org to Yahoo in 2005. Last year, Yahoo shut it down and decided a few months ago to sell the url back to Andi. Now, Andi is set to bring it back! Yes, please!

Upcoming was a collaborative event calendar focused on interesting arts and tech events around the world. Entirely curated by the community, Upcoming surfaced weird and wonderful events that usually fell under the radar of traditional event listings from newspapers and local weeklies.

Definitely supporting this Kickstarter Campaign.

And, can we all please learn from this?

Hanabunko Flower Vase

Hanabunko Flower Vase

How lovely is this idea of a vase in the shape of a book to put between books on a bookshelf?

NY Train Project

NY Train Project

Adam Chang created the NY Train Project, an online gallery of 118 subway stations in Manhattan. Pick a line and discover the various signage styles.

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THE DISTANCE

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Today Jason Fried and his team at Basecamp launched THE DISTANCE, an online magazine that celebrates interesting private businesses that have been in business for 25 years or more.

Read Jason’s blog post about it and the first issue of THE DISTANCE featuring Chicago’s Last Tannery.