Communication

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
– George Bernard Shaw

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Orvibo Wi-Fi Smart Socket Outlet

I just installed a Orvibo Wi-Fi Smart Socket so I can turn on my A/C, cool down my apartment, when I am on my way home during the hot NYC summer days. The app is beautifully designed and easy to use. I am ready for you, summer!

No Wifi Handkerchief

This no wifi handkerchief made me laugh.

Standing Coffee Measure Spoon

Designed by Masaharu Asano, the standing coffee measure spoon stands up on its own both when not in use, but also if you need to put it down after scooping up a mound of beans. Beautiful and functional. The two criteria for (almost) everything entering my home.

Get After That Light

“…Nothing new would be built if things were never broken. A wise man once said: there’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Get after that light.”

Manifesto for Creative Resilience

Generosity

“You don’t need to save up the goodwill and encouragement you offer to others. It will be automatically replenished, and it pays dividends along the way.”
– Seth Godin

Stinginess in the connection economy

Women Who Design

Women Who Design is a Twitter profile directory of inspiring women in the design industry. Go and nominate more women!

Surfing Without Waves

I can’t help but giggle looking at this electronic surf board. No waves needed.

Questions & Empathy

Absolutely loving this deck of cards designed by sub rosa to help enable empathic thinking. I flipped through the cards and found countless uncomfortable questions. I foresee my next dinner party with friends will have lots of deep conversation. My favorite part: When you open the box, it reads “no small talk” on the lid. So good! The world needs this.

Never Done

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
― Thomas Jefferson

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A Manifesto for Creative Resilience

Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and writer Courtney E. Martin created a manifesto for creative resilience. Three versions of the above poster are available online — red, white, and blue, black and white, and rainbow — with all proceeds donated to Hedgebrook, a rural writing residency for women.

Embrace An Element of Surprise

Deep Work

“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”
– Cal Newport

From the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, via this post.

This Planter!

This planter design by Chen Chen & Kai Williams is brilliant AND beautiful as they have their own saucers integrated into the design! YES!

The Original Mac OS Control Panel

I remember the day my dad brought home our fist Mac. I was 11. Looking back now, the first control panel was a thing of beauty. Still cracking up over the turtle and bunny in the keyboard typing speed setting.

Anyone remember the game Frogger? I plaid for hours on end.

Friday Link Pack

It’s Friday everyone!

The 29 Most Common Social Media Rules

Cloud Eggs.

The Fear of Feelings at Work

– “If you’re snubbing your partner in favor of your phone it’s called phubbing (phone + snubbing). If you’re snubbing a person in favor of any type of technology, it’s called technoference.” The Phones We Love Too Much

– Proud to say that me and my big heart made it on the back cover of the Pantsuit Nation Book.

– Pre-orders begin for two styles of the Telsa Motors Solar Roof

– Are robocalls flooding your cellphone? Here’s how you can fight them.

Self-healing bio-concrete.

– YES! This girls’ soccer team joined a boys’ league, and won it

The birthplace of soy sauce

Stream 18 Hours of Free Guided Meditations

– Cool new series of videos from Apple, showing how to get the most from your iPhone camera.

Deray interviewed Snowden.

– Some actually made Sean Spicer lawn ornaments you can put in your bushes

Do One Thing Well

– “The Poor Man’s Selfie Drone” by Nico Vuignier

– I am currently in Switzerland and just learned that there is a company in Brooklyn selling authentic Swiss sausages.

– In these politically confusing times, I keep reminding myself of this.

On Being Nice

A new book from The School Of Life on the neglected art of being nice.

CreativeMornings: Piera Gelardi

Last month, co-founder of Refinery29, Piera Gelardi, delivered an inspiring and actionable talk on living a courageous and creative life.

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Painted Garlic

Vegetable Canvas is a photography series by designers Tessa Dóniga and Christian Baumgartner. Made me look. Also, garlic!

Quick Knife (1970s)

Super neat and retro 1970s pocket knives, for opening boxes and cutting paper. Each one measures 5.5cm.

Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector

The Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector made me look. As it easily rotates to project images or videos, it can turn any flat surface into a monitor, a movie wall or a work of art.

Minecraft Photography

As a mother of a Minecraft obsessed kid these retouched images of animals made me laugh out loud. Hat tip off to Aditya Aryanto.