Sharing my 5 Personal Rules

I recently gave a talk at the wonderful 99u conference here in NYC and am thrilled to see it just went live. This is probably my most polished talk to date. Makes me happy. Hope you enjoy.

The Making Of OK Go’s ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’ Video

Hopefully you’ve seen the OK Go video I posted a few days ago. Here’s glimpse behind the scenes of the actual shoot. Fascinating.

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“Criticism is a privilege that you earn — it shouldn’t be your opening move in an interaction…


The notion that the only way you can critically engage with a person’s ideas is to take a shot at them, is to be openly critical — this is actually nonsense. Some of the most effective ways in which you deal with someone’s idea are to treat them completely at face value, and with an enormous amount of respect. That’s actually a faster way to engage with what they’re getting at than to lob grenades in their direction…

If you’re going to hold someone to what they believe, make sure you accurately represent what they believe.”

- Malcolm Gladwell

From this Brain Pickings post: Malcolm Gladwell on criticism, tolerance, and changing your mind

Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism

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Love this thought snippet by Malcolm Gladwell on criticism. I recommend you read (and listen) to this entire Brain Pickings post.

More Rainbows

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The world needs more rainbows. Right?

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The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Friday Link Pack


- This neon-colored pigeon kickscooter by Ignas Survila folds in half. Made me look.

- These paddles would look mighty nice on our walls.

- Client feedback on the creation of the earth. So good. (via)

- Aint No Half Steppin

- Look, it’s a giant paint brush.

- Cool job alert! The Brooklyn Museum is looking to hire a 3D Designer.

- To be more productive, spend the first ten minutes of your work day attending “mise-en-place (via)

- This mid-century mini desk from WestElm is quite charming.

- The making of a Steinway Grand Piano from start to finish

- The best leaders get heard by doing more guiding than guilting.

- Carrying your bike up stairs a lot? You might like this Bicycle Frame Handle.

- 2Compendium of business models, old to new . (via)

- Love Reddit’s History Porn.

- Want to break into Product Design or Advertising? These books by William Spencer will help you do so.

- Last week Tattly launched Zodiac tattoos.

- My studiomates of OAK are looking to hire a design/dev intern. You’ll get to work with an amazing team.

Hashtag Garden

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Hashtag garden is a sculpture garden that you can hang on your wall. Think air plants, wood and moss. I have one floating over my computer at work and it makes me smile every time I look at it. Each “Hashtag” garden is an original artwork and hand-made in Los Angeles. Also available are @ symbol, LA, NY and PLAY.

Yours Truly in Conversation with Chase Jarvis

I had the pleasure to fly out to San Francisco for SF Design Week and appear as guest on Chase Jarvis LIVE. The fine folks behind CreativeLive work crazy fast as the conversation is already up on YouTube. How pro is Chase at this interview thing? Impressive, right? Hope you enjoy!

sugru + LEGO = Awesome!


My love for sugru is so big.

Have you watched the sugru founders wonderful 99u talk?

Today Wednesday June 18th: Chase Jarvis Live


I am ridiculously excited to be today’s guest on Chase Jarvis LIVE.

You’ll be able to watch the Live Stream today, Wednesday, June 18th, noon SF time (3:00pm NYC time or 20:00 London) here: It’s free — anyone can watch and Chase and his team will be taking your questions via Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #cjLIVE

UPDATE: You can watch the interview here.

Not familiar with Chase’s Live series? Check out some of the previous interviews, i.e with Brené Brown or the really insightful conversation with Tim Ferris. Chase is a famous photographer, entrepreneur extraordinnaire and founder/CEO of CreativeLive.

The Writing’s On the Wall

(thanks Gigi)

CreativeMornings: Anthony Casalena

Founder and CEO of Squarespace, Anthony Casalena gave a thoughtful talk on Minimalism at CreativeMornings/NewYork last week. Really thrilled to share it here. Give it a listen.

The Panda and the Bicycle

“…Tribes thrive when they connect and coordinate and synchronize. They work when they create a cultural connection. But they can’t thrive when they merely embrace (or deny) the reality of the world around them.

As you organize and lead your tribe, then, the opportunity is to be crystal clear about what you stand for, but to give the alert observers within your clan the ability to stick with you and what they believe without having to pretend that the world outside doesn’t actually exist.”

The panda and the bicycle, by Seth Godin

Everyday I am Hustlin

Everyday I am Hustlin

Thrilled to see that Paper Jam Press started offering some of their designs as T-Shirts.

Envelope Clutch

Envelope Clutch

This leather envelope clutch by Kate Spade Saturday has my name written all over it. Right?

A Frame Picnic Table


I am head over heels in love with this modern picnic table from CB2.

Times New Roman

A short film about the typeface Times New Roman.

Friday Link Pack

Connecting: Makers is the second film in the Connecting Series. See the first film, Connecting, at

- This animated gif wins.

- Just like Joanna, this Seinfeld clip about bedtime routines made me laugh out loud. Start listening at 4:07.

- Cat Sushi. (no worries, not to eat) Made me laugh.

- David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

- Build for Love.

- This made me laugh: Kids react to old computers.

- Oh my, does Ringly mean I’d have to also charge my jewelry?

- UseSparingly explores the role of common language through satirical redefinition. i.e Two cents: A value affixed to an opinion that is simultaneously unwelcome and annoyingly helpful

- A pile of bunnies and hover boarding bears. Wonderfully absurd.

- Sat next to an incredibly adorable 2 year in the subway this week and offered her some Tattly. Turns out the dad is Seb Gorey, a ridiculously talented graffiti artist and fashion designer. I love NYC. So much.

- Keep coming back to this TED Talk by Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter …

- Rifle Paper Wallpaper. #headexplode

- John Updike on Family Affairs

- The iconic Brooklyn Kentile Floors sign will be removed but resurrected nearby

- Tattly launched a with Rifle Paper Co Set this week.

- The fine folks of Area 17 in SF are looking to hire an Interactive Designer.

- “Like all tools, the baloney detection kit can be misused, applied out of context, or even employed as a rote alternative to thinking. But applied judiciously, it can make all the difference in the world — not least in evaluating our own arguments before we present them to others.” The Baloney Detection Kit by Carl Sagan

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Do you ever wonder if you should update your browser? will tell you.

Call Someone You Love

Matt Adams and Katie Sokoler covered a Brooklyn pay phone with quarters and placed a sign above it that read, “Call Someone You Love” to see what would happen. So good!

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How to Survive in NYC

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These animated gifs explaining how to survive in NYC made me laugh out loud. Hat tip off to Nathan W.Pyle!

(via Eric)