What I Will Be

“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”
– Albert Einstein

Avoid Drama

“Avoid drama. Walk away in silence from anything that doesn’t improve your life. Calmness amongst chaos is a sign of emotional maturity.”
Vex King

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Yellow Blob

This yellow blob by Hans Hemmert won my heart.

Rug by GUR

This rug made me laugh. Yes, more rugs.

Nanimarquina Shade Rug


Not sure what triggered my sudden rug obsession but this one, by Turkish designer Begüm Cana Özgür is a visual gem.

Irony Doesn’t Scale

“Eventually I realized that success is not about big hits. It’s actually in the opportunity to improve. How could our sales pipeline be better managed? How could our team be coached on client interaction? Who seems frustrated, who could use coffee? How could our meetings be more efficient, and in lesser quantities? Do we need more plants?”

A interesting piece on the highs and lows of becoming a leader. Irony Doesn’t Scale

(via Jocelyn)

Random Porcelain Cup

Not sure what story I would make up in my mind if someone handed me one of these Random Porcelain Cups printed with unpredictable numbers. I would most certainly not be able to remember my number at a party. Made me chuckle.

How to Become an Adult

“We start on the path to genuine adulthood when we stop insisting on our emotional competence and acknowledge the extent to which we are – in many areas of our psyche – likely to be sharply trailing our biological age. Realising we aren’t – as yet, in subtle ways – quite adults may be the start of true maturity.”

How to Become an Adult

Nanimarquina Rabari Rug 2

What a stunning (and pricy) rug. Hand-knotted and hand-woven by Doshi Levien.

Advice to New Managers

1 earn trust by giving it
2 hire for EQ, train for IQ
3 eat lunch with your team
4 tell people their work matters
5 be a player-coach
6 feedback in private, praise in public
7 in victory, lead from back
8 in crisis, lead from front
9 walk around and help

(via Farbod Saraf)

Friday Link Pack

I am currently staying in Venice, Los Angeles and everything here reminds me of the movie Roller Boogie which I watched when I was around 10.

The web is a library; the web is a shopping mall

Why do cats become so territorial?

– Some of these cultural influenced business tips are interesting, especially the first one: In China it’s nice to bring business gifts, but avoid watches, they symbolize death.

– I got this link as a submission and the subject line said: I found a funny carrot and now i’m taking pictures of it. (Thank you Hope)

I am intrigued by these paintings.

– I really enjoy the design blog called Fonts In Use.

– This modern floating villa is stunning. I don’t have sea legs so I could never stay in it.

How to be your best self.

– The Science of Happiness.

You could be the one we’d miss if you were gone.

– These Crisp, and Chewy Ricotta Cookies look delicious.

– This use of Ziploc bags made me laugh.

Do You Need To Be a Dick To Be a Successful Leader?

– Losing my mind a bit over this Tattly collaboration: The Guerrilla Girls are a group of anonymous artists who wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose discrimination and corruption in art, film, politics, and pop culture. Now you can wear the Feminist Masked Avenger to support their ongoing mission for gender and racial equality in the art world and beyond.

♥ / Miss D

A big thank you to Miss D for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

Imagine what would happen if you let a couple of enthusiast photographers build a language app?

Miss D is a beautiful, multilingual language app that creates an engaging, visual way to learn new vocabulary by taking and browsing photos. Miss D presents comprehensive information in a delightful way and includes up to 10 language translations, Oxford English Dictionary, Emoji, cover photo and Wikipedia.

Last but not the least, you can put a dent in the universe of words by exhibiting your wonderful photo alongside the relevant words or phrases.

Give it a try: www.wearexd.com

What it Feels Like to Slide Downhill at 90 M.P.H.

This:

“If you start to get stiff, you start to get scared, it’s not going to work, the sled is going to break lose on you and you are going to crash. You have to embrace the speed instead of getting afraid of it!”

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How Spiders Fly

A 1909 animation on how spiders take to the air is a charming dip into the history of science. Stop motion has come a LONG way!

Ikigai

Ikigai is a Japanese concept meaning “A Reason For Being”. More over on Wikipedia.

“Although there are some examples of highly engaged communities being developed via technology (e.g., Peloton riders), when it comes to belonging, real connection will most likely come from in-person interaction in real life. But having physical space is not enough: Brands should create spaces, experiences, products, and services that deliberately foster the conditions for diverse people coming together in respectful environments for shared experiences.”

Excellent read: The Best Brands Are The Ones That Build “Belonging”

Uhm, CreativeMornings, anyone? Every month 20k creative types get together in over 65 countries. For free.

How to Keep Going

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This Room. This View.

This room. This view. A dream!

I feel this

I feel these photographsby Sakir Yildirim.

GifMuse

Lots of mesmerizing GIFs, like the ones above, can be found over on GIFMUSE.

Eye Poster

Eye-catching poster by German artist and graphic designer Marta Fromm.

One Word Resolutions

These one word resolution prompts seem like an interesting way to help form new habits. Could be used as a playful tool in an office environment.

Progress

“Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive.”
Zadie Smith

Friday Link Pack

This gives new meaning to “skating on thin ice.” In Sweden, a filmmaker named Henrik Trygg likes to take his chances skating on pristine sheets of black ice, measuring only five centimeters/two inches thick. TERRIFYING!

– The Obama portraits for the Smithsonian make my heart pitter patter.

– This is terrifying: Chinese police are wearing sunglasses that can recognize faces

– Vintage Educational Video: What to do on a date

Audiobooks for kids.

These socks make me so happy. Have to post them again.

– Put some confidence inducing flair on you.

– I love how The Sill breaks down the plants by category: For Beginners, Pet Friendly, For Small Spaces… –> Click on “Shop Plants”.

On the power of slow consumption (via)

– Poetic: A Double Ring That Breaks in Half for You and Your Love by Frederik Roijé

Everyday Rainbow Wear (via Manu, via Mule Design)

– Does your sandwich have a bag? It should.

– If my kids were still little I would get this Cloud Nine Area Rug with the built-in pillow. Or should I just get it for myself?

– Here’s your chance to float on a big giant smile.

– There are some gems in here: 25 icebreaker questions

– Debbie Millman has once again proven that she is SUPER PRO at interviewing humans. This one with TED founder Richard Saul Wurman is intense.

– I like this Free as a Bird pennant.

– I enjoyed this interview with Jason Kottke, one of the longest standing bloggers I know.

– I have been able to work through some really rough patches in my life (work and personal) thanks to the help of my coach Heath. Can’t recommend him enough.

– This Orangutan by Oliver Jeffers makes me laugh.

– A big thank you to the fine folks at Frere-Jones Type for sponsoring my blog this week. They just introduced a new typeface called Conductor, inspired by a range of historical references. See more of Conductor (with live testing!) and read Helen Rosner’s detailed backstory.