(turn up the volume to hear the cowbell)
Pardon the lack of posts here, but this family is enjoying two weeks off in the Swiss alps. You can catch a glimpse of our trip over on Instagram. (Follow hashtag #swissmissgoesswitzerland2014)
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: www.chasejarvis.com/live. 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.
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…
Really honored to be a mentor in this year’s Shopify Build A Business Competition. As a previous winner, it’s really wonderful to be able to connect with and help new entrepreneurs. Did you start a e-commerce business this year? Built on Shopify? Make sure to enter the competition.
And thanks to Huffington Post for this feature.
Today Fast Company launched the Most Creative People in Business 1000, a resource that defines an influential, diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women across the economy and around the globe.
They’ve dedicated a special section to the MCP 1000 on FastCompany.com and created profile pages for each MCP 1000 honoree, including biographical information, social streams, and an archive of Fast Company articles in which they are mentioned.
Ridiculously excited that I made the list.
YAY! I am so totally turning 40 today! And I am taking the day off, pampering myself to a fun day in NYC! Happy my birthday to you!
Thank you for reading my blog. Please accept a virtual hug.
A few months ago I had the absolute honor to attend the Do Lectures USA, a conference that was originally started by David and Clare Hieatt. I publicly admitted in 2010 that it was indeed my dream to attend one of these intimate retreat/conferences. Being invited to speak pushed me into complete happiness overload!
There’s nothing that compares to the 3 days I spent at Campovida with all the fine folks of the 2013 Do Lectures. If you have the chance to attend one of these, be it in Wales, California or now in Australia, do yourself a favor and just do it.
Last week they launched my talk in which I speak on the 4 core principles I base all of my life decisions on and why I believe in labors of love.
Make sure to dive into their talks archive. So many gems.
Thank you David and Clare for starting something truly beautiful.
PSFK has a lovely profile series called Free Radicals in which they profile ‘courageous creatives whose bold thinking freed them from business as usual”. I am honored that they believe I fall into this category. Managing editor Dory Carr-Harris sat down with me at Studiomates a few weeks and you can read the essence of our conversation in this blog post.
A big thank you goes to Catalina Kulczar who managed to so wonderfully portray Studiomates and Tattly.
I am so honored to be featured on Warby Parker’s fabulous blog. A big thank you to Liz Furze.
It’s been a little over a year since the CreativeMornings Kickstarter when we were humbled by the response from our 1200 backers. And today is the big day, where we unveil our new site. And yes, I am about to burst of excitement. I am incredibly moved by what CreativeMornings has turned into.
What started exactly five years ago in my studio has grown into a 57 chapter strong global organization, featuring speakers from Milton Glaser and Seth Godin to Jessica Hische and Erik Spiekermann. Obviously, I never could have imagined what CreativeMornings has become. Ever.
The new site was carefully handcrafted by my extraordinary studiomates of Oak Studios. And, in true CM spirit, the site translation into 10 languages was done by our chapter organizers! (You can change the language selection in the footer of the site)
The new website features include a full, searchable, sortable archive of every CreativeMornings talk. Every chapter now has a dedicated chapter sections to stay up to date with your local event. Take a look at Berlin for example. You now have the ability to live tag quotes from a video, post comments, save talks to watch later and ♥ favorite videos. But my favorite part of it all is the People section filled with attendee profiles from around the world. (Notice the ‘single’ filter? Grin!)
Today’s launch also marks the announcement of CM’s Official Partners: MailChimp, Shutterstock, and Squarespace. These like-minded companies support our growth and are a key reason why CreativeMornings can exist worldwide, for free. They make sure CreativeMornings is in good hands with an amazing full-time dedicated team: Kevin, Carly, Sally and Kate.
Enough with words! Have a look at the new site, play around, claim your username, and make a profile! This is only the beginning.
A big giant thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers that made this new site possible. An special thank you goes to 4ormat, Mailchimp, Squarespace, RISD and Andrew Zuckerman for the extra generous contribution.
A day ago our internets mysteriously broke down at the place we are staying here in Switzerland. This means, no blogging after the kids are in bed.
I typed this brief blog post on my iphone, half-annoyed and half-amazed. How incredible are these devices in our pockets? (I remember the days when I used to race home to check my email! )
This little family is not without internets for much longer as we will be traveling back to the U.S. on Thursday.
And, I’ll be back in the office on Friday with a rather spectacular announcement. I am bursting of excitement just thinking about it!
Until then! And, by the way, you look great today!
I am currently enjoying a family vacation in the Swiss Alps, which means postings will be light this and next week. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite online destinations that will keep you plenty entertained: Brain Pickings, Minimalissimo, Seth’s Blog, Kottke, Coudal, it’s nice that, but does it float, The Kid Should See This, Doobybrain, Laughing Squid, Explore, Co Design, Smitten Kitchen, design milk, the loop, it’s ok to be smart, 99u and a Cup of Jo.
The talented and wonderful folks behind Like Knows Like invited me to be part of one of their beautiful mini documentaries. Back in June, Bas and Marije visited me in Brooklyn and followed me around for a day. Like pretty much any Dutch person I’ve ever met, they are a delight to hang out with and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with them.
And now that I’ve seen the result (above) I can’t help but feel a bit speechless. What a gift to be given such a wonderfully, personal mini documentary. G and my kids approve as well and it makes me so happy that all of them make an appearance.
I was expressing how much I respect Neil deGrasse Tyson to my team this morning. I ended my admiration-rant in saying “I wish I had a Neil deGrasse Tyson doll!” which prompted Bekka to swiftly Google just that, and five minutes later I had a paper doll of Neil with two outfit options on my desk. I love the internet, so much.
Here’s my SXSW talk in which I speak on my path of becoming a designer in Switzerland, making the transition moving to New York and establishing my various businesses. I speak on my 11 rules and values I live by, both in my professional and personal life. In fact, I speak on the fact that I barely distinguish between the two and that my kids have been my biggest career catalysts. Enjoy!
Also, here’s a Recap Rap by Saul Paul.
I am currently in Austin, Texas, attending the massive SXSW conference. I have the honor to be be giving the Keynote for SXSW Interactive which will be live streamed: Tune in here for the live stream, at 2pm Austin time, 3pm New York time or 8pm Zurich time. Today, Sunday March 10th!
UPDATE: You can watch my recorded talk here.
(video by Matthijs Vlot)
In December of 2009, my Studiomates Cameron, Evan, and I launched a simple, designy to-do app called TeuxDeux. We built the app for ourselves, because we couldn’t find a to-do app that was as simple as a piece of paper and calendar-based. Many of our friends started asking us for accounts, so we decided to let anyone use it. For free. What we thought would be just used by a few friends has turned into a loyal following of over 300,000 users. We didn’t see that one coming.
We eventually hired someone to make an iPhone app, which we decided to sell for a one-time cost of $2.99 to make up for some of our expenses.
Our Twitter account and our inbox have been getting passionate user feedback for the past 4 years. It seems like we managed to make something people really, really love. That’s great, but we came to realize that in order for us to put resources into maintaining and improving TeuxDeux, something had to change.
Success is more expensive than we can afford, but we want to keep TeuxDeux around. It has become an essential tool that we use every day. So, we have decided to start charging a subscription fee to use TeuxDeux. We realize that some of you might not be happy to hear that. And, we realize we might lose some users. We want to make sure our die-hard fans that rely on us every day will always be able to count on us to keep the lights on.
We have seen too many startups close shop or get acquired (and shut down their product). We do not want to see any of this happen to TeuxDeux. We love the app too much.
Over the past few months, we have invested in a new TeuxDeux, rebuilt from the ground up by our incredible Studiomate Jonnie Hallman. The decision to charge a small fee gave us the confidence to do this. If you’re a passionate user, you will be incredibly excited about what’s ahead. Sit tight for more details on the new app, but for now, please know, that our decision to move TeuxDeux to a paid model comes from the best of intentions.
We will be offering a free 3-month trial, so you can see if the new version is worth it. If you’re not convinced after 3 months, we’re gonna let you download all of your data, so you won’t lose anything by giving us a chance. Oh, and if you bought the iPhone app, we’re gonna give you a free 6-month trial as thanks.
I am doing an experiment this year: One day a month I will swap desks with someone in NYC. Why? I am fascinated by how other work environments are set up and feel. And what better way to get a glimpse of another office than spending a day?
And lucky me, I am enjoying my day at the beautiful Squarespace office in Soho. Their space is all kinds of amazing, I have three (!) monitors at my disposal and an axe on my desk. I just enjoyed delicious catered lunch (envious), chatted with lovely folks and am now sitting on an ErgoErgo, getting work done.
Experiment round #1 can be filed as “successful”!
I can’t wait to find myself another desk for March! Any suggestions who I should swap with? Email me desk(at)swiss-miss.com or leave a comment below.
A child’s birthday is always moving for a parent but his birthday coincides with a bold career move: It’s the day I started saying no to clients and went on a one year client sabbatical. Three years in, I can safely say the sabbatical has been extended indefinitely.
By having more time to focus on my own products, I have been able to grow CreativeMornings, launch Tattly and am about to relaunch TeuxDeux. I am very fortunate and grateful for where the last 3 years have led me.
And looking back, it is obvious that my kids have been my biggest career catalysts. Why? During both pregnancies I analyzed where I was in my life, what I still wanted to achieve and what was keeping me from going after my goals. There’s no other moment in life that makes you really look at who you are, and where you are in life, like the day you realize you are about to become a parent.
Don’t wait for the ‘right moment’ to start that company, or take that trip. The right moment is now.
Don’t wait until you get pregnant.
Happy Birthday Tilo!
Do you know about Maddie On Things, the dog from the internet? Well, she just visited Studiomates and took the opportunity to stand on my desk. My year has been made. I don’t think I have ever been this excited about a studio visit.
And if you are as big of a Maddie fan as I am, you might want to know that she has a book coming out. I just pre-ordered my copy. Congrats to Theron Humphrey, Maddie’s owner, for starting the Maddie phenomenon.
Talk about a cool dog and dog owner power house.