A Celebration of Ravi’s Life

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In 2014, my friend Maggie Doyne saved a little baby boy’s life and allowed the world to cheer her on and follow the heartwarming rescue story along. Maggie named him Ravi and became his legal guardian. And then today, she shared this Instagram update. Ravi passed a day ago in a tragic accident. With a heavy heart I put together a fundraising campaign to celebrate Ravi’s life.

My heart!

Following Maggie’s Instagram and Facebook updates, as she was fighting for Ravi’s life showed me a new side of Social Media: The world rallied and poured their hearts into Maggie’s mission to save this little fragile boy. The love shining through the comments was incredibly powerful.

Now, let’s put our hearts together one more time and give Maggie strength. If you can, please consider supporting the Fundraiser I set up in Celebration of Ravi’s Life. All money raised will go to his brothers and sisters.

Go to Ravi’s Fundraiser.

(In case you’re wondering, I got the approval of Maggie’s BlinkNow Team to run this Fundraiser)

Tattly Parlor in The New York Times

 A Temporary-Tattoo Parlor With Ink for the Whole Family

What an exciting last day of 2015 for team Tattly! Our Tattly Parlor is featured in The New York Times! Here’s the article. (Not to brag but we made the Style’s section twice in 6 months! Here’s the article from just a few months back.)

Team Tattly killed it in 2015: We moved offices, were part of the Easter Egg Roll at the White House, launched collaborations with Naughty Dog (of Sony) and Sesame Street, we were part of Art Basel, we brought old Masters back to life at Christie’s and opened a Tattoo Parlor. And we paid over $750,000 in royalties to our artists.

Time to celebrate! 2016 here we come!

Happy 5th Birthday TeuxDeux

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Five years ago today, Cameron, Evan and I announced TeuxDeux, a simple, design-y to-do app. (Cameron’s very first product video still puts a huge smile on my face. Keep in mind, the app UI has changed since then…)

TeuxDeux was born over a lunch conversation where I shared my vision of a calendar based to-app and 3 days later we had a working prototype. 5 years and several updates and revisions later, TeuxDeux is helping keep thousands of happy user stay organized.

The secret is to keep TeuxDeux as your browser landing page, so every time you open a browser window you are being reminded what you should be working on. Organize your to-do’s on our simple, list based calendar view. Cross off what you’ve completed and whatever you don’t cross off, will automatically move to the next day. You can also create your custom ‘someday’ columns on the bottom area for the things that you just need to get out of your head. And, take your to-do’s with you on the go, with our iPhone app.

Happy 5th birthday TeuxDeux. I don’t know what I would do without you.

Freunde von Freunden

Freunde von Freunden

I am thrilled (and a bit stunned) that my ‘world’ is featured on Freunde von Freunden. A big thank you to Shoko Wanger and Nicole Franzen.

Friends Work Here

(Big thanks to the talented Bas Berkhout for the above video. And to Tory Williams for the photos used within.)

Earlier this spring I opened a new co-working space called FRIENDS in the heart of Boerum Hill Brooklyn. It is the more grown-up version of my first co-working space Studiomates which I ran out of DUMBO, Brooklyn, just a few subway stops away.

As someone who puts great emphasis on surrounding myself with people that I admire and that inspire me, this new work home has been life changing. FRIENDS is attached to the artists in residence of the Invisible Dog and Tattly, right below us on the second floor. This beautiful old factory building is bursting with creativity and generous, kind people.

We have one desk available right now. Join us?

How To Draw A Person

My son Tilo (5) started a YouTube Channel teaching you how to draw. Current tutorials include how to draw a person, jaguar, bat, owl and a snake. My heart is bursting.

(It got him his first commissioned illustration over on I Love Typography for a post on First Printed Children’s Books . See the header illustration on the left.)

Shouting This From Rooftops Soon:

Thought of the day

Tattly in the New York Times

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Today was a big day for Tattly: We got featured in the New York Times’ Styles section. It’s a long and positive article. I can’t thank the writer, Courtney Rubin, enough for her kindness and generosity. Want to read it yourself? Here you go!

10 Year Blog-iversary

“In all Beginnnings dwells a Magic Force.”
– Herman Hesse

Exactly 10 years ago today, I started this blog with the above quote. Little did I know, that it would redefine my career and life. Happy my 10 year blog-iversary to you. Thank you for reading. Please consider yourself hugged.

Vintage Ice Cream Vendor Bike

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With a heavy heart I am parting with my beloved Norwegian Vintage Ice Cream Vendor Bike. Someone wonderful please give it a new home. Details here.

PS: You’re wondering why we’re selling this gem? We can’t fit it into our new space. Womp Womp

We are Studiomates. Soon we will be Friends.

FRIENDS

In July of 2008 I started a co-working space here in DUMBO that over the years has grown from a 4 people space into a 50+ creative force called Studiomates. With our office building going condo, this beautiful chapter is coming to an end.

Over the past 7 years I have learned so much about what it takes and most of all, what defines a thriving co-working space. I believe in keeping the community small and carefully curated. I believe in balancing out the trades and skills of that the community members bring to the table. To me, a co-working space is about community, about being surrounded by folks that are talented at what they do, passionate, kind and low in ego. Being around my studiomates elevates my game. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the support of my studiomates. They made me feel safe and gave me confidence in moments of doubt. They pushed me when I needed to be pushed. And they were able to connect me with accountants, lawyers, printers, you name it when I needed it. The value of a likeminded community like Studiomates is hard to put into words.

I gave the next chapter of Studiomates a lot of thought and am thrilled to announce that 17 of us are moving to a new space in Boerum Hill in beginning of April. We are taking a floor in The Invisible Dog in Boerum Hill, joining the impressive artist community Lucien Zayan has so masterfully curated over the last 5 years.

The new space will have a lounge, a full kitchen, phone booths, a conference room. We are going to feel so grown up! Yay! Construction is starting mid February and move in date is end of March. Doors will officially open on April 1st.

We are currently taking applications for the remaining desks. (If you’re interested, apply quickly, the desks are almost all gone. Psst… Developers are high on our wish list!)

At this point we are Studiomates, starting April, we will be FRIENDS.

A Bigger Boat

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With all that I have planned for 2015, I might need a bigger boat, metaphorically speaking, of course. Happy new year to you all. Thanks for reading and taking part in this little (blog) world of mine. Also, happy my birthday to you!

(Illustration by Martina Flor)

Tattly | Built in Brooklyn

Seriously thrilled about this TechCrunch feature on my temporary tattoo company Tattly.

Tattly featured on MSNBC

This morning I got up early to watch MSNBC’s Your Business with the delightful JJ Ramberg. My heart was bursting of excitement when the above feature on Tattly came on. My little company on national television! What an exciting day!

Yours Truly on Good Life Project

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Johnathan Fields, force behind the wonderful Good Life Project. Here’s our conversation:

3 Rules for Emailing a Busy Person

Waving from the Alps!

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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)

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.

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!

Today Wednesday June 18th: Chase Jarvis Live

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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.

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?

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…

Always Remember Your Beginnings

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.