Outbox is a fascinating new service that helps you manage your postal mail like email. Here’s how it works: They pick up your mail from your mailbox three days a week, take it to their secure warehouse, open, scan and store your mail. You then can access your mail anywhere on your iPad or the web. If you click “request” on any piece of mail, they’ll deliver any requested mail in a beautiful package right to your front door or front desk twice a week. And they shred and recycle any unrequested mail after 30 days.

I am definitely intrigued by the idea of accessing all my mail digitally. But am not ready, adventurous enough to sign up for this yet.



Koken is brand new, offering photographers, designers and artists a new kind of publishing platform. Koken focuses primarily on images, can be used on your own web server, and offers publishing tools for web sites. It is interestingly enough completely free. Having experienced the free model myself with TeuxDeux, I can honestly say I have become wary of using services that don’t charge. Yes, I had a complete change of heart. Why? Hosting and upkeep of a web service is expensive. With so many services shutting down or being aquired these days, I am afraid of investing time in a service that might not exist in a year or so.

In this blog post the Koken founders explain why they want to keep it free. I hope they can make it work.


Sunrise is aiming to make the calendar experience better. Definitely giving this a try…


Hooray! Mailbox is now live in the App Store and reservations are being filled on a first-come, first served basis. (They’re using a reservation system to scale the Mailbox service gracefully.)

Currently for iPhone + Gmail, the app is available to download for free. If you’ve already reserved your Mailbox, download the app and enter your reservation info. If you don’t have a reservation, download the app to get your place in line. Everyone can watch the line move in real-time from inside the app.

I know a few very smart folks that have started using it and they all said it revolutionized the way they deal with email. Promising!



Giphy lets you search for animated gifs. So much Yes!

The Best Of FourSquare

The Best of Foursquare

I am not a FourSquare user but these Best of Foursquare City Guides look all kinds of useful.

(via Scott)

Blue (Weather App)

blue weather app

My studiomates of Oak just launched the most beautiful weather app I have seen to date. It is called Blue and beautifully translates weather forecasts into a language of colors. The minimal interface provides a 36-hour weather forecasts relevant to your location. The hourly colors are generated based on three variables: temperature, humidity, and sunrise/sunset times for your current location.

I was blown away when I saw the app for the first time. This is a weather app I will actually enjoy using. And get this, not only is this Oak’s first venture into the land of iOS apps, they also built it in one week, during their stylish retreat in Los Angeles.

Mailbox + Sanebox

“Everyone has a way of dealing with their email inbox. Even if you dont deal with it, thats your way of dealing with it. No system is perfect.”
– Michael Galpert

Michael Galpert wrote an interesting post about how Mailbox + Sanebox help him with email management.


WikiCancel shows you step by step how to delete your online accounts, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and cancel contracts with companies, such as Sprint, Comcast, and LA Fitness.

Found Dropbox on their cancel tutorials. Why would anyone want to cancel a Dropbox account?

(via Papermuse)

Wee Nudge

Wee Nudge collects articles related to the web design process and aims to help you better explain and talk to your clients. Read articles on whitespace, wireframes or spec work. Excited to see this grow!

(via layervault)

Done Not Done

My studiomates at FictiveKin just launched a new project I have been itching to share: Done Not Done. It’s a to-do list for things you want to do, not the things you have to do. (We already have an app for that.)

How many times do you email yourself a title of a book or a movie that you eventually want to read or watch when you have time? And then it gets lost in your inbox and it never happens. Well, no longer. Done Not Done will help you jot these things down, on the go, and then when you are looking for a good book, music or movie idea, it’s right there, ready to be tapped into. (They started out with movies, books and music and will be adding more categories such as restaurants and places.)

Go check it out, over on donenotdone.com or download the iPhone app. But be kind, folks, they *just* launched and might still discover a bug here and there.

Also, love how they created a /purpose page. Every service/company should have this. Taking note!

So, what are you going to add to your not done list? Here’s mine.


Have you ever interviewed someone and knew within the first 20 seconds that the meeting was a complete waste of time? And then you had to spend another painful 29 minutes making small talk? Ziggeo (currently in Beta) tries to solve that problem by letting you screen candidates by watching their videos before you meet. Candidates simply click on a link we send you and record themselves for two minutes (answering questions you pose). The videos are then submitted directly to your private screening room. Love this!


News.Layervault.com lists what’s currently happening in design. Great resource. Hackernews for design?


Outgrow.me is the first marketplace for successfully funded Kickstarter & Indiegogo projects. What a fantastic way to spotlight product designers post-Kickstarter.

(Thank you Sam)

Mailbox App

I am all kinds of excited to get my hands on the Mailbox app once it gets released. Watch the video and see what I mean. I am especially excited for the ability to quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash. And the ability to snooze emails until later with the tap of a button. Well done, Mailbox Team!

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura is the a guide to the world’s most wondrous and curious places. In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, Atlas Obscura celebrates a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.

A wonderful project by Joshua Foer. Excited to seeing this database grow.

Maker’s Row

Have you ever toyed with the idea of making a product but then abandoned the idea immediately after trying to source a manufacturer? If the answer is yes, then you should read on. Maker’s Row is a brand new site by 3 young, smart New Yorkers trying to demystify the process of manufacturing products in the US. Their goal is to make the manufacturing process simple to understand and easy to access. From large corporations to first time designers, Maker’s Row provides unparalleled access
to industry-specific factories and suppliers across the United States.

I can’t applaud the team behind Maker’s Row enough and am impatiently anticipating categories beyond apparel. We produce Tattlys (and everything that goes along with it in the US) and we had our fair share of searching to do ourselves. We can’t wait to share the resources we found!



letter.ly is a simple way to publish a subscription email newsletters. Consider me intrigued.

(via Michael Galpert)

Hover States

Hover States features new and interesting examples of movement in interaction design, curated by Chambers Judd.

(via Ginlane)

Squarespace Note

Squarespace Note is a clean, minimalist, note-taking application that can push your thoughts to email, Evernote, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, and, yes, Squarespace. Note is unique from most existing note applications in that it’s not used as a database, but a passthrough. It becomes the first place you go to push text to various services.

I constantly send myself email notes on the go, the Note App will make this process so much smoother.

(via Techcrunch)


Soulver is faster than a spreadsheet and easier to use than a calculator. With Soulver you can use words alongside your numbers to give them context. Looking back later, your math actually makes sense. For example: Type “35% off 300K” and Soulver instantly displays the answer: 195,000.

This app is for me!

(via this fantastic list of productivity apps put together by Shopify)

How do they make money?

A site offering an overview of top tech companies and their revenue models across ads, subscriptions, affiliates, data, freemium, and royalties.

(via Amrit)

Creative Market

Creative Market is a new online store for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world. You can buy various templates ranging from websites to flyers, business cards, invitations, presentations, typefaces to app add-ons like brushes and so on.

This. Is. Fantastic.


Branch wants to bring the intimacy of a dinner conversation to the internet. The service was originally called Roundtable. I am impressed by how far the team of 8 has pushed the idea of virtual conversations.

Have you had some meaningful conversations on Branch? What are your thoughts?