“Gut Churn”

In this 2013 99U talk, Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad describes “Gut Churn” as the radical uncertainty that’s a core part of any creative process that really pushes the envelope.

Just what I needed to be reminded of tonight. Watch it over on 99U.

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.

January in Japan

Scott Gold and his wife visited Japan this January and beautifully documented their trip. Wish I had memories like this of my recent travels. Also, Japan, you’re beautiful.

Constructing Childhood

If you’re a parent, you most certainly will enjoy this CreativeMornings talk in which Raul Gutierrez speaks about the last 100 years of childhood through the lens of his family, how children see the world, and Tinybop’s approach to designing mobile apps for children.

A Dreamer’s Childhood

From Idaho to Haiti, Justin Lyon of Yo Gabba Gabba! speaks on building self-esteem, celebrating the weird, and Biz Markie while speaking at CreativeMornings/Los Angeles. With a simple wish of helping foster creativity in youth, Yo Gabba Gabba! has continued to amaze and garner awards as one of the zaniest, unconventional children’s shows that is just as appealing to kids as it is to adults.

F1 Pit Stop Ballet 

Watch Ferrari’s F1 pit crew do a pit stop in a bit over two seconds. Crazy impressive.

Could You Close that Door, One More Time?

I love it when people question and re-invent something that is seemingly not broken, i.e. the mechanics of a door. Congrats Austria based Klemens Torggler for this stunning door concept.

Bill Cunningham | Whiteout

Men, get over yourselves, buy boots.

(Thanks Jen)

Quick Fit – 7 Minute Workout

Quick Fit looks like the perfect app for busy people – based on the 7 Minute Workout popularized by the NYTimes. Download the App or check out the free web version.

(via LifeHacker)

For Everyone in Doubt

The Gap: A new typographic interpretation of Ira Glass’s iconic quote about the creative process created by Daniel Sax.

(via Colossal)

5by

5by

I just discovered the biggest (video) rabbit hole of all time: 5by.com. Consider it your personal concierge, delivering a never-ending stream of well curated video. And the next thing you know, a few hours went by. Yes, it’s that good. (And, it’s free!)

Data In Data Out

Stunning study of birds by Dennis Hlynsky.

(Via 5by)

This is Not a Conspiracy Theory

This is Not a Conspiracy Theory is the first installment of a brand new documentary feature by Kirby Ferguson. You can view the first installment above. Always amazed at Kirby’s skill of connecting the dots.

And I love his experimentation in how a release of a documentary can work. If you want to see the upcoming installments, you’ll have to subscribe. I am all for supporting independent film makers.

I can also highly recommend his Everything is A Remix Series.

Songs That Make You Dance

Impromptu dance parties are happening more frequently at casa swissmiss these days, with disco light and all. And I find myself constantly looking for new songs to add to my playlist.

What’s *the* song that will get you off your feet and onto the dance floor? Let’s start a YouTube-Link-Comment thread? YES?

Happy weekend!

The Intouchables

On my flight from Munich to NYC today I watched The Intouchables. Based on a true story, the movie seriously touched me. To the point where my seat neighbor handed me tissues. My favorite scene? This one.

Dr. Jim Wither

Dr. Jim Wither’s operates his practice with a simple idea: The best way to care for the homeless is to treat them where they live.

I admire people like Dr. Jim Wither. And it makes me reflect on what I do. Is any of my work making a difference? Do I need to push my companies and their purpose harder into doing good? I think so.

(Thanks Kevin)

How To Eat A Cupcake

(via The Kid Should See This)

Every (Creative) Parent Should Watch This Talk:

In this short CreativeMorning talk Jonnie Hallman talks about how his father’s work has turned him into the maker he is today. As a parent and a maker this talk really moved me. Every (creative) parent should watch it.

Waiting for the Subway

Adam Magyar captured New Yorkers standing on the the platform at Grand Central station with a slow motion camera.

(Thanks Jen)

Buddhify

Buddhify teaches you to meditate and relax on the go. Totally giving this app a try. Thanks Lifehacker.

TV Ski Workout – 1989

G and I just booked our first family ski vacation over the weekend and that reminded me of the ski workout tv shows I used to watch as a kid, growing up in Switzerland. And thanks to YouTube I can all send you down my personal memory lane.

I love the internet so much.

Happy My Birthday To You!

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.

My Do Lectures Talk: “Trust Breeds Magic”

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.

Brandon Doman / Like Knows Like


Another beautiful mini documentary by the fab folks of Like Knows Like: Brandon Doman founded an unusual storytelling initiative called “The Strangers Project“. Living in New York City he has collected over 7000 stories from strangers who have passed his sign saying;

Hi there! I’m collecting your stories.
Share them anonymously or just ask “what for?”