The Dipped Painting Project

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It is my personal dream to one day own a dipped painting by Oliver Jeffers.

The Importance of Grit!

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

If there is one thing I want to teach my children, besides being kind, it’s the importance of GRIT!

Look-Se

This new film by Daniel Savage is beautiful. What a talented human!

The Little Prince

(via On Animation)

The Myth of Average

High school dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential.

(via Katie)

Creative Spark: Deborah Cook

Really enjoyed this mini documentary on stop motion costume designer Deborah Cook in which she takes viewers inside her creative process. Fascinating.

Marina Abramović: Advice to the Young

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CreativeMornings: Todd Henry

In this CreativeMornings talk Todd Henry speaks on how at the end of your life you’ll point to a delta, a sum total of change that exist in this world because you were alive. And how the choices we make every day on where we want to put our focus, assets, time and energy ultimately determine the body of work that we build.

If you enjoy this talk, I recommend you look up his book Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day.

Giant Octopus Kite

I could watch this giant octopus kite for hours.

(via Coudal)

The Son of a Terrorist

Thanks to the team of Virgin Unite, I had the pleasure to meet Zak Ebrahim last night. He is the son of a terrorist. And, he is a gentle, soft spoken beautiful soul. His story moved me and gives me so much hope for this world. Empathy can change the world! We need more of it!

Shutterstock CEO Jon Oringer

Love seeing the force behind Shutterstock, Founder and CEO Jon Oringer going undercover at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Super thankful to Jon and his team. They really get the global creative community we are fostering with CreativeMornings. Shutterstock has been a global partner for years. Their support is making a real difference in the creative community.

Friends Forever

Ok, this totally made me smile.

KAYTRANADA Lite Spots

This KAYTRANADA music video made me smile. How can you resist a dancing robot?

The Life House

The School of Life just launched a modern version of a Monastery. I’d like to visit.

Adam Harriden

Adam Harridan challenged the notion of showing up at an office building Monday to Friday working 14 hours a day for someone else. One day, while walking the streets of New York City, he saw something that both intrigued and inspired him. This is his story.

MRI Opera Singing

Watch German baritone Michael Volle sing the Wagner aria “Song to the Evening Star” from Tannhäuser while undergoing a MRI scan.

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Flossie Lewis on Growing Old

I’d like to meet 91 year old Flossie Lewis. Just because her body is starting to go doesn’t mean her personality or character should. Taking walks, watching politics and writing a little bit of light verse help keep Lewis as optimistic now as she was at 15. Lewis gives her brief but spectacular take on growing old with grace.

Working Mom

Even as the Western world has moved further towards gender equality, studies show that working women in two-income households still take on a disproportionate amount of the parenting chores. Working Mom traces two mornings and one evening in the life of one such woman, Gill, as she cares for her two young boys. Chronicling Gill from the first waking minutes of her day to the last, the Canadian director Daniel Wilner shows in the most intimate way what a mother’s work at home really is – an endless fugue of exhaustion and magic.

(via Bas)

Empowered by MailChimp: Tattly

A few weeks ago I got a call from my friend Mark at MailChimp in which he asked: “What would you say if we made a commercial on Tattly for Viceland TV?” Needless to say, I nearly fell off my chair. Sure enough, a few weeks later, Vice and their huge crew showed up at Tattly HQ and filmed a day straight. And above is the end product, which you can also see here. How cool is MailChimp? For a small bootstrapped company like Tattly, generous PR gestures like this one are a big deal.

MailChimp was part of Tattly from the very beginning. In fact, when I started the project, almost five years ago, I ran out of money and didn’t have the funds to print the first batch of tattoos. Rusty who helped me at the time had the idea to add a sponsored bonus Tattly in every order. We pitched the idea to MailChimp and they said yes, which allowed us to get production going. Interesting fact: MailChimp knows the pain of being a bootstrapped company. They are still, years later, privately held, which I think you can sense when you pay a bit of attention. They are and have been generously supporting creative projects around the world. (I myself fall into this category also with CreativeMornings. MailChimp was our first global partner) I consider them a “angel investor of the creative world” not just with Tattly but with many other conferences, magazines, experimental-creative-you-name-it-proejcts. Their generous support is making a real difference.

Thank you MailChimp. Tattly (and the rest of the creative world) loves and appreciates you.


In this same series, Vice and MailChimp also made one on FLO+THEO, Jane’s Motorcycles and Heatonist. You can see them all here.

How to Light a Match With a Rubber Band and Another Match

Mr. Gear demonstrates a technique for lighting a match using a rubber band and another match.

Dyson Blow Dryer

Now look at that! Dyson has come out with a hair dryer. Looks fancy. My friend Sally put it right: If it sucks or blows, you know Dyson’s redesigning it. You can get one by dropping $400! Uhm. Yeah.

How to Wrap Cheese

Cheese Storage Paper

While visiting my friend in Charlottesville last week I noticed her wrapping her cheese in this super design-y Cheese Storage Paper by Formaticum. The two-ply paper allows cheese to breathe while maintaining optimal humidity preventing the cheese from drying out. Love that they include a video on how to perfectly wrap your cheese on their product page:

Respect your cheese!

Date While You Wait

I absolutely love this Date While You Wait project by Thomas Knox. I wholeheartedly agree with his statement that life is all about human interaction. That’s why I started CreativeMornings.

Tinybop | Infinite Arcade

Team Tinybop did it again. They just launched Infinite Arcade and it’s blowing my mind! It basically allows you (or your little ones, of course) to create your own Arcade games. Start out with a classic game to build on and then add building blocks like hot lava, disco bricks, crystal, trampoline tiles etc. And, the best part: you can design your own characters. I know what I am doing this weekend! Get the game!