Friday Link Pack

(via The Kid Should See This)

– “I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.” Greta Thunberg, 16 year old environmental activist, her poignant speech at the World Economic Forum can be found here. (via)

The Atlas of Endangered Alphabets: A Free Online Atlas That Helps Preserve Writing Systems That May Soon Disappear

– Need to name something? This site will help you.

The Abandoned Grandeur of Crumbling Palaces Showcased in Large Format Photographs by Thomas Jorion

– Loving this ombre side table.

These Galapagos tortoises dated for almost 100 years and then they broke up and now they hate each other and no one knows why.

A website that automatically generates new human faces, generated through AI. Refresh the site for a new face. (via Wesley)

The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change

The 20 Most Influential Academic Books of All Time

– I dig this Levitating Moon Lamp
– I dig these banana pjs.

Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums

Where does your recycling go?

– I’ll be speaking at CollabFest at Clemson University on February 28th. Join?

I agree with Simone.

– I wish these custom name bath towels came in black and white. I am trying to find super minimal, modern, customizable name towels.

– Matthew Walker says that sleeping well is the best thing you can do for your health.

– Psst… Tattly is running a rare 30% sale.

– A sentence we hear a lot: “The nicest people always come through the CreativeMornings Job Board!” A truly global job board with full-time, part-time, freelance, internships and remote opportunities.

– A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

The Period Game

The Period Game got me with the spinning ovaries. I am definitely backing this Kickstarter.

Companies Going Through Big Transitions

Some interesting answers on this thread. Do you have any examples I should put on my radar?

This is Happiness

(via Sue)

Childish Gambino Covers Tamia ‘So Into You’

Cylinder Bar Stud Earrings

I am so happy I discovered these minimal cylinder bar stud earrings over on Etsy.

♥ / Ode to Things

A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.


Ode to Things is an online shop based in NewEngland, featuring quality lifestyle objects. Its founders believe that the more everyday an item is, the higher quality it needs to be. With this as their mantra, they evaluate dozens of products each week, and only acquire one or two per month — those that adhere to a stringent set of criteria they call “the ode-worthiness checklist”. The result is a unique, consistent, and finely-curated collection for your home and office.

It is an absolute visual pleasure to visit Ode to Things. You can get 15% off your first order when you sign up for their mailing list.

To Wonder at Beauty

To wonder at beauty,
Stand guard over Truth
Look up to the noble
Resolve on the Good.

This leadeth man truly
To purpose in living,
To right in his doing,
To peace in his feeling,
To light in his thinking.

And teaches him trust,
In the working of God,
In all that there is,
In the width of the world,
In the depth of the Soul.

— Rudolf Steiner

(Thanks for sharing, Sam)

What A Ride!

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
― Hunter S. Thompson,

These Stairs


I can’t take my eyes of this stairs runner by Trish Andersen.

Soul

I have this mug. It makes me happy. Every day.

Brake Angle Shelf

Minimal and beautiful: Brake Angle Shelf

You’ll Be Criticized Anyway

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right —
for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Air

These art installations by Daniel Forero made me gasp.

Chub Mug

I dig you, Chub Mug.

Flourishing Needs

“The big prediction for the coming century is that enormous opportunities will open up for businesses that can skilfully address our Flourishing Needs. Technology, the wealth of nations and the shift in public taste will make this very likely. A great many of the multi-billion dollar companies of the future will be those focused on the fulfilment of flourishing needs: our need for self-knowledge around love, our desire for a satisfying social life, or our need for resilience. Bits of the tech sector are already nibbling at the borderline between Comfort and Flourishing needs, a trend aided by the forthcoming development of Artificial Emotional Intelligence. This, rather than the economies of developing nations, are what constitute the truly ‘emerging markets’ of the future.”

Business and the Ladder of Needs

Be Soft

“Be soft, without being weak,
be strong, without being violent.”
— Imam Ali

The Bolted Book: An Avant-garde Masterpiece

In 1927, the Italian Futurist artist and designer Fortunato Depero created a monograph of his work unlike any book that had been seen before. Called Depero Futurista, or “Depero the Futurist,” it is also known as The Bolted Book, because it is famously bound together by two large industrial aluminum bolts.

Filled with bold typographic experimentation, daring layouts, and featuring work in nearly every artistic and design medium, it is universally recognized as a landmark avant-garde example of the “book as object” and is often considered the first artist’s book of the modern era. Today, however, copies of this trailblazing publication can rarely be found.

Here’s your chance to purchase an exact replica of the original.

Hilma af Klint

If you’re visiting New York, don’t miss the Hilma af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim. Breathtaking, all around. I took my kids yesterday and it was a big hit.

Stone Door Stop

While traveling through upstate NY last week I discovered this tiny and design-y shop called Sunny’s pop. And, I fell in love with this doorstop.

Concrete Pen House

Yes to this minimalist concrete pen house.

Friday Link Pack

– Highly recommend this episode of Hurry Slowly with Cal Newport on Using Technology with Intention. And while you’re at it, check out the episode with Anne Helen Petersen on Errand Paralysis

– Here’s how you stop junk Mail.

– This pet treat container is adorable.

– For Love and Money: Finding Roommates After 40

Always Take a Copy of Your Restaurant Receipt

Minim is a deck of playing cards that considers how much design you can take away while still maintaining a playable deck.

– Simple pleasures: knit your own potholder.

Oink Picasso.

– I enjoy this visual blog, very much.

– Do you enjoy piano music? Dive into this thread.

– A mini oral history of the Mailchimp high five

Rainbow pompom

Craigslist Confessional

– Hey Switzerland, go see this: Look closely or you may miss the incredible Mirage Gstaad, a stunning installation by Doug Aitken.

– I would wear this sweater. No problemo.

How to Make Sense of Things When You Feel Overwhelmed, via Jocelyn

10 Surprising Things I Learned While Writing a Book

– Paula Scher began drawing as an escape. Teachers told her she had no promise or talent. Her parents told her there was no future in the arts. Yet she rose to the challenge and became one of today’s most iconic designers. Find out how.

This t-shirt is made for me.

Tattly DIY Valentine’s cards. (Tattly always come in pairs. You can put one on the card and one inside as a gift!)

– Are you looking to hire a creative, big hearted human? Put your jobs on the CreativeGuild Job Board.

– A big thank you to Parsons Open Campus for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

Without using the title of your job, tell me what you do.

Some of the responses on this thread are fantastic. Definitely a question I will start asking at dinner parties.

Book Rest Lamp

I love the idea of this book rest lamp so much. Wishlisted!