Link Pack

The juggle of solo parenting and working from home in a nutshell. I love you Alanis Morissette.

What happens to viral particles on the subway?

– One day, I’ll give a Moth talk on the *amazing* apartment-finding story I have, when I separated from my husband 5 years go. It involves signing an NDA to get a tour, of what turned out to be the NYC mayor’s house. Funny to see an article about the same experience in The New Yorker.

– Interesting: A teleprompter app for on your phone.

– This building is something else: Spiraling Museum in Switzerland Designed to Mimic the Swirling Mechanics of a Watch

– I have become a complete Linen lover (sheets, clothes..) and summer scarves.

– Ben Chestnut, co-founder of Mailchimp, sharing personal stories about entrepreneurship.

– This website, Drive & Listen, pulls dashboard cam videos from YouTube and pairs them up with local music channels so that you can feel like you’re cruising around in a foreign city, blasting the radio, all while sitting at your desk. (via Recomendo)

– An anonymous USPS employee has written about the recent changes at the Post Office. I can’t.

– I would love to own this ear and mount it on my wall.

– GIPHY made a zany Backdrop channel for your online hangouts. Waterfall anyone? Or flying space star. I think my favorite is this animated art wall. (via)

Air by MicroClimate. I can’t stop laughing. But also crying. (via)

– If you work in different time zones but don’t enjoy writing lengthy team updates every day, Grapevine offers a place to store (and comment on) short, recorded video updates from all team members. (via)

2020 Is the Year of the Freezer. I am a big fan of freezing things, from meat, to bread, to butter, to fruit, to cooked meals. FREEZE EVERYTHING!

– This mini tumbler set makes me happy.

– Over on I will vote you can check if you’re registered to vote, you can register to vote and you can request an absentee ballot.

Ambitious. I’d wear it.

What a fun, creative mom!

WTF Visualizations. Always coming back to this one. Always amused.

Studiowrite helps you bust writer’s block and be more creative.

– The super popular Wildlife Tattly Set by Oliver Jeffers is back in stock.

– Want to make some new friends? Here are two options for you: Ice Cream Social FieldTrip and Connection Club. These are free virtual events offered from CreativeMornings community members, for free.

– A big thank you to Float for sponsoring my blog this week. Float gives you a bird’s-eye view of your team’s availability and resource capacity to plan projects and schedule tasks confidently.

No Fear

“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear.”
Nina Simone

Truth

“I’ll tell you one thing for sure: once you get to the point where you’re actually doing things for truth’s sake, then nobody can ever touch you again because you’re harmonizing with a greater power.”
George Harrison

Bowen Island Dream Home

This modern dream of a home on Bowen Island made me gasp for air. Designed by omb.

A Walk In The Woods

“Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got dirty through too much civilization take a walk in the woods, or a bath in the sea. Entering the unconscious, entering yourself through dreams, is touching nature from the inside and this is the same thing, things are put right again.”
Carl Jung

Wine Windows

Wine Windows, or buchette del vino, are little hatches which were originally used to sell surplus wine direct to Florence’s working class. These wine windows are unique to Florence and Tuscany, and were once a normal part of everyday life here. Now, several wine windows have re-opened for the first time in generations, and are being used to serve food and drinks in a socially distanced way. This makes me happy.

Denzel Washington’s Life Advice

“Don’t just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference”. — Denzel Washington

♥ / Float

A big thank you to Float for sponsoring my blog this week.

The world’s top creative teams, including BuzzFeed and MetaLab, use Float to plan and track their team’s time.

Get a bird’s-eye view of your team’s availability and resource capacity to plan projects and schedule tasks confidently. Set custom work hours, add public holidays and time off, and schedule a status to let your team know where you’re working fromーthe home office (dining table), or the lake house!

Assigning tasks to resources is a breeze with an easy drag-and-drop interface, a variety of editing shortcuts, and a single, visual calendar that updates in real time.

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It Takes Courage and Strength To Be and Empathetic Leader

I love Jacinda Ardern. So much.

OAD Face Mask


Now that I am going into the office a bit more often, I had to find a mask that I don’t mind wearing all day. I tried a few different ones and have really come to like the feel of the OAD Face Mask. It fits snug and feels soft. Do you have a mask you love?

Update: A reader just reached out to me saying that these masks (poly/spandex blends) are apparently one of the least effective fabrics to protect you and others. Nooo.

The New Dating Timeline

This New Dating Timeline made me laugh out loud. (Then, wanting to cry a little.)

(Via Joanna)

How To Revive your Belief in Democracy

Civic evangelist Eric Liu shares a powerful way to rekindle the spirit of citizenship and the belief that democracy still works. Eric is the founder of Citizen University, an organization trying to foster a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship across the country.

Link Pack

Thank you Pete Souza: “The Way I See It”. My heart hurts.

– Wow, this is powerful: COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool

– Support people in need affected by the horrible explosion. My friend Youmna is running a fundraiser and has networks in Beirut that will make sure that the money goes where it’s most needed. Donate here. (Youmna is one of the most impressive humans I know. She is all love and started Live Love Beirut. Hear her Story.)

Watch Popcorn Popping in Super Slow Motion (100,000 fps)

– Sobering: How the Pandemic Defeated America

– We need to learn from cats: A cat is content to be a cat.

– This is a breathtaking commercial.

This Brooklyn home! Gah! Look at the skylights!

Thinking is something you have to do by yourself. (I appreciate this blog so much.)

These patterns and colors. WOW!

A Love Letter to All the Overwhelmed White People Who Are Trying

Radiooooo.com lets you customize a music stream based on decade, country, and slow, fast or weird music. (via KK)

Hire talented black illustrators for your next project.

– A beautiful read: No Artist is Pleased, by Paul Jun

– “What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.” — Claude Monet

– I love Otter. Transcribe meetings or read a quote out of a book and have it transcribed magically. (My favorite is the little Otter illustration at the bottom of this page saying “you got this!”

Feelings poster.

These flourishes by Lara Maju are making me swoon.

– Did you know that you can attend CreativeMornings events around the world? As well our new offering, community led FieldTrips? Want your faith in humanity restored, attend some of these. Goodness and generosity is pouring out of these events.

– Are your kids bored and missing their friends? Young designers can learn and make new friends online at the Museum of Design Atlanta’s live-instruction camps and after-school classes. Thank you for sponsoring my feed this week, Museum of Design Atlanta.

They Love NYC

The converted candy factory in Brooklyn is home to artists from all over the world who, thanks to landlord Ann Ballentine. They have cultivated their own sense of community in New York for more than 40 years. Thank you InStyle Magazine for this beautiful feature. Read the full article.

(My office landlords Frank and Mario, owners of The Invisible Dog Artist Building, deserve the same kind of tribute!)

Home or Office

Summer 2020 by Tatsuya Tanaka

This sums up summer 2020. Thank you Tatsuya Tanaka.

♥ / Online Summer Design Camps created by MODA

Are your kids bored and missing their friends? Young designers can learn and make new friends online at the Museum of Design Atlanta’s live-instruction camps and after-school classes.

From Minecraft to skateboarding, video games to sustainability, and Animal Crossings to architecture, MODA’s got lots of ways to keep kids having fun while improving their STEM and design skills.

Check out the camps and after-school programs here.

Singing Stones

I am in love with Pinuccio Sciola‘s singing stones.

Ask Yourself Honestly

“Ask yourself honestly: are you looking for a steady, predictable life? Is this what you want? If so, you must realize that the world cannot offer you this. Everything in the world is in the process of change. Nothing is steady. Nothing is predictable. Nothing will give you anything other than temporary security. Toughts come and go. Relationships begin and end. Bodies are born and pass away. This is all the world can offer you: impermanence, growth, change.”
— Paul Ferrini

From the book Love Without Conditions

Summer 2020 in NYC

You can now rent a “backyard” on the waterfront at Pier 17. The Seaport District rooftop has set up 28 mini lawns with cabana-style lounge chairs, umbrellas, Yeti Coolers, USB ports and more that you can reserve this summer. ⠀

This pretty much sums up the insane weird that is summer 2020 in NYC. I want to cry!

A 1,000 km walk along the Nakasendō

Kissa by Kissa: How to Walk Japan (Book One) is a book about walking 1,000+km of the countryside of Japan along the ancient Nakasendō highway, the culture of toast (toast!), and mid-twentieth century Japanese cafés called kissaten.

Not sure what I should congratulate Craig Mod more on: His new book or the fact that he built a Kickstarter like engine in Shopify and open sourced it.

Don’t Hesitate

“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”
– Mary Oliver

Selfportrait (Quarantine)

What a stunning self-portrait by Ingrid Emaga. (You can buy it as a print!)

New York Is My Kind of Town

Downtown 81 is a rare snapshot of an ultra-hip subculture of post-punk era Manhattan, starring Basquiat.

(via Julie)