Friday Link Pack

Music by Lucius.

– “Tell me about yourself.” The only icebreaker you’ll ever need.

Overlooked: Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. Now, they’re adding the stories of other remarkable people.

Nothing Fails Like Success, by Jeffrey Zeldman

– Why you’re likely going to hear more about being “sober curious (via Chris)

How to Reverse Sear a Steak

Seth’s Freelancer Workshop looks so good! Sign up deadline is April 22nd.

– “The more people spend time with one another, the less stuff they buy. A deep connection to other humans makes you an enemy of the marketplace.” Douglas Rushkoff — Fighting for #TeamHuman

– This rollable TV is pretty cool.

– Are you a US based creative professional? Please consider taking a few minutes filling out the 2019 Design Census. The survey will highlight the unique challenges facing creative practitioners in the design industry today. It’s a project by AIGA and Google. Last year’s survey results were really insightful!

– All six tracks from Moby’s “Long Ambients 2” are free to download, here.

– What Happens When You Try to Fold Paper More Than 7 Times With a Hydraulic Press?

– Changing how you behave to others can be the fastest way to alter how others behave towards you. Be the Change You Want To See

– It makes me so happy to see the new meditation app Tap In get some well deserved press. It’s so good! Brainchild of FictiveKin.

Are these books floating? Definitely.

– “If I were queen of the world, I would pass a law against private jets, because they enable you to get around a certain reality. You don’t have to go through an airport terminal, you don’t have to interact, you don’t have to be patient, you don’t have to be uncomfortable. These are the things that remind us we’re human.” What It’s Like to Grow Up With More Money Than You’ll Ever Spend (via)

– Trying to subscribe to some good newsletters run by ladies? This thread is a good resource.

A wearable metronome? Seems cool.

– 71-year old Paul Alexander is one of the last people to live inside an iron lung.

– This singing Avocado made me laugh.

Who Gives A Crap – 100% recycled toilet paper

– I have eggs on my mind! Here are 10 Egg tricks. The radio active egg made me laugh.

Looking for a job in a creative company?

– Spring is here. Put some tiny flowers on you.

– Big thanks to Sugru for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

How The Food You Eat Affects Your Brain

Flowing With The Great River

Weather Predicting Storm Cloud

This glass cloud contains liquid thought to predict the weather by crystalizing in different patterns. Charming!

How to Wake up Before 6am Every Day

(via)

The 12-Hour Rule

(via)

♥ / Sugru

Big thanks to Sugru for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

Sometimes the smallest design tweak can have the biggest impact. David Constantine, inspirational designer, photographer and founder of the global mobility charity, Motivation, used Sugru Mouldable Silicone Glue to customise his world and reignite his passions. This video shares his story. In the right hands, Sugru is a life-changing product, and its inventor, Jane, is just lovely.

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Lucius Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concerts, I love you. How did I not hear about Lucius sooner?

Oven Dish Noir

Look at this cast iron beauty.

Salt & Pepper

A minimal version of the Salt & Pepper mill designed for the ACE hotel restaurant in London.

Mid-Century Modern Playgrounds

These mid-century modern playgrounds are completely bonkers.

(via Present & Correct)

Spring

One scoop of spring, please!

Community

“Community is a feeling that you’re part of something that uplifts you and allows you to see eye-to-eye with different people from different backgrounds. A community holds you to a higher standard; it encourages you to focus on possibility, not fear.”
Paul Jun

Gratitude

“I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”
Oliver Sacks

59 Ways to Cook Your Eggs

I love eggs! I love eggs A LOT! This video on 59 ways to cook your eggs makes me very happy.

Friday Link Pack

GIF by Thoka Maer

This article was by far the favorite thing I read all week, heck, all of 2019 so far.

Need a high-res screenshot of a website for print?

The Importance of Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs

Simply Framed looks like a great service to get your artwork/photos printed and framed. (Found them via the CreativeGuild)

– “Like any other relationship, if someone loves and cares about your work, you don’t need to bribe them to stick around.” The perks of patronage (via)

How To Market Yourself Without Marketing Yourself

What is even happening here? My brain hurts!

– “what’s the most surreal encounter you’ve had with someone famous?” This thread! (Thanks Manu)

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks is a very short but moving read. A celebration of how to embrace life. (He makes being 80 sound exciting.)

– How to use Chrome more effectively (thanks Ruth)

– I love this: Woman makes tiny homes for her wild bird friends (thanks Steffi)

Helvetica got an overhaul to work in the digital age.

– “… instead of pretending like we are all ducks gliding effortlessly on the surface of the water, we should own up to the furious paddling that is happening beneath.” Managing yourself: How to calibrate your own strength and weaknesses (via Manu)

– “Community is a feeling that you’re part of something that uplifts you and allows you to see eye-to-eye with different people from different backgrounds. A community holds you to a higher standard; it encourages you to focus on possibility, not fear.”
4 Lessons I’ve Learned While Serving the CreativeMornings Community, beautiful piece by Paul Jun.

This cartoon made me laugh.

– “Let’s try to invest in the people that pick us up when we’re down, that remind us of who we are. People who know that we are not our brands. People that remind us that we matter exactly as we are.” This talk by Grace Bonney is remarkable. In it she unpacks the noteworthy lessons she’s learned along the way and what truly matters even in this digital age.

– After many years, Linotype, the film, is finally available digitally worldwide.

CSS code-golfing, for all you geeks out there. (via)

– Tattly’s collection of temporary tattoos by REAL tattoo artists makes me so happy. If you’re like me, too chicken to get a real tattoo, this is your chance to get a taste of what a tattoo would feel like. This newest design, by German based Lara Maju had multiple people asking me if I got inked. Definitely a conversation starter.

– Did you know CreativeMornings created a digital rolodex for companies and individuals to connect outside of the monthly events? And also built a job board that currently features over 2k jobs?

The Convenience of Being Overwhelmed

“We can not retreat to the convenience of being overwhelmed.”
— Ruth Messinger

Ceramic Rainbow


A ceramic rainbow to hang on your wall? YES PLEASE! It’s by artist Lorien Stern and at this point unfortunately sold out. Let’s hope she brings them back! I am definitely wishlisting this!

The Moral Peril of Meritocracy

“Many of the people I admire lead lives that have a two-mountain shape.

If the first mountain is about building up the ego and defining the self, the second is about shedding the ego and dissolving the self. If the first mountain is about acquisition, the second mountain is about contribution.

Over the past few decades the individual, the self, has been at the center. The second-mountain people are leading us toward a culture that puts relationships at the center. They ask us to measure our lives by the quality of our attachments, to see that life is a qualitative endeavor, not a quantitative one. They ask us to see others at their full depths, and not just as a stereotype, and to have the courage to lead with vulnerability. These second-mountain people are leading us into a new culture. Culture change happens when a small group of people find a better way to live and the rest of us copy them. These second-mountain people have found it.”

This article by David Brooks took my breath away. Please take a few minutes to read.

Why Trust Is Worth It

Small Mistakes | Big Mistakes

Small mistakes:
1. Messing up school exams.
2. Not finishing college.
3. Failing at your first business.
4. Failing at your second.

Big Mistakes:
1. Not listening to your gut.
2. Not keeping your word.
3. Not looking after yourself.
4. Not looking for the good in people.

Do Lectures

High Art

High Art from Jacob Krupnick on Vimeo.

“Height has replaced neighborhood.” Beautiful video piece by my friend Jacob Krupnick for the New York Times Magazine on the tallest residential building in NYC. Read the article.

Botanical Tattly


Loving this new Tattly design by German based tattoo artist Lara Maju. This is the closest I’ll ever get to a tattoo by a real legit tattoo artist. (Too chicken to get a real one!)

Anti-Drawing Machine


A robot that disrupts your drawings by Soonho Kwon. Made me laugh.