♥ / No more crappy spatulas

A big thank you to Get It Right (GIR) for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.

Get It Right (GIR) makes kitchen tools with attitude. Their flagship unibody silicone spatula is the internet’s best-reviewed spat — and the internet never lies.

The folks at GIR are launching a Kickstarter campaign for a series of silicone lids to top any pot or turn any bowl into a storage container (seeing is believing). To get in on the action, check out their campaign here.

SwissMiss readers can also get their very own GIR Spatula for an excellent 20% off at productofgir.com with code HEARTSWISSMISS. But honestly, you have to see these Lids.

(Interested in sponsoring a week of my RSS feed, learn more here.)

Portable Standing Desk: StandStand

StandStand is a portable standing desk, an invention by Luke Leafgreen. StandStand is super lightweight, sturdy and folds down in seconds. Brilliant! Want to get one? Support the Kickstarter, it ends in 7 days!

IKEA Parodies Apple Product Commercial

This Apple commercial parody to introduce IKEA’s new catalog made me laugh. Experience the power of a book book!

(via Daniel)

Papier-Mâché Projects

This little family is currently spending a week in the Northfork, enjoying the last week before school starts again. I’ve reconnected with my younger self and looked up some papier-mâché projects to do with my 8 year old, Ella. Here are some of my favorite finds:

papier mache beePapier-Mâché Bug

Paper Mache lollipop manPapier-Mâché Lollipop man (no instructions)

paper-mache face Papier-Mâché Face (no instructions)

paper mache turtlePapier-Mâché Turtle with Step-by-step instructions

DIY Pencil ToppersDIY Papier-Mâché Pencil Toppers (step-by-step instructions)

Paper Mache Bowls
Papier-Mâché Bowls (with step-by-step instructions)

And then here, slightly creepy personalized DIY papier-mâché pinatas:

Don’t know how to make the ‘glue’? Here’s a round-up of various papier-mâché recipes. What are you going to make?

One Of Many

David-Lee-CharlestonDiego-Castro-Oliva CharlestonKate-Nevin Charleston

My studiomate Wesley Verhoeve launched a fantastic new project called One of Many. Over the next few months, Wesley will travel to 12 cities across the US and over the course of a week immerse himself in their creative communities. The results are beautiful essays with stunning portrait photography and personal stories. Check out Charleston.

Wesley, who is the most outgoing person I have ever met, can strike up a conversation with anyone. When visiting these cities, he will be seeking out designers, chefs, woodworkers, farmers, engineers, writers, coffee brewers and anyone else making something that moves people.

Wesley believes that being a small business owner or a creative independent is exhilarating, but it can also be quite lonely and stressful. With One of Many Wesley wants to remind us that we are not alone. We are part of a growing movement. We are one of many.

(Above photos are all by Wesley Verhoeve, part of the Charleston series but previously unpublished. From top to bottom: David Lee, Diego Castro Oliva and Kate Nevin, members of the Charleston community)

♥ / Brainbean

A big thank you to Brainbean for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.

Parents! Let your kids explore their creativity with Brainbean It’s a brand new, free iPad app with fun and colorful creative mini-games.

“The perfect game to inspire family-time creative play,” says Common Sense Media. “Educational but not necessarily just for kids,” wrote msn.com. Gizmodo described Brainbean as “a brain training app suitable for anyone from the ages of nine to 109. With eight games available, based on various scientific exercises, with the aim of challenging your brain to the full.” One teacher who uses the app in her classroom wrote: “Brainbean is a colorful, kid-friendly game that will boost your students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills.”

Download Brainbean for free from the iPad App Store.

(Interested in sponsoring a week of my RSS feed, learn more here.)

Friday Link Pack

Broadway cast of ‘The Lion King’ takes over NYC subway, sings ‘Circle of Life’ I love this city. So much.

5 Hard-to-kill houseplants

Couple Performs ‘You’re the One That I Want’ From ‘Grease’ in Sign Language While Driving

– OMG. This. Is. Hilarious: How to stop a baby from crying by Katy Perry Dark Horse

What the heck is toothpaste anyway?

– “Google to collect data to create a full picture of what a healthy human being is.” (via)

– Uber keeps impressing me with how they push their service forward. Now, you can ‘car pool‘.

– Discover the saddest, most lonely tweets you ever tweeted. (Can it be that I had only one sad tweet out of 22.8k tweets total? I doubt it!)

– Here’s what Brooklyn Summer looked like in 1974

This dad wins.

– Wow, Accurat does some seriously legit information design.

The Art of Not Moving, with Laure Courtellemont. The latest installment of the urban dance video newsletter called Why Aren’t We Dancing by Yoko Ohama.

Layer Tennis is back! I once participated in a global match. Most stressful 15 minutes of my life.

– Just re-watched this conversation between Gary Vaynerchuk and Chase Jarvis.

– Infographic: Porn Vs. Real Sex, Explained In Food

Most spoken language by NYC neighborhood — aside from English or Spanish. (via)

– The fine folks over at Brooklyn based Hyperakt are looking to hire a front-end developer.

A Better Queue

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A Better Queue lets you filter Netflix’s instantly streaming movies by Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, number of reviews, years, and genres. It also lets you add movies straight to your queue. Awesome!

(Thanks Jake)

Tattly Super Set (Top 100)


Last week Tattly launched the brand new SUPER SET whiche contains their top 100 super sellers! Plus a bonus “Super” Tattly by Oliver Jeffers! The Super Set is enclosed in a sturdy, shiny, hinged-lid tin with “Super” screen printed by Brooklyn-based Haven Press.

(Psst.. Today’s the last day you can get it 50% off. As well as all of the other 400+ Tatty designs over at Tattly.com. Yay for birthday sales!)

Friday Link Pack

– Next time you look up into a starry sky, read this: The Fermi Paradox: Where the hell are the other earths?

– Excited to read Weingart: The Man and the Machine. Weingart taught for over 30 years at Basel School of Design and now this book documents his students reflecting on his teaching.

OTO, the famous ice cream truck, now comes in cat size. Yup.

The Found Art of Thank-You Notes

– “A mature understanding of the madness of crushes turns out to be the best and perhaps the only solution to the tensions of long-term love.” On the madness and charm of crushes

Mister Softee Ice Cream Truck Printed Pillow

– Fun: Neon Adjustable Ring Geometric Leather

– Ever think you’re getting old? I just learned that the moon has orbited the earth 540 times since I was born. Ok!

– Why would you want to sacrifice a couple of square feet to a dish drying rack, when this compact roll-up alternative turns an open sink into a place for anything to drip dry?

Your brain on chocolate vs. kissing.

– I would love this FRESH POTS sign at Studiomates to indicate fresh coffee is ready! Go Mailchimp for always coming up with fun stuff like this.

– I am not into sports, but this made me look: A scale replica of your favorite team’s stadium, made entirely of LEGOs.

– Now that’s a stylish mug: MUGr

BULBING is an optical illusion LED lamp.

– So tempted to get this Adult Cookie Monster costume and answer Skype video calls wearing it.

– A tent hotel on Rockaway beach? Yes, please!

A Type House Divided, the story of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones


– Tattly launched a tattoo by Stefan Sagmeister: Self-confidence produces fine results.

– ÄKTA in Chicago is looking for a Sr. User Interface (UI) Designer.

Remember to Drink Water

The refresh cap, by Vittel, pops up a tiny red flag every hour to prompt you to hydrate. When you put the bottle cap back on the bottle the timer automatically begins. So fun!

(thanks Sally)

Car UX


Car-UX.com is a fascinating project by user experience designer Min Seung Song: a growing collection of UX image details of contemporary automobiles. This field of UX seems to be undergoing dramatic changes. A few weeks ago I had the change to drive a Tesla and the interior felt like an oversized iPad on wheels. I can’t remember seeing one physical button. The car is basically an app.

(via Khoi)

Inflatable Car Seat by Volvo

inflatable car seat

Whenever this little family travels by plane, the thing I dread the most is schlepping our car seats. Thanks Volvo, for making a lot of traveling parents very happy with this inflatable car seat.



Yes. LESS!

Easter DIY

Tattly on Eggs

Here’s a fun crafts project: Put Tattly on (Dancing) Easter Eggs.

Will It Beard

Will It Beard

A blog, entirely dedicated to stuff stuck to a beard. The internet is amazing.

(via Chris)



HUM seems to try to apply a more email inbox looking interface on what has until now been now as a typical chat interfaces. Interesting.

Friday Link Pack


– Nicholas Felton’s Reporter app launched today. If you’re into data, personal data, this is for you. I want to download it just for the App icon alone. A beauty.

True facts that sound false

Sammy Screamer is a cute little movement sensor that’s controlled by your smartphone. Protect that cookie jar! :)

– Who says archival boxes have to look boring?

– I want one of these with my age. Why stop at 6?

How Brooklyn Neighborhoods Got Their Names

How do trees survive winter? This episode of Minute Earth explains.

– ‘Secret’ is a stream of anonymous posts. Wow. (via)

– Long Read: How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory (via)

– New York is about success. Maybe that’s why it’s no longer the world’s cultural capital. MOBY on why he left NYC.

– Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad on Storytelling with Sound. If you don’t listen to Radiolab yet, go here.

– This Tattly Hack made me smile.

– Pay It Forward: Why Generosity Is The Key To Success, by Sean Blanda

– These photos took my breath away: Portraits of the world’s remotest tribes

– Here’s your chance to join Team Tattly and become friends with Sheila the Dog. We are hiring a Head of Wholesale.

Shape Boards

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Shape Boards by Brooklyn based Bower are equal parts cutting boards and art. The blank side is a cutting board surface, and the painted side is decorative, painted to give the illusion of a 3D geometric shape. They can either hang on your wall of rest on it’s edge. They’re available in different shapes, sizes and types of wood.

Shape Boards are most definitely my favorite find of walking the NYNOW Gift Show yesterday, currently happening in NYC.

Friday Link Pack

– Did you know Your iPhone Has a Secret Undo Button?

– The .GIFYS are the first ever awards honoring the animated GIF as a medium, social commentary and art form.

– Wow, Swiggle looks interesting.

The Public Speaker’s Master Toolkit

– Why Aren’t App Designers as Famous as Chefs? (via)

– How the experts use salt in their cooking – and why

Daytona Beach in the 1950s. Time-travel please.

– Useful via)

– I could spend hours (!) on the Library of Congress Flickr Account.

– Mario Wienerroither takes music videos, strips out all the sound, and then foleys back in sound effects based on what people are doing in the video.: Musicless music videos.

Facebook Paper. Looks beautiful.

Doorman, a service that collects packages of all kinds and delivers them to you on demand.

– Woah. TED 2014 speaker list. (via)

– 4 million songs on Spotify have never been played. Not even once. Forgotify.com is changing that.

LEGO Ghostbusters!

– Have you tried the Waterlogue App yet?

– 7 to-die-for Super Bowl dip recipes for the win. (via)

Little Love Notes, just in time for Valentines.

– Squarespace is looking to hire a Production Designer.

Friday Link Pack

In 1983, after years of deteriorating vision, the writer and theologian John Hull lost the last traces of light sensation. For the next three years, he kept a diary on audiocassette of his interior world of blindness. This film is a dramatization that uses his original recordings.

– “You’re only as good as your last job. That’s what keeps you functioning. It keeps you current.” Great Free Radicals interview over on PSFK with Paula Scher.

– This completely modular, minimal shelving system makes my heart go pitter patter.

A logo should tell a story.

– “Brooklyn is as different from New York as day is from night. It thinks differently, lives differently, acts differently.” A 1920s Tourist Guide To Brooklyn (via)

– Did you know you can get your kid’s drawings 3D printed? Supercool!

Wear your font favorites

@HistoryInPics is a genuine phenomenon built entirely on Twitter, by two teenagers.Read their story.

– Trying to get my Kale on. Hoping these 11 recipes will help. (via)

– The recent NYTimes.com redesign makes me all kinds of happy. This articles lets you see Under The Hood Of The New NYTimes.com.

– The Best Way to Quickly Bring Cold Cheese to Room Temperature. (via Joanna)

– My studiomate Frank Chimero started a 2014 rdio playlist.

These images are a great reminder on what a feat it was to build these majestic NYC bridges.

– “When you update your investors, be honest, tell the whole truth, and give context. Your investors want you to succeed and they understand that virtually all mis-steps can be fixed.” Only Good News … Is Actually Bad News, by Craig Shapiro

– Recently dug out this gem from my library: Will Happiness Find Me?

30 years! 30! Congratulations Apple! I so vividly remember when my dad brought our first Apple home! He loved it so much, it made him drop his real estate career and start the first Apple Computer School in Switzerland. Seriously.

Notabli is a simple way to save all of the photos, video, quotes, audio and notes you take of your kids, and privately share them with the people who matter most.

– Everyone knows how to “Google,” but not everyone Googles efficiently.

– Valentines is just around the corner. Tattly got you covered.

– Live in Berlin? You might enjoy Companion.

– Hey California! Duck Duck Moose is looking to hire a Creative Director.

And then this:


Friday Link Pack

(Watching These Spice Bags Explode Is The Most Satisfying Thing You’ll Do Today)

National Toy Hall of Fame (via)

– How to make a mini pennant banner

– Some great insights: Super successful companies, by Sam Altman.

Arnold Schwarzenegger having ballet lessons in 1976

Start your day by shouting into the Alps and other fun stuff. (via)

– Tokyo Metro Map Printed on the Back of Neckties

Can I stream it?

Famous movie quotes as charts. (via)

– A Map Of (Almost) Every Job in America

Interview With a Two-Year Old. Love that his mom asked him “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” (via)

– “It is time to move past the popular but incorrect left brain/right brain narrative.” YES!

– This is just plain sad: Frere-Jones is suing Hoefler for half of the world’s preeminent digital type foundry

Veerle’s inspiration stream is full of fantastic finds.

– ​The Way to Reheat Pizza Is in a Skillet

Storehouse – Visual Storytelling. Wow. Why is this app free?

Understanding Obamacare in One Hour. Thanks, Less Accounting. (via)

Writing Is Thinking, by Sally Kerrigan

– Tattly is having an inspirational sale until Sunday, midnight.

– Squarespace is looking to hire a Template Designer.

Dont’ wait.

“In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.”
– Jonathan Harris

Navigating Stuckness, by Jonathan Harris. Very touching post.

Freitag Tough Business Bags

F301 Freitag

In this wonderfully absurd product video Freitag introduces their F301 Moss and F302 Roy tough Business Bags. Definitely made me smile.

As if that wasn’t enough, this takes product videos to a whole new level:

Nothing beats the durability of a Freitag bag. I own 4 and one of them is 14 (!) years old and still going strong. And I will now add the F302 ROY on my wish list for santa this year.