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The joy of watching old, damaged things get restored

We are not divided.

– A group of creatives led by Jessica Hische are creating unofficial posters for the Biden/Harris campaign

– What a bonkers read: Buying Myself Back When does a model own her own image?

The Most Likely Way You’ll Get Infected With Covid-19

On choosing to positively reframe your thoughts (via)

– I like this chair by HAY.

– I feel this sign: Everything is weird. We are open.

– These Tiny Kitchen Videos are simply delightful.

– This is inspiring: Thinkerbell launches over-55s internship to curb ageism

This is one trippy video. Wow.

64 Things (Big and Small!) Everyone Forgets to Clean

Treck through Machu Picchu from the comfort of your home.

Please vote.

– I know what I am watching this weekend: The Social Dilemma. And yes, I am terrified.

If CreativeMornings was a church, this would be its building.

– A guide for dating and how to not ghost other people.

This cleaning product company seems really awesome. (I unfortunately heard their bottles break easily and are poor quality. Have you tried it?)

Love this minimal bench.

– I see a lot of love for Loom recently. While most use it in a professional context, a friend texted me a Loom video recently giving me a life update. It was really efficient and personal.

– This Reddit thread! Wow! What’s an industry secret in the field you work in? (via)

– A story from 2016, I keep going back to. Heads up, heavy: The Falling man

People, wear some rainbows. It’s soothing for the soul.

– Hiring? Looking for a job? Here you go.

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The Egyptian Egg Ovens Considered More Wondrous Than the Pyramids

– I thoroughly enjoy Dr. Bertrice Berry’s Stories on Instagram.

How I Mastered the Art of Ventilating My Home, Let me tell you about my fans.

– WHOA! IKEA has digitalized 70 years worth of their furniture catalogs.

– There are so many tools for available for the Remote Work Landscape

The 2020 Fall Foliage Prediction Map

A Primer on Algorithms and Bias

How to Tell if Distance Learning Is Working for Your Kid

– Guide To Le Corbusier’s 10 Most Significant Buildings

Comedy Wildlife Photography awards 2020 finalists. This one made me laugh out loud.

– Gasp: Draper – Land Ark RV (via)

– How to (Actually) Save Time When You’re Working Remotely. I liked this advice: 2. Give yourself a Feierabend. In Germany, the Feierabend is a daily evening celebration marking the moment when work is switched off for the day — often accompanied by a hearty German beer.

Sea-thru removes the water from underwater images

Remote wiki for students & teachers (via)

Toucan is a free Chrome extension that helps you learn a language without even trying. (via)

– I am starting to think I shouldn’t bring my phone into my bedroom and am researching alarm clocks. Loftie looks pretty cool and versatile, but pricey. Recommendations anyone?

– Did you catch that Poolside FM launched an iOS App this week?

– Did you see my post about iNaturalist? It’s an app that helps you identify the plants and animals around you by connecting with a community of over a million scientists and naturalists. So cool!

– In case your kids are as bummed about remote school as mine, you can always try brighten their day with some Tattly. And always remember: It’s only temporary!

– This Graphic and Digital Design certificate from Parsons gives you the flexibility of online classes plus the option of choosing your own electives. A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog this week.

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Five years ago, my son Tilo, 5 y/o at the time, recorded an instructional video on how to draw a person. It brings me so much happiness.

– “Putting 12oz of Oatly into your latte and adjusting for the higher GI of maltose means adding almost a tablespoon of table sugar to your drink.” Oatly: The New Coke (This makes me sad, as I love the brand so much. Didn’t realize it was so sugary. Also, read the first comment, seems to counter what the article says.)

– What are the world’s most interesting people reading? Books Read By

I am here for my purpose, by Brené Brown.

– I love Holley’s answer to: “How do you decide who you want to connect with?”⁣

– I am here for Zach’s blob touch experiments.

Time anxiety is the fear of wasting your time – the obsession of spending your time in the most meaningful way. (via)

The Social Dilemma

– I asked: What is the funniest or most clever Wifi Network name you have ever come across?

Marketing is about making soulful bets (Mailchimp always got this!)

– This packable travel bottle seems nifty.

– Adam JK launched the 2021 version of his Unsolicited Advice 2021 Planner

– This Not To Do List Instagram account made me look.

– Every Sunday at noon ET my friend Tony LeRoy offers a donation based guided meditation. You can access it via Zoom or Facebook or even as simple as via Instagram. Here is one of his recent ones. I always feel so good coming out of these.

– I like the SOMA Sport Bottle.

This DIY “Dollhouse” Kit is everything.

– This is a lovely and unusual looking chair.

– I wear this Mudra pendant every day. Absolute favorite.

Fred Dust wrote a book outlining seven essential elements of meaningful conversations. Pre-Ordered! You will also be able to listen to it.

VOTE mask!

– “I saw a post on LinkedIn that recommended adding an emoji at the beginning of your name because you could see who was using some sort of automation tool to send out connection requests. I can confirm it works.”

– I immensely inspired by how sawyer shares the books he’s read. Best part: When you click on the book you can see his highlights. (Unless he listened to it as an Audiobook)

– I grew up in a house where talking about death was totally normal. So, articles like this don’t make me uncomfortable: Why I Hope to Die at 75, An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly

– Wow. TikTokers venting about their MAGA parents. (via)

– Urgently Looking For Anti-Racism Training for Your Company? Start Here.

– I highly recommend Baratunde’s new podcast How to Citizen. So timely. So good.

– Can’t wait to read this one: Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee

– Earlier this week I wrote about how I have been holding my breath since March.

– The fashion instruction that made Parsons world famous is now available online. The Parsons’ Fashion Design certificate covers design fundamentals — from color theory to flat sketching. A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog this week.

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How to design, nourish, and grow a global community, by Madeleine More

This planter! Swoon! (via)

– Jordan Ferney shares 4 sources for affordable art.

In Which Teenagers Can’t Make Phone Calls

– “To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.” — Octivia Butler

Filmlab app converts film negatives into beautiful color or black-and-white images.

– These oversized flowers make me happy.

How to Respond to a Pandemic When Our Institutions Can’t

A Google Analytics alternative. Love Paul Jarvis, founder of Fathom.

– Yes please! Billie Eilish: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert (Love the fake backdrop)

These pedestal bowls made me look.

– My son would think this is funny: A Poop Emoji Card Deck

Sound of colleagues. (via)

– One of my team members moved to New Zealand and I am getting used to her timezone. This little Mac OS app for the menubar is really helpful. (Thanks for the tip E)

How to add more play to your grown-up life, even now (via)

– “It’s Brooklyn with a bubble on it!” It’s funny but sad.

How to Make Money: Focus On Who You Serve

10 solutions for weaning off or quitting addictive social media. (via)

Classroom Wondersparks: Resources to spark conversations, creative challenges and continued exploration by Brad Montague.

– Find your home’s Flood Factor

– I love this photograph of the glow-in-the-dark Tattly by Rose Wong. You can get it here.

– In case you didn’t know: CreativeMornings has a job board.

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

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Silence is the presence of time undisturbed. It can be felt in the chest. It nurtures our nature.” — Gordon Hempton

– This is a pretty electric pencil sharpener

– A powerful listen: Made to Be Broken

A counting: A voice portrait of The United States

Kottke launched a podcast. I am here for it.

Sew-it shoulder bag. Fun!

– Thinking about the appropriate scale of a business a lot since I watched this talk by Matthew Stichcomb: “How do do you develop a business that is of appropriate scale and can still honor all the people and places that it touches and root itself deeply in the community so that your growth is actually supported and creating benefit for everyone.”

– Fellow Americans. Here’s a handy guide to casting your vote. What are the options? What are the deadlines? What is the right link? Plan your vote!

The Five Steps Of The Creative Process

Color me NYC

– Great read: Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful. Here’s how to pull yourself out of despair and live your life, by Tara Haelle

The Work You Do, the Person You Are, by Toni Morrison

– New Gimlet podcast: How to Save a Planet. Earthlings, we’ve got work to do.

– Love when folks share their workflow. In this case, Ugmonk shares how he uses Dropbox Paper to run his business.

Essential Reads on Feminism: The New York Public Library Creates a Reading List to Honor the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

– Japanese grandparents create life-size Totoro with bus stop for their grandkids. Life goals!

All about composting in NYC

Design Books by Womxn & People of Color

VOTE Necklace.

A pool full of Golden Retrievers. Yes, please.

IN-SHADOW: A Modern Odyssey

– This made me smile: Chocolate snow falls on Swiss town after ventilation defect at Lindt factory

A New Interactive Map Shows All Four Million Buildings That Existed in New York City from 1939 to 1941

– “The purpose of a meeting is not to fill the allocated slot on the Google calendar invite. The purpose is to communicate an idea and the emotions that go with it, and to find out what’s missing via engaged conversation. If we can’t do that, let’s not meet.” Toward a Zoom agreement

– Here’s how you reach super-aunt or super-uncle status with your nieces and nephews in no time: Send them an Animal or Funnest Tattly Tin. It works. I tested it, many times over.

– Are you hiring or looking to find a new gig with a heart-forward, creative company? Give the CreativeMornings job board at try.

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

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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.

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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.

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My love for Keith Jarrett runs deep.

– In April, I almost had to shut the doors on my labor of love Tattly. I am a bit emotional as today we launched our famous annual 50% birthday sale. We made it, we actually turned 9! It didn’t look good there for a moment. Watching your orders come in has me in tears. All of the gratitude from remaining team Tattly.

This website allows you to write a letter to your future self.

– Collins launched ideas. Stories on creativity and collaboration. Impressive.

– Wow! What does YouTube look like for a Liberal, a Conservative, a Climate Denier… etc

How to feel better when you don’t know what’s wrong. (via)

By The Books is an online literary festival to support rising voices.

Video Call Bingo brings delight to your next online video meeting. (via)

Whena.re puts your colleagues on a 24-hour dial to help you visualise where (or rather when) in the day they currently are. (via)

– Rep. John Lewis wrote this for us as he was dying. What a beautiful soul. What a remarkable man.

The 100 best books of the 21st century

Universal Basic Income is Capitalism 2.0

– The photos! Wow! When We Were Bread Heads

– Wow, the bedside-table shelf in the first photo caught my eye.

– Keep your inbox protected with burner email addresses. Hide your personal email address, control who can send you emails, and generate new burners with one click. (via)

– WOW! Reconstructing Journalistic Scenes in 3D

How to read more books (via)

– I used to watch this as a kid. So many memories.

– Who doesn’t want to braid colorful pompoms into their hair?

– Hire talented black illustrators for your next project: Illustrator Hub

Milton Glaser: In Memoriam

– Pick a year from your past (1951-2015) and The Nostalgia Machine will warp you back musically and link you to videos of the top Billboard Hits of that time. (via)

Michelle Obama interviewing Barack Obama. Be still my heart!

– Today we hosted our 4th Digital CreativeMornings/NYC with Baratunde Thurston as our guest. It was wonderful. See for yourself.

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(via Chris!)

– Tips that actually help with Zoom and video call fatigue. (via)

DusenDusen makes bedding? Take all my money!

Hide-a-Mask: On-Demand Face Mask That Pops Out of a Baseball Cap

– “”When you work remotely, mentorship is stifled because there is no learning via osmosis. … When you’re young, you don’t need “focus” or to “get things done.” You need exposure to new ideas and people. You need the serendipitous fortune of sitting in on the right meeting, attending the right happy hour, or earning the respect of the right observer. All of the above is more difficult in a remote environment.” Our remote work future is going to suck (via)

Tired of being a bird?

Cats Versus Dogs, And Change

Share the best advice you’ve ever received. (via)

– Good read: You can hire better. (via)

This instagram post wins the internet. Full of happy.

So much respect for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Arms for your chickens. OMG!

Help stop Fascism, by Albert Wenger

Rethink: A BBC podcast series with lots of great thinkers offering their perspective on how the world should change after the pandemic. (via)

I feel this dog.

– This time we are in has taught me one thing: I need to be kind to myself. This Tattly is a daily reminder.

– CreativeMornings has a job board. Did you know? Cool job alert: Design Milk is hiring two positions.

– A big thank you to blue nose creative for sponsoring my blog this week.

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– This made me smile: Black Dog

– Oh, this is a pretty power outlet.

Why the fat bears are already getting so fat

The Manager’s Guide to Inclusive Leadership — Small Habits That Make a Big Impact (If you don’t follow First Round, you should)

How to help your Black friends and non-Black friends today.

Caramelized Zucchini Phyllo Pie

– Turning It Around is a community-rebuilding livestream concert series. (via)

A library of outstanding poems from across places, eras, and traditions. (via)

– Powerful read: There’s a Divide in Even the Closest Interracial Friendships Including ours.

This Twitter thread is gold, outlining exactly and precisely how Paul Jarvis use an online course with a funnel to generate both inbound clicks and then sales

Baseline, a Decades-Long Film Series About Climate Change

– This rubber and brass bin made me look.

– Oh, I love these reusable chalk board garden markers.

– Love these modular textile room divider focus screens.

Rep.ly is a question and answer platform. On Rep.ly, you can create your own rep.ly page to answer questions in public from anyone you share your link with. It’s free with no ads.

– I am excited to hear Paul Jarvis share insights about the concept of “Owning your Content” in 2020. He is a prolific designer, podcaster and author. He wrote Company of One, is the co-founder of
Fathom and the host of a podcast called Call Paul. You can sign up for the event here. It is happening on Wednesday July 21st at noon ET.

– Design Milk is hiring a Social Media Content Manager to work remotely. (Thank you for using the CreativeMornings job board!)

The Best Kids’ Podcasts for Sheltering at Home (My kids (10 and 14) were addicted (!!) to Six Minutes.)

Rose Wong’s new Tattly are glow in the dark. And amazing.

– Thank you MODA for sponsoring my blog this week. Did you check out their week-long summer design camps that cover topics like architecture, Minecraft, robotics, coding, game design, sustainability, AR/VR, Roblox, and even pinball?.

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I am deeply moved by the work of The Compassion Prison Project.

– ‘Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over‘- Shortcut app allows iPhone users to quickly record police

– Matt Trombley: The beauty and complexity of finding common ground

– In an effort to cut down on plastic I purchased a shampoo bar and conditioner from Ethique. After a little getting used to, I can say: I love it.

– New Virtual Tool Lets You Rickroll Your Next Zoom Meeting. InviteRick.com may only be around for a short while (it likely violates Zoom’s terms of service), so spread that ’80s corniness while you still can.

The science behind spinning 200 hula hoops at once

– Milan’s San Siro stadium is imagined as a tree-filled monument to the victims of COVID-19. Gasp.

The Black Artist Fund is an initiative giving money directly to Black artists to combat systemic inequity in art. (via)

– This Oak Desk Trolley is LOVELY!

100 Black Owned Businesses to Support

– An Obsession with Retro Japanese Rounded-Corner Windows

The Bento Society by Yancey Strickler.

– I would love to own these skillets.

In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both.

– Love this little house storage box. (I would also rest books on the roof.)

Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man: A conversation with Emmanuel Acho about race that many white people have never been able to have.

Yes please!

Mama raised a revolution tote.

– Oh my. Personal Protective Pods are Here. Originally designed for rain, Under the Weather’s products have been adapted for COVID-19. The photo of the teacher wearing one is killing me.

– I am in the market for a bike helmet. Currently looking at Closca. Anyone have a strong opinion on this subject matter? If so, please leave a comment below?

The Basecamp Handbook is incredibly impressive.

– Currently reading: Rise Sister Rise

The Art of Noticing. Rob Walker invites us to look at the world around us with fresh eyes in his book of exercises, challenges, and observations.

This! Be the reason some believes in the goodness of people.

– One of my goals of 2020 is to become a more intentional, better listener. A few days ago I stumbled upon this helpful video by Kristen Lisanti. I am now trying to listen with whole body. That resonates. I am a big believer of a full body yes!

Raising kids to be good collaborators with 4 simple lessons

Listen to the trees.

– “In quarantine I’ve been aware of the intellectual stagnation that comes when you stop physically seeking out and experiencing new things. There’s a loss that comes from not meeting strangers, not doing things just for the hell of doing them, not having everyday avenues of discovery and surprise.” Jia Tolentino

Tattly is shipping wholesale and custom orders again. If you have a store and want to carry Tattly, please reach out and if you want to create custom tattoos, we are here for you! And, as always, you can place an order online and we will ship a little bit of fun and joy to whoever you think needs it.

– Looking for a new job? Looking to hire? The CreativeMornings Job Board is here to help.

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I love Alicia Keys and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.

HEY by Basecamp is aiming to change how we think about email. I got an account and I can attest it’s an impressive and innovative take. Here’s a recording of a 90 min Q&A with the founders.

– This is brilliant: The world’s most simple ‘sorting by size’ system

– What a loss for the design world: Milton Glaser, Master Designer of ‘I ♥ NY’ Logo, Is Dead at 91

Frame of mind.

Making Music in Excel

– This is fascinating: How giant ships are built. (via Chris)

– Acclaimed Japanese Jazz Pianist Yōsuke Yamashita Plays a Burning Piano on the Beach

I asked on Twitter what movies I should introduce my 14 year old to. 220 kind humans commented. What a thread!

White Debt. Reckoning with what is owed — and what can never be repaid – for racial privilege.

What is owed. If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must finally take seriously what it owes black Americans.
By Nikole Hannah-Jones

– As I could love Maria more. Check out these face masks featuring wondrous centuries-old astronomical art and natural history illustrations.

– Wholesome content: This is how a kidney bean grows over a 25 day period

– I heard so many good things about Keyboard CEO. Now available as an online course.

Dwarf Lemur sees strawberry for the first time!

A video web series by Austin Channing Brown, Chi Chi Okwu, and Jenny Booth Potter featuring conversation on the real topics of race and justice.

– Yes, I would love to own one of these Extra Large Dutch Bread Boards

The Black Founders List.

– This soothed my soul: A blue-and-white flycatcher bathes in a Japanese bird bath

This Tweet made me think and then nod in agreement.

Dropbox officially launches its own password manager and a secure vault for your files

– Whoa! This is stunning.

– Are you a Creative Warrior? If so maybe this course by the wonderful James Victore is for you: James will help you feel confident and inspired, help you believe that you deserve to be seen, heard, and to help you make your mark in the world, with love.

– “Core values are the deeply ingrained principles that guide all of a company’s actions; they serve as its cultural cornerstones. … Aspirational values are those that a company needs to succeed in the future but currently lacks.” Make Your Values Mean Something, by Patrick M. Lencioni

– A course: in Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History

– Intresting read: Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health

– I love me a skateboarding rainbow.

– Did you know you can attend CreativeMornings around the world now, virtually. As well learn something new at a community led, virtual Fieldtrip.

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Anti-Racism Daily is your daily reminder to dismantle white supremacy by Nicole Cardoza

This made me laugh.

Critical Conversations: Dr. Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility and Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Via Kai)

Ava DuVernay’s Selma and 13th Available to Watch Online for Free

Adobe launches Photoshop Camera, a free app with tons of elaborate face filters

– My friends cooked an incredible meal on this cast iron, hibachi-style grill for me last night.

Aarron Walter is a tremendously thoughtful human and I can’t wait to read the second edition of Designing for Emotions.

– I appreciate Sonya Renee Taylor’s sharing on White Supremacy. I am glad I found her. I have work to do. I am doing it.

15 Children’s Books by Black Authors

How bubble engineer Melody Yang makes mind-blowing bubbles

– “And let’s be honest, there’s something a little thrilling about a first kiss being taboo again.” What Single People Are Starting to Realize, By Nayeema Raza

21 Black-authored cookbooks to add to your shelf. (via)

– I was featured on the C2C Podcast by Bevvy Labs talking about the CreativeMornings Community!

How to Be Alone When You’re Really Bad at It

– Ever get a recommendation for a movie or a book or a podcast and don’t know where to save it? Anygood (iOS only) is that place: an app for personal recommendations. (I personally use someday lists in TeuxDeux) (Via Kai)

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

– With the shelter-in-place order in NYC, I have been personally fulfilling every single Tattly order for the past 3 months. For all of you who have placed an order and written a note during check-out, *thank you*! Not being to sell to stores has really hit us hard. Hope things will look up soon. Send some fun!?

– CreativeMornings has moved all event from IRL to digital. I am proud of this community and how we have collectively pivoted into the online event space. We also offer community led workshops now, we call them FieldTrips. They are WONDERFUL!


EARLIER THIS WEEK:

– My friend Libby takes a long walk every monring. It has changed her life.

Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.

Learn To Do Everything Lightly

The Loss of Chance Meetings

David Bowie in 1983 Asking for More Black Artists on MTV

Leading with Love

The Sharing of Joy

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– “Defying the constraints of physics as if frozen in time and space,” four live performers appear to be floating, leaning on the air, frozen while falling, or something more. This is Xu Zhen’s In Just a Blink of an Eye at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.

-I have work to do. A resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work.

– This made me smile: A Zoo in Japan is Using Stuffed Animal Capybaras to Maintain Social Distancing. Imagine this in NYC bars!

This planter makes me chuckle.

Distance Disco is a digital matchmaking dance party: find the person dancing to your song!

– I love NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts so much and I am so happy to see they adapted to the challenges at hand with nobody being in offices to keep the series alive. I love this Tiny Desk (Home) Concert with MILCK. If don’t know her but you’re wondering why she looks familiar. It might be because of this.

– From Camping To Dining Out: Here’s How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities (via Chris)

Second life toys – I first thought if was just a cute project about fixing your stuffed animals, but then I realized, by watching the video, that it has a much deeper cultural goal to get Japanese to open up to organ donations. Interesting. (via)

– As he does every year, Bill Gates has shared his reading list for this summer. This time around, he’s included more than his usual five picks and many of the recommendations have a connection to the ongoing pandemic

– This fried shrimp umbrella made me giggle.

Jiggy has the coolest puzzles.

– I have been personally shipping every single Tattly order since March 15th. We have been hit really hard and it’s making my heart hurt. If you ever wanted to support us, now would be a good time. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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

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I have always wanted to visit Vienna. After watching this, more than ever.

– This bike watcher mirror seems cool. I think my 14 year old would like it to do her makeup.

– Is this what Summer 2020 looks like?

– I had no idea Celery Vases were a thing.

– I love Staghorn Ferns. This post you how to propagate your current one.

– Local Brooklyn Heights honey! So cool!

– I watched this and couldn’t believe the peanuts part. I had no idea this is how peanuts grow! Wow!

Everything is Going to be All Right read by Andrew Scott

– Now that plastic bags are banned in NY I am always making sure I have bags with me when I go shopping. I am tempted to buy this shopping set for my car.

– The Plumbus Product page and description made me giggle. “Full size, genuine and official Plumbus made with only the finest Dingle Bop and re-purposed Scleem. Uses organic Fleeb to rub the Dingle Bop before highly trained Schlamee spit and rub it. Blanffs then carefully rub the Chumples before shaving away the Plubus and Grumbo leaving a perfectly formed Plumbus, which as everyone knows is then ready to do anything and everything. Includes a display stand to beautifully show and rest your Plumbus. After all every home should have a Plumbus.”

– This is a pretty sweet reversible tote that Rothy’s came out with. Made with 100% recycled materials. Handles & stripes made from ocean-bound marine plastic and Rothy’s signature thread (spun from plastic water bottles).

Hooray for Rosé.

– I posted about this print a while back. And I just realized I can own a print and put it up on my wall, as a daily reminder. It’s such a beautiful message. Ordered! (I love how they show the sizes!)

– Speaking of prints. I love this photo. I just learned I could buy it as a mounted canvas. Tempted!

Jocelyn says I’ll Split It With You is great for tracking your budget with loved ones or roomies. Oh, wait, my roomies are my cat and my kids. Never mind!

Shape Up is a free online book for teams who struggle to ship.

– I appreciate Thom Wong’s idea of ‘passive income for the soul’. (via Kai)

Woman wears hippo suit to safely hug mother in nursing home

– Pop-Up Magazine is premiering Spring Issue: At Home, their first-ever online show. Join the show and sign up for their exclusive storytelling CreativeMornings FieldTrip with their team. I am so there!

– 14 ways people are finding joy (in spite of everything).

This made me laugh. Quarantine humor.

Astronaut.io – a website that plays a few seconds of random YouTube videos with almost no views. (via Recommendo)

– These elaborate squirrel backyard photoshoots made me laugh.

LibraryThing, a free community for book lovers. A welcome alternative if you’re tired of Goodreads or just want to get away from Amazon. (via Kai)

50 Fun Things to Do When You’re Bored. There are some good ideas in there.

– Consider bookmarking the upcoming virtual CreativeMornings events and FieldTrips page. (Today I attended a free FieldTrip introducing me to the American Sign Language, as well a historic walk through a park in Boston. Amazing!)

– With all the stores closed that are carrying Tattly, my labor of love has been hit hard by what’s happening in the world. We are holding on by a thread with online sales, which I personally pack up and ship every week. Happy to report our popular Tiny Tins are back in stock! Help this small, woman-owned, artist-supporting business and send some fun!

– Thank you Creatives Roundtable for sponsoring my blog this week.


Earlier this week:

– Obama Speaking Out Against Call-Out Culture

Dadvice

A blow-up scooter? Made me laugh.

– I know this landscape oh so well: The Maker’s Map

Link Pack

One Fine Day: David Byrne Performs His Hymn of Optimism and Countercultural Anthem of Resistance and Resilience with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Progressive International unites, organisse, and mobilises progressive forces behind a shared vision of a world transformed.

Bertrand Russell’s Optimism

– This solution to enforce social distancing in a German cafe with pool noodle hats made me laugh.

– Parents! IKEA’s quarantine campaign illustrates six ways to make furniture forts
This little video put a smile on my face.

These ceramic cups are lovely.

Discover 10 of the World’s Zaniest Buildings

– “What can we do together even while we are alone?” With 100+ Juilliard students and alumni, at home together. Read more about the creation of ‘Bolero Juilliard

Adobe MAX 2020 is going digital. Loved my experience of giving a talk at Adobe MAX 2018. Here it is.

This Tweet made me giggle.

How the biggest consumer apps got their first 1,000 users

– I am about to put my winter clothes away and these storage bags would be perfect for that.

Listen to unlimited Hay House books for $5/month. I am so into this. (Thank you Youmna!)

Yoyoma’s songs of comfort are everything. Everything.

Watching birds is a way of mobilizing attention, to turn it into a means of imaginative escape

– I would love to see this IRL. Stunning.

– Some useful tips in here: The Beginner’s Guide to Financial Success

– I want one of these stoop tables.

– I learned how to use Dr. Bronners as insecticidal soap on my plants.


Earlier this week:

– Moving new song and message by OK Go.

This art installation looks delightful.

Hermann Hesse’s 100-Year-Old Love Letter to Trees

Modern Mountain House in Poland

Hidden Storage Drawer

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

Link Pack

– Seeing this, I will never complain about wearing a face mask again.

– Yes please: Mini Dutch Baby Pancakes

Zen Japanese Rock Garden Toast

– Life is not just a random series of events that happen because you did it right or you did it wrong. Instead, it is an intelligent unfolding that is revealing itself to you all day long, bringing you step-by-step from unconsciousness into a state of higher consciousness. (via)

– An unofficial* directory of the best custom slack emojis

How to date in 2020. Ouch!

– Since actual travel has basically come to a halt, take virtual world tour with live webcams of famous places around the world. (via Coudal)

– I like this guy: Man Continuously Tries To Embarrass His Wife During Her Zoom Calls By Hilariously Photobombing Them

Want to play board games online with your friends, while in quarantine? This post will tell you how. Awesome.

Google sheets tips.

Top 40 Favorite Design Studio Sites in 2020

How to Set Up Medical ID on Your iPhone

– Oh, I love this bird shelter by Eva Solo.

Nick Cave is showing us a new, gentler way to use the internet (via)

– I never understood the appeal of smashing a piñata, until now.

Beautiful and sustainbly sourced march for brands. They seem to be just starting out but I love the aesthetic and approach.

– I am so happy to have discovered the Grateful Chellist. I started listening to her in the morning, after I wake up.

Hands-Free, reusable shoe covers that automatically wrap around your feet when you step on them. Cool.

– This acorn twine holder would make for a cute gift.

– Electronic National Geographic Jigsaw Puzzles.

– I like the big wheel on this suitcase to go down stairs, also, pushing instead of pulling? Pretty cool.

– Want to learn something new and be in a virtual room with 200-300 kind hearted, fun, creative humans from all over the world? Check out the upcoming CreativeMornings Virtual FieldTrips. The joy and kindness is palpable during these mini workshops! See for yourself! And yes, they are *free*!

– Do you have family members and friends who could use a dose of happy? A moment of joy? Send them some Tattly. I am personally packing up and shipping every order. And, you should know, I read all of your wonderful check-out order notes. They give me LIFE!


Earlier this week:

Gate A-4

– This is beautiful: Singularity

German Bus Stops. Oddly fascinating.

I hope you find the kind of love that makes you a softer person

Color is a beautiful thing

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

Link Pack

(via)

Mark Epstein: The Importance of Uncertainty

– This article makes my heart ache for all of the restaurant owners out there: My Restaurant Was My Life for 20 Years. Does the World Need It Anymore? (I recommend you listen to it, with an introduction by Gabrielle at the beginning!)

– This is WONDERFUL: 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice, from no other than Kevin Kelly

How to Deal With Career Anxiety in Uncertain Times

– I enjoyed some of the nuggets of wisdom Neil Gaiman shares in this video compilation.

– How incredible talented is Jocie Juritz?

– Here’s where you can screen Beyond the Visible, a movie on Hilma AF Klint.

New York Is Wounded. I Miss It More Than Ever.

– I enjoyed this TED talk by Caroline McHugh on The Art of Being Yourself. Also, her outfit is incredible!

– NYT architecture critic leading virtual tours of Manhattan’s skyscrapers (via Dezeen)

This feels about right.

– I feel this so much: Why do video meetings might feel more “exhausting” than in-person meetings.

Refillable on the go hand sanitizer bottles.

– I recently wrote about how much my kids love Blinks. They just launched a Kickstarter for 20 new games!

– I have finally given Marco Polo a try. What a super fun way to stay in touch with friends and family.

– I like the look of Super solid object 1.

– Whoa, this bike! Obviously not practical but fun to look at.

Love this puzzle.

– You can attend a plethora of free virtual FieldTrips over on CreativeMornings. They are soul-nourishing, warm, funny, generous. See for yourself. This community is generosity and kindness personified.

On a personal note: Ever since we went into lockdown, over 5 weeks ago, I have been the one fulfilling Tattly orders. Every Monday I enter our empty office, with a heavy heart, but *so* grateful that there are still orders coming in. I am not sure what the future holds. I had to let most of my staff go, which is something I haven’t been public about, as I am feeling a lot of shame and guilt around it. I am hoping to find a way for Tattly to live on, even considering it might be someone else leading it into its next chapter. The brand is strong and loved and full of potential. Trying to trust and be open to all of the possiblities. Hugs to everyone who is going through a similar experience.


Earlier this week:

I want this desk.

I am fascinated by the idea of the idea of a more feminine economy.

“The universe is conspiring behind your back to make you a success. This will be much easier to do if you embrace this pronoia.” — Kevin Kelly

– A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog.

Link Pack

(A Social Distance)

– So much respect for Threadless: Artist-Designed Face Masks by Threadless Give Medical Supplies to Communities in Need

– This thread is everything: David Bowie as ice lollies.

Comfort Cooking

– An incredible collection of Do Not Disturb signs from around the world. (Via)

Layering a nylon stocking over a homemade cloth mask can boost its ability to filter out small particles in the air, a new study finds.

– This is a visually pleasing and smartly designed toilet paper stand. Also, by the same brand, Umbra, a toilet paper holder that mounts to the wall.

Six Great Questions to Ask Our Elders (via Chris)

Daily lessons from BBC

– My dear multi-talented friend Jocelyn is offering a 12 week course to reconnect with your body, open your heart, and bring your intuition online. It’s called Hi-Fi. (She is also the force behind Hurry Slowly. She has a magic touch.)

– I love that Basecamp came out with a personal tier: Basecamp Personal is the 100% forever-free version of Basecamp you can use with up to 20 people to manage 3 projects together. Home improvement, travel, freelance, hobbies, even making your own EP.

– This pandemic is a pivotal moment for CreativeMornings: Not only are our hosts fearlessly moving our events online, our community is also stepping up and teaching each other, for free. Check out this incredible list of upcoming FieldTrips. They are all free. Completely, totally free.

The Need for a Cry

– This is a beautiful Nordic Teapot.

This is wholesome.

Studio Ghibli Releases Backgrounds for Video Conferencing

– I hope Tattly will make it through this time. With all stores that carry us closed, the only source of income we have is online sales. Most don’t realize that wholesale is our biggest source of revenue, so stores being closed hurts us real bad. I thank all of you who have generously placed an order in the past few weeks and left a note during the check-out. I see them all, as I am personally fulfilling every order that comes in.

Link Pack

Smokey Robinson spends a good three minutes trying to maintain composure while a googly-eyed letter U with an ironclad grip and no concept of boundaries tries to hug him. Oddly funny!

– What are you doing at 4:30pm ET on April 25th? I’ll be tuning in to the 2020 version of The Universe in Verse, one of Maria Popova‘s labors of love. The line up is completely bonkers and breathtaking.

– This made me laugh out loud: A teacher taking attendance in 2026.

Love is real. Twitter thread.

My kids love Blinks.

– “Leading a team is a great privilege, never more so than when things are at their worst. Don’t miss your chance to live up to it.” The hard way, by Mandy Brown.

8 board games you can play over FaceTime or Zoom for remote fun with friends

Is It Even Possible to Focus on Anything Right Now?

This is one cool dad.

– What do countries with the best coronavirus responses have in common? Women Leaders!

– I want to wear something like this on my next video call.

– Now this is a “fruit bowl” I can get behind.

Remote work for design teams: Learn the best practices for running a remote design team, and discover how designers can help teams collaborate while working apart.

– Welcome to the Bird Library.

8 Feel-Good movies you should watch right now, according to Nancy Meyers

– I like this wooden vinyl player.

These woven Bookmarks are lovely.

– Miss your office sound-scape? Try this. (via Chris)

The best NYC documentaries to stream right now

– A travel size cheese puzzle. Yes please.

This home! I can barely breathe. (via Coudal)

– I mentioned in last week’s Link Pack that my company Tattly is hurting. Many of you have placed an order to support us. Thank you! I don’t know if we will make it through this storm. For now, I am singlehandedly fulfilling orders that come in carrying them over to the nearest post office. If there was ever a time you wanted to surprise someone with some Tattly, or buy some for yourself, this is a good moment. PS: I see your kind check-out-notes. I appreciate you!

– Thank you Float for sponsoring my blog this week. Float is a collaborative resource management tool to plan your projects and schedule tasks, in real time.

Link Pack

This made me laugh.

– This is cute: Rainbow shaped beach towel.

– Secretly dreaming of this setup: Using a DSLR as a Webcam (via)

Sea Otter Cam.

Care Package | Poems, meditations, films, and other cultural nutrients for times like this, curated with love by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Funeral and End of Life Planning (via)

25 things we’ve implemented at Front to keep a great culture while being remote: Skincare Fridays made me laugh. Scroll down for the photo of people on Zoom wearing beauty masks.

10 Famous Siblings Who Conquered the World

– Zach Lieberman and WeTransfer launch in-browser painting canvas, Color Push

– Can’t pay rent because of the coronavirus? This site is supposed to help you explain your rights to your landlord. SixFifty also released a similar tool for homeowners to generate letters to their mortgage lenders.

– OMG! Getty Museum asks people in self-isolation to recreate classic artworks

– I love this minimal salt vessel.

– I love my friend Libby: I’ve walked the circumference of the earth—here’s what it taught me about creativity in quarantine

– Ai-jen Poo | This Is Our (Caring) Revolution

– This Cook’s Book Kitchen Scale is cute.

– I think at this point everyone in New York State has a little bit of a crush on Andrew Cuomo.

Face Mask Aid NYC is a collective of fashion industry volunteers collaborating to deliver face masks to essential workers on the frontline as quickly as they can sew them. My team member Julie signed up and they dropped off a box of pre-cut materials and instructions. Then, she will sew the masks and they’ll pick up and distribute to frontline workers who need them. Wonderful.

Tattly is hurting really bad. If you ever wanted to buy some tattoos, this would be a good time. A generous cut of every sale goes to the artist. Fun fact: I am fulfilling the orders personally.

– CreativeMornings is going digital. You can attend the free chapter events around the world or participate in free “FieldTrips“, workshops led by community members like yourself. And, our job board lets you find your new dream job or talent.

– A big thank you to Peculiar Prompts for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week. Looking for a way to stay busy while stuck alone at home? You’re in luck! Peculiar Prompts: Social Distancing Edition is a free collection of 624 creative prompts designed to break the rhythm of an otherwise mundane existence.

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(via)

Couples in Lockdown, a powerful podcast from Esther Perel

This year’s 99U Conference will be a free, digital experience.

– Did you know you can virtually visit vacation destinations from your couch?

Play with your keyboard. (via)

This made me laugh.

– Oh, and this too.

Trees eating things. (via)

Series iOS app allows you to assemble your photos in unique ways and create a carousel that splits photos over multiples frames, optimised for Instagram. (via)

– This is amazing: Create and Egg Wizard with your kids.

Internet Archive offers 1.4 million copyrighted books for free online

– Feeling down? Sad Topography will make you feel more down. (via)

– OMG! Check out all of these free virtual “FieldTrips” organized by generous CreativeMornings community members. I did a craft night last week and it was a thing of beauty. A few coming up: Couples Thriving Through Crisis, Houseplant Basics, Let’s Make Origami, WTF is SEO… so many more. See them all here.

– You can watch Urbanized for free this week.

– I am here for this content: 84-Year-Old Italian Nonna Is Live-Streaming Pasta-Making Classes From Her Home Outside Rome

– Dan Cederholm published a book: Twenty Bits I learned About Design, Business and Community

94 Fun Things You Can Do at Home

How Kinfolk Magazine Defined the Millennial Aesthetic… and Unraveled Behind the Scenes

Soothe Yourself With These Zoo Livestreams

– I love a good breadbox. This is a pretty one.

Tattly is hurting. My heart aches.

– A big thank you to Make it Remote for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

– I am grateful you’re here, in my little corner of the internet. Here’s a virtual hug.

Link Pack

– I virtually danced my heart out yesterday with The Get Down. It was just what I needed. Pure medicine. My friends in other cities joined, I pinned their video and felt like we were dancing together. I love the internet.

– With SXSW cancelled, independent artists missed the chance for their work to be seen. So, Mailchimp built a home for their short films on the Mailchimp Presents platform. Love. This. So. Much.

– This is dedication: Talking Book, a stop-motion experiment

Super kid-friendly video from Vox about the importance of hand washing with soap to kill coronavirus.

– Practical ways to move from chaos to calm. (via)

– A massive list of authors (mostly children’s) reading their books online. (Thank you Ruth)

– I keep coming back to this Hurry Slowly podcast episode with Adrienne Maree Brown: Are you satisfiable?

– I have been on so many Zoom calls this week with hundreds of folks and some of them accidentally started sharing their screen. I didn’t realize there is such a thing as “Zoombombing”. This extensive Zoom guide by my team member and friend Alexa will help you prevent Zoombombing from happening.

This boobie-vase is so funny.

– This Brooklyn Townhouse. Swoon!

DIY Hand Sanitizer Tutorial

Seth Godin says we need to go back to curation. (He says some very nice things about me in this episode. Day made!)

Nothing to see here. (Made me chuckle!)

Netflix Party lets you watch Netflix with your friends online.

These felted bunny slippers are adorable.

Puppies and alpacas.

Free mindful budgeting templates. (via Jocelyn)

– Even tough CreativeMornings is known for IRL (in real life) events, we are moving all gatherings to digital. Today there were over 30 events happening around the world. You can tune in from the comfort of your living room. Check out upcoming chapter events and virtual smaller virtual workshops called FieldTrips.

Tattly is having a really hard time financially. My heart hurts.

Sugar Mouse.

– Thank you Make It Remote for sponsoring my blog this week and sharing a wonderful resource helping us with establishing remote work routines.

Link Pack

– “You won’t ever know if what you did personally helped. That’s the nature of public health. When the west way to save lives is to prevent a disease rather than treat it, success often looks like an overreaction.”

– The wonderful Amit Gupta wrote a short story. You can read or listen to it here. Good timing, now that we are all pretty much stuck at home.

– Puzzle fans will understand and relate to this Reddit post about a missing puzzle piece.

How to disinfect your phone, tablet etc.

– Lots of great tips in this Fast Company piece on asking the right questions during a job interview (via)

How to organize a community swap meet and why (via)

How to Sing in Tune

Quarantine book club. (via)

Slick gives you a unique email address to use for all your newsletter subscriptions. Once subscribed, read your newsletters in the Slick app and keep them separate from your everyday inbox; unsubscribe with a single click. (via)

How to stop taking things personally. (scroll down) (via)

The perfect demo for kids why using soap is so important. Sound on.

Scribd looks fantastic: The world’s largest digital library, all included in one subscription.

A calm place on the internet. (via)

Next Tuesday Jason Fried, co-founder of Basecamp and author of REMOTE, will host a livestream and give tips on how to work with remote teams. (We are currently remote because of the pandemic and it sure takes time getting used to it!)

– There are a 101 remote job postings currently on the CreativeMornings Job Board.

– The Be Brave Tattly is what we all need right now.

– A big thank you to SaneBox for sponsoring my blog, RSS feed and newsletter this week. I use and love their service!