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!

Floating Farmhouse

I am back at the Floating Farmhouse with team CreativeMornings to plan for the new year. Small team off-sites are magical in this place! Tom Givone, the owner, has a beautiful aesthetic. He adds, by taking away. My minimalist heart rejoices.

Life Lessons

1. Everything is temporary.
2. Life is not fair.
3. Others treat you the way you treat yourself.
4. Happiness is a choice and requires hard work.
5. Beneath anger is always fear.
6. Family are the people who truly love you.
7. Things don’t matter that much.
8. A lifetime is not very long.
9. You played it too safe. You should take more risks.

Number 3 really hit me in the heart: Lessons people learn too late in life.


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How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative

Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert is my all-time favorite. It’s my go to when I need grounding and centering. I had *no* idea what happened leading up to the concert. As he arrived at the concert hall he noticed that the piano was out of tune. He was livid and said he couldn’t play. But he had empathy for the organizers and decided to conquer the challenge. Absolutely inspiring. He flipped a seemingly impossible situation. AIt became the most successful solo jazz album in history! Wonderful!

One Breath Around The World

What a stunning short film.

(Thank you Gordana)

Brooklyn Boombox

This boombox reminds me of the one I had when I was a kid. Weirdly excited to see this design having a comeback.

Matte Black Glass Pitcher

A matte black glass pitcher with a sculptural quality! Gah! Take my money!

Ludovico Einaudi

I recently asked on Instagram about pianist recommendations. Ludovico Einaudi was one of the many recommendations I received. This concert recording at The Royal Albert Hall is absolutely fantastic.


“Action comes from tension, desire and fear.”
— Seth Godin

Taken from this blog post: Getting the Word Out.

Daniil Trifonov: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

This Tiny Desk concert with Daniil Trifonov made me gasp.


Obama’s female staffers employed “amplification” in meetings:

“When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.”

I. Will. Start. Doing. This.

Fujiyama Glass

Ok, I realize this glass is pricey with its $100 price tag but look at it! It’s absolutely stunning! I love and agree with this line in the product description: “a good drink requires a good presentation”. It is inspired by Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji and is handblown by master craftsmen at Sugahara Glassworks. Wishlisted!