The OGs of the internet, Kevin Kelly and Mark Frauenfelder interviewed me for their wonderful Cool Tools podcast. In this conversation, with a lot of giggles, I share four of my favorite products: An inflatable FREITAG Travel bag, a Raclette grill, a blow dryer and my favorite thermos tumblr. (Quite an experience to talk with two men about a blow drier!) You can listen to the episode above and see links to the products here.
“Do your plants have names?” I was asked over dinner this past weekend. I shook my head. I couldn’t help but feel like I was a bad plant mom. The next morning, I woke up and spent an hour thoroughly overthinking and finding a name for my green friends. A weirdly satisfying experiment.
Now, I keep a list of potential names for new plants. One of them, I just added today, is Leif.
You spreading the word about a project/company/product you love makes a difference. Don’t just think a compliment, put it out in the universe. It’s rocket fuel for makers.
Here’s an idea for you to cut through all the small talk, next time you host a party:
A few days ago I experimented with a “Cheese Personality Party”. Everyone had to bring a cheese that reflects their personality in some way or the other. Once everyone was present, we stood in a circle around the cheeses and listened to everyone’s reasoning for their choice. I was surprised how honest, sometimes vulnerable and sometimes just plain funny the thinking was. I will definitely do this again. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Looking at a cheese board filled with your friends’ personalities is simply the best.
My friends Stephanie and Jonathan Fields definitely made us laugh by bringing a cheesecake. Well played!
I am intrigued by this guided journal with psychological exercises to develop self-understanding. Who Am I, by School of Life.
It’s been quiet on here. I realize. I spent the past few days with my dad in the hospital, in Switzerland, holding his hand and telling him over and over how much I love him. Wish I would have done that more often sooner. Maybe you can?
Also, what’s a word that describes both heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time?
Dear Professor Ford, I applaud your courage and strength in coming forward. I believe you.
Dear Senators, do the right thing.
Dear men, step up.
I was asked yesterday “What do you do for fun?” I had to think. Spend time with my kids. Sit on my stoop. Host dinner parties. I couldn’t come up with a typical ‘hobby’ though. My work is my passion and is FUN.
And then this morning, I read this Tweet:
Creatives, if you ever have the luxury of your profession and your passion aligning to where you now get paid (in part or in full) to do “your thing” I can’t recommend enough the importance of finding some other hobby/interest on the side for pure leisure and rest.
— Patrick Michael Chin (@iampatrickchin) May 30, 2018
I need a hobby.
I appreciate the intention behind the Role Models Podcast: Interviewing women with inspiring careers so more women feel encouraged to aim higher.
And I am honored I was asked to be on it. Here’s the most recent episode with yours truly.
Thank you David for your thoughtfulness and making this so easy for me. Also, I talk a mile a minute.
13 years ago today I started this labor of love. And, I yet have to grow tired of it. Thank you for reading. I appreciate you. So much!
Happy my blog birthday to you!
What if, there was a place on the Internet that:
– Optimized for opportunities instead of advertisements
– Was more interested in how you show up as a human, than how your data shows up in an algorithm
– Believed online experiences should feel more like face-to-face interactions
I believe in this version of the internet and am looking for a Product Manager who does too.
Join a group of big-hearted humans who care and want to build the LinkedIn for the creative world, called CreativeGuild.
I am ANXCITED over what I am about to share:
For nearly a decade CreativeMornings, an organization I started, has been bringing together people who are driven by passion and purpose, who support one another, and are collectively raising the bar on what it means to be creative.
Today, we’re launching the CreativeGuild where we will be translating our face-to-face community values to an online network for creatives. We like to think of it like LinkedIn, but for the creative world. .
This is something I wished existed 19 years ago, when I first moved to NYC and would Google ‘design studio NYC’ to find companies to apply to. All these years later, there is still no broad directory of creative companies, until now.
The CreativeGuild will start out as a global directory of creative companies and jobs but with an ambitious product roadmap ahead of us that will make it evolve into much more, a place for creatives to meet, that will open doors to new connections and opportunities. (The individual profiles will undergo a major upgrade next!)
Where other social networks are leaving me wanting more; more connection, more inspiration, more control over my data – we’re taking what we have learned with our face-to-face events and are aiming to create a more human experience.
What if, there was a place on the Internet that optimizes for opportunities instead of advertisements? An internet that is more interested in how you show up as a human, than how your data shows up in an algorithm? An internet that believed online experiences should feel more like face-to-face interactions?
I believe this version of the Internet can exist. Help me make it a reality.
I don’t think I have ever raved about a laundry detergent. Until now: This laundry soap by Zum Clean makes my laundry and my house smell delightful. I discovered it thanks to my friend Camella. Every time I’d hang out with her or visit her house I’d wonder why she smells so good. We “sniffed around” until we realized it was her laundry detergent! :)
After years of dreaming of owning a Brompton Bike, the day has come. I am actively researching which model and which features I want. This spring I will be cruising through Brooklyn on my very own Brompton.
If you follow me on Instagram you might have caught this post from last October, when visiting Minneapolis for the AIGA conference, one of my followers Martha, offered to take me on a Brompton tour through the city. I said yes and proceeded to bike with this wonderful, big hearted stranger. Now she is a friend and I want a Brompton. :)
Do you own one? Have any recommendations? I admit, I am intrigued by the new Electric Model.
Do the right thing.
Make things better.
Show up with your heart.
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) December 1, 2017
What an honor to have been invited to speak at Adobe MAX last week! And how delightful to find the talk already available online! In this talk I cover some of the values I base my companies on, my approach to being a leader of multiple companies and 9 of my favorite interview questions. This is by far the longest, most honest and personal talk I have ever given. I hope you enjoy!
You can watch all of the other talks here.
Come join my team! I am looking to hire a part-time studio manager for my wonderful co-working community Friends Work Here. The ideal candidate has a big heart and enjoys making people feel welcome and connected, loves keeping a space tidy and being surrounded by creative minds. As the studio manager of FWH you set the tone, are the soul of this community.