♥ / 624 Peculiar Prompts to Keep you Occupied at Home

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. All of these prompts are designed to be done from the safety of your home, and with materials that can easily be found in your immediate vicinity. Some of the prompts are weird, others are really weird. Here’s a quick taste of what’s inside:

1. Invent a yoga pose. Name it.
2. Take note of how many circular things there are in your home.
3. Stare at your palm. Sketch the 5 most distinct lines you see in your palm. Use these lines as the basis of a rough sketch of your next home.
4. Make a didgeridoo. Play it.
5. Wear socks on your hands for one hour.

These prompts are available for immediate download on a pay-what-you-want basis (that means you can get them for free!), but if you donate $5 or more, the authors will email you a crappy drawing of something special to you. Just donate $5 at checkout and they’ll reach out within 24 hours to get started on your special request.

♥ / Make It Remote: A Survival Guide for the Future of Work

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


So you’re stuck working from home, and aren’t sure how to stay productive… You’re in luck: This is the toolkit for you. Make It Remote is written based on over a decade of experience managing remote teams. Download today!

Inside, you’ll find resources for both business leaders and team members, including:

– A comprehensive road map for implementing a remote working approach in your business.
– A step-by-step guide to creating your own remote work policy.
– Suggested tools and resources for working remotely.
– Tips and tricks for time management, remote meeting facilitation, and more!

Even better? For every download we get between now and April 5th, we’ll donate a meal to someone in need (up to 10,000 meals in total!). ALSO (!) if you do choose to donate when you download, we’ll share 50% of the proceeds with food banks and organizations focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Finally, we also have a special edition for teachers and students! If that is you, check out the toolkit here.

♥ / Make It Remote: A Survival Guide for the Future of Work

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

So you’re stuck working from home, and aren’t sure how to stay productive… You’re in luck: This is the toolkit for you. Make It Remote is written based on over a decade of experience managing remote teams. Download today!

Inside, you’ll find resources for both business leaders and team members, including:

– A comprehensive road map for implementing a remote working approach in your business.
– A step-by-step guide to creating your own remote work policy.
– Suggested tools and resources for working remotely.
– Tips and tricks for time management, remote meeting facilitation, and more!

Even better? For every download we get between now and April 5th, we’ll donate a meal to someone in need (up to 10,000 meals in total!). ALSO (!) if you do choose to donate when you download, we’ll share 50% of the proceeds with food banks and organizations focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Finally, we also have a special edition for teachers and students! If that is you, check out the toolkit here.

♥ / Organize Your Inbox (and Never Waste Time on Email Again) With SaneBox

A big thank you to SaneBox for sponsoring my blog, RSS feed and newsletter this week.

Clean up your inbox today and keep it that way forever. SaneBox uses personalized algorithms to quickly learn your email habits and show your most important messages first, while filtering out the noise. Best of all, it works wherever you check email, on all clients and devices.

Get started today with this coupon: sanebox.com/swissmiss for a free 2-week trial (no CC required) plus an extra $25 towards your subscription!

ps: I personally use and *love* SaneBox!

♥ / The Lower Manhattan Explorer in Chief Summer Dream Job Contest

A big thank you to The Alliance of Downtown New York for sponsoring my blog, RSS feed and newsletter this week.

The Alliance of Downtown New York is searching nationwide for an urban explorer to live rent-free just off Wall Street all summer long and get paid to show the world Lower Manhattan through their eyes.

Ideal applicants will have a camera-ready personality, a keen eye, a distinctive voice and the chops to produce compelling, entertaining content. They’ll be someone who is charismatic and comfortable as the center of attention but who knows that the location is, ultimately, the star.

Show them what you got in 60 seconds or less: Are you cut out to be Lower Manhattan’s Explorer In Chief? Enter today.

♥ / Float

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

Built by creatives, for creatives, Float makes resource planning simple — like it should be!

The world’s top agencies, studios, and firms use Float to plan their projects and schedule their team’s time, all in one place. Schedule tasks with an easy drag-and-drop interface, make changes on the fly with a variety of editing tools, and stay up to date on the go using the mobile app.

Float saves your team time, so you can get back to doing what you love!

Try out a free 30 day trial here.

♥ / Grow Your Brand’s Relevance in the Digital Age

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

Gaining awareness and engaging with your audience in a captivating, authentic way is essential for the growth of your brand. But with so much content everywhere, how do you cut through the noise to ensure your message is heard?

Learn the techniques, tools, and strategic insights for differentiating and promoting your business with the Digital Marketing Certificate offered through Open Campus at The New School. In this series of five online courses, you will:

– Work with faculty and peers in five courses that will help you plan for and develop a real digital marketing campaign and strategy
– Explore the evolution of digital marketing and the way elements such as strategy, channels, and platforms interconnect
– Learn how to apply a value proposition, identify and analyze brand attributes, and conduct a SWOT analysis for a brand, product, or service of your choosing
– Tap into the enormous potential of social media to elevate your brand and business
– Explore the roles of digital, mobile, and native marketing and the way they all come together to form a campaign
– Examine the progression of a marketing plan, from brief to channel selection to projection of ROI, and apply this expertise to your brand and business

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♥ / Unlock Your Leadership Potential Through Design

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

When we think of design, we often associate it with commercial endeavors: a company logo, a product, a website, or even a building’s layout. But design can also be used as a powerful tool for bringing about forces of change in organizations and in society at large. As the definition of design expands to encompass new human-centered strategies for problem-solving, “design thinking” has become an in-demand skill for thriving in today’s global economy.

With the Design Leadership for Business Certificate offered by Parsons at Open Campus, you can lead innovation in your organization and implement creative strategies, all in the context of design. In this five-course online program, you will:

– Gain actionable insights to apply design thinking to your own professional field or discipline
– Benefit from mentorship and direction from instructors who are strategists, entrepreneurs, and design thinkers with years of experience working across industries, from consulting to technology
– Develop the forecasting skills to simulate and strategically plan for the future
– Acquire interview and observation techniques that guide the design thinking process
– Undertake hands-on projects to prototype solutions that will yield real outcomes you can utilize right away

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♥ /Float – Resource Planning for Creative Teams

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

Agencies, studios, and firms use Float to plan their projects and schedule their team’s time, all in one place. Built by creatives, for creatives, Float makes resource planning simple — like it should be! Save time and keep projects on track with drag-and-drop scheduling, powerful editing tools, and a mobile app for on the go.

Try out a free trial here.

♥ / Create Spectacular Websites with a Certificate in Web Design and Development

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

Learn how to create visually stunning websites, apps, and digital products to entice users. The Web Design and Development Certificate offered by Parsons at Open Campus offers creatives a chance to acquire expertise in Web development while drawing upon the vast resources of a top-ranked art and design school. In this five-course online program, you will:

– Start with two introductory courses, then choose between the Web Design track and the Web Development track
– Learn how to hand-code, build, and launch a responsive personal website
– Develop skills in programming languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
– Gain familiarity with and apply the latest mobile design guidelines and best practices for iOS and Android
– Develop your understanding of typography and color to produce greater visual impact
– Position yourself for new job opportunities by adding coding skills to your résumé

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♥ / Jump-Start Your Career in UX/UI Design

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

Do your New Year’s resolutions include changing careers, advancing in your current organization, or diversifying your professional skills? Prepare for career moves in 2020 with Parsons at Open Campus, The New School’s destination for continuing and professional education. Parsons at Open Campus offers an array of noncredit certificate programs, drawing upon the vast resources of Parsons School of Design, a top-ranked art and design institution.

This spring, create world-class user experiences for websites, apps, and more with an online certificate in User-Centered Design (UX/UI). In this five-course online program, you will:

– Become familiar with the UX design process, which begins with research and discovery and moves to concept and strategy brainstorming, then to prototyping, and finally to user testing
– Apply principles of human-centered design to increase users’ satisfaction and encourage interaction with systems, services, or products
– Learn how to design effective usability tests and conduct research surveys to gain the input and insights needed for successful product development
– Prototype software products (apps or websites), services, or physical products
– Build a portfolio to share with potential employers and clients

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♥ / Beautiful, Sustainable and Affordable

A big thank you to Baleen for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Baleen is a jewelry company based in Seattle, WA that focuses on sustainability and affordability. Using recycled metals and renewable materials like cellulose acetate, they make everything by hand in their zero-waste studio. Well-designed, beautiful jewelry made responsibly in the United States.

Exclusive: 25% OFF site-wide at shopbaleen.com with code SWISSMISS25

The perfect opportunity to support a small maker this holiday season.

♥ / Ode to Things

A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Ode to Things is an online store for the discerning collector, featuring quality home/office goods and accessories. Its founders believe that the more everyday an item is, the higher quality it needs to be. They have sought artisans, makers and designers from around the world to source products that are inspired and meaningful. Every piece is created to be timeless, using the finest materials and craftsmanship.

Get 15% off your order at odetothings.com with offer code SWISSMISS. It’s time to start shopping stylish gifts for everyone on your list.

♥ / Minimal & Giftable

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

Onsen married functionality with minimalism to craft a lightweight bath towel that dries like its job depended on it. The key to this obsessively designed towel isn’t what they added, but rather what they eliminated. Most towels go through a chemical bathing process so that they feel soft and fluffy, at least at first. Not Onsen. Instead of short-lived softness that washes away, Onsen relies on premium materials and traditional techniques to deliver a thirsty towel that only gets softer over time.

Exclusive: take 30% off at onsentowel.com with code SWISSGIFT30

(Psst… I have replaced all towels with Onsen towels in my house! LOVE them!)


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♥ / See Design Travel Pouches

The small travel pouch by see design is designed to hold all of the essentials when you’re on the go. It features a 100% cotton canvas exterior and a nylon lining with a top zipper for easy access. It’s perfect for keeping your keys, phone, wallet, or whatever else you need at hand. It is great for storing and organizing chargers. They also come in large.

These pouches are super design-y and fun and make for a good gift. Make sure to check out larger bags and scarves.

♥ / Traadee Custom Stock Ticker Pillow

A big thank you to Traadee for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Stock Ticker as never seen before! Traadee.com lets you personalize a throw pillow with colorful designs, turning simple Ticker Symbol into miniature works of art perfect for your couch or bed.

A meaningful gift for your favorite investor or trader—or yourself!

♥ / Ode to Things

A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Ode to Things is an online store for the discerning collector, featuring quality home/office goods and accessories. Its founders believe that the more everyday an item is, the higher quality it needs to be. They have sought artisans, makers, and designers from around the world to source products that are inspired and meaningful. Every piece is created to be timeless, using the finest materials and craftsmanship.

Get 15% off your order at odetothings.com with offer code SWISSMISS. Good opportunity to add some style to your Thanksgiving.

♥ / Onsen

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

What do your towels smell like? Are they still a little wet from yesterdays shower? Ew.

If you’re ready for a different toweling experience, try the Onsen towel. Surprisingly lightweight, absurdly absorbent, and dries like its job depended on it. But don’t take our word for it, see what these complete strangers are saying get them so excited about a towel.

Try it for 60 days at onsentowel.com.

(Psst… I have replaced all towels with Onsen towels in my house! LOVE them!)


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♥ / New Layer Podcast

A big thank you to Tanner of Shape for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Shape’s New Layer podcast is a conversation on everything digital product design, with hosts Tanner Christensen and Jasmine Friedl.

Each week they cover topics around design careers, tools, education, critique, and more. Listeners call New Layer insightful, delightful, and thought-provoking, a “must listen podcast” for product designers.

New Layer is available on all your favorite podcasting apps, listen and subscribe!

♥ / Ode to Things

A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Ode to Things is an online store for the discerning collector, featuring quality home/office goods and accessories. Its founders believe that the more everyday an item is, the higher quality it needs to be. They have sought artisans, makers, and designers from around the world to source products that are inspired and meaningful. Every piece is created to be timeless, using the finest materials and craftsmanship.

It is an absolute visual pleasure to visit Ode to Things. Don’t forget to sign up for their mailing list to get 15% off your first order.

♥ / 365 Free Prompts to Boost Your Creativity

A big thank you to Peculiar Prompts for sponsoring my blog this week.

Looking for a mindful way to spark your creativity? Need an excuse to get a little weird?

Peculiar Prompts is for you. This free download includes 365 prompts for exploring, making, thinking, and writing, like…

– Prompt 080: Sketch the blueprint of your childhood home from memory.
– Prompt 052: Make a flip book about something that happened to you today.
– Prompt 130: Watch a feature-length film before work.

Peculiar Prompts is the brainchild of social entrepreneur and educator Matthew Manos and organizational consultant and coach Austin Bauer.

BONUS: Anyone who downloads Peculiar Prompts this week will be eligible to win one of three coaching sessions with the authors along with a custom box of Peculiar Thinking materials sent directly to you.

♥ / Float

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

Float is a visual resource scheduling tool for teams.

Born in Brooklyn in 2012, Float is used by the world’s best brands to plan their projects and schedule their team’s time. Built by creatives, for creatives, Float makes resource planning simple—like it should be! Schedule tasks with an easy drag-and-drop interface, make changes on the fly with a variety of editing tools, and stay up to date on the go using the mobile app.

Float saves your team time, so you can get back to doing what you love!

Try out a free 30 day trial here.

♥ / Up Your Sartorial Savvy with Parsons at Open Campus

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

With fall Fashion Weeks fast approaching, now is the time to gain inspiration to take the next step in your design journey. The Fashion Design Certificate offered by Parsons at Open Campus will enable you to understand historical influences in today’s fashion, learn sketching techniques, and gain a deeper appreciation for textiles and materials. In this series of six or eight courses, offered in NYC, you will:

– Learn basic draping, flat patternmaking, and sewing techniques, along with principles of design.
– Become adept at identifying various fabric types, yardage specifications, notions, trimmings, and sewing supplies.
– Understand fashion design and manufacture in a global societal context.
– Gain exposure to a variety of methods and practices needed in the art of sewing, construction, and garment design.
– Learn how to successfully draw a balanced, well-proportioned fashion figure.

Get started now >>


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♥ / Ello

A big thank you to Ello for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Ello is a Chicago-based drinkware design company on a mission to replace single-use food and beverage containers.

Ello recently partnered with a nonprofit, H2OpenDoors, selling a limited-edition line of products to raise money for a solar-powered water system in East Africa that will become the foundation for a women-run social enterprise. They’ll be working with a local community to design a custom water bottle that will suit their needs with the new filtration system. All profits will go towards social services in the partner community.

Support the project here.