Mapnificent shows you the area you can reach with public transport from any point in a given time. It is available for major cities in the US and world wide. Hat tip to the Mapnificent creator StefanWehrmeyer.

(via Daniel Howells)

Travel Boster Seat

With summer traveling season upon us, I am excited I discovered this Travel Boster Seat. It’s both an EEC approved car booster seat and a practical backpack in one cunning design, so there’s no need to stress about booster seats when traveling; use as a normal backpack or as hand luggage on the plane, and convert into a booster seat as necessary.

Kuoni The Detourist

Swiss Travel Agency Kuoni released its 2010 Annual Report, appearing this time in the form of a daily newspaper. The Brand Report took on the function of a feuilleton, as an independent features section within the publication. It stems from the third Kuoni Getaway Council in Venice and offers a captivating compilation of texts on tourism. Renowned authors, essayists and scholars such as Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Orhan Pamuk, Thomas Steinfeld, Wolfgang Scheppe and Simonetta Carbonaro are represented with contributions.

(Thank you Manuel)


Absolutely fantastic video that promotes Iceland. We agree with The Cool Hunter: Tourism Offices around the world, take note, this is how you promote a country!

Inspired by Iceland Video from Inspired By Iceland on Vimeo.

SVA Masters Workshop: Summer 2011

poster by Louise Fili Ltd

Now this makes me swoon, who wouldn’t want to study design & typography in Venice and Rome? The SVA Masters Workshop, now in its third season, is a unique way to learn about type, book and lettering design, as well as architecture, art, archeology and even Italian cuisine. Study with some of the best typographers in Italy. Visit the Trajan Column and the Pantheon, and partake in exclusive visits to the Roman and Imperial Forums. Examine the inscriptions on Roman structures that have long been accepted as a typographic ideal.

This intensive hands-on workshop in design history, theory and practice allows participants to research and analyze the roots of typography, draw type and letters from the classic models while practicing contemporary design along with a faculty of Italian and American designers, historians and publishers. Taught by leading design professionals, this workshop emphasizes the multidisciplinary and entrepreneurial nature of contemporary design. In addition, collaborations with noted Italian design organizations and media businesses result in unique (and potentially publishable) print and Web projects.

Check out the prestigious faculty and photos from previous years.

SVA Masters Workshop: Summer 2011

World Map Pillow

I discovered this World Map Pillow on Etsy and find it quite charming.


In case you like to travel but don’t know about AirBnB yet, watch this brand new video:


Planely from Planely on Vimeo.

Planely is a new service that tries to make your flights a better social experience by showing you who is on your next plane.

Cool idea. If only it didn’t rely on Facebook. (le sigh)

(thanks sis)

City Hall Subway Stop

Here’s a blog post that makes want to jump up and run to take the 6 train:

“New York’s famous City Hall subway station, one of the most gorgeous gems in the world of mass transit, has been closed for decades but now it can be viewed again by in-the-know riders of the 6 train.

Although it’s not open to the general public, there’s a way in-the-know New York subway riders can still see this famous and beautiful architectural glimpse at the city’s past. The 6 train used to make all passengers leave the train at the Brooklyn Bridge stop, but no longer.

If you have a little extra time, you can stay on the train and view the City Hall Station as the train makes its turnaround.”

I can’t wait. Can NOT wait to do this.

(via jalopnik and @HelenWalters)

Fasten Seat Belts | Asia

Excited to see that Fasten Seat Belts now came out with a guide for Asia. (I posted about their Europe guide a while back.) Fasten Seat Belts is a lighthearted guide to avoid missunderstandings while travelling.

It’s an innovative (visual) way to learn languages and pick up cultural tips. The videos describe various “Dos and Don’ts” (gestures, traditions, manners…) relating to 6 countries of South Asia : Japan, China, Korea, India, Thailand and Vietnam. The videos offer a chance to learn some simple and useful expressions in the official languages of these 6 countries.

Did you know that in China people count to ten only using one hand? See below:

China 6_Count to 10 using only one hand. from 43 Films on Vimeo.

And the guides now even come as iPhone Applications. Nifty!

(thank you Barbara)

Jet Blue All You Can Jet

Jet Blue is doing it again: Enjoy unlimited travel from September 7 to October 6, 2010 with our All You Can Jet Pass, now with two great options! Use your AYCJ Pass for business, for pleasure, to visit your favorite cities or to meet with a client. You might as well just do it all. With more than 60 cities to choose from, and for just $699* for the AYCJ-7 and $499* for the AYCJ-5, it’s a deal you can’t pass up.

If I didn’t have little kiddos, I’d be saying hi to my friends all over the US. Yep.

This is not Brooklyn

swissmiss family is spending july on the swiss country side. We are waking up to cowbells. I kid you not. We are so amazed by our audio surroundings that G and I spent a good portion of the morning not only staring at our view (above) but also recording the cowbell-moo-sound (thank you iPhone). Here, please enjoy, our 24/7 soundtrack to our vacation! Yay Switzerland! And pardon my slower pace in posting in the coming 3 weeks.

Link to our recorded cowbell-background-music.


Ok, so are you ready for this? There’s a farm in Hemishofen Switzerland that let’s you ride on cows. Yep. For real. We are talking about the beautiful swiss-brown-fluffy-ear-haired cows.

Trekking tours last half a day, so you have enough time to really bond with your cow. If 4h seems too much, there’s also a short-bonding version of 1.5h.

I can’t stop smiling and looking at my calendar, trying to find a date to schedule one of these in july when this family will be spending some time in good old Switzerland!

(via HowdyHeidi)

searching for swiss design destinations

Jenny Lee, a swissmiss reader is about to travel to Switzerland, asked me the following question:

As a designer and avid type fan, I mainly associate Switzerland as the mecca of European design. Are there any places you suggest that are a must for a designer to visit?

Any swiss readers out there with some insider tips?


In case you have friends that are stuck somewhere due to the closed airspace over Europe, have them check out AirBnB! Fantastic resource with affordable and cool paces to stay!

New Blog: HowdyHeidi

I am part of a brandnew blog project called HowdyHeidi. It’s a first collaboration between Switzerland Tourism and myself.

Switzerland Tourism NYC approached me last year with the idea of starting a visual archive and resource for people interested in everything swiss. They came up with the name, HowdyHeidi and I did the branding and site design. Fabulous John Ford did his usual code magic and voila, we are up and running!

Check out HowdyHeidi, a brand new visual archive and resource for everything swiss.

Trolley Scooter von Samsonite und Micro

1ed5e0c97acarry on scooter

Here is a product that got an instant I WANT out of me. How cool would it be to zip down the long hallways in the airport on this Trolley-Scooter from Samsonite and Micro. Two swissmiss thumbs up!

(thank you andrea)

Winter Wonderland

The swiss do whatever it takes to make your vacation perfect.

Made me smile!

one year walk/beard grow time lapse

The Longest Way 1.0 – one year walk/beard grow time lapse from Christoph Rehage on Vimeo.

one year walk/beard grow time lapse by Christoph Rehage
November 9th 2007 – November 13th 2008
one year on foot – 4646km through China
unlimited beard & hair growth

(thank you christoph)

Travel Therapy

Travel Therapy

My friend Rob Holub wrote a theme song for a book called Travel Therapy: Where Do You Need to Go?, by Karen Schaler. It’s the world’s first theme song for a book to inspire your next vacation. I honstely like the idea of looking up my ailment and a have a book tell me where I should travel to to get better. Ha! Congrats Rob!

Zurich | Every Thing Design

every thing design

Every Thing Design. The Collections of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich | April 3- July 19, 2009

How is a design object perceived? How does this perception change over time? Why does a museum put it in its collection, and how are meaning and value established? Is everything design today? The museum poses these questions in the presentation of its collections, which have never been previously exhibited to this extent. The overriding theme is the observation of processes of social and cultural change. Such a view reveals signs of quality and developments in the production and reception of design objects that recur over decades. The exhibition, in a mise-en-scène by the renowned Swiss design studio Atelier Oï, and the catalog, designed by the well-known Dutch book designer Irma Boom, make it possible to experience the diverse connections among the museum’s internationally significant Poster, Design, Applied Art and Graphics Collection.

For more information, please visit :

(thank you Nate)

Zurich | Townhouse Design Store

townhouse zurich
townhouse zurich

On our second day in Zurich I made sure to stop by the only 8 week old store called Townhouse in the charming Weite Gasse 4. Not only is the store itself a beauty, the owners Mia Zeltner & Sebastiaan Vadasz are a delight as well. They offered us yummee coffee in stylish cups and were happy to answer all my curious questions while little Ella explored their store. With the exception of two prints I have not seen any of their products anywhere else. Mia and Sebastiaan really manage to have an exclusive, suprising collection of designy things.

I was excited to see polaroids of my friend Grant Hamilton on their walls. Check out some of the items they carry in the e-shop.

Ardvanderlinden and the swiss flag

During our second day in Zurich we stumbled upon a team of three painting 1200 swiss flags. I couldn’t help but ask what it was all about (and buy one of the flags) .

Ardvanderlinden makes fields of painted flags to spread the message “unity through identity”. Hereby the environment changes and the idea of identity and the meaning of the flag are questioned. Ardvanderlinden paints in public space to be in direct contact with people and to invite them into the working process.

broadcasting from switzerland

This little family is vacationing in the swiss alps. We had three fantastic warm days in Zurich and are now in the rainy Appenzell region. We realize how spoiled we are with rainy weather in NYC. When it rains it’s still warm, not here, it’s freezing. We are crossing our fingers for pool weather. Below are a few impressions of our trip so far. More to Come!

Right off the plane we went to FREITAG to check out their factory where the upcoming CreativeMorning will take place on July 17th. Sascha gave us a full blown tour of their production hall. Truly fascinating what the FREITAG brothers have created. Hat tip!
ella at freitag

G and I are enjoying our daily Rivella. Rivella is a healthy and natural soft drink from Switzerland. What’s unique about Rivella is the wholesome lactoserum it contains (called milk serum in Switzerland). Sounds crazy, right?

These signs in the Zurich Tram had G and me laugh out loud. The swiss do have a sense of humor, after all. We especially love the guy with the saw, trying to cut apart one of the seats. No, you really shouldn’t do that.
tram signs
tram signs

Now if this isn’t ueber-swiss I don’t know what is: Typical condiments arrangement you see at restaurants.

A slice of my childhood: Sausages (wienerli), two slices of bread (Ruchbrot) and Moustard (Thomy Senf). This makes me happy.

I have introduced our little three year old Ella to the 40 year old Rakete Icecream and she fully approves.

Today’s an exciting day: I am being interviewed and photographed for a story that will be in next thursday’s Tagesanzeiger, one of Switzerland’s biggest newspapers. Yay!

photoshoot for tagesanzeiger