My Recent 99u Talk

A few weeks ago I gave my second 99u talk, at their 10th anniversary conference here in NYC. And I am happy to see they just made it public for everyone to watch. In fact, they released all of the talks. So many good ones! Dive in!

10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes

Wow! 10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes, from BBC Earth. I know what I am projecting on my walls when I get back home from Wales!

Submarines Emerge From Beneath The Arctic Ice

This is crazy mind-blowing.: U.S. Navy and UK Royal Navy submarines got their readiness to operate in frigid environments tested by breaking through the North Pole ice.

Update: This comment on Twitter made my heart sink. Talk about perspective.

The Illusionists Documentary

The Illusionists is an award-winning documentary about the globalization of beauty and the dark side of advertising. Directed by Elena Rossini. Definitely watching this one.

How many people do you need to change the world?

How many social activists does it take to change the world? No, this isn’t the setup for some lame joke. It’s a question no one really knew the answer to. Until now.

I just went down a massive internet rabbit hole watching Mr. Rogers clips on YouTube. In this one, Mr. Rogers moved an entire room to tears when he got up to receive his Life Achievement Award at the Emmys in 1997. Instead of going on about his accomplishments and listing off a bunch of thank-yous, he asked everyone to take 10 seconds “to think of the people who have helped you become who you are, those who cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life.” “I’ll count the time,” he said gently, looking at his watch.

What a remarkable man! A ball of love!

Virtual Reality Beat Saber

I think I would enjoy playing this: VR Beat Saber.

(via Chris)

One Confetto

“One confetto — which happens to be the singular of confetti, in case you were wondering –isn’t very joyful, but multiply it, and you have a handful of one of the most joyful substances on the planet.”
Ingrid Fetell

Making a Case for Joy



So proud of my friend Ingrid Fetell: A few weeks ago she gave a talk on the topic of joy at the prestigious TED Conference and now here it is, featured on the TED Homepage. Just like her, I believe in the importance of joy!

I <3 NYC

A short film about Milton Glaser, the creator of the infamous I Heart NY symbol and his struggle to find love for the city in a trying time.

Optimism

When Kelli Anderson and Maria Popova collaborate, magic happens. How beautiful is this stop motion illustrating a poem by Jane Hirshfeld?

8×10.co

8×10.co is a new, easy and intuitive way for artists to sell high quality, limited edition art prints, by simply posting to Instagram. No need to set up a separate online store. I am friends with the founders and was able to see sample prints: They are *impressive*! Overall the service is carefully crafted, intuitive and a pleasure to use. But the best part, they handle all of the shipping. Where has this service been all along? See how it works.

Why You Should Make Useless Things

Simone Giertz is my hero. She creates useless machines. They make me laugh.

In a turn of tragic events, she found out shortly after giving this TED talk, that she has a brain tumor. I am sending her all of the love. The world needs her and her silly inventions.

Crying on Command

Over lunch I was talking with Wesley about the incredibly fascinating Black Mirror episode with Bryce Dalls. Apparently she can cry on command. The video above is prove. Wow!

“Insert Complicated Title Here”

I love Virgil Abloh‘s notion of creating a personal design language.

The talk comes with a looooong introduction. Skip to 5:00 and you’ll get to the beginning.

(via Michael)

Where Malcolm Gladwell’s Ideas Come From

Malcolm Gladwell explains where his Ideas come from.

“Some”

A beautiful animation based on a poem by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, “Some” explores the spectrum of emotions in everyday life. Produced by Wanderlust.

I adore Simone Giertz!

Simeon Giertz’s super weird robots make my heart so happy.

Design Canada

Looking forward to watch the documentary Design Canada, which will premiere this June in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

You Don’t Have To Live Life By The Rules

I have been following Mr.Bingo’s work for a long time and was excited to see that Do Lectures uploaded a talk he gave at Teen Do last year. He is as weird, fast and bubbly as I imagined him to be. Consider me a fan.

10 Ways To Have A Better Conversation

I definitely will take this talk by Celeste Headlee to heart. Time to take an honest look at how I ‘listen’.

Interactive and Participatory Art

One & Other work on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Anthony Gormley left the burden of the performance entirely in the hands of the audience members, each of whom applied to win the spotlight for an hour.

(via)

WISP Broom and Dustpan

I weirdly got one of these WISP Broom and Dustpan sent to me last year. I laughed at it. Yet, I took it home and now it’s my favorite cleaning devices I own. It looks a bit awkward, yes, but it has changed the way I feel about sweeping. This is probably one of the very few times where I broke my personal rule of an object having to be aesthetically pleasing to be allowed into my house. The WISP is ugly but oh-so-functional.

Growing Kidney Bean

Will show this to my kids. But I admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it myself.