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How to overcome smartphone addiction

Vienna-based designer Klemens Schillinger has created a set of “substitute phones” for smartphone-addicts. Instead of a touchscreen, there is only a series of stone beads to use for swiping and scrolling.

The School of Life created Phone Detox, a palm-sized book filled with insights, ideas and meditations about the complex relationship we have with our phones.

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A wood block print by graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill.

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Extraordinary Routines

Extraordinary Routines  is a great website that peeks into the lives and routines of various creative people. In their own words: “Illuminating the everyday lives of creatives,
the extraordinary in the ordinary,
  the imperfection in creativity”. Inspiring to read about everyday habits through interviews with a few of my favorite artists and designers.

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The Falcon Heavy launch rocks

I just watched the successful launch of Elon Musk’s “Falcon Heavy”, the world’s most powerful rocket! I cannot describe the feeling, it is amazing, must watch! (the actual final countdown starts at 21:27 in the video)

Then fun part is that the rocket is carrying a red Tesla car with a mannequin on the driver’s seat, while the car’s radio is playing David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” over and over again! So cool. The rocket will send the car into an elliptical orbit away from Earth and around the sun that will eventually lead to Mars’ orbit.

The chances for a successful launch were 50%-50%, but almost everything went well. Especially the sight of the two side boosters setting down simultaneously 8 minutes after launch, on two landing pads at Cape Canaveral, was impressive.

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A pledge to betterment by Erik Marinovitch

A “pledge to betterment” drawn by Erik Marinovitch.

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A straightforward work contract

“You give me money, I’ll give you creative.
I’ll start when the check clears.
Time is money. More time is more money.
I’ll listen to you. You listen to me.
You tell me what you want, I’ll tell you what you need.
You want me to be on time, I want you to be on time.
What you use is yours, what you don’t is mine.
I can’t give you stuff I don’t own.
I’ll try not to be an ass, you should do the same.
If you want something that’s been done before, use that.

PRO BONO

If you want your way, you have to pay.
If you don’t pay, I have final say.

Let’s create something great together.”

This is actually a work contract for a design firm in Chicago. So straightforward and simple!

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#EatTogether

We should share meals with others more often! Love this ad from President’s Choice, a Canadian food brand.

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Ten principles for good design

An all-time classic: The ten principles of good design by Dieter Rams, the legendary German industrial designer, famous for designing Braun’s most iconic products.

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Women’s March on Instagram

By Lisa Congdon

By Kyle Letendre

 

By Christoph Niemann

By Oliver Jeffers

By Zoe Ingram

By Adam J. Kurtz

By Deva Pardue of “All womankind”

By Erik Marinovitch

These are all from my Instagram feed. I felt the need to document all the inspiring things people created and posted for this past weekend’s Women’s March in major US cities. I wish I was there to participate, and I am happy to hear that many of our friends and relatives did so. As a mom of three girls I think it is more important than ever “to show up and speak up” for women’s rights and equality for all, because unfortunately whatever happens in Trump-land affects us all.

A new kind of store

Can you imagine this? Amazon has introduced a new kind of store, with no lines and no checkout. You just grab your items and go, and your groceries will be charged automatically! For now, only Amazon employees can shop in the new Seattle store, but they plan to open the store to the public early next year. Read more about it here!

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