Came across this neat online store (that actually design some of their own stuff). It’s called Best Made Company and pretty much does what it says. They try to sell the best of all sorts of things, from shirts to toolboxes. There’s a slight leaning towards outdoorsy stuff, but also plenty of other things, including Best Made Soap. Their hardware is, as you’d expect, made to last for generations. It’s a real pleasure to just browse and admire the good old-fashioned workmanship.
Best Made Company® is dedicated to equipping customers with quality tools and dependable information that they can use and pass down for generations. We seek to empower people to get outside, use their hands and in doing so embark on a life of fulfilling projects and lasting experiences. [From the About Page]
A slightly eccentric site that does what it says. Carryology is a design site that covers anything to do with luggage, baggage, carry-ons, cases, handbags and wallets. Pretty much anything that you carry, that carries something else. As always, we checked the site-design for autistic-friendliness. The subdued colours and neat layout are easy on the eyes, and the reviews and articles are informative too. Also top-notch pictures all round.
New to Carryology?
To get you started on your quest to Carry enlightment, here’s five hand-picked posts we think will help get you up to speed:
#1 – Slimming your wallet – 5 Steps to reduce the bulk in your back pocket.
#2 – Backpack or Messenger? – A guide to help you choose the right bag for your day to day use.
#3 – Leather Care Tips – Essential care advice to keep that hide looking as good as new.
#4 – Choosing Good Rolling Luggage – If it’s wheeled travel bags you’re after, start here.
#5 – What makes a great wallet – The basic fundementals of good wallet functionality and design.
Autistics are often highly creative, but many of us need help bringing ideas to the market. Quirky is a collaborative website that allows users to suggest new inventions, comment on submissions, and vote on which should be made by Quirky, to be sold on the site itself. The idea’s originator will receive royalties on each item sold. Of course, by letting Quirky do all this, the inventor will have to cut some slack on intellectual property rights (given that Quirky is carrying most of the legal and financial risk). Interested inventors may wish to check out the site’s IP FAQ page for more details on that aspect. Even if you’re not an inventor, Quirky is a fine way to dip your toe in the designer’s craft, by suggesting improvements to other people’s inventions. That way, you’ll get hands-on experience in product design, even if (like me) you can’t draw to save your life!
How do I participate in Quirky?
Once you’ve signed up for a Quirky account, there are tons of ways to get involved:
1. Have an idea that you’re dying to see developed? Fill out the problem and solution text boxes on the welcome page and click “Continue idea submission,” or simply click
2. Help us select the next great product by voting, collaborating, and commenting on product ideas. You can also contribute to the design and branding of products in development, or help us determine their price. Click on the Participate or Upcoming tabs at the top of the Quirky homepage to get started.
3. Snag some Quirky products of your very own by clicking on the Shop tab. You can also promote Quirky products among friends and family to earn a share of the profits through social sales. Click on your name in the top right of the page, then select “Social Sales” for more information on our referral program and your unique social sales link.
4. Meet fellow community members through submissions and the Quirky Forums. You can find like minded people, follow your favorite community members, participate in discussions, and start your own topics. Don’t forget to check out our blog, Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest Quirky news. The list goes on and on.
[From the Quirky FAQ]
Autistics can be highly sensitive to disorder and messiness, and prefer to do things (such as cleaning) according to fixed routines, for predictable and optimal results. Thankfully, there’s a nice website called Clean My Space that caters to that obsessive-compulsive in all of us, autistic or otherwise. Importantly, the site design is autistic-friendly, with cool colours and easy navigation. I particularly enjoy the videos, which are professional-quality and presented with light touches of humour. Definitely one to bookmark if you do the cleaning around the house.
Autisable is a blogging network run by the Autism Society, where users can submit blog posts. If you run an autism blog, it’s an effective way to reach a wider audience. If you’re interested in autism blogs, visit the site to read a wide range of high-quality posts by various bloggers. Click here to submit a post to Autisable.
The Asperger’s/Autism Toolbox is a website by someone with Asperger’s, with useful links to resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders. He uses the screen name Monkey Pliers (nope, I dunno why either). The text is a little hard to read (blue, green and purple fonts on a black background? Really?), but the site does have a certain aesthetic appeal (check it out, and you’ll see what I mean). The resources are really useful, though. The design has a lot of character, and I like the way it looks, kind of like a work of art.
Listverse is a fascinating site that pretty much does one thing, it publishes cool ‘Top Ten’ lists. Everything from Top Ten Everyday Things We Forget to Ten Creepiest Spiders in Movies. And they pay for submissions: $100 per list to be exact.
It works like this: you write your list (1,000 words minimum – 10 items minimum), you send it in, we reply and say “great – we’ll publish it” and send you $100 by paypal (don’t have an account? just make one – it’s easy), or we reply and say “sorry – it isn’t the sort of thing our readers will love – give it an other shot”. [From the website]
Listverse gets about 15 million visitors a month. If you have a blog, Twitter account or book you’d like to promote, they’ll even stick the info at the bottom of your post if it’s accepted. Time to make money from that fascination with ‘useless’ trivia!