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How Scotland Voted, Council by Council

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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It’s official, the Scottish have chosen to stay with the United Kingdom after the historic vote on September 18th. Just how close was the decision? A margin of 55% voted to stay with the UK, while 45% voted for Scottish independence, with a large 85% of voters turning out. It was a decisive victory for those wanting to retain the connection to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and as this map from The Economist details, most of Scotland’s 32 councils supported the No vote. [Read more...]

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Driver-less Cars of the Future Will Be So Safe That We Can Make Them Out of Glass

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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At the recent London Design Festival 2014, a local designer named Dominic Wilcox revealed his beautiful conceptual design of the future. As driverless technologies are well underway in the R&D process, Wilcox took the thought a step further implying that cars of the future will be so safe that we can make them out of glass! He presented a beautiful life-size concept car design made of colorful stained glass. He called his creation, which was commissioned by Dezeen and MINI Frontiers for their exhibition on the future of mobility, Stained-glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future. You can take a nap while your beautiful, computer-operated car takes you where you need to go! [Read more...]

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Walk and Work in this Human-Sized Hamster Wheel

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Study after study has shown that sitting down is killing us… but we still do it all the time at sedentary jobs with uncomfortable chairs. You’ve probably run across ‘treadmill desks’ at some point (no pun intended), but have you ever seen a human-sized hamster wheel? Instructables builders Robb Godshaw and wrdwise recently built a gigantic wooden one, and it’s large enough for a human AND their desk to fit inside. They launched their project with this spirited call to action (and production):

“Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.”

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5 Annual Reports that Absolutely Nail It

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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Just the thought of reading a company’s annual report is enough to make most eyes go blurry, but it doesn’t have to be so.

If designed well and presented in the right format, annual reports are an exceptional way to present company milestones from the previous year, as well as highlight company culture—without boring readers to death.

The best annual reports even do the seemingly impossible: engage investors and win loyal fans. And as more emphasis is placed on creative presentation, it’s fast becoming the latest format to benefit from good design. Here are 5 brands that nailed their annual reports. [Read more...]

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Microscopic Art: Stunning Kaleidoscopic Arrangements of Diatoms By Klaus Kemp

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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Since Victorian times, people have been fascinated with the unique, geometric diatoms that are invisible to the naked eye. It is in the Victorian era that people began finding, cleaning, and arranging them and today Klaus Kemp is keeping the tradition alive. Microscopes reveal these tiny, hidden treasures, which are single-celled algae coated in a crystalline shell. Over 100,000 species have been discovered so far and Kemp is set on finding even more. Diatoms can be found anywhere there is water- from ponds and lakes, to puddles and gutters. But with modern technology Kemp’s arrangements are even more crisp, vibrant, and colorful than any of his Victorian ancestors. [Read more...]

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Motion Silhouette Creates Stories with Shadow Play

Monday 09.15.2014 , Posted by
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You don’t need an iPad to create an interactive book. Just ask designers Megumi Kajiwara and Tatsuhiko Niijima. They’ve created a beautiful pop-up book, Motion Silhouette, that changes as the reader uses light to manipulate shadows on each page. [Read more...]

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A Wooden Wave Made from 9076 Individual Parts

Monday 09.15.2014 , Posted by
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HG-Architecture of Seoul Korea, have created a wave-like wooden structure that is a mix of striking complexity and sinuous simplicity. Looking something like a clever stack of rectangular Jenga blocks, the piece is based on the idea that everything in nature is made from individual components. Atoms and molecules make up complex structures like waves… and people too. [Read more...]

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FrankenCamera: 18-Year-Old Converts Vintage Rangefinder into a Digital Camera

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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For years I’ve been looking at vintage cameras, and seeing a world of possibility. What if you could transform those cool relics of the film age into something conveniently digital? It could combine the joy of a manually focusing digital rangefinder (something rare in the modern camera world) and the feel of something truly vintage. 18-year-old Ollie Baker wanted a “vintage digital” camera too, so with a lot of expert planning he built one – and it works! [Read more...]

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Nike’s Conceptual Plane Designed for Professional Athletes

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Design firm Teague and Nike have partnered to create a digital concept for a jet intended to transport professional athletes from city to city. Typically, pro sports teams and their coaches fly on planes with normal seating arrangements and listen to music for the duration of the flight – but, what if instead the plane offered rooms for massage and training, a film room to watch playbacks, and a lounge to simply chill? Welcome aboard that luxurious vision from Teague and Nike. [Read more...]

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Patagonia Wants You To “Vote The Environment”

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Is voting on your calendar? This October and November mark primary and mid-term elections seasons, and according to a recent poll by Harvard University, only 23% of young people “definitely plan” to vote. [Read more...]

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