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Inspired by the Spike Jonze Film “Her”, this Documentary Explores the Emotional Side of Technology

Thursday 05.15.2014 , Posted by
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When Spike Jonze’s film “Her” hit theaters, many people were struck by the timely relevance of its story. It seems with each passing day we interact more closely with the technology around us, and even if we aren’t talking late into the night with our computers just yet, that and other possibilities seem just around the corner. In response to the film, Motherboard, in association with Microsoft and Warner Bros. is asking a question: “How can human emotions inspire new interactions with technology and each other?” The answer comes in the form of the 2 part documentary Captivated by Her. [Read more...]

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After English and Spanish, What’s the Most Common Language in Your State?

Wednesday 05.14.2014 , Posted by
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Did you know German is the third most spoken language in Colorado, or that it’s Hmong in Minnesota? What’s the third most spoken language in your state?

This map is too interesting. Yes, most people in the US speak English in daily life, followed down the list by Spanish in all but seven states… but what comes third? This map from Slate details some surprising results and points to drastically different histories of immigration across the US. [Read more...]

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Calamity Plates: A New Take On Classic Porcelain Dishes

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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Classic white porcelain dishes with cobalt blue designs have existed in households for centuries. Each plate typically tells a story, and in past times it would even provide cordial conversation at dinner parties when the nice dishes were brought out. While the dishes are a nice addition to any household, even one that can be passed on from generation to generation, graphic designer Don Moyer thought they needed a bit of a “modern touch.” [Read more...]

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A Man With a Very Big Heart Repurposes Trash to Make Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Friday 05.09.2014 , Posted by
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In Oakland, one compassionate artist named Gregory Kloehn, with the help of many others in the community, is turning trash into treasure for the homeless. He gathers various materials from dumpsters, curbs, and commercial waste to create tiny mobile shelters. Like snowflakes, no two homes are exactly alike- they are even uniquely painted, but they all have a roof to shelter from the rain and wheels to take them wherever they need to go. Many of the homeless people in Oakland have had all of their belongings swept up by police abiding by Oakland’s public safety laws and Kloehn is hoping his mobile home designs will circumvent this issue. [Read more...]

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With The Most Drool-Worthy Objects Made From Chocolate

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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Willy Wonka had the right idea when he imagined a world made of chocolate. Humans have been obsessed with this delicious substance for over three thousand years,  and recent studies advocate for its numerous health benefits. Today, artists, sculptors, and food designers are raising the bar on what forms this sweet treat can take – and they are taking chocolate way beyond the convenience store shelf. From marbles to shoes to pencils and more, these chocolate confections pose as ordinary and familiar items, reimagining our world as antioxidant-filled and decadently sweet. Just try not to take a nibble.  [Read more...]

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Visage: A Visualization Tool that Democratizes Good Design

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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Visage is a new platform that enables non-designers to easily create beautiful, on-brand visual content such as data visualization, reports, presentations and infographics in a single web interface. It looks to become one of the best methods for making the message in your data impactful, communicative and yes, very beautiful. The goal of Visage was simple: democratize good design, and put it in the hands of everyone.

Visage provides a platform for creating compelling presentations and reports typically out of reach to non-designers or those who can’t afford a design agency price tag. With an elegant drag-and-drop interface, easy customization of color schemes, and the ability to quickly revise data and layouts, Visage handy improves on common tools in the visualization market. [Read more...]

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Living Between Buildings: A Bold and Smart Solution for Crowded Cities

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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In an increasingly crowded world were people are choosing more and more to live in cities, it’s no wonder space is at a premium. What do you do when there’s little room left? Designers Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann have a clever solution: live in between the buildings. [Read more...]

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Essential Reading: Mason Currey on the Importance of “Daily Rituals”

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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Recently, I decided to revisit one of the books that made me want to write about creativity, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. I wasn’t disappointed. [Read more...]

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Addicted To Your Phone? Try These Signal Deflecting Clothes On For Size

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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In an age dominated by likes, tweets, and a constant flow of texts, it can be tough to take a break from technology. However, Japanese conceptual fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga comes to the rescue with modern clothing that will force you to tear your eyes away from your iPhone. Morinaga’s newest garment collection, FOCUS, is crafted from fibers that deflect electromagnetic waves and thus render your phone completely unusable.  [Read more...]

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Gorgeous Henna Crowns Empower Cancer Patients Who Have Lost Their Hair

Sunday 05.04.2014 , Posted by
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Every human is a beautiful work of art and Henna Heals works to exemplify that beauty. People experiencing complete hair loss as a result of chemotherapy or Alopecia often seek to hide their heads beneath wigs or hats, but with these beautiful, temporary henna crowns, their heads become the canvas for stunning works of art. Started by Frances Darwin in Toronto, Canada, Henna Heals also offers henna services for special events and belly painting for mothers-to-be, but they always donate 10% of their proceeds to help subsidize the cost of crowns for those who need them the most. They use 100% natural, home-made henna paste. [Read more...]

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