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Alternative schooling moves across the pond

Alternative schooling moves across the pond

This great Economist blog piece on the new British “Free School” movement raises some interesting questions about education. Through the program, anyone dissatisfied with public education can set up his or her own school and receive government funding for each enrolled student. The curriculum, and even the length of the school day and year, are completely...
Agencies, Client Work, and Experience Shifts

Agencies, Client Work, and Experience Shifts

In the advertising agency world, client-agency relationships are always a hot topic, perhaps a source of immense stress or amazing partnerships. Recently, mobile UX designer Murat from London blogged: “Can The Next Instagram/Hipstamatic/Klout/Angry Birds Be Born Within An Agency?” Here’s a little secret – creatives and developers are ITCHING to do cool, innovative stuff and have great ideas every day. Some of these...
Will 7-Elevens Become Slightly More Useful?

Will 7-Elevens Become Slightly More Useful?

Tired of getting your packages delivered to your office or NEVER being home when the UPS guy shows up, forcing a hassle-filled weekend afternoon at the post office waiting in long lines to retrieve it? Well 7-Elevens may soon be slightly more useful for you, thanks to Amazon’s new pilot P.O. box program. The two companies are currently testing...
A Film that Defines Influence

A Film that Defines Influence

The Influencers film is an incredible tour of contagious ideas & people. Legit, N.Y.-based creatives like Jeff Staple of Reed Space probe into what defines influence and the kind of icons who change our music, fashion, and entertainment, but the highlights are their personal inspirations and advice to future influencers. All this is accompanied by...
Collaborative Consumption: Infographic on the Shared-Hauz

Collaborative Consumption: Infographic on the Shared-Hauz

I recently moved to New York, and went through that painful process of reducing down my giant stash of stuff to two large suitcases. During the mess of selling, throwing away, donating, and trading things for food, I was reminded daily of our ridiculous tendencies to amass so many…things. Why do we feel the need...
Energy From Municipal Waste?

Energy From Municipal Waste?

Check out this TechCrunch story about two companies taking our everyday garbage and turning it into energy. While the technology for this process is still relatively new (and it probably takes a good amount of energy to power the plants converting the waste), it still seems like a pretty cool way of recycling.   (image courtesy...
Maria Popova on innovation and creativity

Maria Popova on innovation and creativity

  With so much fantastic online content produced every day, great curators are more important than ever. From SwissMiss to Brain Pickings to Cool Hunting, amazing minds are helping us distill all that information into a vision of whats just plain cool. Maria Popova, author of Brain Pickings and one of the best curators out...
Mobilize... but how?

Mobilize… but how?

Robert Reich (UC Berkeley represent!!) is quite the pro at providing digestible insight into economic and labor issues.  As Obama gets ready for his big jobs address on Thursday, both sides are already bickering.  We get the sense that once again, people will skirt away from engaging in dialogue about how we can solve this...
Awesome HTML/CSS tips and tutorials

Awesome HTML/CSS tips and tutorials

  Sometimes I’m intimidated by editing code (I did in fact lock myself out of sharehauz the first time I tried to edit the code… woops!) This site has great explanations and tutorial vids for non-web designers. Even if you’re not interested in being an expert, just knowing the vocabulary and basic language is a...
Making beats from a car radio

Making beats from a car radio

While searching for how-to videos to help the haphazard beat-making process on a friend’s equipment, I stumbled across this gem of a video. The ingenuity of good DJs never ceases to amaze me.  
Infographics and Innovation

Infographics and Innovation

Our favorite magazines and blogs are masters at creating quirky and relatable infographics that condense complex information into visual form. We all appreciate these supplements to our reading and news consumption, but some are saying their role is much greater. The realestate search startup, Trulia, is taking a gamble (which seems like a smart one)...
Buying books now means giving back

Buying books now means giving back

This past week’s issue of TBD on Better World Books and the new campaign to donate a book every time you buy one. Check it out: TBD on Better World Books
All Things Type

All Things Type

Some really great compilations of typography: Designer Chris Piascik’s Daily Drawings A wonderful tumblr called TypeEverything Observations of NYC Type “Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form.” – Robert Bringhurst (image via Craig Ward)
Before I Die...

Before I Die…

Candy Chang created this seriously cool public art piece out of an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood. Simple, engaging, interactive–I just love the power of a Fill In The Blank! Read more about it here.
Visual Stories of Craft

Visual Stories of Craft

In a world where the Walmarts, Targets, and Other Huge Superbrands seem to manufacture everything, this is a breath of fresh air (and inspiration). The Makers Project is a photo project by Brooklyn-based Jennifer Causey. It brings to life the craftsmanship and handmade quality of independent designers in their respective cities. Shooting various makers ranging from jewelers...
Our Post-Mortem Digital Personae - Powered by IBM?

Our Post-Mortem Digital Personae – Powered by IBM?

Shortly after reading a VentureBeat article about IBM’s new experimental computing chips modeled on the human brain, I came across an Adam Ostrow Ted talk on post-mortem social media profiles. While I don’t think IBM is necessarily creating chips to model our online behavior after we die, the juxtaposition of these two articles is a little chilling. Just...
Wired's Corner-Store Critique

Wired’s Corner-Store Critique

  Wired’s Corner-Store Critique in summary (and why this project is awesome): People from around the world submit stories about their local corner store Wired editors select submissions and take them through the digital publishing process Wired posts the edited stories on their site for all to read. What’s unique about this project: Zip files containing the authors’...
How Pencils are Made

How Pencils are Made

  A simple reminder of how complex seemingly ordinary things can be: How Pencils are Made. Take a moment to appreciate the amount of creativity, innovation, and engineering that goes into our everyday lives.   [Photo courtesy of ecowomen.net]