AO Auction Recap – New York: Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales, November 11th – 12th, 2018

Rene Magritte, The Pleasure Principle (1937) Final Price: $26,830,500, via Sotheby’s The first batch of sales for New York’s bustling auction week have come to a close, as Christie’s and Sotheby’s capped their Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales in New York.  Both sales seemed to rock back and forth between major milestones and less impressive results, as buyers seemed tentative […]
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Stunning Light Prism Series by Danny Ivan

Stunning Light Prism Series by Danny Ivan AoiroStudio Nov 13, 2018 We would like to share the work from Danny Ivan whom which we have featured before on ABDZ. Danny is based in Porto, Portugal and his work is quite inspiring! Always being related to light, this time we are sharing his experiments and inspired by the light prism. You must remember these? Shown to illustrate the differing wavelengths of light where some of us learned about rainbows and c...
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Art Institute of Chicago Makes 50,000 Famous Artworks Freely Downloadable

Monets, Munchs and Mondrians: The Art Institute of Chicago has photographed over 50,000 artworks in their collection and made all of them freely available online, in high definition. In addition to paintings and drawings, there are shots of architectural interiors and exteriors, floorplans, sculptures, writings, objects, draftings and sketches. At press time the site was a little buggy, with some of the images failing to load; but with some 52,446 works and counting to...
Tags: Design, Fine Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago Makes

Toy Design History: How They Came Up with the Magic 8 Ball

It's a pretty weird toy, if you think about it: An ink-filled, oversized billiards ball that predicts the future when you shake it. But as with a lot of successful product designs--and make no mistake, the Magic 8 Ball is successful, with over one million units still sold each year--it went through several iterations before its current form was realized.In the 1940s a woman named Mary Carter was earning a living as a clairvoyant in Cincinnati. She came up with an object that she'd use with her c...
Tags: Design, Chicago, Toy, Cincinnati, Mattel, Carter, Mary, Albert, Brunswick, Levinson, Bookman, Mary Carter, Max Levinson Levinson, Abe Bookman, Ohio Mechanics Institute, Syco Slate Molasses

James Jean Traveler Print is coming soon - "For...

James Jean Traveler Print is coming soon - "For our holiday release we are offering Traveler, a signed and numbered time-limited edition of giclée prints." So many stunning details on this one! (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
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Nomad introduces a leather AirPods 'Rugged...

Nomad introduces a leather AirPods 'Rugged Case' made of Horween leather and polycarbonate. (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
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Design Thinking 101: Principles, Tools & Examples to Transform Your Creative Process

This article was contributed by Melissa Pallotti of Dropbox. Give Every Step of Your Process – from Brainstorming to Creating the Final Product – a Boost According to movies and television shows, the design process is really pretty simple: you’re walking your dog/ hanging out at an all-night diner/ sitting at your desk, and you’re suddenly struck with a brilliant idea. You sketch it up, present it to someone, and boom – you have successfully designed a product that is ready to be sent out in...
Tags: Design, Creativity, Thinking, Forbes, Guest Articles, Melissa Pallotti, Harvard Business Review Design

Federal judge blocks the Keystone XL Pipeline

In a major setback for President Trump and his administration, a U.S. district judge has issued an order to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline while the State Department studies its impact on the environment. Last year, the Trump administration approved the controversial 1,179-mile pipeline, but Judge Brian Morris’ 54-page order is preventing it from being built — for now. The decision does not permanently stop construction, but it is putting the development on hold until the State ...
Tags: Design, News, Obama, Environment, Oil, Canada, Conservation, Keystone Pipeline, Npr, State Department, Keystone XL pipeline, Pipeline, Trump, Environmental Protection, Morris, NEPA

A Bizarre Dance Craze Has Taken Over South Africa

Limpopo-born musician King Monada’s hit song Malwedhe, which means “illness” in the Bolobedu dialect of the Sepedi language, has inspired a dance unlike anything we’ve seen before. The dance sees fans falling to the ground at the chorus and words: ke na le bolwedhe bao idibala (I have an illness of fainting).
Tags: Art, Dance, South Africa, Limpopo, 11.11.18, King Monada

This is the wireless charger that should have been made years ago

The consumer electronics industry is all about oneupmanship between large companies and ever so often, a small time player will release a product that’s so revolutionary, it deserves to be applauded. The Unravel is that product.The Unravel is a trio of charging pads, packed in a slick foldable design. Designed to be plugged into either a power outlet or a power-bank, the Unravel can be used with your phone, watch, and even wirelessly charging earphones. The triple-pad layout puts convenience a...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Gadgets, Design, Samsung, Smartphone, Cellphones, Three, Qi, Dock, Product Design, Random, Triple, Unravel, Wireless Charger, EveryDayCarry

The ‘Smartians’ actuators turn all your products into smart-products!

The struggle with getting out of bed just to turn the light-switch off is real. We’ve strived hard to make things infinitely easier, but some tactile experiences haven’t changed. Switching a lamp on, turning a volume knob up or down, or opening the curtains… they all require manual work for people who don’t have butlers or smart-homes. Born out of necessity (or sheer laziness and genius combined), the Smartians actuators by Frolic Studio help turn these physical experiences into digital ones. ...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Technology, Smart, Iot, Smart Home, Alexa, Product Design, Random, Google Home, Actuators, FROLIC Studio, Smartians

Yves Bhar designs compact, prefab homes to tackle the housing crisis

Yves Béhar has designed everything from high-tech wearables to voice-activated, transforming furniture — now, the prolific San Francisco-based designer is adding prefabricated homes to the list. Unveiled earlier this month at the Summit Festival in Los Angeles, the YB1 (Yves Béhar LivingHomes) is a line of prefabricated accessory dwelling units created in partnership with LivingHomes, the design studio of California-based prefabricated home producers Plant Prefab. The fully customizable homes a...
Tags: Design, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Yves Behar, Architecture, Gallery, Smart Home, Forest Stewardship Council, Prefab Homes, Prefab, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Prefabricated, Modular Design, Fsc Certified Wood

YouTube Videos Are Getting Longer Because…

Not so long ago, YouTube videos resembled long-form Vines more than anything approaching a 22-minute sitcom. But as more people watch video via mobile, the lines between highly produced television show and a rough YouTube vlog have blurred. These days smartphone users spend a whopping 54 percent of their video-viewing time on videos over 20 minutes long—that’s up from just 29 percent in the beginning of 2016.
Tags: Art, Media, Youtube, Audience, YouTube Videos, 11.12.18

A London office boasts biophilic design for a healthier, happier workplace

A new experimental office on the 12th floor of The Shard in London offers a breath of fresh air … literally. Wrapped in bamboo surfaces and punctuated by living plants, facilities management company Mitie’s headquarters in London was created by local practice DaeWha Kang Design. The biophilic project — dubbed the Living Lab at The Shard — mimics nature from its natural materials palette to the circadian lighting system linked to an astronomical clock. As its name suggests, the Living Lab at Th...
Tags: Health, Design, London, Office, Meditation, Mitie, Bamboo, Nature / Environment, Digital Fabrication, Green Interiors, The Shard, University College of London, Bamboo Floors, Nature Inspired Design, Biophilia, Living Lab

Calling A Book “Difficult” Isn’t (Always) A Bad Thing

The question isn’t how difficult a book is, but why it’s difficult. What is it doing with its difficulty? What is it asking of the reader? Does that difficulty reward the reader’s investment of time? You’re entitled, as James Marriott did in the Times, to conclude that in this case the view from the top of Snowdon wasn’t worth the hike. But complaining about the hike per se is to give up on the idea that there might be any case for art that rewards an investment of energy and attention from its ...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Words, Times, Snowdon, James Marriott

Exploring The Intellectual Dark Web (How Far Will It Go?)

Over the past year, the IDW has arisen as a puzzling political force, made up of thinkers who support “Enlightenment values” and accuse the left of setting dangerously illiberal limits on acceptable thought. The IDW has defined itself mainly by diving into third-rail topics like the genetics of gender and racial difference—territory that seems even more fraught in the era of #MeToo and the Trump resistance.
Tags: Art, Ideas, Trump, IDW, 11.18

The Cure For Trophy Museum Projects

“It’s strange to write the obvious, which is that ‘the art comes first,’ but it often doesn’t. I’m downright puritanical when it comes to visitor amenities such as restaurants, shops, and introductory video theaters. Lots of this can be distracting junk. Sometimes classrooms are good, but the best classroom is the gallery. I’m skeptical of separate entrances for schoolchildren and other groups because they’re always about processing people and consequently second-rate. Everyone should have the s...
Tags: Art, Louvre, Visual, 11.10.18

Jaden Smith Announces He’s Dating ‘Tyler the Creator’ on Stage

Smith starts by saying, "I wanna tell you something.... Tyler doesn't want to say." Uh oh.
Tags: Art, Music, Entertainment, Cute, Life, Relationships, Society, Amazing, Gallery, Social Issues, Jaden Smith, Smith, Tyler, Intriguing

Food Highlights From Summit LA18

From irresistible street carts to cannabis-infused and plant-based dishes, culinary wonders matched the high-level dialogues One of the more impressive aspects of Summit LA 2018 was the culinary vertical—not only for its sheer volume, but also the variety of experiences and unparalleled quality. In the same way the event organizers apply a “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” ethos to its robust event schedule, so too do they apply the philosophy to …
Tags: Food, Cooking, Design, La, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Tradition, Dining, Conferences, Summit, Food + Drink, DTLA, Summit Series, Summit LA

Director, School of Music

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at Northern Illinois University (NIU) announces a search for the position of Director of the School of Music. The School seeks a dynamic leader with a proven record of principled engagement with both traditional and experimental approaches to music instruction, research, and creative activity. The next Director will work with faculty and staff, building on the School’s accomplishments to discover new and sustaining possibilities for music’s role i...
Tags: Art, School, Jobs, America, Chicago, University, United States, Lincoln Center, Recruit, Carnegie Hall, Rockford, Carnegie Foundation, School of Music, Avery Fisher Hall, School of Art, NIU

Alphabet Block Set

Made by Korean design studio Oioiooi, this set consists of 60 wooden (beech and walnut) blocks. Of the set, 26 are letters and another 34 are corresponding numbers, shapes and characters. As a child plays with the letters, they also learn cognitive and motor skills—like problem-solving, building, storytelling and perhaps even spelling.
Tags: Toys, Design, Kids, Learning Tools, Alphabet Set, Edcuational, Oioiooi

Daily Design Inspiration

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio Nov 12, 2018 The unfamous Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. Where you'll find the most interesting designs/artworks/concepts curated by one of us to utterly inspire your day. Besides that, it's an opportunity to feature work from other designers, artists, and creators in general that we haven't had the chance to write or featured. For this Daily we are selecting in graphic design, bra...
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Biomega’s car is the most minimal automobile aesthetic ever!

With a car body that literally looks and feels like a chassis, Biomega’s SIN CUV looks (and is) minimal for a reason. Efficiency.In a bid to maximize the car’s ability to transport humans from A to B, the car strips itself of everything unnecessary, probably redefining what we think of as automobiles in the process. The incredibly minimal and lightweight build of this car improves its range, minimizing battery consumption.The SIN CUV (crossover utility vehicle) seats four passengers, giving th...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Car, Automotive, Electric Car, Minimal, Biomega, SIN CUV

The EU’s New Copyright Rules Would Kill The Internet

Right now, ContentID only filters videos’ soundtracks. Article 13 would expand the filter to consider text, music, video, still photos, software code, game mods, 3D printing files, and anything else that might be copyrighted. ContentID currently allows only a small set of trusted rightsholders to add to its blacklist; Article 13 would let all 2,000,000,000+ internet users add to these blacklists. ContentID reserves the right to cancel a rightsholder’s access to its blacklists for abusing the sys...
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Stan Lee, Superhero Comics Pioneer, 95

Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family representative told The Hollywood Reporter.
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, People, Stan Lee, Lee, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Thor Iron Man, 11.12.18, Superhero Comics Pioneer 95

Exercise Bench

Shoulder Path exercise bench sculpture inspired by balance and coordination. Designed by French – American artist Eve Laroche-Joubert ( Eve Bailey ). Shoulder Path Also check out: Yoga Chai
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Why Feedback Ratings Make Things Worse, Not Better

Today’s understanding of feedback has reversed those terms. Positive ratings are a kind of holy grail on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, and negative reviews can sink a burgeoning small business or mom-and-pop restaurant. That shift has created a misunderstanding about how feedback works. The original structure of the loop’s information regulation has been lost.
Tags: Art, Tripadvisor, Issues, Audience, 11.11.18

Julian Schnabel Interviewed on Van Gogh Film in New York Magazine

Julian Schnabel is interviewed in New York Magazine this week, as he prepares to roll out his new film on Vincent Van Gogh, and offers his takes on the artist’s singular personality. “I don’t think he was crazy at all, and these myths that have been propagated are a disservice,” he says. “[People] think artists have to […]
Tags: Art, News, New York Magazine, Van Gogh, Art News, Minipost, Julian Schnabel, Vincent Van Gogh

Memories from Warhol's Factory

Pegged on the massive new Andy Warhol retrospective opening today at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Times asked the likes of Fran Lebowitz, Mary Woronov, Joe Dallesandro, Viva, and many other of his friends, collaborators, and party guests to reminisce about their experiences of The Factory, in all three of its incarnations. A few bits from the New York Times feature: André Leon Talley, 69, fashion journalist. Receptionist at the Union Square Factory, 1975. The Factory was ...
Tags: Art, Post, News, New York Times, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Andy, Campbell, Joe Dallesandro, Guy Trebay, André Leon Talley, Fran Lebowitz, Warhol Factory, Mary Woronov, Silver Foil, The Factory

Gravity Images Reveal Lost Continents Under Antarctica

For four years, the European Space Agency’s Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite accumulated data on Earth’s gravitational field. Now, scientists are using that information to best understand what lies beneath Antarctica’s ice sheets. Here, they’re learning that East and West Antarctica bear fundamental differences, including lithosphere thickness. Underneath the former, there are actually several similarities to the continent’s closest neighbors. Read more at VICE.
Tags: Maps, Science, Design, Tech, Earth, Satellites, Antarctica, European Space Agency, Gravity, Linkaboutit, Planet Earth, West Antarctica, Ocean Circulation Explorer GOCE

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