Uncensored Berlin: iHeartBerlin’s New Exhibition Challenging Social Media Censorship

photo: Majdi Laktinah.  Censorship in digital spaces is pushing against a zeitgeist of sexual diversity and sex positivity. It establishes a dangerous moral code, especially among younger users. iHeartBerlin’s latest exhibition #UncensoredBerlin centers those representations of the human body that are affected by digital censorship and offers the participating artists a unique platform to express themselves freely. “Your post has been removed as it doesn’t follow our community guidelines.” – F...
Tags: Art, Photography, Fashion, Instagram, Nudity, Berlin, Porn, Social Media, Nude, Exhibition, Berlin Kreuzberg, Uncensored, Valentin Braun, Spyros Rennt, Majdi Laktinah, Florian Hetz UncensoredBerlin

Joe Gebbia & Samara's Backyard Initiative Will Prototype New Ways to Build Homes—and They're Hiring

After the raging success of Airbnb, co-founder Joe Gebbia is expanding on his initial home sharing and loaning vision with Backyard, a new initiative within the Samara team at Airbnb that will prototype new ways in which homes can be built and shared. Backyard will have a special focus on waste-conscious construction and the ways in which smart home technologies can better shape the future of our time at home.  "We began with a simple question: what does a home that is designed and built for ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Airbnb, Backyard, Samara, Design News, Joe Gebbia, Gebbia, Joe GebbiaAirbnb

In From The Storm Brutalist Architecture...

In From The Storm Brutalist Architecture Christmas Cards featuring The Barbican, Glenkerry House and Welbeck Street Car Park; all with a Dollydagger twist! (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
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Chocolates by Ryan L Foote

Chocolates by Ryan L Foote (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
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4 Engaging Charts and When to Use Them

If you’ve spent time around the Ethos3 blog, you know we believe in visuals over bullets and that we have the science to back it up. We’ve all drooled through a data-heavy presentation where our eyes began to tire and the facts and figures all begin to run together. While these decks are full of great information, odds are the audience is disconnecting from the content, which means they’re not retaining the information. Experts have found that compelling visuals can increase information retentio...
Tags: Design, Visuals, Charts, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design

The Nézet-Séguin Era Begins At The Metropolitan Opera

Mr. Nézet-Séguin, who had originally been set to assume the post in 2020, moved up his start date to take a stronger musical hand at the opera house after the allegations against Mr. Levine came to light. And although it will be a few seasons before he takes on his full workload at the Met and implements some of his plans for commissions and collaborations, he is already making his presence felt.
Tags: Art, Music, Levine, Nezet Seguin, 11.29.18

Robert Morris, 87, Dies; Founding Minimalist Sculptor With Manifold Passions

He pioneered a style of radical simplification and wrote influential essays about it. But he also restlessly went beyond it, taking in performance, earthworks and more.
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Robert Morris, Founding Minimalist Sculptor With Manifold Passions, Dies at 87

He pioneered a style of radical simplification and wrote influential essays about it. But he also restlessly went beyond it, taking in performance, earthworks and more.
Tags: Art, News, Sculpture, Ny, Morris, Robert Morris, Deaths (Obituaries, Robert (1931-, Castelli Gallery (Manhattan

These spice shakers embody the literal beauty of seasons and seasoning!

The Four Seasons shakers are quite literally perfection. Capturing four different types of seasoning, and embodying them in snow-globe-esque containers, Qualy Design’s Four Seasons shakers are just simply clever and adorable at the same time. Not only are they well designed, the absolutely witty wordplay makes the product even more lovable!You’ve got four shakers that embody four different seasons, and hold four different seasonings. Designed for salt, pepper, dried herbs, and chili flakes, th...
Tags: Deals, Kitchen, Design, Pepper, Herbs, Salt, Four Seasons, Popular, Spice, Product Design, Oregano, Tableware, Shaker, Chili Flakes, Qualy Design

Amazon's Christmas trees are hurting the environment

Earlier this year, Amazon announced it would be selling and shipping fresh, full-size Christmas trees this holiday season. But there is an environmental issue with the e-behemoth’s new plan — the shipping process will leave a giant carbon footprint. Back in September, Amazon said that it would be shipping 7-foot-tall live Douglas firs, Fraser Firs and Norfolk Island pines to customers’ front doorsteps, a process that is extremely eco-unfriendly. Char Miller, professor of environmental analysis ...
Tags: Amazon, Design, News, Holidays, Shopping, Trees, Christmas, Associated Press, North Carolina, Christmas Tree, Carbon Footprint, Norfolk Island, Green Holidays, Green Holiday, Fraser, Pomona College

How Blockchain Is Changing Philanthropy

Many nonprofits now accept cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum, including the United Way, Red Cross, and Save the Children. All three receive digital monies through a Bitcoin payment processor called BitPay.
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.28.18, United Way Red Cross

Vivo’s new dual-display dual-cam phone is a selfie-taker’s delight

Probably one of the companies that are daring to be different, Vivo’s going guns-a-blazing into the smartphone war. With all smartphones practically looking the same today, Vivo’s mantra is simple. Push boundaries, grab eyeballs, and make enough sense to let your idea appear to be genius. Their Apex concept was arguably the first to ditch the notch and have a moving camera, and the company was also the first to introduce in-screen fingerprint reading. All this was to push the display to its ab...
Tags: Design, Smartphone, Cellphones, Vivo, Product Design, Dual Display, Dual-camera, Nex 2

UN Adds Reggae To Its List Of Cultural Treasures

Jamaica applied for recognition of its musical tradition at a meeting of the UN in Mauritius this year. “It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world,” said the country’s culture minister Olivia Grange.
Tags: Art, Music, Un, Jamaica, Mauritius, 11.29.18

Minimalist Robert Morris, 87

Mr. Morris was one of a generation of artists who embraced the Minimalist credo, along with Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin and others. But while they continued to work within the genre’s austere limits, Mr. Morris went on to explore an astonishing variety of stylistic approaches, from scatter art, performance and earthworks to paintings and sculptures symbolizing nuclear holocaust.
Tags: Art, People, Morris, Robert Morris, 11.29.18, Donald Judd Carl Andre Dan Flavin

“Shakespeare In Love” 20 Years Later

After its Academy Award wins, “Shakespeare” became Exhibit A when people claimed that a studio can buy an Oscar. Miramax certainly waged a hefty campaign for the movie, but it’s likely the “buy an award” theory was invented by rival studios who lost out that year and assumed it was a matter of spending rather than taste; their claims received widespread coverage on the then-expanding internet. But if the theory were true, why did “Shakespeare” win only seven of its 13 nominations? Why not a clea...
Tags: Art, Media, 11.29.18, Oscar Miramax

Reader Submitted: Marmals

Marmals: Unlimited Creativity. Unlimited Stories.Marmals are a revolutionary new line of modular vinyl figurines that are designed to be a tactile launchpad for creative play and storytelling. View the full project here
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Wooden Folding Stool

Lightweight chair made out of 27 interlocked wooden elements and hinges. “SWISH” wooden stool can be folded flat in just a few seconds. Designed by Carlo Ratti Associati for Cassina. Also check out: Rollable Wooden Table
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A Bike Invention from Norway: Zip-On, Zip-Off Tire Treads

"What happens when a bunch of creative (and somewhat lazy) engineers get together to solve the pain of tire changes?" writes Norway-based bike accessories outfit reTyre. "They add zippers, file for a patent and remove the need for tire changes completely." We'll place this in the category of Design Ideas Cooked Up at a Bar, but it looks like they've got this kooky concept working: "We have rigorously tested and improved the reTyre System all around the world," the company writes. "Over ...
Tags: Europe, Design, Sweden, America, Bikes, Denmark, Norway, Delaware

Someone built an ergonomic guitar pick

As a guitar player myself, I’ve actually begun growing my nails out because I find guitar picks fumbly. They slip out of your hands and invariably fall into the acoustic sound hole, and you spend the next 10 minutes holding your guitar upside down and shaking the instrument till the pick comes falling out. Guitar picks are sort of a nuisance to store too. Some people wedge them between strings, other people store them in wallets, and if you’re the crazy kind, you own this machine that you can ...
Tags: Music, Design, Product Design, PAUL, Leap, Bogstreet, Guitar Pick, Paul Holcomb, Plectrum

The best eco-friendly floor options for your home

Indoor pollutant levels can be up to five times higher than they are outside, according to the EPA, and all you have to do to find the source of many of those pollutants is to look down at your floor. When you install traditional carpet or flooring it can fill the air in your home with hundreds of volatile compounds, including possible carcinogens, and it can take years for those compounds to disappear. To make matters worse, we often treat our carpets with toxic chemicals, and they are notorio...
Tags: Design, Features, Green Building, Epa, Flooring, Bamboo, Green Home Decor, Bamboo Floors, Concrete Flooring, Wool Carpet, Glass Tiles, Green Carpet, Rubber Flooring, Cork Floor, Eco-friendly Flooring, Tire Rubber Floors

How To Look At Art?

Art is regarded as part of a wide aesthetic world, not sealed in a vacuum, so Robert Gober’s “Untitled Leg” spurs associations not just to Duchamp’s 1917 readymade urinal “Fountain,” Meret Oppenheim’s 1936 “Object” and Duane Hanson’s 1970s Madame Tussaud-like sculptures but also to an Alfred Hitchcock movie and Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West.
Tags: Art, Alfred Hitchcock, Visual, Duane Hanson, Duchamp, Madame Tussaud, Meret Oppenheim, Robert Gober, 11.28.18

Critic’s Notebook: Menil’s New Drawing Institute: A Full-Service Home for Fragile Art

There’s more to love, with reservations, in the Houston museum’s Drawing Institute and its extraordinary inaugural show of Jasper Johns works.
Tags: Art, Design, News, Museums, Jasper, Houston, Jasper Johns, Johns, Menil Collection, Drawing Institute, Menil Drawing Institute, Menil

Patagonia to Donate $10 Million to Environmental Groups

This year, Patagonia saved a whopping $10 million because of tax cuts. Rather than funnel the cash back into their company, the already environmentally conscious brand has decided to donate it all, announcing the money will go “to groups committed to protecting air, land and water and finding solutions to the climate crisis.” CEO Rose Marcario wrote in an open letter, “Our home planet is …
Tags: Design, Climate Change, Environment, Charity, Culture, Patagonia, Environmentalism, Philanthrophy, Linkaboutit, Rose Marcario

Toulouse-Lautrec Was One Of The Creators Of Modern Celebrity Culture — And One Of Its First Victims

“His strikingly innovative designs turned artistes such as Aristide Bruant, Jane Avril and Yvette Guilbert into household names, heralding the birth of celebrity culture as we know it and making a star of their creator in the process.” (And how did he become a casualty of that culture? Absinthe.)
Tags: Art, People, Toulouse Lautrec, Yvette Guilbert, 11.26.18, Aristide Bruant Jane Avril

Artist-Designed Rugs in Henzel Studio and Paddle8’s Benefit Auction

Handmade carpets that defy function will go under the hammer next week Work from some of the world’s finest artists can be found—on carpets—in an auction running 3-17 December to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation. Swedish luxury textile house Henzel Studio is partnering with online auction house Paddle8 for the two-week event. The 20 artists who created products were encouraged to think beyond practicality. And many of the pieces …
Tags: Design, Culture, Online Auctions, Paddle8, Art Auctions, Linder, Charity Auction, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Scott Campbell, Henzel Studio

Quilled Ice Crystal Ornament

If you have been part of the online paper community for any length of time, chances are good that you've come across Helen Hiebert, paper maker, artist, author, and so much more. She is known for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
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Applications for an Enormous, Heavy-Lifting Drone That Can Convey Water

I've still not found a good solution for clearing my clogged gutters, and I think someone should invent a gutter-cleaning drone. To my knowledge no one yet has, though a company called Aerones has created massive 10-foot-wide multi-rotor drones to de-ice wind turbines (warning, turn your speakers down): Because the thing is tethered with both electric and water, it has no limitation on flying time or liquid dispensing, and you can keep it running until the job is done.Having solved the prob...
Tags: Design, Tech, Aerones

Studio Cult Co Founder Yulia Veligurskaya Shares Her 5 Favorite Gifts for Dweeby Designers

Yuliya Veligurskaya is a designer based in New York City. She is the creative behind Studio Cult Co, a brand specializing in visually stimulating gifts. Each piece of eye candy is inspired by design, digital culture and excites us with unexpected transformations. Taking subjects from overlooked to intriguing, from digital to physical, this is just a few of the ways she creates curious, delightful and exciting experiences in the form of art, pins, patches and housewares.View the full content here
Tags: Design, New York City, Ultimate Gift Guide, Yulia Veligurskaya, Yuliya Veligurskaya, Studio Cult Co

Kickstarter and EDF Team Up to Push for Greener Product Development

How many companies can you think of that launched 9,500 products over the past year? That's the amount that appeared on Kickstarter over that period of time—and in the "Design & Technology" section alone. The company has essentially mastered a method for allowing entrepreneurial designers to realize their visions; now, in a nod to their sheer scale, Kickstarter is focusing on ensuring that they enable goods that are environmentally sound.To do this they've formed a freely-accessible information ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Kickstarter, EDF, Sustainable Design, Flint Michigan, Center, US Canada, Public Benefit Corporation, Bureo, Perry Chen Kickstarter, Environmental Resource Center, Environmental Defense Fund Genusee, Global Compact, Public Benefit Corporation Kickstarter

El Espace: 8 Books Reshaping Latinx Literature

This week in El Espace: tension at the Mexican border, why Latino Jews are moving to Spain and more.
Tags: Art, News, Spain, Women and Girls, Mexican-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, El Espace

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