The Top Car Designs from 2018. #Automotivation

You’d expect this round-up to be populated with self-driving cars and flying manned drones, but 2018’s list of top car designs still has a good amount of diversity. You’ve got bicycles without chains, Tesla-built helicopters, wheels with changeable treads, tractors from the future, and so much more. Transportation design is so incredibly diverse, and this list is a testament to that!With companies now showcasing a wide variety of self-driving concepts, our prediction for 2019 is to see more car ...
Tags: Uber, Design, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Honda, Popular, Product Design, Random, Ethec Electric Motorcycle, Thrustcycle, Top Designs 2018

2018 Best of Bicycles, Part 1: Innovative Designs and Uses

While everyone seems obsessed with autonomous cars, bicycles are still the most relevant and sustainable transportation form for millions. Here are the best pedal-powered innovations we saw this year.Most bicycles have two wheels, but the Conference Bicycle has three. That's because it supports seven riders at once! If you'd rather haul goods than co-workers, the Supermarché Front Loader Cargo Bike offers a versatile series of configurations. For cargo capacity with an assist, check out th...
Tags: Design, Germany, Bikes, New Jersey, Manhattan, Norway, Carl, Tom Lutz, Arevo, Aeropack

2018 Best of Bag Design

We're living in a digital age, but we still have lots of physical things we need to carry around. The first bag was probably invented by a caveperson, but here in 2018 we're still cranking out new, innovative bag types. Here's the best of what we saw this year in bag design:Adam Savage released his NASA-inspired, made-from-recycled-materials EDC Two bag, a lower-cost version of his toolbox-inspired EDC One. For an actual toolbox-in-a-bag, check out Klein Tools' super-handy Tradesman Pro Tool ...
Tags: Design, Nasa, Bags, Adam Savage, Edc, Klein Tools, Nomatic, IAMRUNBOX, Lina Westin

Design Job: NYSCA Is Seeking a Managing Architect to Build/Renovate Public Schools Throughout All Five Boroughs

Managing Architect A/B The New York City School Construction Authority (NYSCA) builds and renovates public schools throughout all of the boroughs. We believe that schools should be efficiently designed and constructed; they should be safe, attractive and environmentally sound. The SCA’s responsibilities span the life of each View the full design job here
Tags: Design, Jobs, SCA, New York City School Construction Authority NYSCA

2018 Best of Bicycles, Part 2: Safety & Storage

Two things that can contribute to increasing bike ridership: Ease of storage and personal safety. Here are some of the strides (and setbacks?) made in both categories this year. Bike Storage Utrecht's new, space-efficient three-level bicycle parking facility is a great example of how to fit a lot of bicycles into a very limited space. An example of bicycle storage design gone wrong? Quebec City's bike rack design competition yielded the staggering cost of $23,600 per rack. For storing your...
Tags: Design, Bikes, Amsterdam, Brazil, Quebec City, Emily Brooke

Simple tips to reduce single-use plastic

In recent years, it has become more and more clear that single-use plastics are having a devastating impact on the environment — especially on the oceans. And, if we don’t start making some changes now, it won’t be long before there is more plastic in the ocean than fish. The solution to this growing problem is relatively simple — reduce the use of single-use plastics. But, the execution of this simple idea can be a bit more challenging. If you want to make 2019 the year that you quit using sin...
Tags: Design, Matador Network Images

The Ruins Of A Street – Turned Into A Museum

“We came to Greensboro to attend a group exhibition presented by a cohort of artist residents whose blend of style and performance provoked laughter one minute and tears the next. Their work offered insights into a network we knew little about, and through them, we discovered a poetic intersection that is worth revisiting: the nexus of art and travel.”
Tags: Art, Visual, Greensboro, SJ, 12.23.18

NYer Critic Michael Schulman Reflects On This Year’s Best Theatre

“I’ve noticed a common thread. It’s the theme of terra firma not being so firma—of finding cracks in a foundation you thought was rock solid, whether the U.S. Constitution, a time-tested love story, or memory itself. Perhaps I’m projecting: this year (like the year before) was one in which the world felt like an unsafe bet, and America like a bait and switch. Or maybe playwrights and directors are responding to our disorienting era by echoing the uncertainty onstage—and by pulling the rug from ...
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Michael Schulman, 12.23.18

New York – Bruce Nauman: “Disappearing Acts” at MoMA Through February 2019

Bruce Nauman, Disappearing Acts (Installation View), via Art Observed The long-awaited career retrospective of artist Bruce Nauman is now open in New York City, filling both MoMA PS1 and the sixth floor of MoMA’s main exhibition building in Midtown with the artist’s challenging, often outrageous body of work in sculpture, video, light works, and other […]
Tags: Art, New York, New York City, Show, Midtown, Art News, Featured Post, Moma, Bruce Nauman

Reader Submitted: A Bench Inspired By Architectural Handrail Connections

Asembler is a multi-functional outdoor and indoor seat. Inspired by architectural handrail connection, its frame is assembled with milled stainless steel connectors specially designed as an alternative to welding. Using vinyl straps in tension around the metal framework, Asembler presents forms that suggest both social seating and a side table. View the full project here
Tags: Design, Reader Projects, Asembler

Does Non-profit CEO Pay Matter?

You may be surprised to learn that those big, prominent nonprofits soliciting your holiday donations, and maybe a place in your will, are very profitable for the administrators (and in some cases, the artists) in charge. How did that happen? Mostly because executive salaries are set by boards of directors, and these boards, especially at prestigious institutions, are comprised of the richest people those same administrators can round up, folks to whom a half-million dollars sounds like, if not ...
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, 12.21.18

‘Here It Is’: Two Artists on Their Mind-Stretching Art Book

The Conceptualist pioneer Lawrence Weiner and the London designer Jonathan Ellery met by chance in a Berlin bar. They wound up with a new book. But it was not a soft landing.
Tags: Art, Design, London, News, Berlin, Lawrence, Jonathan, Weiner, Lawrence Weiner, Ellery, Here It Is, Here It Aint (Book, Browns Editions, Jonathan Ellery

Banksy Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree inspired by Banksy’s shredded “Girl with Balloon” painting. “Banksy Christmas Tree” at the Parkersburg Art Center in West Virginia. Also check out: 15 Unusual Christmas Trees
Tags: Design, Inspiration, West Virginia, Banksy, Parkersburg Art Center

Rock ‘n Roll Has Stalled. Can It Recover?

This year, rock and roll seems bored with itself. The most successful acts of the past few years have been bands bristling at the boundaries of the guitar, bass, and drums setup. The genre’s best-selling album of 2018 was Las Vegas electro-rockers Imagine Dragons’ summer 2017 full-length Evolve, a work that prefers humming synths and suspenseful atmospherics to the growl of a six-string. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, Las Vegas, 12.23.18

YD JOB ALERT: Bang & Olufsen is looking for a CMF Designer

Bang & Olufsen was founded by Peter Bang and Sven Olufsen in 1925, starting with manufacturing radios and growing to become one of the world’s best producers of high-end audio equipment with a design style that’s sculptural, and that puts form on a pedestal, without sacrificing function. B&O has a distinctive design appeal that Wired described as “quality media delivery via striking objects”. The company is looking for a seasoned CMF designer to join their team in Copenhagen, Denmark. THE OPPORT...
Tags: Design, Audio, Speakers, China, Singapore, Designer, Job Board, Product Design, Grasshopper, Portable Audio, Copenhagen Denmark, Olufsen, Bang Olufsen, Peter Bang, CMF, Bang And Olufsen

The Universal Language Of Gestures

Sometimes the meaning of a gesture is obvious, but mostly we have to know the culture before we can interpret it. Many are so unconscious that there’s a pleasure of recognition when we encounter them in Francois Caradec’s list — as when, in a pub, we draw a circle with our index finger above some glasses: ‘another round, please’. We forget we might have to explain it to someone from a different culture. – The Spectator
Tags: Art, People, Francois Caradec

Doctors Perform Brain Surgery While Patient Plays The Guitar

The technique, known as “awake craniotomy,” allows doctors to operate on delicate areas of the brain — like the right frontal lobe, the site of Mr. Manzini’s tumor — without causing damage. Presumably, had he hit a wrong note, it would have been an immediate signal for the surgeons to probe elsewhere. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Manzini, 12.21.18

Samson Ogbole is a Nigerian farmer who wants to bring aeroponics to the world

Samson Ogbole is a Nigerian farmer who is trying to solve the problem of land shortages in his native country. Nigeria’s population has now reached 190 million, but there isn’t enough land in the country to grow the food needed for the ever-growing population. So, Ogbole has found a solution — aeroponics. This unconventional method is the process of growing plants in the air without using soil. Ogbole first got involved with soilless farming in 2014, and just two years later founded PS Nutraceu...
Tags: Design, News, Nigeria, Crops, United States, Farming, Innovation, International Trade Administration, Vegetation, Samson Ogbole, Aeroponic Growing, Aeroponic Farming, Ogbole, PS Nutraceuticals

Why Are There So Many Books Now With F*ck In The Title?

Despite the occasional marketing hurdle, clearly these books are selling just fine. That’s the surprising thing about all of these supposedly irreverent titles. The premise of their humor is that they’re shocking, but they’re now so prevalent that it’s hard to imagine being shocked by them. They are “the product of a culture in which transgressing social norms has become an agreed-on social norm.”  – Slate
Tags: Art, Words, 12.20.18

Another reason not to use drywall: It comes pre-loaded with fungus

Just add a little moisture and it is ready to grow.
Tags: Design, News

The Biggest Streamers In Europe Brace For Content Quota Regulations

Here it comes, specifically for Netflix and Amazon, but others will be affected too: “The crucial clause in the E.U.’s audiovisual media services directive states that member states ‘shall ensure that media service providers of on-demand audiovisual media services under their jurisdiction secure at least a 30% share of European works in their catalogues and ensure prominence of those works.'” – Variety
Tags: Amazon, Art, Europe, Media, Netflix, 12.24.18

Report: Is Social Media A Threat To Democracy?

Manipulation of our media environment by foreign as well as domestic actors is now the new normal. “If anything has changed since 2016,” writes one experienced reporter, “it’s that social media is no longer seen as just a useful tool for influencing elections. It’s the terrain on which our entire political culture rests, whose peaks and valleys shape our everyday discourse, and whose possibilities for exploitation are nearly endless.  – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.23.18

The ‘Girl Power’ Movies Of 2018 Aren’t Really About Women, Or Their Power

At least, most of them aren’t. Here’s an in-depth look at everything from Ruth Bader Ginsberg action figures to Ocean’s 8 to Halloween to Suspiria, with a final stop at Widows and Destroyer. – BuzzFeed
Tags: Art, Media, Ocean, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, 12.20.18

What Does It Mean To Be ‘Cosmopolitan’?

Bruce Robbins says that “cosmopolitanism” has implications far beyond what movies, art, food, and other culture we might enjoy from all over the world. “If you are willing to benefit from a system that systematically deprives people far away of a great deal of the product of their labor and ships that surplus over to you and makes your life more comfortable, and you’re not ready to say anything about that, that’s as bad a problem as going along with war.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.23.18, Bruce Robbins

Stunning micro home features reclaimed materials and large garage door for entertaining

One of the best advantages to building a tiny home is the ability to custom design the space. When Chattanooga-based tiny home builders Wind River Tiny Homes were approached by a couple with a strong love of outdoor hobbies, they knew that design had to reflect their active lifestyle. The result is a 650-square-foot house that includes several unique features such as a large garage door that opens up to an outdoor deck, a vertical green wall and a battery charger for their training bikes. The...
Tags: Design, Chattanooga

2018: The year in healthy homes

Or why you shouldn't barbecue indoors.
Tags: Design, News

Why Are Moviemakers Obsessed With 1962?

Some see it as the year before the end of the innocence in the U.S. – the year before JFK was assassinated. For others, that “innocence” was built on an entire system that kept Black people down, that wielded sexism openly, and that was focused on the Cold War. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Jfk, 12.23.18

The Christmas Classic You’ll Never Hear At The Mall

It’s “Green Christmas,” by Stan Freberg. “When it was released by Capitol Records 60 years ago, the song caused a huge backlash from major advertisers, many of whom threatened to pull radio ads in protest. A young DJ at the time—one George Carlin—was almost fired for playing it on the air.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Music, George Carlin, Capitol Records, Stan Freberg, 12.23.18

A Good Bookshop Is About So Much More Than The Price Of Books

Duh, right? That’s what independent booksellers have been saying for years. As a collective, we may finally be getting it. “The best booksellers are not, strangely, just there to sell books: their knowledge allows them to arrange the books you see on shelves in a concerted way, not just to pack the shelves on the offchance they’ll make a profit.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 12.19.18

Photographing The Segregated South

A photographer in Durham, NC, in the early 1900s used a camera that allowed multiple, distinct pictures on one plate-glass negative. And the results are surprising. “Mangum’s glass plate negatives tell a nuanced account of this history, one that affords more agency to people of color than the average textbook. One example of this disruption is the photographic evidence that Mangum did not discriminate in the way he had his sitters pose for the camera. These poses can be seen across all clients,...
Tags: Art, Visual, Durham NC, Mangum, 12.23.18

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