Currently Crowdfunding: Fashionable Earplugs, a Tiny Astronomy Camera and More

Brought to you by MAKO Design + Invent, North America's leading design firm for taking your product idea from a sketch on a napkin to store shelves. Download Mako's Invention Guide for free here. Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundu...
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The wireless gadget that can charge your phone through the table

An effective wireless charger is a wireless charger that does its job without being around your phone. Imagine sitting at the table, just placing your phone on the counter and it begins charging. No pads, no branding, no products. Just the promise of invisible charging. That future isn’t far off, especially with the Archon promising to do just that. The Archon works like normal wireless chargers, but rather than having you place it on the table and then put your phone on top of it, the Archon ...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Cellphones, Charger, Product Design, Wireless Charger, Archon

“To Kill A Mockingbird” Sets New Broadway Box Office Record

The new Broadway adaptation from Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin made Broadway history for the week ending December 23, taking in $1,586,946 at the box office, shattering the house record at the Shubert Theatre for the highest weekly gross of any Broadway play (non musical) in the Shubert Organization’s 118-year history. – Playbill
Tags: Art, Aaron Sorkin, Theatre, Broadway, Audience, Shubert Organization, 12.27.18

Nine more states join seismic blasting lawsuit against the Trump administration

  Several conservation groups and South Carolina coastal communities sued the Trump Administration earlier this month for allowing companies to conduct seismic blasting surveys in the Atlantic Ocean as a precursor to offshore drilling for oil and gas. And now, a coalition of nine states has joined the lawsuit and added their clout to the claim. Last week, a coalition of attorneys general from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey an...
Tags: New York, Design, News, Maryland, Environment, Atlantic, Oceana, Donald Trump, South Carolina, Trump, Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic Coast, Brian Frosh, AG, Hoskins, National Marine Fisheries Service

2018: More TV Than Ever (And It Just Keeps Expanding)

Television, already bursting at the seams with peak programming and lots of filler, finally blew apart this year, fragmenting into a dizzying constellation of nearly 500 new original series and destinations we’ve yet to explore
Tags: Art, Media, 12.26.18

A Record Year Worldwide For Movie Box Office

That would mark a healthy 2.7% gain from last year, with most of that hike coming from North America. Year-end projections released Thursday by Comscore predict that domestic grosses will hit $11.9 billion, a 7% increase from 2017. International grosses look to reach $29.8 billion, a 2.7% bump compared to the previous year.
Tags: Art, Media, North America, Comscore, Movie Box Office, 12.27.18

Turkish TV Is Hot. But Can It Export Internationally?

The shows are a phenomenon in the Middle East and Latin America, and have become such a symbol of Turkish soft power that they have been used as counters in political disputes. On March 1, for instance, the Saudi Arabia-based satellite broadcaster MBC abruptly dropped all Turkish drama, cutting off some shows midseason, apparently in response to Turkish support for Qatar.  – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Middle East, Latin America, MBC, 12.27.18

Roxane Gay’s Radical Honesty

It is hard to read the abuse Gay gets for her size. If there is anything useful in the experience it is, she has said, in the way it engenders empathy, for other lives, for difficult lives, for different lives. Reading, she says now, does the same – fiction mostly, but also non-fiction, “because you just think, ‘Oh my gosh, imagine if that were my life, imagine if that were my children, how would I feel?’ – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Roxane Gay, 12.27.18

Create a Memorable Presentation in 3 Easy Steps

If you have ever experienced a memorable presentation, you know what it is like to have a presenter inspire you to a point of action. Whether it is a sales pitch that leads you to the purchase of that new car or a nonprofit presentation that pushes you to make a trip overseas, there are a few unique qualities that every memorable presentation contains. And as presenters we must learn to harness these 3 steps in order to take our presentations to the next level, because, let’s face it, there are ...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Boston Consulting Group, Memorable, Presentation Hacks, Memorable Presentation

The weird, worrying, and wonderful science that happened in 2018

2018 as a whole was equal parts weird, worrying, and wonderful. The same can be said of the science that happened this year. Here’s our recap — in no particular order — of the most outstanding scientific breakthroughs, news, and discoveries from the past 12 months The post The weird, worrying, and wonderful science that happened in 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Design, Trends, Features, Robot, Plant, Hybrid, Emerging Tech

Our Favorite Transportation Posts from 2018

The field of transportation covers a lot of ground, and offers a lot of opportunity for designers. Technology, manufacturing, concepts, classic styling, craftsmanship and stunning visuals are just a few of the aspects up for debate and discussion. The impact of transportation on the environment adds a level of urgency as well, ensuring that the level of innovation in this industry will continue at breakneck pace through the future. Here are a few stories that caught our eye through the year, a c...
Tags: Design, California, Cars, Bikes, Volkswagen, Year In Review, Object Culture, New California, Orbis, NeoMam Studios, Camper Van, Robert Bollinger, Andrea Mocellin, Subaru Forester Aesthetics, Dodge Chevy Nissan, Orbis Electric Wheelsp Ring Drive

Solar screen brings beauty and heat relief to a Vietnam home

When a client approached Vietnamese architecture firm Duc Vien LE for the design of their house in Da Nang, Vietnam, the architects knew early on that the region’s intense summers would prove a major challenge. Rather than rely on energy-intensive air conditioning, the architects mitigated the region’s extreme solar radiation with the addition of a west-facing solar screen that not only brings in cooling breezes, but also adds visual interest to the front of the house. Named the Filtered Wall H...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Bricks, Da Nang, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Contemporary House, Skylight, Passive Solar Principles, Perforated Facade, Atrium, Da Nang Vietnam

2018's Free Resources for Designers

Design tools can be expensive, so the prudent designer takes advantage of every free resource available. Here's a bunch of no-cost tools and archives we found in 2018:Architecture & design images (and other categories) free to download from the Library of Congress. New Font Derived From Eye Charts, Now Free to Download. A Free, Online Ergonomics Calculator. Amazon's amazing part finder: Shoot a fastener with your phone, it identifies it, provides sizing/buying options. Here's how to ...
Tags: Google, Design, Autodesk, Art Institute of Chicago, Design Business, Congress New Font Derived From Eye Charts Now Free

Reader Submitted: Five Machines Explore An Alternative Narrative of Human-Machine Relationships

Five Machines is an exploration of an alternative narrative of the existence of machines in our life. Through building 5 machines with different intents and behaviors, the project attempts to propose a new human-machine relationship. Machine 1 in work Machine 1: protecting privacy Machine 2: articulating opinions Machine 4: longing for serendipity Machine 3: trading energy Machine 5: eager to debate Machine 5 in work View the full project here
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Speaker Turntable

Modern bluetooth speaker with integrated turntable plays vinyl records. “Point Line” –  beautiful speaker and music player designed by Xundi Li. Also check out: Vinyl Sculptures
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Design Job: Dust off Your Portfolio! 3M Is Seeking a Senior Industrial Designer in MN

3M is driving creativity and design as a competitive platform for innovation and brand globally to enhance design-driven solutions for people and the world. We are looking for a Senior Industrial Designer for our Health Care Business Group to enhance the design function at the 3M Design Center, located in View the full design job here
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2018 Most Interesting Architectural Solutions

This year a bunch of fascinating architecture came up on our screens--but not all of it was modern. We'll start this entry off by going back to ancient times, then work our way up to the new stuff.Creative director Przemyslaw Sobiecki and architect Maja Wronska looked at some of the world's most famous ancient ruins, then created animated renderings to show you what they looked like in their original glory: In the 1400s, a very clever non-architect figured out how to erect the world's largest...
Tags: Design, China, Yves Behar, Architecture, Rich, Frank Lloyd Wright, Muji, Betsy DeVos, Przemyslaw Sobiecki, Maja Wronska, Harry Gesner

Design Job: We R Xhibits Is Looking for an Exhibit Designer in South Bend, IN

A Designer at WRX must: -Meet with clients to interpret needs and create concepts to fit their needs -Ideate 2D designs which develop into full-color 3D rendering, to provide the client with a clear model of the future design -Develop concepts and designs to be View the full design job here
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You Don’t Own Your Tattoo Art (The Artist Does). That Can Be A Problem

Any creative illustration “fixed in a tangible medium” is eligible for copyright, and, according to the United States Copyright Office, that includes the ink displayed on someone’s skin. What many people don’t realize, legal experts said, is that the copyright is inherently owned by the tattoo artist, not the person with the tattoos. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, United States Copyright Office, 12.27.18

How Children’s Art Shapes Activism

“The idea that our political values might express themselves in how we think about children shouldn’t be surprising to us. In the wake of World War II, philosopher Theodor Adorno collaborated with a group of psychologists at the University of California at Berkeley to trace how early childhood experiences might make people more susceptible to either developing or revering what they described as ‘the authoritarian personality’.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, University of California at Berkeley, SJ, Theodor Adorno, 12.27.18

YD JOB ALERT: 3M is looking for a Senior Industrial Designer

It’s difficult to imagine life without 3M. The R&D-backed product and service company has practically touched every domain of our life… from the medical field, to the kitchen, and from stationery and office supplies, to industrial goods and chemicals (especially in the transportation field). The company is responsible for small yet significant innovations like Scotch tape, Post-its, and scouring pads, to bigger innovations like 3M’s holistic Car-care program, their production of high-quality vin...
Tags: Design, 3m, Job Board, Product Design, Senior, Maplewood, SolidWorks, Maplewood Minnesota, Industrial Designer, YD Job Alert, Health Care Business Group, Health Care Business Division, Health Care Business Group They, 3M Health Care Design, LOCATION Maplewood MN USA

2018's Best of Cool Tools, Part 1: Powered

Rather than cover the shop and homeowner tools that most of you already know, this time we're going to focus primarily on the unusual specialty tools you've probably never heard of. Getting right up to the edge of obstacles with a lawnmower is slow and often requires multiple passes. So this amazing German lawnmower attachment that cuts around poles and fenceposts looks pretty goshdarned amazing. Another incredible landscaping tool: This Italian machine cuts perfectly spherical shrubs! The...
Tags: Design, Panasonic, Tools & Craft, Rhino Rotary Hammer Attachment

Theatre And Critics Are Not On Opposite Sides

The artist–critic war of attrition is boring. It’s a cliché — and if there’s a common enemy that all artists and all critics should share, then cliché is that enemy. When people give me that look upon discovering that I’m a critic and I’m a director — that look that says they’re suddenly not sure where to put me, that I must be a traitor to one camp, and which one is it? — I generally laugh it off, as if to say, Yeah, crazy world isn’t it? But what I really want to tell them is that at heart, c...
Tags: Art, Theatre, 12.27.18

2018 The year wood construction took some steps forward, steps back

Some dramatic changes this year will have a big impact on the future of wood construction.
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RIP Sister Wendy Beckett, Unlikely Artworld Critic and Television Star

Sister Wendy Beckett, the formerly cloistered Roman Catholic nun who became an international star for her BBC documentary series on art and art criticism, has passed away at the age of 88.“Nothing is more humiliating than being on television,” she said of herself, underscoring her humility and charm even in the face of her widespread recognition. “You make such […]
Tags: Art, News, Bbc, Art News, Minipost, Wendy Beckett, Television Star

Naked Boys Reading (Yes, This Is An Actual Literary Event)

This “cheeky literary salon” (ahem) has been taking place for six years in an east London gay bar: curators pick readings on a particular theme and willing audience members (of varied ages and shapes) read them, on a stage and in the buff. The Economist‘s audience engagement editor shares his experience reading at a science fiction night. — 1843 Magazine
Tags: Art, London, Words, Economist, 12.14.18

12 delicious and crowd-pleasing vegan brunch ideas

Believe it or not, you don’t need eggs or bacon to put together an amazing brunch. If you follow a plant-based diet and are looking for some delicious brunch entrees for a late-morning get-together this weekend, there are plenty of vegan brunch ideas that you can easily make and customize to your tastes. Here are some of our favorite vegan brunch recipes. Pancakes Yes, you can make pancakes from scratch without milk and eggs. Just ask Alex at Delish Knowledge. Her recipe for vegan chia panc...
Tags: Design, Sam, Alex, Gretchen, Dianne, Abby Langer Nutrition, Ina Burkardt Bart Everson Vegan Baking

Warring with Warhol: What I Most (& Least) Appreciated About the Whitney’s Retrospective

Although I gave Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again (to Mar. 31) a mixed review last week, one focus of the Whitney Museum’s widely praised extravaganza particularly interested me. It’s an aspect that general audiences, who usually pay more attention to the art than the writing on the walls, could easily miss. — Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Whitney, Ajblogs, Whitney Museum, 12.27.18

critic’s Pick: With a Centerpiece Like This, Who Needed Cake?

At the Frick, an exhibition devoted to Luigi Valadier, the Roman silversmith to popes, sovereigns and aristocrats.
Tags: Art, News, Sculpture, Antiques, Frick Collection, Manhattan (NYC, Rome (Italy, Valadier, Luigi (1726-85, Luigi Valadier

‘Miriam, Part 2, The Chair’

“A woman trapped in domestic boredom moves toward a nervous breakdown. Institutionalized, she attempts to create a performance for a shortly expected visit from her children, but can find no words to express her feelings. Only her instrument can serve as an expression of her deepest emotions.” — William Osborne & Abbie Conant
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 12.27.18

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