New Year, New Behance Profile and Project Page

New Year, New Behance Profile and Project Page ibbyJan 18, 2019 If you haven’t taken notice already, one of our favorite portfolio tools just got more beautiful and more collaborative. Behance, our go-to platform for creative inspiration and discovery, has just updated its profile and project page to allow all of us more flexibility to customize our work for more impact.   Updates include: A larger cover image to better highlight creative work. Custo...
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Currently Crowdfunding: A Massage Bra that Reduces Breast Pumping Time, a Camera Designed to Replace Directors & 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 roundup...
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Cities focus on minor issues while major issues go unresolved

I work for a developer and go around and around with cities on aesthetic standards. The city claims to be progressive, support a high quality of life, and be on the cutting edge of planning yet all their planners do is enforce landscaping minimums greenspace minimums. All their projects require massive parking, huge setbacks, are unfriendly to pedestrians, etc. It's almost like no matter what we do something changes to show that "the planners had a hand in this project". We want to move to... ...
Tags: Space, Design, And Place

Walker Art Center Launches Indigenous Public Arts Commission

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has launched an open call for a new Indigenous public art commission to be installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or on the Walker campus in the fall of 2020. “This project builds on the commitments the Walker has made to the Native community and I am excited to see […]
Tags: Art, News, Minneapolis, Art News, Minipost, Walker, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center

Lawmakers are pushing gadget manufacturers with the Right to Repair movement

The amount of electronics that we are throwing away each year is growing at an exponential rate, and this toxic trash is hazardous to both people and the planet. What are we supposed to do when our smartphones or other gadgets stop working? According to lawmakers in the United States and Europe, there is one option that should be available instead of getting rid of them— fixing them. Lawmakers in at least 18 states— and the European Parliament— believe that manufacturers should make it a priori...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Europe, Design, News, Microsoft, Electronics, Law, California, Virginia, Tech, Legislation, Smartphones, Earth, United States, Carbon Emissions

Ottawa’s National Gallery CEO Steps Down After Ten Years

“I’m especially proud of pumping up the volume on all things indigenous. We’re playing a leadership role in the world here in Canada [recognising indigenous work]. We talked about that since I first got here.” Mayer says it was an “emotional moment” when the museum opened its Canadian and Indigenous Galleries in June 2017, covering 5,000 years of creative output in the region, from First Nations art and objects to contemporary work. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, First Nations, Canada, Ottawa, Visual, Mayer, 01.16.19

UK Toughens Age Restriction Ratings On Movies

“It’s enough that a 12-year-old knows that a rape has taken place. They do not need to see it, no matter how discreetly it’s filmed.” – BBC
Tags: Art, UK, Media, Audience, 01.16.19

6 Steps to a Cohesive Presentation

We recently worked with a client who was preparing for an upcoming company-wide meeting. They had decided that this night would focus on inspiration rather than just information. Their goal was to have roughly 30 different presenters share on different passion areas of their brand as well as tell stories to inspire the audience. However, in order to pull this off effectively, they had one major obstacle to overcome: Cohesiveness. As you add different presentations together to build one larger pr...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Cohesive

Parachute’s First-Ever Mattress

The bedding company creates an option without foam or latex Venice Beach, CA-based Parachute got its start in 2014 with a desire to make bedding better. They did so by manufacturing percale, sateen and linen sheets in Portugal, all Oeko-Tex certified (meaning they test free of harmful substances and chemicals), at a direct-to-consumer price. Since sheets, Parachute has followed a natural trajectory, expanding into the bathroom, …
Tags: Wellness, Design, Portugal, Sheets, Linens, Parachute, Beds, Venice Beach, Mattresses, Oeko Tex

How Did The Catholic Church Go From Being A Major Patron Of The Arts To… Meh

For centuries, the Catholic Church was one of the world’s most important collectors and patrons of art, but in recent decades, the Vatican’s holiday nativity scene has often been one of its most high-profile artistic contributions. This shift didn’t happen overnight—or even in a generation—but across centuries, and it is inseparable from the evolution of modern European nations, the secularization of public life, and the rise of the art market. – Artsy
Tags: Art, Vatican, Catholic Church, Issues, 01.10.19

60% of wild coffee species are now threatened with extinction

When people think of threatened and endangered species, charismatic animals like tigers and giant pandas are usually top of mind. But climate change really hits home when it lands in your morning mug. Coffea arabica, the wild relative of the world’s favorite coffee, has hit the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. According to a study done by scientists at England’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 60 percent of wild coffee species risk extinction. Th...
Tags: England, Design, Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Kew, Aaron Davis, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Eimear Nic Lughadha, Emma Sage

Women Writers: Busting The Preconceptions For Commercial Success

Ann O’Loughlin: “All women writers face an uphill struggle to have their work recognised in the same way as their male counterparts, but for those of us writing bestselling commercial fiction, there is a mountain to trudge up every time.” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Words, SJ, 01.16.19, Ann O Loughlin

What Your Customers Want From Your Company this Year

The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to set goals for your company and make decisions on where to invest your time and money. Satisfied customers come back to your business in the future and tell others what they love about your brand. Figuring out what your customers want builds your business on multiple levels. In a study of consumers, researchers learned customers value a positive experience so much that by the year 2020, customer experience (CX) will become even more important th...
Tags: Tools, Design, Office, Advertising, Blogs, Trends, Cta, Software, Culture, Pokemon, Partners, Coca Cola, Freelance, Coke, Cinemark, Lexie

UK Think Tank Report: Restrict Access To “Low Value” Arts Degrees

Low value? The right-leaning group says that some arts degrees offer poor income prospects for graduates and little economic return for the government that supports such degrees. This thinking, of course, assumes that “value” is purely economic… – The Stage
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, 01.15.19

Inventing A Podcast To Bridge Different Cultures

Make-Believe is a new podcast company in Chicago, and is, as Jeremy McCarter likes to put it, is a podcast that’s “one part live theater, one part TV production, one part social science… Chicago is multiple cities. The discourse becomes more authentic when you can bridge — let’s call it what it is — segregation.”
Tags: Art, Media, Chicago, Jeremy McCarter, Sj1, 01.17.19

Split Sink by Emo Design

Modern sink features integrated storage drawer for your bathroom towel. Split Sink: multi-functional space-saving bathroom sink by Emo Design. Also check out: Fishbowl Sink Concept
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New European Internet Content Law Will Be A Disaster For The Internet

“Taken together, these two rules will subject huge swaths of online expression to interception and arbitrary censorship, and give the largest news companies in Europe the power to decide who can discuss and criticise their reporting, and undermining public-interest, open-access journalism.” – Electronic Frontier Foundation
Tags: Art, Europe, Media, 01.16.19


I forgot the theme and painted this on the 7 x 10 Arches 140# rough block of watercolor paper.  Not a bird.  An interesting plant.  It was not this color, being just mud-brown and dull.  A printout that was running low on certain inks caused it to look blue and silver so I thought I'd use those colors and try for some pen and ink along with the watercolor.   I'll get back to the birds on the 7 x 10 rough after this - but I also have some totally different and interesting paper I want to t...
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Where Does Workwear Eventually Fail? Analyzing My Longest-Lasting Pair of Work Pants

Today I'm finally retiring my longest-lasting pair of work pants, Carhartt's Washed-Duck Double-Front Work Dungaree (style #B136). These have been worn almost every day of fall and winter for the past four years, and they've served me well. Here's what they looked like new, on the catalog model: Here's what they look like now: They don't seem like they're ready to be retired, but I'll get to that in a minute. First I want to go over what the failure points are, and if they could possibly b...
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Design Job: GE Appliances Is Hiring Multiple Paid Industrial Design Interns in Louisville KY

GE Appliance’s Industrial Design Organization is a collaboration of Industrial and Interaction Designers, Consumer Insights Researchers, R&D Engineers, User Experience Research Specialists, and Model Makers. Interns are given the freedom and responsibility to contribute to the design team and experience every phase of the product development cycle View the full design job here
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Here's a Sneak Peak at the Upcoming Alessi Documentary

As it can be visited by appointment only, it's possible a bunch of you don't know that Alessi has its own museum. Museo Alessi has been in operation for 20 years, with the mission "to conserve and showcase all the objects, designs, images and materials of all types that document the company's history and research." Now, even those of us who can't score an appointment will get to look inside. To celebrate Museo Alessi's 20th anniversary, the company has commissioned a film called NEWMUSEUM(S), wh...
Tags: Design, Milan, Australia, US, Korea, Brussels, Object Culture, Alessi, Alessandro Mendini, Museo Alessi, Francesca Appiani, Museimpresa

Hilarious Video of Snooty French Designer Telling Client to Design Their Own Furniture

As a designer, think of all the things you've wanted to say to clueless clients, but couldn't, as you'd like to continue earning a living. Well, here's a bit of wish-fulfillment fantasy where an avant-garde, I've-had-it-with-all-of-you French designer instructs his clients on how to design and build their own goddang chair: If you're wondering what that video is even a commercial for, it's actually for a Swedish law firm called Vinge. If all of their commercials were design-skewering skits,...
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“Exciting Future”? Monitoring the Uncertain Condition of the Embattled National Academy of Design

“Get updates about our exciting new future,” proclaims the homepage of the long-dormant NAD, which closed its doors to the public on June 1, 2016, at the age of 190, with the stated intention of reopening in a “new home.” Two and a half years later, the nature of that “exciting future” has not yet been revealed and a “new home” has not yet materialized. — Lee Rosenbaum
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How Four Guys Who Thought They’d Be Playing Cymbals In Orchestras Turned Into Sō Percussion

A look into the backstory of a quartet that became two rare things: a star classical percussion group and a genuinely hip chamber ensemble. — Ludwig van Toronto
Tags: Art, Music, 01.15.19

UK's Guardian switches to biodegradable wrapping for newspapers

The Guardian — a national newspaper in the U.K. — has ditched its polythene packaging and replaced it with a compostable wrapper in an effort to reduce plastic waste. The newspaper and its inserts are now packaged in a clear, biodegradable material made from potato starch that will completely compost in just six months. The choice to scrap the plastic packaging makes The Guardian the first national newspaper in the U.K. to make such a switch, following publications like the National Trust membe...
Tags: UK, Design, London, News, Innovation, The Guardian, Guardian, Biodegradable, Waste, Newspaper, Greater London, National Trust, Suffolk, Guardian Newspaper, Observer, Plastic Packaging

200-Year-Old Riverfront Gardens At The Taj Mahal Have Been Restored

These historic gardens, originally built for Agra’s nobility, are two of the city’s few riverfront gardens that survive today. The project of bringing them back to their original glory has involved restoring their original plantings, reactivating their water features, and creating a visitor center. – Atlas Obscura
Tags: Art, Visual, Agra, 01.11.19

Solar-powered floating hotel room is designed to pop up anywhere on water

Valencia-based architecture firm Mano De Santo has proposed a plug-and-play hotel room that could be easily transported and installed thanks to its modular, off-grid design. Dubbed the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge, the conceptual floating pavilion is a sustainable tourism initiative that targets low environmental impact. Powered with solar energy, the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge would offer a private and luxurious experience on the water for two. Unveiled last year, the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge is...
Tags: Design, Finland, Valencia, Punta de Mar Marine Lodge, Mano de Santo, Punta de Mar Marina Lodge, Mano De Santo Via ArchDaily Photography, Sergio Belinchon

Antony Gormley Installs Works Atop Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps

Antony Gormley has unveiled a series of new sculptures atop the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “This exhibition is incomplete without the subjective witness of the citizen: Each work in its different way calls on him/her to simultaneously project and recognize internal affinities,” he says. Read more at Philadelphia Inquire
Tags: Art, News, Antony Gormley, Art News, Minipost, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Is Amazon Killing Incomes Of Writers? No, Protests Amazon

Amazon is frequently blamed for not just disrupting the way people buy books, but for making it difficult for writers to make a living. Now the company is fighting back, taking aim at an Author’s Guild report last week that detailed a catastrophic drop in author incomes. – The Guardian
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Guild, 01.16.19

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