Currently Crowdfunding: Delightful Robots, Handy Portable Chargers and Holographic Driving Assistants!

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...
Tags: Design, Crowdfunding, MAKO Design Invent North America, Holographic Driving Assistants

MoMA's "The Value of Good Design" Exhibition

This week the MoMA opened The Value of Good Design, an exhibition that examines the titular subject by looking backwards to look forwards: Peter Schlumbohm (American, born Germany. 1896–1962). Chemex Coffee Maker. 1941. Pyrex glass, wood, and leather, 9 1/2 × 6 1/8? (24.2 × 15.5 cm). Manufactured by Chemex Corp. (New York, NY, est. 1941). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Lewis & Conger Sony Corporation (Tokyo, Japan, est. 1946). Television (TX8-301). 1959. Plastic, metal, and gla...
Tags: Design, Sweden, Germany, Time, Fiat, Moma, Object Culture, Turin Italy, Dante Giacosa, Peter Schlumbohm, Chemex Coffee, Chemex Corp New York NY, Museum of Modern Art New York Gift of Jo Carole, Ronald S Lauder Sori Yanagi, Tendo Co Ltd Tokyo Japan, Museum of Modern Art New York Gift

The SiteWasp drone basically replaces the Supervisor at a construction site

The power of flight, and the power of observation. These two qualities make drones incredibly good for reconnaissance, especially in places where it’s difficult to put a human, or a permanent closed-circuit camera.Designed for site-recon for buildings under construction, the SiteWasp was built to be your all-in-one monitoring drone. “The objective of the SiteWasp drone is to remotely provide stakeholders with construction updates, thus unifying the planning process and the building process. This...
Tags: Design, Drone, Construction, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Red Dot Awards: Design Concept, Red Dot Concept 2018, Sebastian Gier, Sitewasp

What if Microsoft made a smartphone 15 years before Apple did?

The year is, well 1995, and Windows has just released an operating system that defines the company’s future, and pretty much the future of computing too. I’m talking about the extremely revolutionary (for its time) Windows 95. The graphical user interface based software spread like wildfire, becoming arguably the first professionally and personally used OS for Microsoft. Just for a second imagine if the past were different. If mobile computing devices did exist in 1995, and Microsoft beat Apple ...
Tags: Apple, Design, Microsoft, Windows, Smartphone, Cellphones, Product Design, Henrique Perticarati, WinPhone 95, 95, Henrique Perticarati. Microsoft

AO On-Site – Los Angeles: Art Los Angeles Contemporary at Santa Monica Airport, February 13th – 17th, 2019

Rachel Eulena Williams, Ceysson & Bénètière Opening the week of art fairs in Los Angeles, the VIP preview for Art Los Angeles Contemporary has gotten underway at the Santa Monica Airport this evening.  The tenth edition of the fair continues its place as a site for established and emerging galleries from around the world, with […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Santa Monica Airport, Rachel Eulena Williams Ceysson Bénètière

Sony’s smart-band adds smartwatch functionality to your analog timepiece

When Apple first debuted the Watch, kicking off the wearable/smartwatch trend, people (including the Swiss) thought it would spell doom for the analog timepiece industry, but they couldn’t have been more wrong. What’s worth noting is that the smartwatch could never replace the finely crafted analog timepiece, because their target audiences were completely different. A person who marvels in and pioneers the finely-tuned, hand-crafted intricate analog timepiece would never want to replace that wit...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Wearable, Band, Smartwatch, Watches, Sony, Product Design, Wena

Dean, Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts

Webster University seeks a talented and creative leader in the arts to serve as the dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. Webster University seeks a talented and creative leader in the arts to serve as the dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. Applications and nominations are invited; the University will begin reviewing candidates immediately and hopes to have the new dean in place by the summer of 2019. Webster University’s entrepreneurial spirit drives its mission t...
Tags: Art, Jobs, College, Africa, University, St Louis, Council, Webster, EEO, Europe Asia, The University, Higher Learning Commission HLC, Webster Groves Missouri, Webster University, Department of Dance, Dean Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts

A rare 'Bambi' Airstream trailer becomes a stunning mobile office

When a busy tech entrepreneur contacted San Francisco-based firm Edmonds + Lee Architects to create a mobile office that could keep him on the road, they turned to an American classic, a shimmery Airstream. After searching for a year for just the right trailer, they found a 1960s Airstream Bambi II and converted it into a brilliant 80-square-foot office on wheels, lovingly renamed Kugelschiff (German for “Bullet Ship”). The architects worked closely with the client Jeff as well as his daughter...
Tags: Design, San Francisco, Gallery, Solar Power, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Airstream, Jeff, Alaina, Office Design, Tiny Homes on Wheels, Joe Fletcher, Airstream Design, Airstream conversion, Edmonds Lee Architects, Kugelschiff trailer

2019 Ford Musician Awards

Celebrating Orchestra Musicians’ Inspiring Community Work – The League of American Orchestras is now accepting applications for the 2019 Ford Musician Awards! Nominations of–and applications from–outstanding musicians are now being accepted for the League of American Orchestras 2019 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service! Now in its fourth year, the awards program, made possible through the generosity of Ford Motor Company Fund, celebrates and honors professional orches...
Tags: Art, Ford, Nashville, Opportunities, National Conference, League of American Orchestras, Ford Motor Company Fund, League of American Orchestras 2019 Ford

Lyft vows to help customers find electric vehicles with Green Mode

Lyft is making important strides to decrease carbon emissions in the ride-hailing industry. The company just announced a new initiative called Green Mode, which will make it easier for customers to find electric vehicles (EVs) through the platform. The company, which was the first of its kind to get a carbon-neutral label last year, is planning to introduce a score of electric vehicles in 2019. Putting thousands of EVs on the road will offer a more eco-friendly alternative to customers while pu...
Tags: Lyft, Design, United States, Seattle, Lyft the Green Mode, Green Mode

Why We Dance: Six Seattle Dancers Explain

Staying in love with dance takes grit. Choosing to pursue a lifelong relationship with dance involves the risk of physical injury, financial instability and the ups and downs inherent in a creative passion-driven career. – Crosscut
Tags: Art, Dance, 02.14.19

Vault by Vans + Modernica’s Capsule Collection Represents SoCal Craftsmanship

Three custom fiberglass shell chairs honor footwear classics born again Inside furniture brand Modernica‘s DTLA factory (their home since launch in 1989), co-founder Jay Novak and marketing lead Ingrid Hernandez-Morrison join Vans VP of Footwear Design Mark Haskins to unveil a Vault by Vans collaborative capsule collection. It’s most certainly one of the skate brand’s finest—reissuing their Style 36 LX and OG Slip-On LX silhouettes while lending three archival prints to …
Tags: Design, Style, Los Angeles, Trainers, Chairs, Sneakers, DTLA, Mid Century Modern, Modernica, Vans, Mid-century Design, made in California, Jay Novak, Vault by Vans, Ingrid Hernandez Morrison, Mark Haskins

Review Panel

ArtCritical's Review Panel met again last night. Editor and Publisher David Cohen hosted the evening, joined by Jonathan Santlofer, Nancy Princenthal and Lee Ann Norman. Shows under review include: - R. H. Quaytman: "+ x, Chapter 34" - Brenda Goodman:...
Tags: Art, David Cohen, Review Panel, ArtCritical s Review Panel, Quaytman, Jonathan Santlofer Nancy Princenthal, Lee Ann Norman Shows, Brenda Goodman

The Rule of Three in Presenting

In the world of presentations, information retention is vital to the long-term success and effectiveness of your content. If your audience leaves your presentation and is unable to retain what you have just shared, then the presentation as a whole is a failure. However, if your audience leaves your presentation and can rattle off your main ideas in such a way that they will remember long term, your presentation is deemed a success. While retention is the goal, the scattered reality of our mindse...
Tags: Design, Training, Tsa, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Retention, Presentation Hacks, Rule Of Three, Information Retention

Theaster Gates Joins Ava DuVernay to Chair Diversity and Inclusion Council for Prada

Artist Theaster Gates and filmmaker Ava DuVernay will co-chair a new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council for Prada, Art News reports.  “Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting, and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company. In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry we will help ensure that the fashion world […]
Tags: Art, News, Ava Duvernay, Art News, Minipost, Chair Diversity and Inclusion Council for Prada

We Need A Different Way Of Thinking About Digital Art

The art market is tied to the system of uniqueness. It is still hard to sell digital files on sticks. But uniqueness contradicts with the nature of digital work, as digital files are identical and can be copied endlessly. This cries out for a new attitude towards digital art and its value that does not lie in uniqueness. It is the opposite. It lies in the accessibility of the works for everyone, from every part of the world. – The Observer
Tags: Art, Visual

Leonard Pitts: On Writing About Race In America

“A simple thought experiment illustrates the point. If asked to define black literature, you would likely—and promptly—invoke Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison or some other dark-skinned giant of the written word. But what if you were asked to define “white” literature? The mind quails and resists, does it not?” – LitHub
Tags: Art, America, Issues, SJ, Leonard Pitts

Rectangle Shoes

Cube shoes made of leather inspired by original process of footwear making. Rectangle Shoes designed by Maria Nina Vaclavek from Czech Republic. Also check out: Hand Carved Shoes
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Czech Republic Also, Maria Nina Vaclavek

Observing Cars Crashing Into K-Rails, to Debunk a Theory

During my ambulance days, a State Trooper explained to me that K-rails were designed to keep cars stuck to them in the event of a collision (as opposed to ricocheting the car back into traffic, where they would cause mayhem). Have you ever heard this? I was never able to confirm it--no manufacturer makes such a claim--but if we look at the design of K-rails, the physics of their construction seems to back up the Trooper's assertion. However, I'm not convinced, especially after seeing the cras...
Tags: Design, Cars, Bmw, Jersey

Disintegrating X (Lamborghini Miura SV 1972) by...

Disintegrating X (Lamborghini Miura SV 1972) by Fabian Oefner for M.A.D. Gallery. Stunning photographic art prints of the exploding Lamborghini will be available in 2 sizes of limited edition prints. (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
Tags: Design, Submitted, Fabian Oefner

Weekend Extra: Meet The Mrudangam

There may be a longshot chance that you are unfamiliar with the mrudangam. It is a South Indian percussion instrument that Rajna Swaminathan has introduced into American music since she became a part of the New York City jazz community in 2011. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, New York City, Ajblogs, 02.14.19, Rajna Swaminathan

The last of the big-time donors?

From coast to coast, our national landscape is dotted with fine-arts institutions that exist because of people like the late David Rockefeller. Unfortunately, big-ticket philanthropy is in the middle of a protracted sea change that is already having a direct effect on the arts. – Terry Teachout
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, David Rockefeller, 02.14.19

The Magnolia is an extra-wide 'park model' tiny house (Video)

Coming in at 425 square feet, this extra-wide, modernist tiny house actually feels quite roomy.
Tags: Design, News

ABT To Perform On Cruise Ships

The company will offer guest performances on selected Celebrity Cruises vessels. Said executive director Kara Medoff Barnett in a statement, “American Ballet Theatre’s mission is to bring the best of ballet to the widest possible audience. We are thrilled to redefine ‘widest’ to now include audiences at sea.” – Orlando Sentinel
Tags: Art, Dance, Kara Medoff Barnett, Said, 02.14.19

Tentando ser organizado! #photooftheday #organização #desksetup #deskorganization

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Tags: Art, Instablog, Jailson Rainer

This is how climate change will impact wine

Look at a wine label or chat with a wine connoisseur, and you will find that wine has always been intimately connected to location and climate. Grapes taste different from region to region, and even grapes from the same vineyard taste different from year to year, depending on the weather each season. So it is no surprise that drastically changing weather patterns have a huge and confusing impact on the wine industry. Increasing temperatures and climate volatility not only impact the flavor prof...
Tags: Europe, Design, Australia, California, Oregon, Harvard University, New Zealand, Sonoma County, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Napa Valley Even, Savignon Blanc, Elizabeth Wolkovich, Christine Collier Clair, Qimono Chee Hong Bernard Spragg

The Viral Influencer Market – How Organizing Attention Works

Sociologists Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport have studied the ways that protest tactics and schemes have spread out of political culture and into other spaces, especially entertainment. They coined the phrase “ubiquitous movement practices” to describe how petitions, boycotts, and the like—once tactics used solely for political goals—are now deployed across all kinds of social and cultural concerns from trying to ensure Family Guy remains on the air to trying to get the Postal Service “to is...
Tags: Art, Media, Postal Service, Audience, Katrina Kimport, 02.13.19, Jennifer Earl

Family Guide: 27 Ways to Keep Your Kids Culturally Engaged This Winter

Classical concerts, children’s film series and a festival where technology meets art are among the events that can keep young minds occupied (and having fun) through a school sabbatical and beyond.
Tags: Art, Music, Movies, News, Museums, Theater, Children and Childhood, Culture (Arts

Serial Art Thief Arrested in Alsace

Serial art thief Stéphane Breitwieser the has been arrested again in Alsace. He has been under surveillance since 2016, and was found with €163,000 in cash stored in buckets at his mother’s house. Read more at Art Newspape
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Alsace, Stéphane Breitwieser

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