MUJI X Sensible 4’s Self-Driving Bus premiered in Finland. We got a chance to sit in it!

It’s only natural that the world’s first fully autonomous self-driving bus would come out of Finland. Finland, believe it or not, is often considered to be the ‘Silicon Country’ that gave the world Nokia and pretty much set the very blueprint for mobile communications. Nokia was founded in Finland, and for over two grand decades before Apple launched the iPhone, Nokia was the standard to beat. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that your first phone was a Nokia (I know mine was). Post-2010 whe...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Transportation, Japan, Design, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Automotive, Finland, Popular, Editorial, Helsinki, Product Design, Muji

Critic’s Pick: See Ancient Trade Route Treasures at the Met

“The World Between Empires,” linking present and past, celebrates the distinctive art from all the cultures of the Middle East.
Tags: Art, News, Iran, Museums, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Archaeology and Anthropology, Arts and Antiquities Looting, Palmyra (Syria, Babylon (Iraq, Baalbek (Lebanon

Books Need Readers To Be Books. But What About The Quality Of The Reader?

To exist as a book, the pages with their letters and spaces need a reader. We may think of books as unchanging material objects, but they only, as it were, happen when read; they have no absolute identity. And the nature of that reading—an experience extended over many hours, then mulled over for many more, for the book does not cease to happen the moment we turn the last page—will depend, to a large degree, on who the reader is. – New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 03.12.19

The World’s First Virtual Reality Theatre Service

The platform, called LIVR, aims to make theatre “more accessible to all” by giving users a “fully immersive 360-degree experience” of live performance from their homes. Subscribers can stream shows using a mobile phone app for LIVR and watch them via a free virtual reality headset that is provided by the service. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 03.12.19

Let’s forget about folding displays for a bit and admire Insta360’s folding camera!

The idea behind the Evo’s design is a simple, but unique one. 3D cameras and 360° cameras have one thing in common… the presence of at least two lenses. Where those lenses face in relation with each other, and the type of lens determines the kind of media you capture. Lenses that sit side by side (with a rough distance of 2.5 inches between them) can capture two different channels corresponding to the left and right eye, creating a sense of depth, and therefore a 3-dimensional video or image. ...
Tags: Deals, Gadgets, Design, Camera, Cameras, 3D, Product Design, 360, Evo, Folding, Insta360, AR / VR

A Stolen (And Damaged) deKooning Will Be Shown Before Heading To The Getty For Repair

The challenge is bringing the 1955 canvas — an example from de Kooning’s celebrated but also contested “Woman” series, known for their grotesque, even savage renderings of the female nude — back to near-original condition. Ulrich Birkmaier, the Getty Museum’s senior paintings conservator, and Tom Learner, the Getty Conservation Institute’s head of science, have teamed up for the project. They expect the process to take at least a year. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, 03.13.19, Ulrich Birkmaier, Tom Learner

Typewriter with Wings

Mechanical 1921 Corona 3 portable typewriter with articulating metal wings. Recycled Typewriter with Wings – sculpture made by Courtney Brown. Also check out: Typewriter Sculptures
Tags: Design, Tech, Wings, Corona, Courtney Brown

Solar-powered home puts an eco-friendly twist on the farmhouse vernacular

When architect Paul O’Reilly of the Australian architectural practice archterra was asked by his mother to design a modern farmhouse, he delivered a handsome dwelling that not only takes inspiration from traditional barn architecture, but also deftly addresses the region’s climatic extremes with its site-specific, energy-efficient build. Aptly named the Farm House, the roughly 2,000-square-foot abode features a gabled roofline, a veranda and timber cladding to mimic traditional barns, while th...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, House, Solar Energy, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Farmhouse, Rainwater Collection, Rammed Earth, Bush, Margaret River, Farm House, Energy Efficient

A Sociologist Explores Explanations For Why Art By Men Gets Higher Prices Than Art By Women

“Who and what defines art and quality, which institutions matter and how they are accessed, who knows whom, whether advantage is accumulated from a prejudiced past, and where conscious and subconscious biases of culture interrupt economic valuation—these are the questions that sociologists ask to explain greatness. It is not a denial of quality, talent, innovation, or genius, but a way to contextualize them.” – Artsy
Tags: Art, Issues, 03.08.19

Capitol Police arrest man projecting 'Discrimination is Wrong' on Rayburn House Office Building

WUSA9's Mike Valerio reports that Capitol Police in Washington, D.C. have arrested a man who was projecting the words 'Discrimination is Wrong' on the exterior wall of the Rayburn House Office building. The man who was arrested is said to have been working with or for multimedia artist Robin Bell of Bell Visuals. • Man was working for artist @bellvisuals • His team is famous for projecting images on Trump Hotel • Police confiscated their equipment last night UPDATE — Artist known for anti-...
Tags: Art, Post, Politics, News, Protest, Washington, Dc, Capitol Police, Trump, Trump hotel, Rayburn House Office Building, US Capitol Police, Rayburn House, Robin Bell, Mike Valerio, Rayburn House Office

Data-Collecting IOT Teapot, Teplo 2.0

Brew a pot of tea based on mood, energy levels and more with this clever appliance Gathering information from the consumer, their environment, and their desired tea selection, the Teplo 2.0 can brew tea perfectly suited for everybody. The IOT teapot may seem very niche, but tea-drinkers will be impressed. And the brand’s founder says the surveying process (which is now automated) is a deeply rooted …
Tags: Tea, Design, Data, Personal Data, Iot, Teapots, Food + Drink, Tea Infuser, Teplo, Teplo 2.0, IOT Teapot Teplo

An Attempt At An NPR For Conservatives?

The nightly two-hour show, which is carried on nearly 200 radio stations nationwide and boasts an estimated audience of 1.3 million, might not identify as ideological or political, at least not overtly. But Lee Habeeb has clearly positioned it as a right-of-center alternative to NPR, whose programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered also emphasize skillful story-telling, but which many conservatives perceive, rightly or not, as inhospitable to anything that isn’t progressive or...
Tags: Art, Media, Npr, 03.13.19, Lee Habeeb

Adobe brick combines with wood in a low-carbon villa in Chiang Mai

Architectural practice Chiangmai Life Architects has completed a striking villa that blends elements of traditional Thai architecture together with environmentally savvy construction practices and modern amenities fit for 21st-century living. Located in the mountains of northern Thailand, the project, dubbed the ‘Earth & Wood Villa,’ was built primarily of locally sourced natural materials from the self-made adobe bricks to the exposed timber elements throughout. In addition to mountain vistas,...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Bamboo, Chiang Mai, Sustainable Materials, Thermal Insulation, Natural Ventilation, Earth Walls, Locally Sourced Materials, Natural Materials, Natural Stone, Chiangmai Life Architects, Thai Architecture, Adobe Architecture

Panda Express introduces vegan options

Good news for suburban vegans and those who find themselves trapped in airports or mini-malls: The Chinese fast food chain Panda Express has added its first vegan entrees. Vegan diners at all 2,000 locations can soon safely chow down on Panda Express’ chow mein and eggplant tofu. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has long been chipping away at Panda Express’ resistance to offering any dishes sans chicken broth or animal-derived seasoning. Supporters of the animal rights group c...
Tags: Design, Carl, Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA, Panda Express, VegNews, Vegan Outreach, Taylor Radig, Taco Bell Panera Bread, Jr Vegan Outreach, Rick Obst

James Gurney’s Living Sketchbook, Volume 3 – Court Report

When I first met author and artist James Gurney some years ago, I had the opportunity to leaf through one of his sketchbooks. Gurney is so accomplished that his sketchbooks often consist of page after page of beautifully realized paintings and sketches, usually in gouache or casein. My immediate thought was that he should publish them in some form, if only because I would personally like the opportunity to look through them at leisure. I didn’t say anything at the time, but some years later, ...
Tags: Art, Painting, Nba, Gallery And Museum Art, Sketching, Watercolor And Gouache, James Gurney, Metro North, Gurney, Dan Gurney, Tools and Techniques, Living Sketchbook Volume

Design Job: Small Planet is Seeking a UI/UX Designer in Brooklyn, NY

The UI/UX Designer role at Small Planet encompasses both Interaction Design and Visual Design in the service of creating inspired mobile applications and other digital products. Our designers contribute to the entire product lifecycle, from problem validation and UX research, to UX/UI design and development, testing, and iteration. View the full design job here
Tags: Design, Jobs, Brooklyn NY, Small Planet

Currently Crowdfunding: A Smart Teapot, a Home Cheesemaker, 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 roundup ...
Tags: Design, Munich, Hanji, Otl Aicher, MAKO Design Invent North America, Kinflyte

The New Tia Clinic is a Complete Reimagining of the Gynecology Office Experience

When history credits a man for introducing modern gynecology (yes, it’s true, his name is James Marion Sims, and he was known to experiment on enslaved women at that) it’s no surprise that OBGYN clinics receive notorious complaints as being a place of angst and uneasiness. Whoever decided that asylum-like patient rooms, harsh white lights, and cheap paper gowns would foster the cornerstones of a place where females get their reproductive health examined was probably not a woman. Let us introdu...
Tags: Design, New York City, Medical, Architecture, Flatiron District, Interior/exhibition Design, Hoffman, Rockwell, Tia, James Marion Sims, OBGYN, Rockwell Group, Alex Proba, Servi, New Tia Clinic, Rockwell GroupWhat

Exploring the Dangers of Industrial Design Instagram Influencers

A few months ago, a video emerged of Kanye West giving one of his signature verbal fire hoses to the students at Detroit College for Creative Studies. As I watched, a smile slowly curled on my face, anticipating the silence he would receive at the end of his rant. That didn't happen. I started to dig around, and I was shocked to see that generally speaking, students and graduates admire Kanye West. Remember, there's a very key difference between working with designers, and being one. Kanye is no...
Tags: Design, Instagram, Kanye West, Essay, Kanye, Instagram YouTube, Detroit College for Creative Studies, Connor Pelletier Sutton

Microtonality, Anyone?

Philipp Gerschlauer, David Fiuczunski: MikroJazz! (Rare Noise Records)This exploratory venture is subtitled, “Neue Expressionistiche Music,” and the music is, indeed, expressionistic. Ears accustomed to conventional tuning may initially find the microtonal approach difficult to absorb. However, after a hearing or two the microtonality begins to move beyond exoticism, and a listener accepts that the Western equal-tempered scale does not have to be accepted as gospel. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.14.19, Philipp Gerschlauer David Fiuczunski

Why Have A Bunch Of Realistic-Looking Statues Turned Up In An Empty West Philly Lot?

“There is no indication at the site what the figures are or where they might go. There is no indication that a museum is in the offing. Just painted bronze figures in suits and beachwear standing on dirt in West Philly. … As unlikely as it may sound, it appears that the 4700 block of Market Street has been targeted by a somewhat reclusive private foundation — the Daniel Veloric Foundation — as the site for a museum sometime in the future.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Visual, West Philly, 03.12.19, Daniel Veloric Foundation

Has Literary Criticism Become Too “Nice.” Too Apolitical?

“Criticism” in The New York Times Book Review tends to look “positive,” by academic standards, not because it always says the book is good but because it offers market advice as to whether you should buy it, whether you will like it, without asking much about the market itself or about what it would mean about you or about the world if you did like it. – Chronicle of Higher Education
Tags: Art, Words, New York Times Book Review, 03.12.19

Is Disappearing Or De-Platforming People Or Work Defensible In Free Speech Terms?

No-platforming is when a person is prevented from contributing to a public debate, either through policy or protest, on the grounds that their beliefs are dangerous or unacceptable. Open-speech advocates highlight what we might call first-order evidence: evidence for and against the arguments that the speakers make. But they overlook higher-order evidence. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.12.19

Critic’s Pick: Miró’s Greatness? It Was There From the Start

The Museum of Modern Art takes a euphoric dive into the Spanish artist’s early years.
Tags: Art, News, Museums, Museum of Modern Art, Joan, Picasso, Miró, Pablo

SpaceX and the New Aesthetics of Space Travel

Though the parameters of a trip into Earth’s orbit haven’t changed much since the dawn of our space travel days, the appearance has—whether it be the suits or the ships. On the next NASA trip, in a SpaceX-built capsule, the astronauts will be treated to sleek, modern interiors, cushy seats, touch-screens and wireless consoles. The look is a significant upgrade from previous designs—many of which …
Tags: Space, Spacex, Design, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Travel, Dragon, Rockets, Linkaboutit, New Aesthetics of Space Travel

Here’s The First Winner Of A New Prize For Offstage Work In The Arts

“After spending years behind the scenes as an artistic and executive director of various arts organizations, Kristy Edmunds will take center stage on March 25 in Chicago to receive the inaugural Berresford Prize from United States Artists. The prize, which will be given annually to a cultural practitioner for their work on behalf of artists, comes with an unrestricted award of $25,000.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Chicago, United States, Kristy Edmunds, 03.14.19

Art Review: Nari Ward Shows the Power of Objects at the New Museum

The artist’s large, site-specific works are slightly diminished in this midcareer museum retrospective, though his found-object aesthetic remains moving in his smaller sculptures.
Tags: Art, News, Sculpture, Ward, New Museum, NARI, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Nari Ward

Art Newspaper Charts Cost of Government Shutdown

The Art Newspaper charts the damage and financial cost of the recent government shutdown faced by federal museums and arts institutions. “I think that’s the biggest loss—the public-facing piece,” says Melissa Chiu, the director of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Read more at Art Newspape
Tags: Art, News, Smithsonian, Art News, Minipost, Hirshhorn Museum, Melissa Chiu, Sculpture Garden Read

Frieze Sculpture Show Comes to Rockefeller Center

The New York Times spotlights the upcoming Frieze New York sculpture show set to open next month at Rockefeller Center in the run-up to Frieze New York.  “The plaza gets half a million people through it every day,” says Loring Randolph, the artistic director of the Americas for Frieze Art Fairs. “There couldn’t be a better place […]
Tags: Art, News, New York Times, Rockefeller Center, Art News, Minipost, Frieze New York, Loring Randolph, Americas for Frieze Art Fairs

Joe Mantello and Stanley Whitney Sit Down in NYT Interview

The NYT sits painter Stanley Whitney down with theater director Joe Mantello to discuss their respective arts and visions this week. “A signature style is a very odd thing now,” Whitney says. “It’s not something people really think is a good idea anymore. They feel it’s a limitation.” Read more at NYT
Tags: Art, News, Whitney, Art News, Minipost, Joe Mantello, Stanley Whitney

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