10 Beauty Brands Using Minimalist Design to Elevate Products

Overcomplicated website layouts and designs can quickly take a turn towards cluttered and confusing customer journeys. In fact, 40% of shoppers will stop engaging if they find the online store unattractive or outdated, according to Adobe. There’s something to be said for an ecommerce site that offers a minimal, sleek design. As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Not only does a minimalist design enable a frictionless path to purchase, but it also provide...
Tags: Facebook, Ecommerce, Design, Instagram, Bliss, Beauty, Harry, Rodin, Blue Acorn, Leonardo da Vinci, Kate Somerville, Peter Thomas Roth, Bliss Bliss, Glossier Glossier, Ouai Ouai, Kate Somerville What

The E-ink Kindle-competitor Android should have made a long time ago

A cross between a Kindle, a Wacom, and an Android Tablet, the E-Pad is something that should’ve been launched years back… by Amazon, Samsung, or perhaps even by Adobe. Designed to be a touchscreen tablet with an e-ink display and a stylus, the E-Pad closes the gap between owning a digital device, and a notepad and pencil, and conceptually, that’s a pretty remarkable thing. Here’s why…Tablets (or even folding phones now) always promised to be one thing. The evolution of laptops and notebooks, d...
Tags: Deals, Android, Gadgets, Design, Kindle, Office, Netflix, Ram, 4G, Tablet, E-ink, Product Design, Wacom, Amazon Samsung, E-Pad, Eewriter

A conceptual race-chariot for gladiators of the future

Worried that closed-cockpits were taking away the enthusiasm of watching a driver control a wild beast of an automobile down a racetrack, Dong Yi designed the Concept Chariot, a vehicle that brought back the joyous fervor the Romans felt as they watched their gladiators on the race-track, behind chariots led by wild stallions, fighting vigorously for survival.While being a gladiator in 2nd Century B.C. essentially meant having a death-wish, Dong decided to take the aspect of performer-to-crowd...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Automotive, Racing, F1, Formula 1, Chariot, Dong, Gladiator, Hockenheim, Moto Gp, Cockpit, Concept Chariot, Dong Yi

Google is celebrating Earth Day with a new addition to its interactive app

In an effort to create an entertaining, easy way to learn about eco-friendly living, Google paired up with the California Academy of Sciences and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to create Your Plan, Your Planet for Earth Day. Using interactive quizzes, tips and visual aids, Your Plan, Your Planet gives users a concise set of messages that will help anyone understand the simple ways they can do their part in helping save the planet’s precious resources. With a trusted name like Google behind Your...
Tags: Google, Design, California Academy of Sciences, Ellen Macarthur, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Fifty Years Of History: The Kennedy Center Ponders How To Connect Its Past

“It takes a substantial walking tour to get a sense of the holdings, which amount to 9,000 cubic feet of files, images and who knows what else, according to Eileen Andrews, vice president for public relations, who has been tasked with shepherding the archives out of darkness.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.21.19, Eileen Andrews

Modular prefab Drop Box is a portable habitat for natural locations

Intended for short-term stays in nature, these prefab units can be transported and 'dropped into' almost any location.
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Origami Sofa

Modern sofa unfolds like paper and becomes completely flat for easy storage. Origami Sofa designed for small and efficient apartments by Yumi Yoshida. Also check out: Carpet Furniture
Tags: Design, Tech, Yumi Yoshida

Arkansas Replaces Confederate Statue In US Capitol Building With… Johnny Cash

Actually, two statues are being replaced. Governor Asa Hutchinson says they are not being removed because of their controversial past, but rather because of a decision by the state “to update the statues with representatives of our more recent history.”  – Washington Post
Tags: Art, US, Arkansas, Issues, Asa Hutchinson, 04.17.19

PBS CEO: Ending Federal Funding Would Kill Rural Public Television Stations

Paula Kerger: Some in urban centers like New York and Washington, DC, might be able to get by with the money they get from other sources, including corporate underwriters and individual donations. But the threat is a more “existential” threat for stations in rural areas that “are not going to make it … unless there is some federal support.” – recode
Tags: Art, New York, Media, Washington Dc, Pbs, Paula Kerger, 04.15.19

Why (And How) Conductors Matter

There are many ways to lead an orchestra, but whatever method you assume — that of a mystical shaman, a sports coach, a traffic cop or some combination of them all — Mark Wigglesworth insists that all conductors need one essential ingredient: confidence. Without that, he writes, “you are like a bird without feathers. As Adlai Stevenson said, ‘It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.’ ” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Adlai Stevenson, Mark Wigglesworth, 04.19.19

The Art Highlights of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2019

Art lovers and exhibition goers have already been looking forward to this since months: the Berlin’s Gallery Weekend! The 15th edition will take place from the 26th to the 28th of April. With 45 galleries and around 1000 international and national guests, the Gallery Weekend Berlin successfully continues to draw in 30.000 visitors every year. It has also developed into a high-selling event on the art market, that many collectors from Russia, the USA or even China come to visit. The event reveals...
Tags: Art, Fashion, Usa, New York, China, Germany, Russia, Berlin, Congo, Exhibition, Zurich, Pauline, Charlottenburg, Renate, Sexauer Gallery, Larry Clark

John Coltrane’s Appeal: He Was An Obsessive Creative.

Coltrane is the archetypal creative obsessive intent on finding unheard approaches to the building blocks of music, from the arc of his melodies to the rhythmic drive of his solos to the harmonic framework for his songs. – Times Literary Supplement
Tags: Art, People, John Coltrane, Coltrane, 04.09.19

Artificial Intelligence And The Music Industrial Complex

AI could easily compose a Vivaldi-like (Italian Baroque) piece that, if used as transitional music in a documentary or under dialogue and sound effects, would more than do the job. Could a lifelong, professional musician tell that piece was written by AI? Maybe. It depends on too many factors to go into here. Could a discerning audience? Highly doubtful. – Shelley Palmer
Tags: Art, Music, Vivaldi, 04.21.19

LACMA Counterpoint: An Art Historian Argues In Favor Of The Museum’s Radical Makeover

Brian T. Allen argues that LACMA’s new Zumthor makeover of its campus is just what the museum needs. “Donna Reed and Celeste Holm were attractive and workable. Lana Turner was fabulous. L.A. will always crave fabulous… I think a big, Met-style museum in Los Angeles is culturally counterintuitive, and I mean the civic culture. In L.A. style, it’s time to do something fresh.” National Review
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, LACMA, Donna Reed, Lana Turner, Celeste Holm, Brian T Allen, Zumthor, 04.20.19

This futuristic, solar-powered travel trailer can be pulled by small cars

There’s no dispute that travel trailers are gaining popularity among those looking to get off the grid and use fewer natural resources, especially while enjoying activities such as camping and road tripping. At 760 pounds and just over 12 feet in length, the Polydrop trailer is an impressive option for your next adventure. Created by architectural designer Kyung-Hyun Lew, this travel trailer has a lightweight frame and sleeps two people comfortably. For the minimalist traveler, it has pretty mu...
Tags: Design, Lew, Polydrop, Kyung Hyun Lew

Raggin’ the Classics

Electronica artist Max Cooper and I launch a new project this spring, a collaboration called Glassforms. We overlay electronic sounds — onto piano music by Glass. There have been Glass remixes before; Glassforms is something else. – Bruce Brubaker
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Max Cooper, 04.22.19, Raggin

Robert Zhao Renhui’s “A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World”

Surprising and oftentimes heartbreaking, a catalog of species permanently altered by human existence Singaporean photographer Robert Zhao Renhui‘s A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World (published by The Institute of Critical Zoologists) documents the species of plants and animals that have been most impacted by human existence. Renhui studies our own species through our relationships with others. Sometimes we’re the protagonist and a …
Tags: Books, Photography, Science, Design, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Earth, Culture, Plants, Zoology, Photobooks, Institute, Steidl, Environmental Awareness, A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World

How Instagram Is Ruining Our Iconic Wild Spaces

“It is now axiomatic that a locale of stunning natural beauty will quickly degrade into a morass of crowding once it is posted on the platform as a pristine image. The herd instinct kicks in, and other users who also want to be photographed in those same lovely landscapes converge with their own cameras and Instagram accounts and followers—ad infinitum, ad nauseam.” – The New Republic
Tags: Art, Instagram, Visual, 04.18.19

How Neuroaesthetics Will Shape the Future of Design

Unexpectedly, one of the few installations at Milan Design Week that resonated past the thick, blurry Instagram lens wasn't created just by designers. Google's A Space for Being (in collaboration with Muuto and the Arts + Minds Lab at Johns Hopkins University) provoked deep thoughts about the future role of technology in intimate spaces like the home by bringing visitors into a world where their only requirement was to 'be'—no cell phones and no talking allowed. Before entering the space, a colo...
Tags: Google, Design, Milan, Instagram, Tech, Samantha, Johns Hopkins, Designer Profiles, Milan Design Week, Johns Hopkins University, Muuto, Ivy Ross, Mind Lab, Suchi Reddy, Thomas Guide, Susan -LSB- Magsamen

New York City passes landmark bill to cut carbon emissions of big buildings by 80%

New York City just passed a landmark bill to cut carbon emissions. City council members overwhelming voted in favor of a historic law, called the The Climate Mobilization Act, which will reduce emissions of buildings larger than 25,000 square feet by 80 percent over the next 30 years. The most significant portion of the bill will require these buildings to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent over the next decade. By 2050, these buildings will have to cut emissions by 80 percent total, greatly...
Tags: New York, Design, New York City, Ipcc, United States, City Council, Trump Tower, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, Costa Constantinides, Constantinides

Blueland - cleaning system of reusable spray...

Blueland - cleaning system of reusable spray bottles and tablets (just add water!) Nice packaging design and concept, but curious how well it really cleans. They are starting with Bathroom, Multi-surface, and Glass cleaners, with plans to further expand. (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
Tags: Design, Submitted

How to: Turn the Invitation Into a Wedding Gift

When this charcoal, silver, and pink wedding invitation arrived in the mail, I admired its elegant look and immediately had the thought that the bride and groom's initials would be pretty as a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
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Commission an artist: 'Home is where the Art Is' (Episodes 6-10)

This is about the artists with a name in the end credits of Home Is Where the Art Is (Episodes 6-10). It follows on from my previous two posts Home Is Where the Art Is - needs a makeover! in which I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
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Whitney Launches Site Dedicated to Past Versions of Biennial

The Whitney Museum in New York has set up a digital platform for the Whitney Biennial as documentation for some of the prior exhibitions dating back nearly 90 years.  Read more at The Whitney  
Tags: Art, New York, News, Art News, Minipost, Whitney Museum

MoMA to Stage Dorothea Lange Show in 2020

MoMA will stage a show on Dorothea Lange in 2020, featuring 100 works culled from the museum’s collection, including pictures that were originally published in Life magazine and others produced for An American Exodus, a book on the Dust Bowl and its impact on the American South. The show is organized by curator Sarah Meister alongside River Bullock, a curatorial […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Moma, Dorothea Lange, Sarah Meister, River Bullock

Hilma Af Klimt Show Becomes Guggenheim’s Most Visited Show in Its History

The Guggenheim’s Hilma Af Klint: Paintings for the Future has officially become the most-visited exhibition in the museum’s 60-year history, the museum has reported. The show has topped the impressive figure of 600,000 visitors.  Read more at Art News  
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Hilma af Klint, Hilma Af Klimt

Blockchain Based Art Registry Raises $7.3 Million in Funding

The blockchain based digital art registry Artory has raised $7.3 million through a Series A funding round, Art News reports. “By exceeding our initial goal with our Series A funding round, we’ve proven that the [Artory] Registry is a viable commercial product that will change the way collectors and buyers—established and new—engage with the marketplace for fine art […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost

Arts Benefactor Jayne Wrightsman Dies at 99

The New York Times profiles the life of Jayne Wrightsman today, a benefactor of the arts and grande dame of New York society whose celebrated collections of decorative and fine arts became a major part of the Met collection, and who passed away this week at 99. “Jayne Wrightsman’s incredible impact on the Metropolitan Museum of Art […]
Tags: Art, New York, News, New York Times, Art News, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Minipost, Jayne Wrightsman

John Cameron Mitchell’s Podcast Musical

With Anthem: Homunculus, director John Cameron Mitchell and co-writer Bryan Weller have crafted a six-hour, 10-episode, 31-song original musical podcast. Mitchell, who reinvented the rock opera with 2001’s groundbreaking stage play-turned-film Hedwig and the Angry Inch, tapped immense talent for the production—including Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard and Laurie Anderson. Read more about Anthem: Homunculus, (which debuts on the podcast platform Luminary today) at the New …
Tags: Music, Design, Musicals, Podcasts, Rock, Culture, John Cameron Mitchell, Marion Cotillard, Mitchell, Glenn, Rock Music, Bryan Weller, Laurie Anderson Read

Hudson Yards’ Shed: A Big Experiment In Mixing Audiences

It cost $500 million. It’s in the most expensive real estate development in America. But what it really is, says director Alex Poots, is a big experiment in trying to mix audiences that don’t typically interact. How? Presenting new work not seen anywhere else, and getting tickets into the hands of people who might not typically think about coming. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, America, Issues, Hudson Yards, Alex Poots, 04.21.19

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