Reader Submitted: This Clock Aims to Improve Your Sleep Cycle 

We are giving new life to one of the most classic devices in your home: the clock. The lights around the perimeter of the clock work as guide for telling the time. There are infinite light customization options to help you fit the clock with your mood, and it is easily controlled so you can be sure it matches perfectly with your mood and the design of your home. View the full project here
Tags: Design, Reader Projects

Currently Crowdfunding: Kick Back With Waterproof Shoes, a Modular Paddleboard 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...
Tags: Design, Crowdfunding, Otl Aicher, MAKO Design Invent North America

Aukey’s wall-charger will rotate to avoid blocking adjacent sockets

I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist, but I honestly believe people who make plugs, and people who make plugpoints/sockets don’t particularly like each other. Why else would phone and laptop chargers be so massive and blockish and plug sockets clearly be placed so close together that you can’t possibly use two of them simultaneously?Aukey’s solution comes as a saving grace when you’ve got multiple gadgets to charge but only two inconveniently positioned plugpoints. Built with a 180° swiveling d...
Tags: Deals, Design, Technology, USB charger, Product Design, Aukey, Wall Charger, Rotating

Adding Activities to Your Next Presentation

We’ve all sat in a classroom at some point in our lives and experienced the in-class activity. These are typically worksheets or discussion groups and, when used in an academic setting, can either be extremely effective or a serious time waster. However, when used in a presentation, an activity can be a powerful tool that will help you cement your content and engage your audience. While this tool is useful, it is important to wield it correctly, which is why we put together a list of powerful pr...
Tags: Design, Writing, Activities, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design

Jutta Koether Joins Lévy Gorvy

Jutta Koether is will now be represented by Lévy Gorvy.  The news came from Koether’s previous gallery, Bortolami, which sent out an announcement this week.  “We are inspired by Jutta Koether’s unique approach to painting,” Dominique Lévy said in a release. “She is a rare artist who has her roots in a deep European tradition and yet […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Dominique Levy, Bortolami, Koether, Lévy Gorvy, Jutta Koether

Chris Burden Estate Names Yayoi Shionoiri as Executive Director

The estate of Chris Burden has named Yayoi Shionoiri as its first executive director. She will also work as the executive director of the studio of Nancy Rubins, the late artist’s wife. Shionoiri previously worked at Artsy as general counsel and head of Asia strategy.  Read more at Art News  
Tags: Art, Asia, News, Art News, Minipost, Chris Burden, Chris Burden Estate, Yayoi Shionoiri, Nancy Rubins, Shionoiri

Miriam Katzeff Heads to Artists Space for Deputy Director Post

Artists Space has named Miriam Katzeff as its new deputy director as it prepares to open its new location. “I have known Miriam for many years, and it’s a real coup to have her joining Artists Space as we prepare for our imminent next chapter,” says Jay Sanders, Artists Space’s executive director and chief curator. Read more […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Miriam, Miriam Katzeff, Jay Sanders Artists Space

Turner Prize Draws Ire for Sponsorship by Anti-Gay Campaigner

The Turner Prize has announced it shortlist, but the announcement has been overshadowed by the institution’s accepting of sponsorship from the bus operator Stagecoach, the founder of which has previously campaigned against gay marriage.  Victoria Pomery, director of the Turner Contemporary in Margate, where the Prize show will be held, commented on the selection: “we have to take on board a whole range […]
Tags: Art, News, Stagecoach, Margate, Art News, Minipost, Turner Contemporary, Victoria Pomery

How Pittsburgh Opera Innovates to Reach New Audiences – A Multimedia Case Study

The idea of attending the opera intimidates many people. How do you ease their fears, increase their comfort level, and guide their experience? For opera enthusiasts, how do you help them dive deeper into the art they love? Can you do both at the same time? Pittsburgh Opera strives to engage audiences with high-impact experiences. In 2018, they embarked on a ground-breaking project to make opera less daunting for new audiences and share deeper insights with opera lovers. Throughout the 2...
Tags: Art, Opportunities, Pittsburgh Opera, Reach New Audiences

Plogging Anyone? Scrabble Adds 2,800 New Words

A whole host of new Scrabble words relate to current lifestyle trends including plogging (picking up litter while jogging), sharenting (sharing news and images of one’s children on social media), babymoon (early period of new parenthood), dancecore (type of electronic dance music), zen (state of calm attentiveness), fleek (used in the phrase ‘on fleek’, stylish) and bizjet (small aeroplane used by business people). – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Words, 05.02.19

Alex Da Corte Interviewed in Washington Post

Alex Da Corte is profiled in the Washington Post this week, as he prepares new work and gives the paper a tour of his massive studio in Philadelphia. “The studio is bubbling,” he says. “I am currently in the midst of making a large Gesamtkunstwerk, made of many moving threads — video, kinetic sculpture, textile, […]
Tags: Art, News, Washington Post, Philadelphia, Art News, Minipost, Alex Da Corte, Alex Da, Corte Interviewed in Washington Post

Survey: People Say They’re More Productive If They Listen To Music While They Work

“In the survey, 52% of respondents said they’re happier when listening to a favorite song (the other 48% were listening to Ed Sheeran), while 58% said that music helps boost their mood at work. That’s an important detail when you consider that, in a separate study, almost half of Americans admitted to crying in the workplace.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Music, Ed Sheeran, Audience, 05.02.19

Isn’t it time the set-top box did much more?

Quite simply and aptly titled the Smart Set Top Box, Weilin D and Xican Deng’s conceptual tv box does much more than broadcast televised content to a display. Just as the title of the article suggests, the Smart Set Top Box is capable of much more. With in-built stereo speaker, the set top box complements its crisp visuals with ‘banging’ audio to match, and when not connected to the television, the set top box works as a smart speaker too… However, its feature list doesn’t quite end there. House...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Television, Speakers, Webcam, Skype, Facetime, Video Calling, Product Design, Smart Speaker, FaceTime Skype, Smart Set Top Box, Weilin D, Xican Deng, Weilin

A Seattle Theatre Has Plan To Grow Audience: Give Away All The Tickets

“Frankly, I’m sick and tired of seeing empty seats in our theaters,” says Intiman Theatre’s artistic director Phillip Chavira. “I think we do a disservice in the nonprofit arts: We ask you to participate in this amazing art, but ask you for a fee.” – KUOW
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 05.02.19, Phillip Chavira

Smartsheet Makes Another Software Acquisition With Deal for 10,000ft

Smartsheet, a company that sells collaborative project-tracking software for business users, announced Thursday it has acquired 10,000ft, a startup developing digital tools organizations use to organize their schedules and track the time they spend on work projects. Both firms are based in the Seattle area.Smartsheet (NASDAQ: SMAR) did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but says adding 10,000ft’s products and staff will benefit Smartsheet users who work on their companies’ marketing and ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Design, Marketing, Trends, Tech, Software, Pwc, Accenture, Seattle, Slope, Gavin Kelly, National blog main, Seattle blog main, Seattle top stories, Smartsheet

A Few Minutes Alone With “The Last Supper” – Surprisingly Affecting

Phil Kennicott: “I’m lucky to have been given a little extra time at “The Last Supper” and even, for a few minutes, time without other tourists, and the experience is deeply moving. I’m surprised by this because “The Last Supper” is famous for being but a shadow of what Leonardo put on the walls about the same time Columbus sailed for America… Yet there it is, glowing on the wall, far more precise in its communication than anything I expected during a two-week trip looking at art in Italy.” – W...
Tags: Art, America, Columbus, Visual, Leonardo, Phil Kennicott, Italy Washington, 05.02.19

AO On-Site – New York: Frieze New York Art Fair on Randall’s Island, May 2nd – 5th, 2019

Jaume Plensa at Richard Gray, via Art Observed Marking its newest iteration on Randall’s Island, Frieze New York opened its doors on its VIP Preview today, welcoming a string of collectors, gallerists and artists winding their way over bridges or up the East River by Ferry this morning. The fair opened its doors on the […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Randall, Art News, Featured Post, Jaume Plensa, East River, Frieze New York, Richard Gray, Island Frieze New York

Lynk & Co’s CEO Alain Visser on Reimagining Mobility and Ownership

We discuss the carmaker's contemporary, thoughtful approach Alain Visser seems, at first, like more of a fashion CEO than the head of one of the newer and more interesting automobile brands. His relaxed and open-minded attitude, a sneaky grin and Cole Haans tied with brightly colored shoelaces all set him apart from the other major car brand CEOs reading from teleprompters at the 2019 Shanghai …
Tags: Auto, Design, Interviews, China, Uncategorized, Cars, Electric Vehicles, Mobility, Volvo, SUVs, Subscription Services, Geely, Shanghai Auto Show, Lynk, Alain Visser, Lynk and Co

Dawoud Bey’s Collaborations with David Hammons Profiled in NYT

Artist Dawoud Bey’s photos of David Hammons gets a profile in NYT this week, as the artist’s work goes on view at Frieze. “Between David and I there’s always been an agreement: don’t talk about it,” he says. “That’s part of the aura of the work. And because David still probably doesn’t have a telephone, […]
Tags: Art, News, David, Art News, Minipost, David Hammons, Dawoud Bey

We’re Awash In Conspiracy Theories. It’s Hard Not To Get Addicted To Them

America’s mythology seems to encourage alternate theories. Independent thinking. Distrust of the conventional. Following the bread crumbs. It’s just, well, so bad for us… – The Guardian
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, 05.02.19

Cat Treadmill

Miniature treadmill designed for cats and small dogs will help your pet stay in perfect physical shape. Cat Treadmill exercise machine designed by Korean company Pet Ding. Wheel shaped treadmill features LED light that overweight cat will chase.  Also check out: Treadmill Bike
Tags: Design, Tech

I Wanna Be With You Everywhere Festival

Three days of art and performance at the intersection of cross-disability and empowerment As the first day of I Wanna Be With You Everywhere began, an excited nervousness filled the air as the anticipation for this precedent-setting gathering began. The festival—organized by Amalle Dublon, Jerron Herman, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Alice Sheppard and Constantina Zavitsanos in their collective voice—was “to focus on making a space …
Tags: Art, Design, NYC, Culture, Performance art, Disabilities, Art Festivals, Whitney Museum of American Art, Jerron Herman, Performance Space New York, Constantina Zavitsanos

Jean Cooney Named Head of Times Square Arts

Jean Cooney, the current deputy director of Creative Time in New York, has been appointed director of the Times Square Arts.  “I am thrilled to take on the unique opportunity of presenting public art in one of New York City’s most iconic, history-rich, kinetic, and complicated spaces with Times Square Arts,” Cooney said in a statement.  […]
Tags: Art, New York, News, New York City, Art News, Minipost, Cooney, Times Square Arts, Jean Cooney Named Head of Times Square Arts, Jean Cooney

Not as deep as it seems

I had a range of thoughts about Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins’s opera p r i s m, which won the Pulitzer Prize. And it made me long for the days, decades ago, when artistic music-theater pieces had a much bigger audience. – Greg Sandow
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Ellen Reid, Roxie Perkins, 05.02.19

Bred at The Shed: Three Boundary-Busting Inaugural Commissions

CultureGrrl takes in Reich Richter Pärt; Trisha Donnelly’s untitled, unexplained, and almost unlit installation; and Norma Jeane Baker of Troy. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Trisha Donnelly, 05.02.19, Reich Richter Pärt

The Elvis is the cutest retro-inspired Bluetooth speaker I’ve seen

With a retro name and a personality to match, the Xiaomi Elvis Atomic is adorably small, and is styled to look like a miniature memento or trophy, rather than a Bluetooth speaker. Its design pulls inspiration from the turntable, and looks like it belongs somewhere in Fallout 76, according to Mike Chua.The tiny yet powerful speaker comes in a military olive green and has a speaker grille where vinyl would be. Armed with a simple on/off switch, a knob for volume control, and 7 hours of playback, t...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Xiaomi, Bluetooth Speaker, Elvis Presley, Elvis, Atomic, Product Design, Wireless Speaker, Xiaomi Elvis Atomic, Mike Chua

Why Anti-Money-Laundering Legislation Has Art Dealers Worried

No, it’s not because they want to launder money. “While these requirements could have significant benefits in terms of helping to curtail money laundering by bringing greater oversight to an often opaque art market, the law could also burden dealers and auction houses with onerous administrative and reporting duties that will be especially challenging for smaller and mid-size galleries.” – Artsy
Tags: Art, Visual, 04.30.19

Phillips’s Alexander Payne Steps Down from Design Department

Phillips’s worldwide head of design and deputy chairman in Europe, Alexander Payne, has stepped down.  “I am immensely grateful for the loyalty and friendship of my wonderful colleagues, and for their dedication to, and belief in, the Design team,” he says. “I will look back on my time at Phillips with much gratitude, and enormous […]
Tags: Art, Europe, News, Art News, Minipost, Phillips, Alexander Payne, Design Department

This backpack is made from locally sourced cork and recycled materials

The world’s landfills are piling up. While we hear a lot about how the fashion industry contributes to this problem, the topic is less focused on accessories. Yet purses, bags and backpacks also contribute to the fast fashion environment with quickly fading styles and manufacturing pollution. One company is bucking this trend with a backpack made from naturally sustainable cork and recycled materials. The Jajamän cork backpack is a completely vegan option for conscientious consumers looking fo...
Tags: Accessories, Fashion, Design, Backpack, Portugal, Vegan, Cork, Sustainable Design, Accessories And Fashion, Eco Textiles, Pauline van Dongen, Bookbag, Natural Materials, Jajamän

Creative Versus Not Creative? Start With The Culture

“Why does it actively hurt to work in some places?” I have asked myself. “And why doesn’t it hurt to work in others?” I wanted to know what the organizations behind the positive spaces were doing that made me feel valued, respected, and like my presence mattered. How have these places reinvented what professionalism means under the confines of the non-profit industrial complex? – Howlround
Tags: Art, Issues, SJ, 05.01.19

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