Currently Crowdfunding: Secure Your Bike With a Fingerprint Lock, Zone Out With a Sustainable Kinetic Sculpture, 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 ...
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The Business of Design: 2019's Best Long Reads for Industrial Designers

If you're a "design lover" who likes to look at pictures of pretty objects, this roundup of posts is not for you. These are for the actual working industrial designers attempting to navigate a successful career for themselves.Industrial design is, by definition, tied to mass manufacturing. Since manufacturing is expensive to set up and run, industrial designers are either tied to big businesses with deep pockets, or they figure out a way to set up shop for themselves. We find stories from both s...
Tags: Design, Bloomberg, Jaguar Land Rover, Michael Bloomberg, Adam Weaver, Design Business, Smilow, Jonathan Ward, Meyers Manx, Bruce Meyers, Dan Grossman, Justin Coble, Roadtrip Adventures, Laurens de Rijke, Mel Smilow, Jeffrey McGrew Jillian Northrup

Surprising Things I Learned in 2019, Part 2

Combined with Part 1, these are some of the more interesting things I learned this year. I found out what the top ten product categories with the most fake reviews on Amazon are. (#1: Wireless earbuds.) This fantastic data visualization revealed that America's voters are not divided in the exact way you might think. In the 1930s, Australian car designer Lewis Bandt invented the first car-based pickup after a farmer's wife asked for a car that could carry pigs. As for modern-day pickups, it's ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Design, America, Object Culture, Lewis Bandt, GMC Design Research

Reader Submitted: FoldEat - A lunchbox that unfolds into an eating mat.

FoldEat - a modular lunchbox that unfolds into an eating mat View the full project here
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A holiday-themed edition of aoeThe Illusionists,a a cavalcade of magic and stunts, is running on Broadway for a limited time. Chris Cox, who calls himself a mind-reader who doesn't read minds, share a preview of the show live on TODAY a and amazes Craig Melvin [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Chris Cox, Stage Tube, Craig Melvin

Opera Star Peter Schreier, 84

He performed at the Berlin State Opera in his native East Germany and at Milan’s La Scala, as well as a 25-year run at the famed Salzburg festival. One of his specialties was performing and recording the songs of composers Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. – Washington Post (AP)
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Opera Star Peter Shreier, 84

He performed at the Berlin State Opera in his native East Germany and at Milan’s La Scala, as well as a 25-year run at the famed Salzburg festival. One of his specialties was performing and recording the songs of composers Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. – Washington Post (AP)
Tags: Art, People, Salzburg, Franz Schubert, East Germany, Berlin State Opera, 12.26.19, Peter Shreier, Milan 's La Scala

Peter Wollen, Who Wrote a Film Theory Bible, Is Dead at 81

His “Signs and Meaning in the Cinema,” part of a varied career that also included making his own movies, re-energized film studies.
Tags: Art, Movies, News, Deaths (Obituaries, Writing and Writers, WOLLEN, Peter Wollen, Peter (1938-2019

This handheld Granular Synthesizer builds complex audioscapes… using grains of sound

There are a few ways to look at music. You could look at it as an aggregate of instruments, so each instrument is a unit contributing to the end result, or you could look at it as an aggregate of frequency sources, where each instrument is responsible for contributing a certain frequency to the track. The bass guitar supplies the lower-end, the hi-hat gives the rich treble, and the vocalist’s voice covers a portion of the in-between mids. Yet another way to look at audio, and break it down, is b...
Tags: Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Product Design, Dylan Wiener, Granular Synthesizer

Rainbow House

Abandoned house in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas painted and transformed into beautiful rainbow home. The Rainbow Embassy art installation by Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel. Also check out: Thread Rainbows
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Burning Man Sues US Government Over Sharply Rising Fees

In 2012, Burning Man organizers reimbursed the BLM nearly $1.4 million in expenses, a 60 per cent year-over-year increase, though the event population increased by only 4 per cent that year, according to the lawsuit. The following year, the same bill was $2.9 million, according to the lawsuit. In three years, the cost recovery charges increased by 291 per cent, and the Burning Man event population increased by 39 per cent, Black Rock City attorneys said. CBC (AP)
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Ten Books That Shaped And Changed The 2010s

From “The Big Short” to Naomi Klein to “Normal People,” a list of books that made an impact. – The Guardian
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The Recycling Con

Bailing out the recycling industry may sound like a benign proposal. The funds might even be a wise infusion at such a precarious moment for scrap buyers, processors, and sellers. But the hazy aspirations of the RECOVER Act are just the latest cover in a long-running deceit that for more than half a century has deflected responsibility from the companies who profit from pollution while ensuring our broader waste problem goes unaddressed. – The Baffler
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New Yorker Profiles Kehinde Wiley as Artist Installs Sculpture in Virginia

As Kehinde Wiley‘s Rumors of War heads to a permanent installation in Virginia, the artist speaks to New Yorker on his vision and process.  “I recall trying to re-create some Velázquez paintings in which men were on horseback,” he says. “I actually hired Hollywood horses, so they could deal with the flashes.  It turns out, the artists […]
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Photo Flashback: Bea Arthur Attends Actor's Studio Awards In 1980

For today's photo flashback, we're checking in with Bea Arthur as she attends an Actors Studio awards ceremony in New York City in 1980. [Author: Walter McBride]
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Photo Coverage: Remembering Multi-Platinum Songwriter Allee Willis

Flashback of some of Allee Willis' Broadway memories from her illustrious career with a collection of vintage photos from our archives. [Author: Walter McBride]
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Photo Coverage: Remembering Tony Award-Winner Richard Easton

Take a look back on Richard Easton's life and career with a collection of vintage photos from our archives. [Author: Walter McBride]
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Photo Coverage: Remembering Veteran Actor Danny Aiello

Take a look back on the life and career of Danny Aiello with a collection of photos we've snapped over the years. [Author: Walter McBride]
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Third Party Guarantees Drop 18% on Year

The value of guaranteed works in contemporary evening art auctions dropped 18% to $1.08 billion in 2019, according to a recent report from ArtTactic.  “It look like the guarantors in the West are increasingly getting jittery going into the new year,” the report reads. Read more at Barron’s  
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50 Years At The Church (Literally) Of John Coltrane

For Franzo and Marina King, who had begun taking Coltrane’s music and ideas seriously as a world view, he had not passed away. He had merely ascended. Franzo had always imagined becoming a preacher one day. He had now found his God. The Kings’ jazz club was refashioned into a temple, where members participated in the organizing and uplift common in the Bay Area of the sixties. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, People, Kings, John Coltrane, Bay Area, Coltrane, 12.24.19, Franzo, Marina King

The Year in CultureGrrl, 2019 Edition: Museums Become Easy Targets in Difficult Times

This was the year of our national discontent and contentiousness, as manifested in the artworld by the rallying cry, “Decolonize Museums!” – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Difficult Times, 12.26.19

Why Are So Many Christmas Feel-Good Movies Anti-City?

You don’t have to watch many of these movies to see the bad rap that cities get. Before our protagonist (usually a single woman) gets enchanted by twinkling lights and prop Christmas trees, she must first flee the grey, cold-hearted metropolis that leaves her feeling some combination of lonely, overworked, and grumpy. – CityLab
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She Was *Not* Going To Play Princess Jasmine: Shereen Ahmed, First Arab-American To Play Eliza Doolittle In Major Production

“I don’t want to be Jasmine. She’s one of my favorite princesses, but I don’t want to perpetuate that stereotype: completely powerless, or overly sexualized,” says the Baltimore-born daughter of an Egyptian immigrant father. After understudying Laura Benanti on Broadway (she went on a dozen times), Ahmed is headlining the national tour, currently at the Kennedy Center. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Baltimore, Ahmed, Laura Benanti, Jasmine, SJ, Eliza Doolittle, 12.21.19, Shereen Ahmed

Smithsonian Looks at Its Path Forward

The Smithsonian looks back at its recent efforts to evaluate how museums can better relate to the communities it supports and reflects. “Involvement is what is wanted and involvement can only be created if it is the community’s museum,” says former secretary S. Dillon Ripley. “It must be on the spot, participated in by the people who live there. Otherwise, […]
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Stealing the Spotlight: Counting Down the Best Musical Moments of 2019

How do we love thee, 2019 Let us count the ways Eleven musicals opened on Broadway in 2019, making way for dozens of jaw-dropping performances from seasoned veterans, fresh faces, and everyone in between. [Author: BWW News Desk]
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Dealers Struggle with Insurance for Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Newspaper looks at the upcoming Art Basel Hong Kong fair, and notes how hard it is for dealers to currently find insurance for works shipping to the politically fraught region.  “Insurers are insuring for Hong Kong very sparingly. They are being quite choosy and they are doing so for a lot more money,” says […]
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, News, Art News, Minipost, Basel Hong Kong

Art Newspaper Fields Art World Predictions for 2020

A piece in Art Newspaper asks a number of gallerists their predictions for 2020.  “I think next year we will see that the demise of small and medium-sized galleries will turn out to be greatly exaggerated,” Pace head Marc Glimcher says. “The pendulum will swing.” Read more at Art Newspaper  
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Marc Glimcher

LS Lowry Painting, Never Shown Publicly, to Go on Sale in London After 70 Years

A major LS Lowry painting never shown publicly will go on sale at Christie’s in London.  “What’s unusual about this is that it just doesn’t feature anywhere in the literature at all,” says Nick Orchard, the head of modern British art at the auction house. “It is a lovely painting and a great composition. You’ve got everything you […]
Tags: Art, London, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, LS Lowry, Nick Orchard

What’s Funny Changes. And So Does Comedy

Humor is about connection—shared references, shared emotions, shared perspectives. The best comedians both surprise and unite the audience. They create a moment. But moments keep coming. Over time, attitudes change, and humor has to change with them. When older comedians complain that they can’t perform at colleges anymore because the audiences are too “politically correct,” they are missing the point. – The New Yorker
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