So Here's What the Surface of the Sun Looks Like

It's childish, but one of my favorite Ali G. moments was when he asked Buzz Aldrin "What was it like to be the second man to walk on the sun?" Well, now we actually know what the sun's surface looks like. The National Science Foundation pointed their ginormous Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, the largest solar telescope in the world, directly at the sun to capture images of an area 36.5 kilometers across: Sure, the bubbling plasma surface looks like little more than a screensaver, but accordin...
Tags: Design, Ali, Object Culture, National Science Foundation, Science News, Daniel K Inouye, Ali G moments

Review: Episode 2 of Portrait Artist of the Year 2020

The very odd thing about Episode 2 of Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 is that I need to be completely upfront and declare an interest.... Three of my former clients are in it! I went to this heat... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
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Currently Crowdfunding: A Less-Icky Toilet Brush, a Vintage-Inspired Instant Camera, 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 of...
Tags: Design, Crowdfunding, Bilby, MAKO Design Invent North America, Katbox

Who Knew? Motorcycle Hearses are a Thing

Until I saw the photo below, it never occurred to me that hardcore bikers want to ride until the very end: Image credit: PrezzyPutin Image credit: PrezzyPutin Yes, motorcycle-based coffins (hearse-cycles?) are a thing. In fact, a longtime rider named Garland Crabb has been running a motorcycle hearse service out of Colorado since 2006. "After going to several friends' funerals," Crabb writes, "I came up with this idea to send a fallen loved one out the way they lived: With a motorcycle! And Bla...
Tags: Design, Colorado, Object Culture, Crabb, PrezzyPutin Image, Garland Crabb, Black Diamond Motorcycle Hearse Image, BDMHS, Delmarva Motorcycle Hearse Company Image, Delmarva Motorcycle Hearse Company

Design Job: Create the Smart Home of Tomorrow as a Senior Industrial Designer at arlo in Irvine, CA

If you are a passionate design visionary who wants to unleash your creative skills and you yearn to make an impact from a senior position within a fast-paced company on a skyrocketing trajectory, we want to hear from you! We are searching for an exceptionally talented, motivated and experienced Senior Industrial Designer who will manage industrial design efforts and work closely across disciplines to drive the ideation, design, specification and implementation of all Arlo products. Our top cand...
Tags: Design, Jobs, SVP, Irvine CA

Friday, January 31st is Your Last Day to Save Big in the 2020 Core77 Design Awards

Deadline hits Friday night at 9 PM ESTView the full content here
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Different Design Approaches to On-Demand Kitchen Counter Space

Like many of you, our kitchen is too small and we don't have enough counter space. The main weekly PITA is when the wife and I return with groceries. To avoid using plastic bags, we shop using a duffle bag and a backpack that we pack to the gills. If we place them on the counter, there's no room to unload the stuff--our countertop is that small. So I pull two stools over to the counter, set the bags on that, and unload. It's inconvenient, as the stools have to be stored and retrieved from a diff...
Tags: Design, Organization

14 Museums in Paris Make 100,00 Images Available for Free Download

A clever piece of social commentary, from sometime prior to 1937:That's Brouette (wheelbarrow) no. 1, by the Paris-based Spanish surrealist artist Oscar Dominguez (1906-1957). I found it on the website of the Paris Musées, a group of 14 museums in Paris that have now made roughly 100,000 images from across their collections available for free download. As with all online collections like this, random browsing is time-consuming, but if you know exactly what you're searching for, it's a potential...
Tags: Design, Paris, Fine Art, Brouette, Oscar Dominguez, Joseph Antoine, Atget Eugène Corner of Place Saint André des Arts, Rue Hautefeuille, Paris Atget Eugène Place Saint André des Arts 6th

Photo Flash: GROWN-ISH Star Yara Shahidi Visits THE LION KING

aoegrown-ishastarYara ShahidivisitedThe Lion Kingon Saturday and stopped backstage to have some fun with Nala Adrienne Walkerand Simba Bradley Gibson. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, BWW News Desk, Nala Adrienne Walkerand Simba Bradley Gibson

Original Cast Member Kate Rockwell To Depart MEAN GIRLS in March

Mean Girls on Broadway star, Kate Rockwell, who originated the role of Karen in the musical adaptation, has announced that she will play her final performance in the role March 8. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Karen, Broadway, BWW News Desk, Kate Rockwell

Can You Trust Political Promises About Supporting Culture?

The cultural sections of election manifestos always make for interesting reading. Wonderful-sounding aspirations rarely have detail. Proposals are mostly aspirational rather than costed. This, presumably, means that whatever the intended real-world outcomes are, they have not been factored in to any budgetary strategy. And the numbers that are given don’t always match up.  – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.29.20

Billy Porter Talks Life, Work and the Lunch That Changed His Life on TAMRON HALL

On the Thursday, January 30th edition of aoeTamron Hall,a Tamron spoke with Emmy, Grammy and Tony award-winner Billy Porter about the rapper Lil Nas X's response to a tweet shaming him for his outfit at the Grammys. On how he feels about being a role model for artists like Lil Nas X and everyone in the LGBTQI community, Billy responded, aoeI never had an example of who I was in the mainstream reflected back at me ever. It's been intentional for me. The moment I decided to love myself enougha You...
Tags: Theatre, Maya Angelou, Tamron, Billy, Tony, Billy Porter, TV News Desk, Lil Nas

Photo Flash: First Look at NEXT TO NORMAL Starring Rachel Bay Jones, Brandon Victor Dixon and More at the Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the Broadway Center Stage production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Next to Normal. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Kennedy Center, John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, BWW News Desk, Rachel Bay Jones Brandon Victor Dixon

Ralph Fiennes In Talks to Join MATILDA Movie Musical as 'Miss Trunchbull'; Emma Stone Eyed for 'Miss Honey'

Ralph Fiennes and Emma Stone could be headed to the big screen in MATILDA THE MUSICAL [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Emma Stone, Ralph Fiennes, Trunchbull, BWW News Desk

CH Japan: Handmade Paper Accessories with Awagami Factory + POSTALCO

Our path from paper-making to a limited edition "wallet" One of the last artisan paper-making studios in Japan, Awagami Factory specializes in hand-making various types of natural washi paper. Run by the Fujimori family, Awagami dedicates time to developing contemporary uses for washi, as well—its large scale inkjet photography paper is a good example. During our CH Japan travel experience we visited the 8th generation …
Tags: Accessories, Japan, Design, Artisans, Wallets, Limited Edition, Handmade, Craftsmanship, Tokushima, Fujimori, Washi, Postalco, Washi Paper, CH Japan, Awagami Factory, Farmers Felt

An iPhone 11 Pro in a Cybertruck’s skin

Call it a match made in heaven, or call it an unholy union. The guys at Caviar, famous for their custom-made iPhones, have launched the Cyberphone, an iPhone 11 Pro’s soul in the body of a Cybertruck.Quite inspired by Jonas Daehnert’s Cyberphone, this pimped-out iPhone 11 Pro comes with a PVD-coated titanium body featuring a polygonal edgy design reminiscent of the ‘polarizing vehicle’. The body extends all the way to the front, entirely covering the screen like a clamshell phone (so there’s n...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Design, Tesla, Cellphones, Caviar, Popular, Product Design, Random, Jonas Daehnert, Cybertruck

This tech subscription box can rewire your brain for the better

Creation Crate is a tech subscription box that sends monthly projects, with all the components, right to your door. Each project in the curriculum teaches new lessons in electronics and C++ programming. The projects get more challenging as you learn. Working with your hands changes your brain's neurochemistry to reduce stress and increase learning. It's also a great way to prepare kids for a STEM future. With the subscription box market on the rise, just about anything you could po...
Tags: Science, Design, Technology, Learning, Cbs News, Neuroscience, Computers, Code, Brain, Engineering, Innovation, Electricity, University Of Chicago, Mind, Crawford, Lambert

Why “American Dirt” Doesn’t Work As Moral Marker

“American Dirt”won’t have much political impact, because Americans who have the capacity to be outraged about children in cages on the border already are; it’s arriving too late and isn’t compelling enough to change many minds. In the best-case scenario, it will be like “This Is Us” — popular, gratifying to some, not capable of moving any needles. As a novel, it’s a profoundly missed opportunity, a displacement of attention and resources that should have gone to more worthwhile books an...
Tags: Art, Words, 01.30.20

Marble Pillows

Realistic looking sculptures of life-sized pillows carved out of white marble can be displayed or used as dangerous weapons in a pillow fight. “Marble Pillows” by talented Norwegian sculptor Hakon Anton Fageras. Also check out: Stone Architecture
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Håkon Anton Fagerås

Book Reviews, Self-Help, And A Consumerist Approach To Reading

A consumerist vision of reading . . . presented as a form of anti-elitism” is emanating from the centers of publishing and media power, and that it is embodied by some of these trends. But I also found myself wondering: What fiction about music did they recommend?  – The Baffler
Tags: Art, Words, 01.29.20

Sundance’s Focus On Issue Films Suggests A New Wave Of Cause-Driven Stories

At a festival that thrives on the spirit of niche filmmaking, the prevalence of stories and programming about ripped-from-the-headlines causes made for an energizing change of pace. Given the annual event’s reputation as a dependable bellwether for the year in independent cinema, such films could signify a potential wave of policy-driven, urgent stories to come. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, 01.30.20, Focus On Issue Films Suggests

This Is “Science”? Researchers Claim Rachmaninov Was The Most Original Composer In 200 Years

The scientists set out to quantify the creativity of 19 of the most prominent composers of recent centuries, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. An analysis of their chord sequences found that none matched the originality of Rachmaninov. – The Times
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Ludwig, 01.30.20, Johann Sebastian Bach Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

MRS. DOUBTFIRE Will Hold Open Call for Lydia Hillard Understudy

MRS. DOUBTFIRE is on her way to Broadway, but first the new musical is on the hunt for an additional cast member. Telsey Company has just announced that an open casting call will be held in NYC this Monday, February 3, for ensembleLydia Hillard understudy. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: NYC, Theatre, Broadway, BWW News Desk, Mrs Doubtfire, Telsey Company, Hillard, Lydia Hillard Understudy

Tony Awards Administration Committee Makes Eligibility Rulings for TINA, JAGGED LITTLE PILL & More!

Tony Awards Administration Committee met today for the second time this season and confirmed the eligibility status of eleven Broadway productions for the 2020 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards. The Tony Awards Administration Committee will meet a total of four times throughout the 2019-2020 season to decide the eligibility for the 74th Annual Tony Awards. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Tony Awards Administration Committee, BWW News Desk

Incredible Theatre Opportunities on and off Stage in this Week's BroadwayWorld Classifieds, 1/30

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld for 1302020 include new jobs for those looking to work in the theatre industry. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, BroadwayWorld, BWW News Desk

The Lexus Design Award’s 2020 Finalists

Six innovations offer solutions for problems that include air pollution, visual impairment, flooding and more Now in its eighth year, the Lexus Design Award honors innovators around the world who formulate clever solutions for everyday challenges. This year’s theme “Design for a Better Tomorrow” prompted applicants “to envision solutions to 21st-century challenges that anticipate, innovate and captivate.” Narrowing the field from more than 2,000 submissions …
Tags: Design, Awards, Designers, Automotive, Lexus, Innovation, Concepts, Architects, Design Awards, Milan Design Week, Design Competitions, Lexus Design Award, Design Fairs, Milan Design Week 2020


Jamal Penjweny,  Saddam is Here (2010), via MoMA Military engagement in Iraq over the last 30 years has had a unprecedented impact on contemporary culture and society, with American intervention  in the Gulf and Iraq Wars opening a debate on American values and beliefs, in turn influencing the work of artists around the world. Exploring this concept MoMA PS1 presents […]
Tags: Art, New York, Iraq, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Gulf, Moma, Jamal Penjweny Saddam, MoMA Military, Iraq Wars

Another beautiful book space appears in China, this one in a paddy field

Beijing based Trace Architecture Office has devised this beautiful bookshop to sit between the walls of an old abandoned building in rural China. The shop sits on a paddy field on the outskirts of Xiadi Village in Fuijian province and will be operated by Librairie Avant-Garde, an independent book shop with locations across China. You might remember the name Librairie Avant-Garde, for many believe their shop beneath Wutaichan Stadium in Nanjing is the most beautiful bookshop in China.  ...
Tags: Books, China, Beijing, Shanghai, Interior Design, Nanjing, Hauser, Wirth, Books In Design, Bookshops, Trace Architecture Office, Xiadi Village, Fuijian, Librairie Avant Garde, Wutaichan Stadium

'Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award' Announced by ASCAP Foundation and Educational Theatre Association

One of Broadway's most decorated composers is giving an accolade of his own The Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award will represent the highest level of achievement for a middle or high school theatre teacher, with the winner receiving 5,000 and travel to the International Thespian Festival for the announcement and recognition. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Stephen Schwartz, BWW News Desk

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