The Plux is the wireless charger Apple promised us a year ago

Looking suspiciously like the AirPower charging mat Apple showcased at their keynote last year, the Plux fulfills the promise Apple couldn’t keep. The capsule-shaped Plux mat can, just like the AirPower, charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and Airpods case simultaneously by just placing them on the charging mat. The mat can be placed horizontally, or even propped up using a stand that comes along with the Plux kit, letting you charge your phone while using it too. Just plug the mat in, and you’ve...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Deals, Gadgets, Design, Cellphones, Logitech, Apple Watch, Wireless Charger, AirPods, Plux

A Portable, Convenient, Swappable Renewable Energy Source: Honda's Mobile Power Packs

With their Mobile Power Pack, Honda's got a brilliant plan to make renewable, zero-emissions energy super-convenient. To see if their plan will work, the company is beginning trials this year in heavily-populated, heavily-polluted Indonesia, the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases.Indonesia is the world's third largest market for motorcycles, most of which run on gasoline. So this December Honda will be trialing electric motorcycles there, powered by their Mobile Power Packs, which...
Tags: Design, Indonesia, Honda, Sustainable Design, Mobile Power Packs

Is The American Guitar Industry Making A Comeback?

According to the National Association of Music Merchants, a trade organization in the music industry, the demand for American-made guitars rose year-over-year with unit sales increasing by 7.03%. And overall, the total retail value of guitars sold — $1.3 billion in 2017 — indicates a rebounding industry.
Tags: Art, Music, National Association Of Music Merchants, 08.14.18

Street artist droplifts 'back-to-school' bulletproof vests

Plastic Jesus, the Los Angeles-based street artist behind the "Future Internment Camp" signs and other cool stunts, is back with a new piece. For his latest work, he's droplifted specially-tagged bulletproof vests in the kids' back-to-school section of three Target stores and one Macy’s in Los Angeles. He writes: “Back to school” get everything you need for the new year. Including ‘Bullet Proof Kids™️- Level 3A bullet proof vests. By Plastic Jesus industries . This one at Target . Los Angeles...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Guns, Los Angeles, School Shootings, Nra, Macy, Newsweek, Bulletproof vests, Plastic Jesus, Droplifting, Not all heroes wear capes, Droplift, Target Los Angeles

Trump Tower river violations incur a swift lawsuit by Illinois attorney general

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against the Trump International Hotel & Tower for alleged pollution to the Chicago River and threats to local wildlife. The lawsuit was filed in the Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois this Tuesday against the conglomerate, and the suit cites infringements of the EPA’s U.S. Clean Water Act of 1972. The Clean Water Act protects the waters of the U.S. from being inundated with polluting discharges, and it also sets wastewater standards ...
Tags: Design, Chicago, Epa, Illinois, Trump, Lisa Madigan, Trump Tower, Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago River, Madigan, Trump Organization, Reuters Image, Trump International Hotel Tower, Urban rivers, Chicago Trump Tower, Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club

Web Design Spotlight: Tran Mau Tri Tam

Web Design Spotlight: Tran Mau Tri Tam abduzeedo Aug 16, 2018 Tran Mau Tri Tam is a designer from  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with a really cool portfolio of web design projects. For this post I would like to feature some of those projects that has inspired me during the process of redesigning Abduzeedo. In addition to the beautiful visuals I like that Tran also explores motion design, some times with transitions or just way the scroll would work and de...
Tags: Design, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, Tran, Tran Mau Tri Tam, Tran Mau

The Most Underrated Composer In History? Reconsidering Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

“If your reaction to hearing the name Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is a shrug, even a smirk, you’re not alone.” Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim visits the Bard Music Festival, dedicated to the man Richard Taruskin calls, yes, “the most underrated composer in history.” Responds CdFW, “I can’t say that’s a judgment I quite came to share … But I left Bard with a newfound appreciation for a quality I had never before considered as a factor in music: shame.”
Tags: Art, Music, Bard, Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim, Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov, Richard Taruskin, 08.15.18

Michael DiTullo on Why Designers Shouldn't Limit Themselves to a Single Product Category

This interview is part of a series featuring the presenters participating in this year's Core77 Conference, "Now What? Launching & Growing Your Creative Business" , a one-day event aimed to equip attendees with tangible skills and toolkits to help produce and promote their products or services. Throughout his professional career, seasoned industrial designer Michael DiTullo has put an emphasis on designing everything instead of pigeonholing himself into a single category. This mentality has n...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Nike, Brooklyn, Ibm, John, Cia, Sears, Frog, Michael, Designer Profiles, LLC, Raymond Loewy, Haan, Sound United, Hartmut Esslinger

Concept Cars That Never Made It: Vol. 1

Concept Cars That Never Made It is a five-part series that documents production concept automobiles from years and eras ago. Some are bewildering, while others are beautiful, and the only thing common between them is the fact that somewhere down the line, these concepts remained just figments of imagination and creative spirit, and never saw the light of day.Bertone Lancia Stratos HF Zero (1970) Probably the most fitting concept to begin this series with, the Lancia Stratos Zero was debuted for ...
Tags: Transportation, Japan, Design, General Motors, Car, Automotive, Britain, Ferrari, Tokyo, Lotus, Michael Jackson, Nissan, Mercedes, Concept, Pininfarina, Lamborghini

Here's the dirt on a rammed-earth renovation in Australia

Add heritage preservation, passive house design and a butterfly roof and it pushes a lot of buttons around here.
Tags: Design, News, Australia

Tricycles by Sergio Garcia

Classic red tricycles redesigned to have unique shapes and twisted frames. Series of fun tricycle sculptures designed and created by Sergio Garcia. Also check out: Dinosaur Skeleton Tricycle
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Could Audiences Really Replace Theater Critics As They Disappear? Here’s The Problem With That

Responding to Lyn Gardner’s recent column arguing for “a new approach to theatre criticism, in which theatres see developing critical voices as part of audience and artist development,” Bill Marx writes that what Gardner seems to be suggesting is both vague and, well, unlikely: “Is the money invested in theater development these days dedicated to making stage audiences more ‘critical’? Are there any plans for ‘creative power sharing’ with spectators? From what I can tell, … the goal is to buff u...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Lyn Gardner, Gardner, Bill Marx, 08.13.18

Husband & wife's vintage Airstream is a renovated home and office on wheels

This modern take on an iconic vintage trailer functions as a home, office and traveling showroom.
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Excitable: The Age Of The Rampant Exclamation Point!

Are we doomed to live in a world where every sentence will need to have a minimum of three exclamation points in order to be read as anything less than outright hostile?
Tags: Art, Words, 08.15.18

A ‘Spotify For Cookbooks’ Is Coming

“Like Spotify, for a fixed monthly fee ($8.99 in the U.S.), users can browse CKBK’s collection of more than 500 cookbooks and 100,000 recipes, which [co-founder Matthew] Cockerill said was just a starting point. ‘We have a huge pipeline of content that we will add to the service as it grows,’ he said.”
Tags: Art, Spotify, Words, Matthew, Audience, Cockerill, 08.14.18, CKBK

‘With Great Beauty Comes Great Resentment’ – The History Of Helen Of Troy

“Of all Helen’s roles in the literary and artistic corpus (and it is a long career – she has been forgotten by not a single generation since she entered the written record 2,700 years ago), it is her part as fantasy whore that has been most tenacious. Her many sexual partners … are trotted out by ancient and modern authors alike as the gossip columns would the client-list of a high-class prostitute. And so Euripides calls her a ‘bitch-whore’; she is Shakespeare’s ‘strumpet’.”
Tags: Art, People, Shakespeare, Helen, Helen of Troy, 08.14.18

Solving The Book Storage Problem

In recent years, there’s been a rejection of the stodgy old alphabet in favor of organizational principles driven by color, size and genre. I blame online shopping. Aesthetics in literature are important, but literature as aesthetics makes me nervous. When did a candle-topped pyramid of paperbacks become a symbol of depth? If you line up your novels in rainbow order but don’t Instagram them, were they ever really there?
Tags: Art, Words, 08.15.18

Star Actor Asks His Twitter Followers If It’s Okay To Play An Irredeemable Racist

Vincent D’Onofrio posed the question over the weekend and a 3,800+-tweet thread arose, including a number of responses from fellow actors and further contributions from D’Onofrio himself. As Patricia Hernandez reports, “opinions were all over the place.”
Tags: Art, Issues, Patricia Hernandez, Vincent D Onofrio, D Onofrio, 08.13.18

Hey Artists, Stop Putting Shiny Crap Into Space

As if there isn’t already enough junk in space, an artist is planning to launch a reflective, inflatable sculpture to low Earth orbit in October. The art piece is meant to instill a sense of wonder and alter humanity’s impression of itself, but in reality it’s an empty gesture that’ll only serve to infuriate…Read more...
Tags: Art, Spacex, Science, Satellites, Artists, Space Junk, Trevor Paglen, Cubesats, Space Art

The Boomer makes a big bang in the tiny home market

With everyone obsessing over tiny homes these days, many people are looking to find the perfect tiny house to fit their needs. Build Tiny’s newest design, The Boomer, aims to fill the short-term rental niche made popular by Airbnb and offer those who are curious about tiny home living a chance to customize their very own home. With options ranging from completely DIY to turnkey, The Boomer helps clients build the tiny homes of their dreams. From the outside, The Boomer closely resembles Build ...
Tags: Design, Airbnb, Boomer, Buster

The inaugural Bark Park is coming to East...

The inaugural Bark Park is coming to East Nashville (McFerrin Park) starting Sept 8, 2018. From the BarkBox folks (subscription dog boxes, to exclusive toys, to popping up in places like Target) this is a dog obsessed hangout for dogs and their people. (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
Tags: Design, Submitted, East, Bark Park, East Nashville McFerrin Park

Jazz Singer Morgana King, Who Played Brando’s Wife In ‘The Godfather’, Dead At 87

The general public was aware of her mostly as Carmela Corleone, who sang in the wedding scene, but she used a multi-octave voice and powerful stage presence to make a long career as a jazz singer; she numbered Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington among her admirers.
Tags: Art, People, Dinah Washington, Brando, 08.14.18, Carmela Corleone, Frank Sinatra Duke Ellington Billie

Daily Design Inspiration

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio Aug 15, 2018 Part of the Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. This is where you'll find the most interesting things/finds/work curated by one of us to simply inspire your day. Furthermore, it's an opportunity to feature work from more designers, photographers, and artists in general that we haven't had the chance to write or feature about in the past. For this Daily we are selecting in g...
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How Susan Sontag Staged ‘Waiting For Godot’ In War-Torn Sarajevo

Twenty-five years ago this Friday, Sontag’s production of Beckett’s play premiered in the besieged, hungry, surrounded-by-snipers Bosnian capital. Two actors who participated and a local journalist who was there recall how it happened.
Tags: Art, Theatre, Sarajevo, Beckett, Susan Sontag, Sontag, 08.15.18

An ‘Oklahoma!’ With Same-Sex Couples? Sure – The R&H Folks Are Fine With It

Laura Collins-Hughes visits the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where artistic director Bill Rauch convinced keeper-of-the-Rodgers-and-Hammerstein-catalog Ted Chapin to let him go ahead with a production of the musical in which both Laurey and Curly are gals and Will Parker pairs off with Ado Andy.
Tags: Art, Theatre, Oklahoma, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Ted Chapin, Will Parker, Laurey, Laura Collins Hughes, Bill Rauch, 08.15.18

‘Letting Costumes Lead The Choreography’ – Moses Pendleton Of MOMIX

“For most dancers, the costumes act as the finishing touch. At MOMIX, however, the costumes are just the starting point. … We spoke with Pendleton and MOMIX dance captain Sarah Nachbauer to learn all of the details of how they get their concepts from the studio to the stage — and all of the costume mishaps in between.”
Tags: Art, Dance, Pendleton, Momix, 08.11.18, Moses Pendleton Of MOMIX, Sarah Nachbauer

Next-Gen Baggies Are Transforming Legal Weed

After a recent trip to her local dispensary, my mom recalled how, when she was young, black-market cannabis was really only available by the “lid”—usually, a sandwich bag partly filled with ground-up plant, the official size of which tended to vary. Today, she can choose rich, cleverly named buds by the gram or…Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Weed, Packaging

Women's Pockets Really Suck

Last month at the DMV, I was switching my driver's license over to my new state of residence. The clerk showed me a screen where I could double-check my data, and I saw that she had accidentally listed my gender as female. "Can you backspace over that," I asked, "or do I have to get the operation?"Aside from said operation, I think the biggest hassle of switching from male to female would be adjusting to women's clothes. Especially the lack of carrying space. The notion that female should be ber...
Tags: Design, America, DMV, Thomas, Fashion Design, Jan Diehm


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Guldoza live at WOMEX 2016

Uzbek song is not well known here (even the pop music is obscure), but it is well worth investigating. Here’s a sample from the singer Gulzoda, recorded at the WOMEX festival in Santiago de Compostela.
Tags: Art, Santiago, Ajblogs, 08.15.18, Guldoza, Gulzoda

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