Charge your Tesla and lower your electric bill with these solar blinds!

Renewable energy is our ticket to the future and the current climate crisis. From electric cars to sustainable tools, designers are changing the world for the better one product at a time. Joining that list are these Solar Blinds from SolarGaps that make your home smarter and your environment better. If you want to charge your Tesla without increasing your bill, this should be your first buy.Solar Blinds help you save on your energy costs and reduces your electric bill by 30% compared to convent...
Tags: Home, Design, Technology, Office, Lifestyle, Renewable Energy, Tesla, Carbon Emissions, Solar Energy, Appliances, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Interiors, Lighting, Solar Panel, Product Design

Pavement Libraries Libraries Are Popping Up At Protest Sites All Over India

“These libraries are offering an alternative form of resistance, opening up platforms traditionally reserved for committed activists to waves of first-time protesters — from high school students to homemakers — who have joined hands against moves by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce a religious test for naturalized citizenship.” – OZY
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, Words, 02.26.20

Hydroelectric art gallery will generate enough wave power to be 100% self-sustaining

London-based architect Margot Krasojevic has just unveiled a futuristic art gallery that runs on hydroelectric power. Slated for the coastal Russian region of Sochi, the Hydroelectric Sculpture Gallery will harness enough wave energy to not only be 100% self-sufficient, but it will also be able to channel surplus energy back into the grid, powering around 200 nearby houses and businesses as a result. The art gallery will be located on Sochi’s coastline, where it will use the exceptionally stron...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Design, London, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Wind Power, Clean Energy, Sochi, Black Sea, Wave Power, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Architecture, Hydroelectric Power, Margot Krasojević, Krasojevic

Roberto Bedoya On Expressing Oakland Creatively

Bedoya describes the culture of the city as “the embodiment of forms of knowledge and wisdom people have gained through their different lived experiences.” Another way he expresses this idea is that culture is the frame within which the arts provide “the power of shared sensibility and memory… kindling the emotions that make us aware of our shared humanity.” – Reportage From The Aesthetic Edge
Tags: Art, Issues, Bedoya, 02.27.20, Roberto Bedoya, Oakland Creatively

What Philadelphia’s University Of The Arts Has Learned About Using Virtual Reality In Classes

It allows students to design and test ideas in ways not possible in traditional classes. The school decided to dip its toe into the VR world, then discovered its classes quickly filled up. – Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Ideas, Philadelphia, 02.26.20

Marin Alsop Will Leave Baltimore Symphony At End Of Next Season

The maestra will be 64 when she steps down at the end of August 2021 after a 14-year tenure. While she has reportedly been quietly frustrated by the orchestra’s recent struggles, she will remain involved with OrchKids, the music education program for poor Baltimore students that she founded, and will conduct three programs in each of the next five seasons. – The Baltimore Sun
Tags: Art, Media, Baltimore, 02.26.20, Marin Alsop Will Leave Baltimore Symphony

Betrayal Of Education: America’s College Adjunct Crisis

According to the UC Berkeley Labor Center, 25 percent of part-time faculty nationally rely on public assistance programs. In 1969, 78 percent of instructional staff at US institutions of higher education were tenured or on the tenure track; today, after decades of institutional expansion amid stagnant or dwindling budgets, the figure is 33 percent. More than one million workers now serve as nonpermanent faculty in the US, constituting 50 percent of the instructional workforce at publi...
Tags: Art, US, America, Issues, UC Berkeley Labor Center, 03.12.20

The Amazing Polestar Precept Concept Car

The Amazing Polestar Precept Concept Car abduzeedoFeb 27, 2020 Electric cars are the future, at least that’s what it looks like from all the amazing electric car companies and models being announced. I am a fan and the desire of having a Tesla keeps coming and going. Now Polestar announces this amazing concept car, the Polestar Precept and boy it’s a thing of beauty. Tiago Aiello shared some images on his Behance profile and I was blown away. Maybe I will ho...
Tags: Design, Tesla, Hummer, Tiago Aiello

Uffizi’s Entire Scientific Committee Quits Over Rafael Loan

The panel said it had worked for months to draw up a list of works that should never be moved from the Florentine gallery, and the portrait of Pope Leo X was one of them. The famed portrait was specially restored for the show in the capital by the experts at Florence’s restoration works Opificio delle Pietre Dure. – Ansa
Tags: Art, Florence, Visual, Pope Leo X, 02.25.20, Entire Scientific Committee, Rafael Loan

Edgar Allan Poe Probably Didn’t Commit Suicide, Say Researchers

“One of the most mysterious aspects of Poe’s legacy is his untimely death at the age of 40 after being found ‘delirious’ and in ‘great distress’ on the streets of Baltimore. The author was incoherent, rambling, and wearing someone else’s clothes when he was discovered, and after a few days spent in a local hospital he passed away. Many believe that the authors death was a deliberate act, but researchers at Lancaster University are challenging the notion that Poe killed himself.” – Study Finds ...
Tags: Art, Edgar Allan Poe, People, Baltimore, Lancaster University, Poe, 02.25.20

She’s Been Dead For 45 Years And She’s Still The Arab World’s Favorite Star

“There is no western counterpart to Umm Kulthum, no artist as respected and beloved as she is in the Arab world.” She sang everything from the most complex classical Arabic music to nationalist hymns; her sold-out performances ran for five hours or more; her monthly live concert broadcasts had entire nations glued to their radios. (It was said that Umm Kulthum was the only thing that unified the Arab world.) You still hear her voice in cafes and taxis throughout the Middle East and the Arab dia...
Tags: Art, People, Middle East, Umm Kulthum, 02.28.20

Watching ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ With 18,000 Schoolkids At Madison Square Garden

“The classic story of Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer who defends a black man in a racist town, was told under the championship flags of the New York Knicks (who have played their own tragedy there for years) and the Rangers. And with a new venue and a younger audience came new standards of theater decorum: The middle and high school students groaned when things went badly for the protagonists and cheered shamelessly at insults lobbed at the town’s most virulent racists.” – The New York Time...
Tags: Art, Theatre, New York Knicks, Audience, Madison Square Garden, Atticus Finch, 02.26.20

The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million High-Res Images Online and Into the Public Domain

No matter how many public institutions you visit in a day—schools, libraries, museums, or the dreaded DMV—you may still feel like privatized services are closing in. And if you’re a fan of national parks and public lands, you’re keenly aware they’re at risk of being eaten up by developers and energy companies. The commons are shrinking, a tragic fact that is hardly inevitable but, as Matto Mildenberger argues at Scientific American, the result of some very narrow ideas. But we can take h...
Tags: Google, Art, Photography, Education, College, History, Museums, Libraries, DMV, Smithsonian, Pocahontas, Library Of Congress, First Time, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones

Plácido Domingo Starts Losing Engagements In Europe — And In His Birthplace, No Less

The continent had been resistant to the accusations of sexual harassment that ended Domingo’s U.S. career, but following the AGMA report, Spain’s Culture Ministry cancelled his invitation to perform in Luisa Fernanda at Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela in May, following which Domingo withdrew from La Traviata at the city’s Teatro Real the same month. (Meanwhile, news of the AGMA report has inspired another accuser to come forward publicly.) – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Spain, Madrid, Placido Domingo, Culture Ministry, La Traviata, Domingo, AGMA, 02.27.20, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Luisa Fernanda

The 2020 iPad Pro may have an iPhone-style 3-lens camera… Is Apple’s brand of innovation predictable?

Let’s for a second look past these renders and consider the place they come from. Created by Steve H. McFly (better known by his Twitter moniker OnLeaks), these are the renders that best describe what the upcoming iPad Pro may look like. The tablet is due for a version update in Apple’s springtime keynote in 2020, and these renders are a result of informed insider leaks… they aren’t a fan-made concept like the circular Apple Smartwatch we covered a few days ago.Over the past few years, these lea...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Design, Cook, China, Tim Cook, Editorial, Ipad Pro, Product Design, China Apple, Onleaks, YD Talks, Steve H McFly, iGeeksBlog

Research: Angkor Wat May Have Been Built Because Of An Engineering Disaster

A new study published recently in the journal Geoarchaeology shows that there was more than political intrigue at play. A water reservoir critical for large-scale agriculture in the Koh Ker area collapsed around the time the capital moved back to Angkor. – Smithsonian
Tags: Art, Visual, Koh Ker, 02.21.20, Geoarchaeology

Spotify tries making its app easier to use in latest update

After recently tweaking its design to better showcast podcasts, Spotify today announced it’s giving its entire mobile experience a refreshed look-and-feel. Starting initially with the iOS app, both Spotify Free and Premium users will notice the app has a more consistent, streamlined look, new in-app icons, changes to how cover art displays, and more. The new app has a simpler, universal Shuffle Play button which now saves you a click by letting you tap once to start shuffling songs and playing t...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Design, Tech, Ios Apps

How Coronavirus Is Affecting The Entertainment Industry

Theaters in China, the world’s second largest box office market behind the U.S. and Canada, have almost entirely shut down. So have theme parks and film shoots. Travel bans meant to curb the global spread of the virus have affected business conferences and live events, such as concerts. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, China, Canada, Issues, 02.28.20

Airplane Economy Sleeping Pods

Air New Zealand is developing comfortable and affordable sleeping pods for their economy class air travellers. “Economy Skynest” designed by Air New Zealand for people who dreamed of sleeping and relaxing mid-flight. Your lie-flat dreams could come true. Bunk bed inspired sleeping pods will feature seatbelt, pillow, blanket, ear plugs, USB outlet, LED lights, and […]
Tags: Design, Tech, New Zealand, Air New Zealand

Barcelona Cancels Plans For Branch Of Russia’s Hermitage Museum

“Barcelona’s city council has refused to greenlight a planning application for an outpost of [St. Petersburg’s] State Hermitage Museum. The council took issue with the site chosen for the project … and traffic congestion in the area as well as unanswered questions about the new institution’s staffing, projected visitor numbers, and admission prices.” – Artforum
Tags: Art, Russia, Barcelona, Visual, Petersburg, Hermitage Museum, 02.26.20

Head Writer Of ‘The Laramie Project’ Looks Back 20 Years To The Play’s Creation

Leigh Fondakowski: “When we arrived in Denver, the play was not yet finished. It had only two acts then. … Moments were shifting, and the order of scenes kept changing all through previews. … The actors would be running offstage doing their costume quick-changes and looking at the poster boards to know which scene came next.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Denver, Leigh Fondakowski, 02.26.20

The Newseum Does Still Exist, In A Diffuse Sort Of Way

“Pop-up shows at Washington’s two airports and an immersive display in a 12th-floor suite at the Hamilton Hotel offer the first glimpse of its future. The suffrage-themed displays represent a significantly diminished footprint for the long-struggling museum of journalism, which last year sold its building, laid off 88 employees and moved the remaining staff of about 40.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Washington, Issues, Hamilton Hotel, 02.26.20

The Moorgen Smart Remote’s design is weirdly attractive… but why?

It may appear hostile, with the way it takes on this scaly armadillo-inspired aesthetic… but that hostility doesn’t translate to you wanting to avoid the Moorgen Smart Remote. It makes you curious, it makes you practically want to pet it. There’s something unexplainable about the Moorgen Smart Remote’s strange allure, but I’ll try my best to justify why I can’t stop staring at it!The smart remote was designed not for television, but rather for operating smart lights and curtains around the house...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Product Design, Smart Remote, iF Design Award, iF Design 2019, Moorgen

Roman Polanski, Saying He Fears ‘Public Lynching’, Withdraws From French Academy Awards

When the director’s latest film, An Officer and a Spy (about the Dreyfus Affair), was nominated for 12 César awards, many people in France and beyond were outraged and threatened a boycott, and the entire board of the César Academy later resigned. While Polanski hasn’t pulled his movie from consideration (the awards ceremony is tomorrow night), he says bitterly that “we know how this evening will unfold already” and he will not attend. – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Media, France, 02.27.20, Cesar Academy

LG's Upcoming V60 ThinQ 5G Smartphone Features Dual Screens, Avoids Folding Screen Kerfuffle

While Motorola and Samsung's folding screens flame out, LG is playing it safe with their latest folding phone. Announced today, the unwieldily-named V60 ThinQ 5G with LG Dual Screen features two discrete 6.8" screens attached by a hinge.LG is betting the dual screens will appeal to those who want to multitask (you can run separate apps in each screen), use it like a mini-laptop (i.e. keyboard on one screen, display on the other), play games with more screen real-estate (one screen can contain th...
Tags: Motorola, Design, Samsung, Tech, Lg

How to design your next album artwork

Outside of technical requirements, your coverart needs to be eye catching and consistent with the music connected. While the industry standard program to jump to is Photoshop, there are plenty of free tools online to help you design something unique that stands-out with no graphic design experience. Canva have many dedicated templates for album covers. This can be great for designing your cover or promotional material for your social pages. Another useful site to checkout is Unsplash. Unsp...
Tags: Photos, Art, Music, Design, Free, Photoshop, Social Media, Artwork, How To, Pixels, Graphic Design, Cover, Templates, Canva, Promo, JPG

The New Choreography For ‘West Side Story’ Misses What Made Jerome Robbins’s Dances So Essential, Says NY Times Dance Critic

“That’s because what Robbins created wasn’t just a series of dances, however peerless, but an overarching view of how, beyond anything else, movement could tell a story,” writes Gia Kourlas. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s choreography for Ivo van Hove’s new Broadway staging “is part of a larger vision that renders it extraneous or, worse, inconsequential.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Broadway, Ivo van Hove, Robbins, Jerome Robbins, 02.24.20, NY Times Dance Critic, Gia Kourlas Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Author And Explorer Clive Cussler Dead At 88

“[He was a] million-selling adventure writer and real-life thrill-seeker who wove personal details and spectacular fantasies into his page-turning novels. … In real life, Cussler … participated in dozens of searches for old ships, including one that turned up a steamship belonging to Cornelius Vanderbilt. He also had a long history of questionable claims — some admitted, some denied.” – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, People, Clive Cussler, Cussler, 02.26.20, Cornelius Vanderbilt He

We’re Recreating The Nature Around Us With Technology

Under the rubric of “ubiquitous computing,” “smart dust,” and the “Internet of Things,” computers are melting into the fabric of everyday life. Light bulbs, toasters, even toothbrushes are being chipped. You can summon Alexa almost anywhere. And as life becomes computerized, computers become lifelike. Modern hardware and software have gotten so complicated that they resemble the organic: messy, unpredictable, inscrutable. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, Alexa, 02.27.20

Apple Subsidizing Apple Watches for an Early Stroke Risk Detection Trial

Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. If you have it, your chances of having a stroke are five times higher than average. Unfortunately, detecting atrial fibrillation typically requires that you notice something's amiss, and go see a doctor to confirm the condition with lab tests or imaging. And of course, by then it may be too late.Last year Apple did a study of 400,000 Apple-Watch-wearing subjects to see if their device could passively detect atrial fibrillation. Tur...
Tags: Medical

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