Designing Watches For A Market On The Move

One thing that becomes very quickly apparent when your business is reviewing watches for a global audience, is that everyone has an opinion of what a watch should look like. Thankfully, the vast majority of watch lovers seem open to being persuaded by something new. Many actively enjoy having their minds changed. Or, at the […] Visit Designing Watches For A Market On The Move to read the full article.
Tags: Design, Watches, Watch Talk

Shop the Cricut Clearance Sale! Bulk Supplies Up to 86% off!

  If you love Cricut, don’t miss this sale! Things are selling out! Don’t miss these deals direct from Cricut! Shop the Clearance Sale & find Bulk Supplies Up to 86% off! Some great items: Free Shipping on $99+ orders with Promo Code AUGSHIP   For Even More Awesome Online Deals
Tags: Deals, Art, Crafts, Kids, Coupons, Online Deals, Don, Cricut, Cricut Shop the Clearance Sale

Brighten Your Life With String Lights

After a couple of months in isolation, I began looking for ways to improve our living space in small ways. If I was going to have to be home all the time, I wanted to want to be here. One of the best things I did, a little thing that has brought me more happiness than I would have predicted, was to string lights all…Read more...
Tags: Design, Happiness, Lifehacks, Interior Design, Pandemic Life

How COVID-19 will change the way we design our homes

COVID-19 is confounding planning for basic human needs, including shelter. Around the world, home builders are vigilantly reading tea leaves in the fog, trying to figure out how to survive (and even thrive in) an unfolding economic disaster. And we mourn the fallen, working to keep our loved ones healthy and safe.COVID-19 has drawn a political dividing line in much of the world. It reminds me of something an American revolutionary, Samuel Johnson, said in 1775: "Patriotism is the last refuge of ...
Tags: Work, Europe, Design, Washington Post, China, America, Architecture, Canada, Work-life balance, House, Innovation, University Of Chicago, Epidemiology, Zika, World Economic Forum, U S Supreme Court

The Trump Book Industry

Taken en masse, the books paint a damning portrait of the 45th president of the United States. But the sheer volume of unflattering material they contain can have the paradoxical danger of blunting their collective impact. After the 10th time you read about Mr. Trump’s short attention span, your own attention is in danger of wandering. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, United States, Words, Trump, 08.01.20

Divine Decks: A Visual History of Tarot: The First Comprehensive Survey of Tarot Gets Published by Taschen

The cards of the tarot, first created for play around 600 years ago and used in recent centuries for occult divination of truths about life, the universe, and everything, should by all rights be nothing more than a historical curiosity today. Yet something about the tarot still compels, even to many of us in the ever more digital, ever more data-driven 21st century. Taschen, publisher of lavish art and photo books, know this: hence, as we featured last year here on Open Culture, products...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, Books, England, College, History, Brooklyn, Italy, Philip K Dick, Seoul, David Lynch, Crowley, Facebook Twitter, Dali

Six Of Dance Magazine’s Favorite Quarantine Digital Dance Projects

The writer of the piece says, “Limitations foster creativity.” These specific limitations also foster free time to watch other people’s creativity, of course. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 08.07.20

How Instagram Is Changing The Job Of A Critic

Being unable to see real works of art in person for months has made me realize just how much I have come to depend on seeing works online—and how I get more from that experience than I’d been willing to admit. I have not felt much desire to delve into the online offerings of galleries and museums, but nonetheless I have been seeing lots of art onscreen—it’s just that I’ve been getting it straight from the artists, mainly via their Instagram accounts. I’ve liked that. – The Nation
Tags: Art, Instagram, Visual, 08.05.20

Get the Ancient Roman Look: A Hair & Makeup Video Tutorial

Remember early April, when we threw ourselves into the Getty Challenge, turning ourselves into historic art recreations in lieu of climbing the walls? Seems like ages ago, doesn’t it, that you wrapped a shower curtain around your head and rifled through the button box, rabid to make yourself into a masterpiece. While it’s not accurate to say we’ve collectively settled into a new normal, many of us have accepted that certain alterations to our everyday lives will be prolonged if our every...
Tags: Google, Art, Gender, Youtube, College, Life, History, Baltimore, Facebook Twitter, Liv Free, Janet Stephens, Domitia Longina

Do We Really Want Brain-To-Brain Communication?

Let’s face it: we’ve all had second thoughts about language. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t stumble for words, stagger into misunderstandings, or struggle with a double negative. It’s a frightfully cumbersome way to express ourselves. If language is such a slippery medium, perhaps it is time to replace it with something more dependable. Why not cut out the middleman and connect brains directly? – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 08.04.20

Mao Zedong’s Home Province Is Now The Hotbed Of Chinese Commercial TV

“Making waves is what Hunan Broadcasting System does best. … That is striking for an outfit run by the government of a province that is better known as China’s largest producer of rice and the birthplace of Mao Zedong — ‘red tourism’ centred on Mao’s formative haunts draws devotees of the chairman from around the country. But Changsha, the provincial capital, has become a font of China’s popular culture. It is home to over 12,000 companies involved in creating it. … At their heart in Hunan is a...
Tags: Art, Media, China, Mao, Mao Zedong, Hunan, Changsha, Hunan Broadcasting System, 08.08.20, Hotbed Of Chinese Commercial TV

Princeton’s Existential Crisis

Groups of students have variously described the composition of Princeton’s faculty and its “institutional culture” as “pillars of its oppressive past,” declared that their education failed to prepare them to vanquish racism, and urged a “comprehensive transformation” of curriculum, programming, and faculty. More notable, roughly 350 faculty members and staff signed an open letter, published on July 4, that set forth nearly 50 demands. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, Princeton

Meme Me – How Memes Work

The chaotic creativity of remixed internet memes and the new linguistic structures that rapidly evolve from them allow us to express certain states of mind and have others immediately get it and respond in kind. This has been called an “asynchronous, massively multi-person conversation.” – JSTOR
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 08.05.20

Rethinking (And Reinvesting In) Our Public Spaces

While the pandemic has revealed the power of our shared public spaces, it has also magnified enormous disparities in quality and access to them. Demand has outstripped supply, in some cases leaving beaches and parks packed with more people than social distancing guidelines allow. – Medium
Tags: Art, Issues, 07.29.20

Fifty Years After His Messy Suicide, Yukio Mishima’s Fiction Is Coming Back To The Fore

“[His] carefully cultivated image — a vigorous martial artist, his commitment to bushido, the code of the samurai and his fixation with masculinity, beauty and glory — has remained more notable than a lot of his writing. He even went to great pains to craft an image for an American audience with English-language interviews in the 1960s. However, the contemporary resurgence of Mishima translations is starting to get readers back to the actual work. Which, incidentally, is very good indeed.” – Me...
Tags: Art, Words, Yukio Mishima, Mishima, 07.31.20

How The Aztecs Recorded History

The Aztec historians, creators of a genre called the xiuhpohualli (SHOO-po-WA-lee), developed a highly effective way of keeping satisfying memories alive. The pictographic texts that Itzcoatl burned were only a part of the Aztec way of keeping history. The glyphs served as mnemonic devices designed to elicit volumes of speech. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 08.10.20, Itzcoatl

The World’s Nightlife On Hold. (And Yet…)

The problem is that urban nightlife — no matter how risky — isn’t something that just allows itself to be canceled. The need to socialize, relax, mingle, hear music and dance is a powerful force, especially among young people in cities. If regulated venues are shuttered, unregulated ones take their place. “In cities where there are no legal alternatives,” the VibeLab report concludes, “dangerous illegal alternatives are found.” – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, World, Issues, 08.05.20

Reckoning With The Ugly Racist Origins Of Some Of American English’s Most Common Expressions

“‘Sold down the river.’ ‘Cakewalk.’ ‘Master and slave.’ American English is riddled with words and phrases with racist origins or undertones. Since the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis and the flurry of protests his and other Black Americans’ deaths have inspired, a growing number of public and private institutions are reevaluating their reliance on language with racist connotations or history.” – The Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Minneapolis, Words, George Floyd, 08.06.20

View 250,000 British Paintings & Sculptures Free Online

A little over four years ago, discriminatory and arbitrarily confusing travel bans descended on the U.S., tearing refugee families apart and leaving thousands in diplomatic limbo. This seemed nightmarish enough at the time. But it took a viral pandemic to bring travel bans and restrictions down on the entire world, more or less, with countries appearing on bulletins that vaguely look like lists of enemies on governing bodies’ websites, including the CDC's. Likewise, almost all 27 countries that...
Tags: Google, Art, UK, Cdc, College, European Union, Paris, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Rodin, Edward Hopper, Great Britain, Facebook Twitter, Mark Brown, Harlow, Goodwin

How To think About Leadership Transitions

“I mentioned that I work in real estate. When a listing is advertised with the line, “First time on market after 40 years of family ownership,” it almost always includes the phrase, “Bring your contractor and architect!” The work of restructuring an outmoded organization is not as physical as renovating a building, but the perils of deferred maintenance are just as dangerous. You can’t allow your house to fall into disrepair. You must keep up with changing codes, modern tastes, new ways of addr...
Tags: Art, Issues, 08.03.20

Reflections On A Music Theory Fight Over Race

Insisting that music theory, musicology and ethnomusicology are separate disciplines with no shared ground impoverishes all of our work. By narrowing our focus and policing our boundaries, scholars miss connections and opportunities, and we remain frozen in disdain for all that we don’t know. A distinction between applied and academic music may have its uses, but hyper-specialization leads ultimately to a belief that scholars can’t be creative and that artists are incapable of critical thought....
Tags: Art, Music, 08.09.20

The Forgotten Black Musician Who Helped Create Bossa Nova

João Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim were just two of many Brazilian musicians who considered pianist-singer-composer Johnny Alf a genius and his “Rapaz de Bem” the first bossa nova song. So why isn’t he as famous as they are? Racism was certainly a factor, but not the only one. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Johnny Alf, 08.04.20, Rapaz de Bem

Everyone’s A Copy Editor In This New Card Game For Word Nerds

“The game involves some role playing. If you use only the Grammar cards, the dealer is called the Copy Chief, as in ‘The Copy Chief shuffles the fifty Grammar cards.’ If you mix in the Style cards, the dealer is the Author, the players are Copy Editors … and the deck is huge.” New Yorker Comma Queen Mary Norris writes about Stet!, a spinoff from Random House copy chief Benjamin Dreyer’s 2019 book Dreyer’s English. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, Random House, Dreyer, Mary Norris, STET, Benjamin Dreyer, 08.03.20

Brent Carver, Tony Award Winner For ‘Kiss Of The Spider-Woman,’ Has Died At 68

Carver, one of Canada’s great stage actors, “was an artist who demanded the most from himself, opening up his heart to reveal the pain and beauty of life. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.” – CBC
Tags: Art, People, Canada, 08.06.20

Is The British Theatre Critic Tradition Coming To An End?

It is hard to think of a leading critic under fifty. There is no new generation in sight. This is unprecedented. Billington was barely thirty when he began at The Guardian, older than Nightingale when he started at The Statesman. Much is made of the fact that Tynan took over at The Observer when he was 27, but Hobson was only 31 when he began as a theatre critic and James Agate was 30 when he began at The Guardian. The great critics, in short, always began before they were forty. Who are their...
Tags: Art, Theatre, The Guardian, Hobson, Billington, Tynan, 08.06.20, James Agate

‘A Video Diary Of What Dancers Do Inside’: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s New Choreography Project(s)

“From her house in Amsterdam, she has taken to creating dance films, all three to five minutes in length, with performers around the world. Dancers from Tulsa Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and more have already taken part, with others scheduled in the coming months.” – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Amsterdam, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, 07.31.20, Tulsa Ballet Joffrey Ballet Dutch National Ballet

Leon Fleisher: More About The Struggle Than The Triumph

The truth of Fleisher is in his own questions, his dogged pursuit of answers (from spiritual healers to experimental treatments) is more interesting than the answer itself. You can’t help but listen to “Two Hands” (the title itself suggestive of juxtaposition; a distant cousin of “on the one hand…”) without hearing simply the music. It’s about the truth behind it. To quote Fleisher, “You will never get the answer until you listen to what you do, and ‘til you really hear the music and make a dec...
Tags: Art, People, Fleisher, Leon Fleisher, 08.05.20

God, What A Treat To See Live Dance Again, Writes New York Times Critic

Gia Kourlas: “It didn’t bode well that the first live dance I was going to see since mid-March was one I had seen many times before. Sunshine, a Larry Keigwin war horse set to the Bill Withers classic ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ can give a dancer the opportunity to really feel the music in all the worst ways. It’s treacly stuff. So I’m happy to say that as soon as Melvin Lawovi began to move, my chest tightened; I even sensed — the horror — some tears.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Bill Withers, Larry Keigwin, Gia Kourlas, New York Times Critic, 08.03.20, Melvin Lawovi

Warner Henry, 82 – Quintessential LA Classical Music Funder

A central figure in the rise of classical music in the city, Henry supported numerous arts organizations including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, the Colburn School, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Camerata Pacifica and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Henry, 08.07.20, Warner Henry

Meet Canada’s New $2 Coin

The artwork appearing on the toonie honouring his legacy is known as Xhuwaji, Haida Grizzly Bear. Reid painted it in 1988 on a ceremonial drum belonging to the Sam family of Ahousat, B.C. – CBC
Tags: Art, Canada, Sam, Visual, Reid, 08.05.20

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