All the drugs in the world couldn’t replicate the cosmic head screw of Katharina Grosse’s latest art installation, which closed recently at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).
Recently, at the PopTech Conference in Camden, Maine, Jan Chipchase, Frog’s all-star field researcher, was giving a presentation on his travels in search of novel design solutions when a person in the audience lobbed a pointed question: “What is your motivation? Why do you do this?” When Chipchase began to respond, the audience member interrupted and asked again, “No, what is your motivation?” The follow-up hanging in the air was, “How do you sleep at night?”
As the back and forth continued, the hostility became more palpable. The audience grew quiet and unsettled.
Los Angeles designer Peter Treadway wanted to hop on the train one day but--this being L.A., where everything is a maddening car ride away--he would’ve had to walk a mile, or about 20 to 30 minutes, to reach the closest station. “It was too hard to use public transit at the spur of the moment, which seemed crazy to me,” he tells Co.Design.
Everyone knows that hosting the Olympics is just an excuse to brag about your country to the rest of the world. Which helps explain the rather sprawling self-aggrandizement of a forthcoming exhibit at the London V&A: It’s a show dedicated to “the best of British design and creative talent” from 1948--the last time London got to promote itself before a captive global audience--to the summer of 2012.
What do you do when your favorite kicks spring a leak? Unless you’re game for a duct-taping project, you give them an unceremonious chuck. Many shoes, especially of the cheaper variety, are composed of glued components that can’t be replaced. A new project by recent Eindhoven grad Eugenia Morpurgo challenges consumers to take matters into their own hands by empowering them to maintain their canvas flats with a kit of replacement parts.
Morpurgo’s Repair It Yourself shoes snap together and come apart easily so that the insole and outsole can be replaced.
Right now, we’re in the thick of college-bowl season: The Orange Bowl is tonight, the Cotton Bowl is on Friday, and Monday brings the championship Sugar Bowl, pitting LSU against Alabama. (Geaux Tigers!) Unless you live under a rock in the farthest reaches of Alaska--hi there!--or anywhere other than the U.S., you know that those games are unbelievably lucrative. But it might come as a surprise just how large the numbers are.
If you got a fancy new DSLR camera this holiday season, you might have been disappointed to discover that having a big lens sticking out of the front of your camera doesn’t magically turn you into Ansel Adams. And the thick owner’s manual may tell you how to fiddle with your camera’s settings, but it doesn’t explain anything about the basics of actually making a decent photograph.
Love him or hate him, Malcolm Gladwell has made an indelible impact on how zillions of people see the world via his best-selling books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. If there were a Criterion Collection for nonfiction, these volumes would be in it--and now, thanks to the efforts of designer Paul Sahre and illustrator Brian Rea, you can actually buy a handsome boxed set of Gladwell’s three hits that wouldn’t look out of place next to your Stanley Kubrick collection.