Another brilliant map buy Eric Fischer shows people’s virtual and physical networks, as revealed by Twitter.
Last fall I raved about Codecademy, a startup offering super-simple--and brilliantly designed--interactive programming lessons. It was the first time I’d seen a "teach yourself programming" tool that actually looked engaging enough to use myself. Since then Codecademy has landed $2.5 million in venture capital and become the hot startup du jour.
The Internet isn’t just on your computer screen anymore. It’s also on your phone, your tablet, your laptop, and god knows what else in the next few years. So when you visit a modern webpage, its design should take our multiplatform world into account, and morph to ideally match the size and shape of the screen you’re viewing it on. This is called "responsive design," and it’s becoming more and more common--so much that, at least personally, when I view a blog on my phone and it doesn’t auto-shift to a mobile-optimized version, I get annoyed.
After years of contamination at the hands of heavy industry, the Vltava, the longest river in the Czech Republic, is experiencing something of a rebirth. The waterfront has become prized real estate, and the river is regaining its cultural cache. One pair of Prague architects, Ondrej Lipensky and Andrea Kubna, even proposes to restore it to the watering hole it was before the industrial revolution.
How do you create a piece of architecture without destroying nature? Tetsuo Kondo has found a way, with a temporary elevated ramp that winds its way around the 300-year-old trees of Kadriorg Park near Tallinn, Estonia.
A Path in the Forest was part of last September’s European Capital of Culture events, which included 11 installations in and around Tallinn. The 311-foot-long steel structure, anchored by the surrounding trees, can hold one person (about 176 pounds) per meter.
Today at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford unveiled the MKZ Concept, which is meant to herald a rebirth for its once-mighty, now struggling Lincoln brand. If it looks bold and even a bit foreign for the Lincoln brand, that’s the hope. "We believe that the trend of reimagined retro has gone by the wayside," Max Wolff, Lincoln’s head of design, tells Co.Design. "For Lincoln, the MKZ is about looking forward rather than back."
Far from being a mere concept, Wolff insists that the production MKZ that reaches showrooms later this year will look virtually identical to the concept you see here.
Let’s get this out of the way. The OLPC XO-3, the rugged ultra-low-cost tablet addition to the One Laptop Per Child family, newly launched at CES 2012, is much thicker than the concept tablet, which they showed in 2009. Plus, it’s missing the ring!
"They’re still the ultimate goal," says Yves Béhar, founder of fuseproject and OLPC Chief Designer.
Starting up a business is hard work, really hard work. Every day, the founders have to juggle mundane tasks: pitching new clients or investors, making sure there’s toner in the printer, sweet-talking clients, and managing contractors--all while having cash-flow-related panic attacks.
With all these daily commitments constantly eating up your precious time, it leaves little room for the important stuff, the reason you started the business to begin with: to do things your own way, by pursuing your own unique vision and building an organization around it.