Iris van Herpen, the Alexander McQueen of tech geeks, is set unveil her first big solo show at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.
There are countless benefits to urbanization. Preserving flora and fauna isn’t one of them. The more people you’ve got in a city, the less room it has for things that aren’t people.
So here’s a wacky proposal from the Dutch architects Waterstudio.nl: Build urban wildlife habitats on water (something plenty of cities have in spades).
Mathematics is one of humankind’s most astoundingly powerful inventions. (Or "discoveries," if you fall on that side of the philosophy debate.) If design is broadly defined as "making things make sense," then mathematics may be the ultimate design achievement of our species. And mathematicians, scientists, and other number-slingers often describe certain equations or numerical patterns in the same way designers talk about their favorite products: "elegant," "beautiful," "true," et cetera.
New technology, by its very definition, has bugs--a frustration for the general user, but a major opportunity for the artist. “These flaws give artists opportunities to explore new mediums in ways that were unintended yet poetic,” Matthew Plummer-Fernandez tells Co.Design.
Were you bored in school? Guess what, so was Einstein! Does that make you a genius, too? Not likely, but according to a new project called Born to Learn, it does suggest that our educational practices might need a rethink. The project’s main thrust is a series of short, simple animations aimed at raising awareness about how the minds of young humans are "born to learn"--but not necessarily "be taught." Here’s their intro:
"Your brain is the planet’s most powerful learning machine.
If you haven’t heard, all signs are pointing to a Facebook IPO in 2012. And if you have heard, I bet you know exactly two things about that fact: 1. Mark Zuckerberg will become very, very rich. 2. Facebook is HUGE!
True enough. But let’s look into the whole situation a little more deeply with an infographic created by AccountingDegreeOnline. The first bit isn’t totally surprising--but when you see the numbers laid out, it’s rather breathtaking.
I’ve been a mostly satisfied Android user for a few years now, but if there’s one thing that is seriously making me consider switching to the iPhone, it’s the camera. I was recently swapping baby photos with fellow new dad Mat Honan, and I was blown away by what his iPhone 4 was able to capture. It looked equal to (or maybe better?) than what my Canon DSLR could do.
Then again, my DSLR packs a boatload of professional-grade features and ergonomics.
Pentagram is such a colossal force in the design world, that it’s easy to forget that the consultancy is a constellation of only 16 partners, each a bright star on their own. Daniel Weil is a good case in point: He’s an architect, industrial designer, and art director who’s done everything from packaging Pet Shop Boys albums to designing retail spaces for the British brand Boots.