To create Sabi, a McKinsey-trained former VC paired with all-star designer Yves Behar. Their process offers lessons about finding a good business opportunity--and a monumental change in American life.
I can’t find Joe Belfiore. It’s November, and I’m at a Windows Phone event in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, where the lobby walls are caked in banners of pink and blue, colorful hues that Microsoft’s mobile software has become known for. But Belfiore is nowhere to be found. He’s hidden himself behind a set of side doors, where he’s crouched down on a dark staircase, munching on a sandwich.
As a sometimes-communicator of sciencey ideas through moving pictures, I have an unabashed obsession with Charles and Ray Eames’s masterpiece Powers of Ten. (You know, the film that does a long zoom from quarks all the way out to the edge of the visible universe?) So it’s partly with delight and partly (OK, mostly) with jealousy that I offer you Micro-Macro, an animated short film that visualizes the nested scales of the physical universe using stop-motion-animated food.
What does music look like? You’d have to be synaesthetic to really answer that question, but the rest of us can get a glimpse thanks to motion-capture technology.
One compelling approach to sustainable building is simply giving an old structure a new skin. Which is exactly what MLRP did to this formerly graffiti-covered center for visiting kindergarten classes in newly upgraded Copenhagen Park, contrasting the dark timber façade with gigantic funhouse mirrors at each end that reflect the surrounding landscape.
“This engages a play with perspective, reflection and transformation,” the Danish-American architects writes.
Nineteen-thirties New York was a newspaper photographer’s dream. It was the golden age of Murder Inc., a gang of Jewish hitmen, and small-time wiseguys and would-be stool pigeons were getting popped left and right, as governmental agencies tried to clamp down on organized crime. Plenty of photojournalists prowled the streets, consigning all that blood to history. But perhaps none was more inventive, or, to the point, more sensational, than an Austrian-born immigrant who went by the name of Weegee.
One of the many ways design can make your life better is by adding value to stuff you’ve already got laying around the house. Case in point: the new Cuppow, a clever molded lid for turning an ordinary Ball canning jar into a travel mug.
The idea originated Joshua Resnikoff, a grad student in biomedical engineering, and his wife, Christine, who took their concept to designer Aaron Panone to work out the technical details.
Your skin remedies come in swish packaging. So why not your methadone?
That’s the needling idea behind Habit, a concept by recent d-school grad Morey Talmor for stashing rehab substances in slick black bottles and syringes that wouldn’t look out of place at the MAC counter (but would look terribly out of place at your local methadone clinic). “[Addiction drugs] are almost never really ‘designed’ and like most prescription drugs have a pretty unappealing generic look,” Talmor tells Co.Design.