Close readers of this site already know that infographics were around long before Photoshop. But these sociological charts of black history, hand-made by students of famed African-American thinker and activist W.E.B. DuBois at Atlanta University in 1900, pack a serious punch. The Civil War had only ended decades earlier, and freed slaves and their descendants were hardly enjoying a post-racist paradise.
There have never been more luxury hotels for business travelers to choose from -- and there have never been more gimmicks, either, whether it's a giant golden log in the lobby or an Edie Sedgwick lookalike lounging theatrically in a glass tank behind the concierge. That might explain why, like Colin Firth and many before him, scads of professionals prefer the corporate comforts of a Trump -- however vomitous the taste.
We love it when designers attempt to reinvent the mundane, and Netherlands-based inventor Dieter Volkers basically makes that his whole job. He combines squishy materials with traditionally rigid objects to create whimsical products like this doorknob that doubles as an air horn to announce incoming guests.
Whatever you do in these weird, wild, "Lady Robot dancing with Tony Manero" platform booties, you'll feel très fashion forward. That's because they come right out of a printer.
Designed by Brazil-born Andreia Chaves and introduced at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week earlier this month, the Invisible Shoes are a feet -- sorry, feat! -- of cutting-edge technology, their flashy good looks only possible as a result of rapid-prototyping.
Today, any brand has a potential army of credible, unpaid spokespeople that are willing to work on its behalf. And this army is the exact same group of people who are willing to work against it.
This is the new world of what I call the "post-positioning era" of branding. In the post-positioning era of branding, what you say about your product or service matters almost nothing at all, and what I, the consumer, can do with it matters completely.
The new conditions of brand success:
From our shores, the Egyptian uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak might seem like it happened in a flash -- that it was one great crescendo that reached a tidy and inevitable climax. But for Egyptians themselves, the protests and clashes must have seemed like a roller coaster -- day by day, the news brought conflicting signals about what would happen. But what were the biggest events? When did hopes ebb and crest?
Some say that the best industrial design is invisible, and if you notice it, something's wrong. That's seems especially true with medical devices, which most people only encounter when... well, something's wrong. So when med-tech firm Varian wanted to redesign their line of high-energy X-ray machines (which are used to treat scary stuff like malignant tumors), they brought in the big guns at BMW Group DesignworksUSA.