What's the difference between a Cartier diamond bracelet and a Bakelite bangle? For Denise Julia Reytan, not much. In her new paradoxically titled series "Precious Plastic," the Berlin artist weaves together valuable and everyday objects into necklaces -- brightly colored, imaginative assemblages -- in a process she calls "material painting."
It makes good sense to recycle your computer, your plastic bottles, your old Fast Company magazines (so we can turn them into new ones!) But your toothbrush? Gross.
Still, if you replace your toothbrush every three months, as the American Dental Association suggests, that's four toothbrushes a year. Multiply that by every man, woman and child in America, and that's a staggering 1.25B (with a B!) toothbrushes a year.
There was a time when any electric or hybrid car had to look unlike any other car on the market, as if car designers were insistent that having a different engine on the inside meant that the outside also had to scream fuel efficiency. Since the Tesla Roadster and, more recently, the Chevy Volt, that perception has started to change: A car can have an electric engine and still look like a car. BMW just took it a step further, with high-end electric sports cars that look like the car of the future.
One of the best things about flying is the bird's-eye view: the vast patchwork of farmland, the manicured suburban plots with their glistening swimming pools, and the seemingly endless stretches of ocean. As details become indiscernible, the landscape takes on a striking regularity and chaos turns to order. The Stuttgart-based photographer Stephan Zirwes captures that perspective, rendering natural and man-made settings into stunning abstract compositions.
After spending over 30 years designing work environments for companies of all shapes and sizes, I have a pretty clear idea of what goes into making a company great. How can a designer possess such insight? Well, through the design process, I've gotten up-close looks into who and what makes an organization tick. While I believe a good workplace design supports an organization's success and that it can be a key agent for reinforcing ideals, I am equally convinced that office design can't have much of an impact unless the following five boxes are checked.
In this age of digital wizardry in filmmaking, doing things the hard way is a perversely effective way of standing out. It worked for Nick Gurewitch and his friends, who shot a web comedy series on 16mm celluloid. And it sure seems to be working for Evan Glodell, who not only wrote, produced, directed, co-edited, and starred in his new feature film Bellflower -- he freaking made the cameras he shot it on.
Face painting is a simple pleasure most of us gave up when we turned 7 -- unless we ran off to join the circus. But singer Olga Bell is bringing it back 21st-century style in her new music video, which uses face-tracking algorithms to scan her facial movements while she sings and project interactive patterns back onto her face based on those movements. The effect feels simple and timeless, but also unavoidably futuristic at the same time.
Most of us can only dream of the six-figure salaries and huge signing bonuses commanded by top talent in Silicon Valley. Of course those salaries are, in part, a function of labor scarcity: You don't find math whizzes that can tweak Google's search algorithms just anywhere, so employers have to pay dearly for that talent. But Silicon Valley isn't necessarily paved with streets of gold, especially for those with non-engineering tech jobs.