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BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/25/15

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/25/15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: July new home sales up 5.4 percent from June and nearly 26 percent...Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/21/15

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/21/15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Existing home sales rose to eight-year high in July even as inventory...Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/20/15

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/20/15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: July building permits fell 16.3 percent from June but still up 7.5...Show More Summary

This Illustrator Has Created A Picture A Day For The Last Eight Years

Mike Winkelmann has been creating a daily illustration since 2007. Now over 3,000 images in, his work has started to veer into science fiction territory. Artist Mike Winkelmann has been making an illustration every day for eight years. Show More Summary

Zoom Wants Healthcare to Be More Like Visiting An Apple Store

The Portland, Oregon-based company has a plan to redesign the "full stack" of medical services and health insurance. There's one reliable way to get on-demand healthcare in the United States: have (or wait for) something medically serious to happen to you, and then haul yourself up the triage desk at your local ER. Show More Summary

Typographic Forestry and Other Landscapes of Translation

[Image: The cover for About Trees, edited by Katie Holten]. Artist Katie Holten has just published an interesting book called About Trees. It is essentially an edited compilation of texts about, yes, trees, but also about forests, landscapes...Show More Summary

From The Creator Of "Spelltower," A Version Of Solitaire That Actually Works On The iPhone

Nothing about Sage Solitaire screams DESIGN! And yet it might be one of the best designed games of the year. Most mobile games are shame-plays. Angry Birds and Clash of Clans might be your favorite time wasters, but only when no one's watching. Show More Summary

Virtual Reality's Biggest Weakness Could Make It The Next Nintendo Wii

Looking silly might not be VR's achilles heel, but a path to acceptance. The internet had a good laugh when Palmer Luckey appeared on the cover of Time, looking joyous and fantastically awkward. (I still think every bit of that cover...Show More Summary

Marian Bantjes Makes A Poster Out Of Dirt From Her Travels

The "Michelangelo of custom lettering" gets earthy with her latest impossibly intricate design. Designer Marian Bantjes has been collecting soil and sand from her travels for over six years. After traveling to locations as far-flungShow More Summary

How Ammunition And Apple's Ex-CEO Plan To Disrupt The "Design Center" Of The Smartphone World

John Sculley and Apple's former lead designer reveal two sub-$200 Android smartphones that prove great design can come cheap. Both John Sculley and Ammunition Group's Robert Brunner left Apple before the iPhone era. Sculley, the former...Show More Summary

A Metronome-Inspired Interface For Streaming Music Makes Finding New Tunes A Breeze

Get in touch with your music through "Radio Activity." The good thing about Spotify is the thousands of songs at your fingertips. The near infinite database is also bad thing for some, since discovering new tunes or picking an album can take a lot of time—everything becomes a decision. Read Full Story

How Facebook M Will Hook Us On Shopping At Facebook

A new personal assistant called Facebook M allows you to buy things by chatting with a Faceless assistant in Messenger. In March, Facebook quietly revealed a major play. Their Messenger platform, with 700 million users, would be updated to allow you to buy things right in the chat window. Show More Summary

These Stylish Geometric Clutches Are Made From Folded Paper

Petit Fou's colorful paper purses don't come with a lifetime guarantee—but they're pretty while they last. Paper is alive and well at Paperlux, a Hamburg-based design studio that specializes in paper etchings and paper-based packaging for high end clients like Hermès, Volkswagen and Alexander Mcqueen. Show More Summary

Add 5 Million Photo Filters, Just By Swiping

A new photo app called Infltr uses clever UX to juggle near infinite color options. Instagram offers a few dozen filters that can leave you confounded, swiping and tapping back and forth in existential crisis. Infltr, a new iOS app, has more than 5 million. Yet amazingly, they're never more than a split second away. Read Full Story

A Condom Package That You'll Just Know Is The Right Size For You

A stroke of genius. The world of condoms has been ruined by gimmicks and branding. It's been invaded by ancient armies covered in tropical lubes where euphemisms like "snugger fit" and bragging rights like "magnum" are our only guidance toward better tailored latex. Read Full Story

Philips Just Made It Stupid Simple To Install Smarthome Lighting

The "smart home" is slowly becoming user friendly. A lot of intelligent people believe that a platform like Apple's HomeKit will be the way we control the smart home of the future. But I'd bet on it looking a lot more like the new wireless...Show More Summary

Waste Your Day Away With This Gold Mine Of Games Made Specifically For Designers

Whether you want to learn proper kerning or wile away time in Photoshop, a new website has the perfect game for you to try. We love video games for designers and design lovers. Like this one. And this one. Or this one. Read Full Sto...

How A 26-Year-Old Painter's Work Inspired Valentino's 2015 Winter Collection

Melbourne-based artist Esther Stewart got to live out a fashion designer's dream after her work was discovered by a Valentino designer. In January, 26-year-old painter Esther Stewart sat alongside the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild runway...Show More Summary

These Elegant Sculptures Measure Atmospheric Conditions

The Norwegian design duo Kneip harnesses the natural world in "Weathered." Based in Oslo, Kneip occupies the fertile middle ground between art and design. Like artists, Stian Korntved Ruud and Jørgen Platou Willumsen explore and interpret cultural concepts, but they often do so through the lens of functionality. Read Full Story

Modern Glasses Purpose-Designed For Beer Drinking

Knock back your suds in style. Serious wine drinkers have dozens of specially shaped glasses to choose from, each promising to tease out subtle flavors and aromas. As craft beer connoisseurship continues to build, so does demand for glasses that do the same. Show More Summary

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