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How Brexit Could Impact The Creative Industry

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. Here's how design might change as a result. Today, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum known as Brexit. As a result, markets have plummeted and a general sense of uncertainty has spread across the West. Could it also negatively impact creative industries? Read Full Story

Art Under the High Line

The High Line might be known for, among other things, the seasonal artworks that spring up amongst the plantings, but this morning I noticed a couple buildings that reveal the desire to squeeze art into the spaces beneath the elevated...Show More Summary

Durable goods orders fell sharply in May, mostly due to lower defense aircraft demand

Orders for long-lasting factory goods fell more sharply than expected in May, amid a huge drop in defense aircraft orders. Defense aircraft orders plunged 34 percent, while orders that excluded transportation were down 0.3 percent. Excluding defense, orders fell 0.9 percent. READ MORE

Consumer sentiment dips in June, but no recession is anticipated

Consumers were a bit less optimistic in June due to rising concerns about prospects for the economy. While no recession is anticipated, consumers increasingly expect a slower pace of growth in the year ahead. Importantly, the persistent...Show More Summary

How Ove Arup Brought Engineers Out Of The Shadows

The legendary engineer's building philosophy has never been more relevant. This summer, he's getting his first major museum retrospective. In 1956, the Danish architect Jørn Utzon's won the competition to build the Sydney Opera House with a visionary charcoal sketch of the now-iconic design. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 6/24/16

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 6/24/16 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: May new home sales dipped 6.0 percent from April but still up 8.7...Show More Summary

This Brilliant Light Fixture Is Built From Its Own Packaging Tube

Finally, a way to assuage your Amazon Prime guilt. Anyone with a rightfully abused Amazon Prime subscription has felt the guilt. You have a pile of boxes on your doorstep, most of which contain at least one more box inside that contains the actual product. Show More Summary

These Radical Ideas Show How Nature Can Inform Sustainable Design

The latest Biomimicry Global Design Challenge winners take their inspiration from the original innovation master. Before humans ever conceived of sustainable design, nature was doing a good job. Plants and animals have evolved to use energy efficiently, to be multi-functional yet balanced, and to use information to carry out living processes. Show More Summary

Type Is The Most Important Element Of Your Company's Brand

Type designer Bruno Maag argues that type, not a logo, is the most important aspect of any great brand. "Type is your brand," says type legend Bruno Maag, founder of font studio Dalton Maag. Read Full Story

Initial unemployment claims fall 18,000 in latest report

In the week ending June 18, initial unemployment claims were 259,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 277,000. The 4-week moving average was 267,000, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 269,250. READ MORE

Mortgage loan applications rise 2.9 percent in latest survey as rates fall to lowest level since May 2013

The Market Composite Index increased 2.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with refinances rising 7 percent and purchase loans falling 2 percent. The average interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to its lowest level since May 2013. READ MORE

Leading Economic Index declined in May as initial unemployment claims rose

The US LEI declined in May, primarily due to a sharp increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance. While the LEI suggests the economy will continue growing at a moderate pace in the near term, volatility in financial markets and a moderating outlook in labor markets could pose downside risks to growth. READ MORE

May new home sales dipped 6.0 percent from April but still up 8.7 percent year-on-year

Sales of new single-family houses in May 2016 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 551,000. This is 6.0 percent below the revised April rate of 586,000, but is 8.7 percent above the May 2015 estimate of 507,000. READ MORE

SpotMini May Be The First Robot That Actually Makes Sense In A Home

For the first time, we can picture how a robot could be agile and helpful enough to deserve scraps off our dinner table. You read stories about how robots will save Japan's aging population, tucking them into bed and doing their dishes. Show More Summary

Apple Patents A Clever UI Trick For Using Your Phone With One Hand

The patent shows an iPhone that can dynamically adjust its UI to the way it's being held. Criticizing larger, so-called "phablets," Steve Jobs once said that the iPhone was the perfect size, because you could easily use it with one hand. Show More Summary

The City Of The Future Is In Ohio

Self-driving shuttles, super-smart buses, an independent payment network, and more: Welcome to the Great Columbus Experiment. In some ways, Columbus is the every-city. It's at the very center of a state known as the "heart" of America. Show More Summary

Google Created Its Own Laws of Robotics

Building robots that don't harm humans is an incredibly complex challenge. Here are the rules guiding design at Google. In his famous Robot series of stories and novels, Isaac Asimov created the fictional Laws of Robotics, which read: Read Full Story

How Fashion Brands Are Starting To Design Like Tech Companies

A focus on R&D has a new wave of fashion companies testing designs the way developers test software. Inside Lululemon Labs, the cultish activewear brand's 11th New York City location that opened in March, there's not a single $100 yoga pant in sight. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #909

Here are some photos of Hal Ingberg Architecte's Chromazone installation inside the New Cultural Centre in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in Montreal. (Photos: Steve Montpetit – many more photos can be found in Hal Ingberg's Chromazone Flickr Set)...Show More Summary

Ivanka Trump Accused Of Copying Shoe Design

Look at these stilettos. Compare them carefully. Then plunge their heels through your eye sockets, because they're just that hideous. Gaseous orange gonad and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has a reputation for being a man designers hate to work for, which goes a long way toward explaining those hats. Show More Summary

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