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This Piano Is Played By Clouds

And it sounds a lot like Schoenberg. We often stare at the clouds to see the images hiding inside. But maybe we should be listening instead. Cloud Piano is an installation coming soon to L'assaut de la Menuiserie in Saint-Etienne, France. Show More Summary

Victoria's Secret Loses Trademark Battle Over "Pink" Brand

A judge's stern reminder: underwear is not outerwear Over in London, Pink button-downs are in and Pink bras are out, thanks to a court ruling that Victoria's Secret's Pink brand of lingerie infringes on U.K and European trademarks held by premium shirtmaker Thomas Pink. Read Full Story

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/1/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/1/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Planned job cuts jumped in July largely due to Microsoft layoffsShow More Summary

One Man's Mission To Design Better Chopsticks For The Disabled

Japanese craftsman Katsuyuki Miyabi custom tailors chopsticks to the unique needs of his clients. For the inexperienced Westerner, using chopsticks can be a maddening affair. Imagine how much worse it must be, though, for the disabled:...Show More Summary

Book Review: Eastwest

Eastwest: Nabil Gholam Architects edited by Warren Singh-Bartlett and Ana CorberóOscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2014Hardcover, 496 pagesEven before cracking the spine on this monograph on Lebanese architect Nabil Gholam (nba), it's clear that the book is something special. Show More Summary

Can An iPhone App Help A Short Guy Get Tall?

Co.Design's shortest writer puts himself on the digital rack. The results were not what he expected. Confession: I'm short. Read Full Story

U.S. July Jobs Advance Good, but not Sufficient to Inspire Cartwheels

The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation report sets out a 209,000-increase in the total number of U.S. jobs in July versus June.

Apple's 1986 Fashion Line Has Become Fashionable For The First Time

1986's geekwear would fit into any Brooklyn bar today. It's easy to forget that Steve Jobs had a few bad ideas. For instance, after visiting Sony in the 1980s and admiring the zealous, uniformed staff, he pitched Apple's own employees...Show More Summary

A Pot That Unfolds As Your Plant Grows

Made of silicone, the Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso grows with the plant inside it. At least when I do not own them, plants are living things. They grow, and they need space to do so. But the pots we put our plants in aren't up for the task. Made of clay or plastic, they do not grow alongside the plants they are designed to house. Read Full Story

Where Could You Buy Pot In NYC?

R/GA visualizes where dispensaries could open in New York. Hello, Astoria! Earlier this summer, the governor of New York signed the state's first medical marijuana law, joining 23 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing some form of legal medical marijuana usage. Show More Summary

The YouTube Of Data Visualization Is Here

A new site called Dadaviz aims to make quality visualizations just as social and discoverable on the web as video or music. When you want to watch web videos, you often go to YouTube. When you want to listen to music from indie artists, you might hit up Soundcloud. Show More Summary

The Badass Postal Service Branding That Could Have Been

Last year, the U.S. Post Office updated its look, but killed one of the coolest parts first. For about a year now, the U.S. Postal Service has been looking pretty good. Newly branded signage, mailers, and touchscreens have freshened up the USPS identity. Show More Summary

3 Business Lessons From The Sinaloa Drug Cartel

Innovate like a syndicate. Blockbuster is gone. So are Lehman Brothers, Atari, Pan Am, Circuit City and countless others each year. Startups fail, too, with 80% going belly up within the first 18 months. But here's something to consider in comparison: criminal syndicates don't go out of business. Show More Summary

Burning Question: Is A Sundae In A Can Good Design?

The creator of the cronut is back, again. This time he takes on cans. Dominique Ansel--the prolific pastry chef behind viral confectionaries like cronuts and cookie shots--has unveiled his latest innovation. It's a sundae in a can. That's a nod to Andy Warhol and a brain freeze to you. Pull-tops can maim you. Read Full Story

Don't Want Drones In Your Space? Johnny Dronehunter Will Shoot Them Down For You

A Utah company is marketing its shotgun silencer through a fictional metalhead who shoots down drones for a living. The Federal Aviation Administration may still be figuring out how to politely negotiate with commercial drones in the airspace, but goateed metalhead Johnny Dronehunter doesn't wait for rules, man. Show More Summary

This Giant Touchscreen Is Borderline Senseless, But Shhh

It piques the imagination, and that's enough. We could tell you that this 16-foot-long touchscreen table is some hyper-efficient glimpse at the future of project management because it supports half a dozen people digging through media files at once. Show More Summary

Glass Panel Pops Out Of 18th-Story Window, Reminding Us That Nothing Is Safe

The downside of great high-rise views? Falling walls of glass. A part of a window fell off a high-rise office building this morning in midtown Manhattan, raining shards of glass down onto the street below and injuring three pedestrians. Read Full Story

The Wonderful World of Endowments and Don’t You Wish You Had One?

Business news broadcasts carry snippets of information, often seen scurrying across the bottom of television screens, updating viewers on leading economic indicators.

When Instagram Redesigns Its Android App, It Should Look Just Like This

This concept proves that Google's material design philosophy would translate beautifully to non-Google apps. When Google introduced its big thesis on Material Design in June, the ideas looked great playing out in Android's system interface,...Show More Summary

Pop Chart Labs Puts Its Own Spin On The Hip-Hop Vocabulary Flow Chart

Now featuring Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Jedi Mind Tricks and more. For the uninitiated, the assumption is that rappers don't exactly have extensive vocabularies. Sure, old fogeys might say, the average rapper might be equipped...Show More Summary

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