Pop Chart Lab gets literary for its latest infographic masterpiece: a schoolhouse-friendly poster of old-school sentence diagramming. Infographics, when done well, can organize otherwise tangled bits of data for the purpose of illuminating a larger insight. Show More Summary
I’ve often mentioned that when export sales exceed import purchases, it’s a bonus for a regional economy.
The prestigious Saatchi Gallery has teamed up with Google+ to launch the inaugural Motion Photography Prize (read: GIF prize). See the best entries here. Finally, the lofty gallery world sees GIFs for what they truly are: works of art. Show More Summary
Designers from Shutterstock re-imagine 2013's Best Picture nominees through a pop art lens. For the second year in a row, stock photography agency Shutterstock has asked its design team to mash-up its library of 30 million stock photos,...Show More Summary
Using the social media of the gossip column and town square to separate themselves from the crowd, the dandy of the 19th century makes snapping a selfie look like the model of restraint. Ask many critics, and they will tell you that the selfie is, perhaps, the greatest scourge of narcissism to have ever infected the minds of youth. Show More Summary
Mac users have deeper connection with their computers than PC users do with theirs. Few ad campaigns in recent times have been as memorable as the "Hello, I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" series from a few years back. The ads showed Justin Long as the hip embodiment of Mac users and John Hodgman as the stiff personification of PC folk. Show More Summary
These photos, by German artist Simon Menner, prove you probably can't. Do you pride yourself on having a good eye? Do you think you notice details others don't? Well, test yourself by finding the sniper hiding in these deceptively tranquil-looking landscapes. Read Full Story
The mobile device can assume the shape of an armband, a phone, a tablet, and more. Welcome to the future. How many gadgets do you tote around at any given time? Your smartphone, of course. But also maybe a tablet or an e-reader or a fitness band or a second smartphone. Show More Summary
This wearable device hacks our sense of time with fragrances designed to amplify our circadian rhythms. Created by Aisen Caro Chacin, the Scent Rhythm watch is a wrist-mounted timepiece that emits unique aromas at different times of the day, allowing you to not just tell the passage of time, but to smell it. Read Full Story
In the run-up to the 86th Academy Awards, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Terence Winter explains the choices he made with Martin Scorsese that turned Wolf into a tour de force. Any film that reaches audiences is the end result of countless choices by a broad range of players. Show More Summary
How to Study Public Life by Jan Gehl and Birgitte SvarreIsland Press, 2013Hardcover, 200 pagesIn the question-and-answer session that followed a book talk given by Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre at the Center for Architecture on February...Show More Summary
Reed Construction Data (RCD) announced today that the value of January construction starts, excluding residential contracts, fell 15.3% after declining in December as well, -13.3%. This year’s kick-off dollar volume, $18.6 billion, was the lowest since February 2013’s $16.4 billion.
People would rather pay two bucks for a sealed, clean drink than stoop over a dirty-looking public trough. Better design could help. The city of London got its first public drinking fountain in 1859, built by the Metropolitan Free Drinking...Show More Summary
They're easier to control than more modern prisons. Still, yeesh. In rapidly industrializing Victorian England, rising crime levels (and public fretting over the "criminal classes") led to a prison construction boom. Between 1842 and 1877, 90 prisons were built in the country. Show More Summary
What if Woody starred in Dallas Buyers Club, and Nemo in Philomena? One of the storytelling rules at Pixar is to build up the stakes: "Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don't succeed? Stack the odds against." Read Full Story
Lucas Foglia documents how mining is changing the American West. Since 2006, San Francisco-based photographer Lucas Foglia has been traveling through the American West to document the mining boom that has overtaken rural areas of states like Wyoming and Montana in a compilation of striking images. Read Full Story
Bellabeat is a digital log and information resource for pregnant women who want to monitor their health (and that of their babies) in between doctor visits. Over the course of pregnancy, a woman will go to the doctor around a dozen times. Show More Summary
The latest employment numbers suggest that following a December freeze marked by a 45,000 drop in total employment, Canada’s labour market thawed somewhat in January.
Mustached New Yorkers, not teenage girls, were the creators of the arm's-length selfie. As long as cavemen have been smearing stick figures on walls in Southern France, people have been making self-portraits. Who took the first 21st-century-style selfie, though? You know, that photographic self-portrait taken while holding a camera at arm's length? Read Full Story
A haunting reminder of the invisible design that surrounds us. What does a snowfall look like? Not as it floats down from a gray sky to land upon an outstretched tongue, but as it grows from a single molecule? It looks like some kind of crystal flower, blossoming from a singularity in space-time. Read Full Story