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Philosophy for Children

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Most of us have read this classic children’s book, Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss. But how many of us have probed its “questions about the nature of human knowledge”?

 

The last paragraph’s quoted text all comes from Teaching Children Philosophy‘s Horton Hears a Who module. The project, an outgrowth of Mount Holyoke College professor Tom Wartenberg’s course “Philosophy for Children,” comes premised on the notion not only that youngsters can learn philosophy, but that they possess minds particularly well-suited to its study. Teaching Children Philosophy draws out the relevant philosophical issues and questions from the books they’ve been reading already, from the epistemology of Horton Hears a Who! to the metaphysics of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble to philosophy of mind in Harold and the Purple Crayon. Targeted toward parents, educators, and kids themselves, the site promises great solace to any philosophically minded reader (or reader-aloud) of children’s stories who feel they have long since exhausted the depths of these beloved slim volumes. “How does Horton know that this voice means there is a person on the speck?” “Is the moon that Harold draws the same as the moon we can see in the sky at night?” “If Sylvester is still a donkey because he thinks, what happens when Sylvester is not thinking?” You supply the children’s books, and Wartenberg and company supply the philosophy.

 

http://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org

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The Seven Designer Phenotypes - DesignTAXI.com

The Seven Designer Phenotypes - DesignTAXI.com | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

Designer magazine Core77 has identified the seven characteristics typical of designers.

 

In ‘Seven Designer Phenotypes’, the designer types include:

 

”Workshop Workhorse” (those who like workshops) – with the motto “Happiness is a Warm Arc Welder”;

 

“King of the Kitchen” (those who like cooking) – with the motto “Design So Good You Can Taste It.”;

 

“Designer Dandy” (those who care about how they look) – with the motto “Work in Style (or Don’t Work at All);

 

“Traveling Wo/Man” (those who like to travel) – with the motto “A Place for Everything and Everything in it’s Place.”;

 

“Studio Snob” (those who spend a lot of time at the studio, and feel that their desktop says a lot about them) – with the motto “It Takes Nice Things to Make Nice Things.”;

 

“Homebound Hobbit” (those homey-types) – with the motto “Home Is Where the Heart Is (Next to the Jens Risom coffee table).”;

 

“Off the Grid” (those who like the great outdoors) – with the motto “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.”

 

Via Core 77; http://www.core77.com/UltimateGiftGuide/2012/

 

 

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Curious what characteristics apply to me, or combination (split personality:-)

 

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Why Are Half a Million People Poking This Giant Cube?

Why Are Half a Million People Poking This Giant Cube? | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

I spent Tuesday night bundled up on a couch, watching NBC’s coverage of the election with hot chocolate and a few close friends. One of them, Lee, casually picked up my iPad and launched a new app: a free game called Curiosity – What’s Inside the Cube? A splotchy block filled the iPad’s screen, and Lee pinched to zoom closer, revealing that the cube itself was composed of millions of much tinier cubes.

Lee tapped the screen, breaking a few of the blocks. Coins flew into the air, and immediately, for some reason, he was engaged.

 

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In fact, half a million players so far have registered to help destroy the 64 billion tiny blocks that compose that one gigantic cube, all working in tandem toward a singular goal: discovering the secret that Curiosity‘s creator says awaits one lucky player inside. That’s right: After millions of man-hours of work, only one player will ever see the center of the cube.

 

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The studio says that the secret hidden beneath the final layer of Curiosity‘s cube is something momentous. “Whoever chips away at that last block will have their life changed forever,” a launch trailer for the game proclaims.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax-lSRN-P8s&feature=plcp

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The Daily Abuse | The Inspiration Room

The Daily Abuse | The Inspiration Room | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

International Day on Prevention of Child Abuse

 

UNESCO founded organisation Innocence in Danger recently published “The Daily Abuse”, a newspaper filled entirely with the names of children, symbolising the 250,000 children who are victims of abuse every day. The paper, distributed in public places in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, Germany, marked the International Day on Prevention of Child Abuse, November 19. “The Daily Abuse” indicates that child abuse is not just a problem, but an epidemic that penetrates every level of society, regardless of colour, education or religious beliefs. Innocence in Danger hopes to encourage members of the public to join forces in the fight against child abuse.

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SanomaVentures investeert in Peerby

SanomaVentures investeert in Peerby | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

SanomaVentures gaat investeren in Peerby. Peerby is een nieuw Nederlands initiatief waarmee je online en via mobiele en sociale media kanalen spullen kunt lenen of huren van mensen in de buurt. Het speelt daarmee in op de deelgebruik trend, waarbij toegang tot goederen belangrijker is dan het daadwerkelijke bezit.

 

Peerby is in augustus 2012 gelanceerd in Amsterdam en verwelkomt sinds kort ook actieve gebruikers in andere delen van het land. In september won Peerby de tweede prijs bij de prestigieuze Green Challenge van de Postcodeloterij.

 

http://www.peerby.nl/

 

 

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Coca-Cola Unveils Fashion Line at Fashion Rio

Coca-Cola Unveils Fashion Line at Fashion Rio | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

International beverage company Coca-Cola has unveiled a clothing collection for Autumn/Winter 2013.

Unveiled at Fashion Rio, the collection is sports inspired and incorporates modern synthetic fabrics such as mesh, nylon and neoprene.

With ambitious use of color, Coke’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection features sweatshirts, patterned jerseys and other unconventional designs.

According to HUH. Magazine, this isn’t the first time the soft drinks manufacturer has ventured into the world of fashion.

In 2008, in partnership with designer Trais Rossiter, the company debuted The Coca-Cola Clothing label in Rio—but it wasn’t welcomed very positively.

Whether or not its newest collection will be available to public still remains uncertain.

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Giant Shoes Made Of Pots & Pans - DesignTAXI.com

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Paris-born, Lisbon-based artist Joana Vasconcelos constructs humongous replicas of fashionable high-heel shoes from shiny pots and pans.

This visually arresting, larger-than-life sculptural installation series—aptly entitled ‘Shoes’—have showed all over the world, including Seoul and the Château de Versailles.

Much more than just stunning ornaments, these giant shoes make a powerful statement about women’s persisting traditional roles in modern society and symbolizes the dichotomous private-public life that many women lead today.

Check out more of the artist’s work at her website.

 

http://www.joanavasconcelos.com

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LEGO Goes High-Fashion, Becomes A Chanel Bag

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The world has gone crazy over the children's toy, LEGO, even fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.

For the inner geek in you, Lagerfeld debuted a selection of LEGO-inspired handbags for Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

As if taking inspiration form everyone’s childhood, the cute yet whimsical, clunky clutches feature an outer hard shell reminiscent of the squarish toy blocks.

Chanel’s LEGO clutches come in four bright colors of yellow, green, red and pink, and each come with attachable straps.

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Alto Sewing Machine by Sarah Dickins » Yanko Design

Alto Sewing Machine by Sarah Dickins » Yanko Design | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

 

Making ‘Make Do and Mend’ Fashionable

 

I have my moments of fighting the needle and thread, trying to mend some ripped clothes, but they always seem to get the better of me. Simply put, I HATE mending clothes and much rather replace them with new than pick an odd stitch. I know its wasteful, but unless someone makes it easy for me…simple as the Alto Sewing Machine, I ain’t fixing another ripped stitch!

As the designer explains, “to simplify threading, a metal guide runs from reel to needle for the user to follow. Speed is controlled by pressing with the fingers through the fabric and the patented force sensor technology in a rubber foot underneath the machine allows the beginner to control speed from whichever hand position they find most comfortable. A flexible drive shaft replaces the traditional pulley system to form Alto’s distinctive arch, increasing room for the fabric and improving visibility of the sewing area.”

Designer: Sarah Dickins

 

Read more at http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/08/29/making-make-do-and-mend-fashionable/#WPgxXtIyorHQzKBX.99

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Haagen-Dazs Turns To A Design Studio To Reinvent The Ice Cream Bar

Haagen-Dazs Turns To A Design Studio To Reinvent The Ice Cream Bar | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

[Image: Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien created a series of Ice Moons in collaboration with the ice cream experts at Haagen-Dazs.]

 

Ice cream is an indulgence when you’re sitting on a sofa in sweat pants eating it with a spoon straight out of the pint container, but the treat can be so, so much more decadent. When Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien of London-based office Doshi Levien were approached by Haagen-Dazs about a unique collaboration, the opportunity to experiment with the frozen dessert was too sweet to resist. “I thought the meeting place between material technology and food culture was really interesting,” Levien tells Co.Design. “So we accepted.”

 

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Matching Good Designers With the Greater Good

Matching Good Designers With the Greater Good | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

Oct 4 2012

 

Three years ago, a dozen New York designers, architects, and journalists were summoned to a morning meeting at ESI Design's spacious boardroom overlooking the rooftops on lower Fifth Ave. There was no fiddler on these roofs, but there were matchmakers in attendance, brainstorming on how best to match-up New York's best designers with worthy urban improvement projects that needed good design to propel them forward."Our goal was to get great design integrated into nonprofit organizations, helping them to succeed and helping designers be able to use their skills in socially productive projects," says Edwin Schlossberg, principal of ESI, who along with Wendy Goodman, New York magazine's design editor, conceived of the meeting. The resulting group of volunteers, calling themselves desigNYC, have made dozens of matches between nonprofits and designers, resulting in everything from logos and identity systems to re-conceived street malls and educational outdoor displays for children.

 

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http://www.designyc.org

 

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Can a typeface reduce driver distraction?

Monotype and MIT AgeLab Study Links Type Style with Reduced Driver Distraction Risk

 

 

Results are on the last frame of the video, but to encapsulate here, glance time between the two typeface designs was virtually equivalent among women in the first study. Women in the second study showed a 3.3 percent improvement on glance time with the humanist style over the square grotesque typeface.

 

 

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http://www.computerarts.co.uk/blog/right-type-road-123364

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‘570-Megapixel Dark Energy’ Camera Captures First Images

‘570-Megapixel Dark Energy’ Camera Captures First Images | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

01 Oct 2012

 

The most powerful camera in the world, Fermilab’s Dark Energy 570-megapixel Camera, located on a mountaintop in Chile, has captured and recorded its first images on 12 September.

Its first light capture was of the southern sky.

The Dark Energy Camera is able to see light from over 100,000 galaxies up to 8 billion light years away.

It took scientists, engineers and technicians eight years to plan and construct the instrument; of which, is composed of an array of 62 charged-coupled devices that is sensitive to very red light.

 

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http://www.fnal.gov/pub/presspass/press_releases/2012/DES-DECam-201209.html

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Act of kindness goes viral

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Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts All Over Web

 

On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence Deprimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man. The officer disappeared for a moment, then returned with a new pair of boots, and knelt to help the man put them on.

 

The act of kindness would have gone unnoticed and mostly forgotten, had it not been for a tourist from Arizona.

Her snapshot — taken with her cellphone on Nov. 14 and posted to the New York Police Department’s official Facebook page late Tuesday — has made Officer Deprimo an overnight Internet hero.

By Wednesday evening, the post had been viewed 1.6 million times, and had attracted nearly 275,000 “likes” and more than 16,000 comments — a runaway hit for a Police Department that waded warily onto the social media platform this summer with mostly canned photos of gun seizures, award ceremonies and the police commissioner.

 

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A version of this article appeared in print on November 29, 2012, on page A22 of the New York edition with the headline: Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online.

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Infographic: The Map Of Truth And Deception

Infographic: The Map Of Truth And Deception | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it
You’re lied to 10 to 200 times a day, and a stranger will lie to you three times in the first 10 minutes of a conversation. That’s unsettling news, but according to a TED Talk by Pamela Meyer, we only pretend to be against lying.

 

Graphic;

http://popchartlab.tumblr.com/post/35563754790/the-map-of-truth-and-deception-a-visual

 

Talk;

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pamela-meyer/how-to-spot-a-liar_b_2094610.html?1352478219

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A history of the Hollywood sign

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The sign was built in 1923 as “HOLLYWOODLAND” as a promotion to sell real estate. It was flimsily made with wooden panels anchored by telephone poles, so it regularly blew over.

 

The letters were 45ft tall, and the characters were outlined by 4,000 light bulbs to make it flash in segments — HOLLY, then WOOD, then LAND, before lighting up entirely.

 

The total cost of the sign was $21,000 (about $265,000 today), and it was only expected to exist for 18 months.

In 1949, after the sign and land beneath it had been given to the city of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the L.A. Parks Department began efforts to repair the seriously deteriorated sign which had been abandoned by the Hollywoodland real estate group in the 1930s due to the Great Depression. It was decided that the LAND segment be removed, keeping HOLLYWOOD in order to promote the movie industry.

 

By the 1970s the remaining HOLLYWOOD section was a crumbling wreck (an “O” had fallen down and termites had infested the remaining letters).

Hugh Hefner held a fundraiser at the Playboy mansion in June 1978 where prominent people helped raise money toward the restoration.

After Hugh’s party, the Chamber Of Commerce decided to allocate one letter to each of the benefactors.

H: publisher Terrence Donnelly
O: producer Giovanni Mazza
L: Kelley Blue Book founder Les Kelley
L: actor/singer Gene Autry
Y: Hugh Hefner
W: singer Andy Williams
O: Alice Cooper, donating in the name of Groucho Marx
O: Warner Bros. Records
D: Thomas Pooley

 

The old sign was taken down on August 8th 1978, and the new sign was complete on October 30th that year, built to the same specifications.

Names of the workers who rebuilt the sign in 1978 are preserved under the paint.

 

Today the sign is protected and promoted by the nonprofit Hollywood Sign Trust. The most extensive refurbishment in nearly 35 years began in October 2012, and is due for completion in December 2012.

 

Sources:
A history of the Hollywood sign, on YouTube
Hollywood sign, on Wikipedia
hollywoodsign.org
The famous Hollywood sign, on Today I Found Out
The story of the Hollywood sign, on HOLLYWOODLAND
Hollywood sign to get a facelift, on KTLA

 

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Cat Bounce

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Of Jan Fabre iets met deze geestige timewaster te maken heeft, weten we niet. Wij hebben in elk geval nog nooit zo veel vliegende en stuiterende katten bij elkaar gezien. Miauw!

 

Tip: vergeet vooral niet op 'Make it rain' te klikken.

 

http://cat-bounce.com

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What The Wacky Sport Of Chessboxing Teaches You About Creativity

What The Wacky Sport Of Chessboxing Teaches You About Creativity | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

It’s fashionable to say that we’re living in the Creative Age, surrounded by ”creative industries" that make up a growing section of the global economy predicated on the commerce of intellectual property. In a recent global survey by IBM, 1,600 CEOs rated "creativity" the most valued trait for successfully navigating an increasingly complex business world.

 

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/31670.wss

 

You have to ask, if creative thinking is such a lucrative--and elusive--commodity, what exactly is it and how can we bottle it? The answer I’m proposing lies in a hybrid sport called chessboxing.

 

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Inspired by the 1992 science-fiction graphic novel Froid Équateur by Enki Bilal, chessboxing was invented by the Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh. Competitors alternate between three-minute rounds of boxing and four-minute rounds of speed chess--winning by knockout or checkmate. The 19-year-old Russian math student who recently won a chessboxing world championship said, "You have to be totally cooled down in chess coming out of the boxing round. The adrenaline is the problem." He won because he could toggle more efficiently between two opposed brain functions: fight-or-flight and prefrontal cortex cognitive processing. Sure, he was good with his fists and his pieces, but his brain moves were the ticket.

 

The sport is already being considered beyond the ring. With big followings in London and Berlin, it has been mooted as a preventive treatment for maladaptive and antisocial behaviors. Writing for Scientific American, Andrea Kuszewski has pointed out its potential value in education. As a behavior therapist working in schools, she suggests that the skill of task-switching might help with emotion regulation and could be used to counter bullying. And in the United States, the Hip-Hop Chess Federation advocates combining chess and martial arts as a way to teach kids the importance of strategy and nonviolence. But why stop there?

 

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Frog Creates An Open-Source Guide To Design Thinking

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Brainstorming, whether you believe in it or shun it, is a fantastic neologism. But as Frog Principal Designer David Sherwin has found, it’s also a very American word--one that doesn’t exist in every language. “We were in Bangladesh, trying to translate the idea into Bengali,” says Sherwin, remembering a recent trip his team spent working with teenage girls on community issues. “One of the translators on our team wrote up on the board, brain + storm. It couldn’t be translated.”

 

Sherwin’s experience touches on a crucial problem for many NGOs and foundations attempting to transpose Western methods of social innovation to other cultures. “These [NGOs] are organizations focused on how to crowdsource design,” says Robert Fabricant, vice president of creative at Frog. “Yet most of the people they’re trying to reach don’t have any pattern for how to collectively approach a problem.”

 

Today, Frog will release the Collective Action Toolkit, a free, 72-page booklet that seeks to develop a universal framework for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds to tackle big problems in their communities. Developed over the past year, the CAT contains nary a mention of design (or brainstorming). Instead, it relies on a simple vocabulary to describe skills like building a team, carrying out research, and developing solutions. Want to figure out a way to help people in your community eat healthier? Have an idea for a small business? The CAT offers templates for activities to help get the idea off the ground.

 

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http://www.frogdesign.com/collective-action-toolkit

 

 

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Pinterest Introduces Secret Boards For Private Sharing

Pinterest Introduces Secret Boards For Private Sharing | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

In a major update, Pinterest is offering the option to make any new board a “secret board.” Any new collection can be for your eyes only, or it can be shared with a few close people.

 

http://blog.pinterest.com/post/35270081794/announcing-secret-boards-for-the-holidays

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Need Branding That Transcends Cultures? Invent Your Own Language

Need Branding That Transcends Cultures? Invent Your Own Language | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

Oxford University’s Clinical Research Unit is an 11-year-old network of groups that cooperate to track and prevent infectious diseases, from Dengue fever to HIV and AIDS. Though it’s affiliated with Oxford, OUCRU is based in Vietnam and works with partners in Thailand, Indonesia, and Nepal.

 

So when Ho Chi Minh City-based graphic designer Scott Lambert was invited to develop a brand for the center, it was immediately clear that any identity would need to read clearly across multiple nations and cultures. Lambert, who has worked across Southeast Asia on projects like this brand for Cambodia’s tourism ministry, responded by focusing on the glue that binds any community: language.

Each element of the new identity can be read as a kind of translation. Whenever an English word appears--from an office placard to the OUCRU logo--it also appears as a system of color-coded shapes, each representing a specific letter. The colors were assigned randomly, while the length of the cells depend on whether the letter is a vowel or consonant.

Lambert chose the rounded rectangle--a shape that vaguely references medicine--as the shell for his language. The cells are “purposely ambiguous,” he writes. “They can be viewed as a sequence of chromosomes, a course of medical treatment, or a group of bacteria, even people. They may simply be a colorful respite in a sterile environment.”

 

Of course, calling a color system a “language” is slightly misleading, in the sense that it’s not truly intended to be “read.” But Lambert explains that language is the keystone of learning and cooperation. Developing a OUCRU-specific syntax was a symbolic gesture--a nod to the center’s mission of multinational scientific cooperation. “What the sequence does represent is the process of searching for answers, making sense out of something that at first has none,” he writes. “It represents problem solving and offers rewards to those that do.”

 

http://design-positive.blogspot.sg/2012/10/oxford-university-clinical-research-unit.html

 

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Acoustic Barcodes

Barcodes voortaan ook akoestisch

 

 

NIEUWS - 17 oktober 2012 13:00 Jan Libbenga

 

Of het in de praktijk echt gebruikt gaat worden, moet nog worden afgewacht, maar de technologie is er: akoestische barcodes.

Onderzoekers aan de Carnegie Mellon University hebben een manier gevonden om geluidstrillingen om te zetten in informatie. De onderzoekers hebben de code verwerkt in een streepjespatroon dat op hout of plastic wordt aangebracht. Als men daar met zijn vinger of met de telefoon overheen gaat, kan een computer of smartphone het geluid aan de hand van de golfvorm decoderen.

Het voordeel ten opzichte van visuele barcodes is dat er geen scanners meer aan te pas komen, maar de bezwaren liggen voor de hand: echt prettig is het niet om je smartphone of vingernagels te beschadigen.

 

 

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http://www.emerce.nl/nieuws/barcodes-voortaan-akoestisch

 

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NYC Metrocard Gets Its First Ad

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New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has rolled out its first MetroCard ads.

Contrary to the iconic yellow MetroCards, the new card that is being sold, is blue, advertises The Gap, and reads “Be Bright NYC”. Its back is yellow and advertises a store discount.

The new blue cards went on sale this weekend, at 10 Manhattan stations.

The move by MTA is part of a new initiative to increase revenue, by offering commercial ad space on one of New York’s more familiar objects.

The Gap was the first to buy space on the card’s front, to promote its remodeled flagship store on 24th Street and Broadway.

Commuters get a 20% discount when they present the card at NYC Gap shops, until 18 November.

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Kickstarting: A 3-D Printer For Designers, By Designers

Kickstarting: A 3-D Printer For Designers, By Designers | Creative Feeds | Scoop.it

FastCoDesign

By Kyle VanHemert

 

The cover of this month’s Wired magazine shows Makerbot’s founder, Bre Pettis, holding the Replicator 2, the company’s slick new 3-D printer. A few lines of accompanying text make a bold pronouncement: "This machine will change the world." The article itself hedges that bet a bit. The gist is that even if the Replicator 2 isn’t the 3-D printer that finds its way into the home of John Q. Public, its polished build and ease of use signal an important step toward that future. But if we’re being honest, your average person probably hasn’t even heard of 3-D printing, and if he has, he probably doesn’t have much of an idea what it could do for him. Unless, that is, that person happens to work in one of the many fields in which rapid prototyping is an increasingly indispensable part of the design process. These are the people that Formlabs, a new outfit started by an alum from MIT’s Media Lab, is targeting with their first piece of hardware, the Form 1. Essentially, it’s a 3-D printer for designers, by designers.

 

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Paper Record Player

This is a wedding invitation for my friends Karen and Mike.

BY KELLI ANDERSON

 

SOURCE;

http://designenvy.aiga.org/a-paper-record-player-kelli-anderson/

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