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Smart cities: what urban life will be like in 2050

Smart cities: what urban life will be like in 2050 | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it

If you work for a young web company, you probably think your office is pretty cool. Maybe it has a pool table or even a roof terrace. Pah! Give it 37 years and, according to engineering company Arup, our office blocks will contain working farms, produce their own energy, be linked together by suspended green walkways and sections of each floor will be removable, upgradable and replaceable. Intersting article on Smart Cities that looks into some of the key innovations by Shell and IBM. 


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Urbane Man… the creative class at work

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Indeed, the floors of Arup’s building occupied by algae-filled biofuel pods are not unlike a current project by French biochemist Pierre Calleja. He is building algae street lamps that eat up CO2 in the atmosphere. Combine this with another algae lamp that produces its own light using energy created by photosynthesis and you get self-powered, anti-pollution street lamps.

 

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) just announced their creation of a graphene supercapacitor — essentially a battery but one that charges up to 1,000 times faster than the normal kind, and that can be composted. The future promises instant phone chargers and petrol stations with plugs that can charge cars faster than they currently fill up on unleaded.

 

At last week’s TED conference in LA an architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbets showed off 4D printing — essentially objects that self-assemble by absorbing water. For Tibbets this material is best used for installing underground water pipes.

 

Robinson is loath to point out the world’s smartest city (he mentions Birmingham as a candidate) but Newton says new cities in emerging markets have the potential to “leapfrog other parts of the world.” 

The real smart aspect may come down not to the technology which we know exists but to foresight and willingness to change.

“There have to be new models of collaboration for businesses and decision-makers in cities and government to have the positive impact we know the technology could support,” says Newton. The city that leads in this department may just end up the smartest in the class.

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J. Crew's Hand-Written Ad Is Customer Service Perfection - PSFK

J. Crew's Hand-Written Ad Is Customer Service Perfection - PSFK | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
Creative Director Jenna Lyons writes a full-page thank you note to a fan.
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The future is already here - adaptive customisation… 

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Letterpress Archive: 2012 A Vintage year

Letterpress Archive: 2012 A Vintage year | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
  Having a small letterpress proofing press in a shed at the back of my garden allows me to do some of my own work in my own (snatched) time. When I acquired a tray of old poster borders I put...
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Creative proof - bet it tasted good too - sometimes handmade is what it takes....

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▶ Europe 1000 Years to the present time - YouTube

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The power of time-lapse and the important of history.

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How brands are mastering the 10-second Snapchat

How brands are mastering the 10-second Snapchat | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it

Marketers are taking advantage of the "burn-after-reading" text messaging service by sending timely and tempting snaps. Here's a closer look at how some brands are building their following on Snapchat.

 

You’ve heard the predictions — and seen the stats to back them up. By next year, more people will be accessing web content on a mobile device than any other channel. But to truly thrive in this era, marketers need to do more than just optimize their content for mobile; they need to integrate their mobile content with other channels — including, social media.

Snapchat is a great example of how these two channels are melding. The “burn-after-reading” text messaging service founded just over two years ago took off first among the elusive 13–25 year-old age group. Now users from other demographics are embracing the app, which sends texts that disappear within 10 seconds of being opened. The company isn’t disclosing a lot about its growth, but some interesting stats emerged recently suggesting its on a meteoric trajectory:

More than 400 million Snapchat messages are received each day70 percent of its users are femaleHalf of all Snapchat members now use a feature called “Snapchat Stories,” which allows a user to stitch together snaps that can be viewed for up to 24 hours before vanishing.


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Russ Merz, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 4, 2:18 PM

A good discussion of the ways #brands can use #Snapchat to build brand affinity and "fandom".

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5 reasons why brands are cutting out agencies - Digiday

The new agency model might be brands doing agency work largely themselves, writes John Winsor, CEO of Victors & Spoils.
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Sharp thinking.

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▶ Attach anything to anything with sugru + magnets! - YouTube

Buy your kit today: http://sugru.com/magnet-kit Magnets are freaking awesome! and sugru's new best friend - sorry LEGO, it's not you, it's us. We're creating...
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Mend & Make. Do.

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Great stuff… 

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Eye Tracking 101: How Your Eyes Move on a Website

Eye Tracking 101: How Your Eyes Move on a Website | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it

Engage website visitors better by designing your site to match how people's eyes move on the page. Here are some surprising eye tracking stats to help.

 

Putting together a great looking website is a great start, but it is just a start.

 

True web design requires you to venture beyond the aesthetic and into the worlds of User Experience and Conversion Rate Optimization.

Knowing how the viewers of your site really see it can help to shine light on new and/or missed opportunities within your current design. It may also bring out the need for new elements or changes.

 

While there are plenty of options for improving CRO, eye tracking analysis provides some of the most useful information for optimizing your biggest digital marketing asset, your website.

 

A good design will catch people’s eye, but a great design will keep people on your site and get them engaged with your content. And while you shouldn’tunderestimate the power of good copy, your design is what people notice first.

 

We teamed up with our friends over at Single Grain to put together the infographic below in hopes that it will help everyone get a better, basic understanding of what eye tracking is and what it can do.


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The wandering eye… useful insight ('nuff puns) and the important bit: the design must have a purpose behind it to sustain repeated interest.

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Steve Baker's curator insight, February 19, 7:37 AM

Designing clean, effective websites that work and deliver clients 

Mike Milazzo's curator insight, February 21, 10:09 AM

When we get past all the ads.

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One of my students' favorite topics... XD

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▶ Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots (Official Video) - YouTube

Everyday Robots: First solo album from Damon Albarn. Pre-order album & get Everyday Robots single instantly: http://smarturl.it/itERalbumdeluxe The video is ...
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Likikg this -inspired digital portrait combined with intuitive music and title

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Scaling Agile At Spotify - Only Dead Fish

Scaling Agile At Spotify - Only Dead Fish | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
One of my favourite examples of an approach to scaling agile structures is detailed in this paper by Henrik Kniberg and Anders Ivarsson talking about Spotify's model of Tribes, Squads, Chapters and Guilds (in fact the guys at Undercurrent, whom...
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An interesting agile structure to help decision making… from a great source of  inspiration: http://www.onlydeadfish.co.uk/

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Adam Magyar

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The camera can be analogue or digital, yet it's no more than a device. If you find that your concept requires a different technology, that's what you need to use, and if the technology needs some adjustments, you make those adjustments. I'm passionate about the modern world and I'm committed to photography, but I thought my message just cannot be authentically conveyed with devices that do not use the technology and the limitless possibilities of the day.
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The beauty of sometimes slowing down… as we enter pause for reflection mode regarding "always on" culture.

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English Classic Verb Conjugator & Verbal Phrase Paths

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An interactive conjugator of English verbs arranged in a classic table format, with the additional feature allowing instructors to make links for their syllabus that control what students see so that they can be exposed only to what they have already studied along with the new features being studied.


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Learning to use a common language is the first step to understanding -  a good example of visual communication design…

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delta14's curator insight, February 26, 8:07 AM

Recurso para apoyar el aprendizaje del idioma inglés.

John O'Connor's curator insight, March 19, 7:49 PM

A nice tool for reminding students about some grammar relationships.

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English tenses. Interactive conjugator of English verbs.

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Student's Critical Thinking Processes When Doing Research

Student's Critical Thinking Processes When Doing Research | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
January 16, 2014
Reading for research or information is different from any other types of reading. The goal of reading for research is to pull together information from a wide variety of resources...

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Work hard and be nice to people - it's the only way

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, January 17, 10:01 AM

I like this poster because it fits so nicely with The Big6 and shows very clearly that research is not a linear process but a more fluid, multi-directional system for obtaining and synthesizing information.

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The 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours

The 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
A revolutionary 3D concrete printer can build a 2,500-square-foot home layer by layer in a single day

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Now that's what I call Additive Manufacturing... bring it on

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Precision Craft Construction's curator insight, January 17, 11:27 AM

How cool is a full home printer? 

ITS.OneCampus's curator insight, January 19, 2:39 AM

Very Interesting, I cant wait for this to be implemented!

Christian Verstraete's curator insight, January 27, 1:49 AM

My question, how long does it take to install the printer and test it prior to print the house?

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Quora

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Quora is your best source for knowledge.
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“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” -Richard Buckminster Fuller, 1947

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How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze?

How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze? | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
How did toast become the latest artisanal food craze? Ask a trivial question, get a profound, heartbreaking answer.
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It's Toasted. 2014 style - be true to yourself.

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These 3 Fake Women's Magazine Covers Will Keep You Up At Night

These 3 Fake Women's Magazine Covers Will Keep You Up At Night | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
Chilling.
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Sometimes I wonder if this really is the 21st Century...  International Womens Day - Respect.

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Robot Art: Harvey Moon's Drawing Machines - YouTube

Robot Art: Harvey Moon's Drawing Machines - YouTube | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
These robots can draw portraits, give visual form to a cricket's movements, or interpret Google Earth as an abstract picture. Through designing, building, an...
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The Metamorphosis: Robot. Cricket. Artist. 

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A Curated Collection of The Best Search Engines Organized Around Your Needs

A Curated Collection of The Best Search Engines Organized Around Your Needs | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it

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Search and you will find something really useful - like this collection
Thank you. 

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Mary Clark's curator insight, March 9, 11:15 PM

Exactly what it says!  Via @Robin Good

Terheck's curator insight, March 10, 4:01 AM

A good selection of search engines organized according to what you need to find.

Fatima Formariz's curator insight, March 31, 5:41 PM

Refining research by choosing best fitting search engines..

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Advertising Campaigns

Advertising Campaigns | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
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George Lois: genius at work…

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Creative Review - Designs of the Year 2014: the nominations

Creative Review - Designs of the Year 2014: the nominations | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
The best in visual communication
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Is it me but design just gets better and better…

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+ Video: Interviews ‹ Shantell Martin

+ Video: Interviews ‹ Shantell Martin | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
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Awesome video:

 

You

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▶ Someone Once Told Me - YouTube

Someone Once Told Me is a photography website which shows daily pictures of people holding a sheet of paper, on which they have written something they have p...
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"Somewhere in your future there will be a robot in your life."

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The winter of our discontent

The winter of our discontent | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
There’s been a reflective mood in the industry of late. A recurring theme in many end of year roundups was the need to stop, to look inwards, to step away from the perpetual motion of the stream. I...
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Be your own inspiration. Patricia Mcdonald's astute observation that we  need to take a step back from the continually always on culture of never ending streams of content.

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Robots with "soul"

What kind of robots does an animator / jazz musician / roboticist make? Playful, reactive, curious ones. Guy Hoffman shows demo film of his family of unusual robots -- including two musical bots that like to jam with humans.
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"Somewhere in your future there will be a robot in your life…" Bring it on!

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An Introductory Guide to Content Curation

An Introductory Guide to Content Curation | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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Thinking provides the right ingredients.
Making it adds the value… and doing it makes it real.

A "Good" resource collection presented here.

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 17, 12:38 PM

Thanks Robin for sharing this Curation guide on your scoop.it site. 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 23, 3:25 PM

A very useful guide from one of the Pioneers in Content Curation

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Content curation