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Link About It: This Week's Picks


Link About It: This Week's Picks

An interactive documentary, the foodie backlash blog, stylish iPad cases, and more in this week's look at the web

by CH Contributor
on 18 June 2010
1. Star Wars Meets Today's Fashion

Making it far and wide on the web this week, "He Wears It," a series of illustrations by Hong Kong-based artist John Woo, dresses the iconic Star Wars characters in cult fashion favorites like Band of Outsiders and Comme des Garçons. 

2. Loud Cloud Interviews Scott Dadich

An interview with Scott Dadich, the creative mind behind Wired's bestselling iPad app, talks about the creative process of producing the touchscreen version of the magazine.

3. Crayon Cuties

WFDJ takes a look at a bygone era of coloring supplies, exploring vibrant products beyond Crayola, in this quirky gallery of retro crayon, pastel, chalk and watercolor packaging.

4. Matthew Lyons's Imagined Movie Titles

Flavorwire reports on a new project from the ever-talented 21-year-old illustrator Matthew Lyons. The collection of imaginative movie title stills in his retro-inspired signature style has us wishing they were actual films.

5. Somewhere

While some of the buzz around Sofia Coppola's newest film "Somewhere" is negative—critics comparing Stephen Dorff's character, a Hollywood actor, with Bill Murray's celebrity status in "Lost in Translation" insinuate she's made another mid-life crisis feature—from the looks of the trailer, it's at least a beautifully charming mid-life crisis feature.

6. Prison Valley

Every news outlet has multimedia features, but Prison Valley has set the bar much higher. An interactive documentary, readers can fully immerse themselves in Philippe Brault and David Dufrensne's story about Canon City, Colorado's 13 prisons with content that includes extensive video and maps distributed through social media. Outlets include Flash-enabled web browsers, iPhones, Twitter, blogs, and forums.

7. Shut Up, Foodies

Forks and knives drawn, bloggers Julia Childless, Meatball and Snacktime of Shut Up, Foodies call to out elitism, hypocrisy and excess in the food world on their four-month old site.

8. World's Worst Oil Spills

Putting the BP Gulf disaster into a wider context, Fast Company commissioned NG Oil & Gas to create an infographic comparing the sizes, ecological damage and costs of major oil spills.

9. "Got Dat Work" by Memphis Blac featuring Smokahontas Jones

Recently circulating heavily through the league of YouTube-rs across the country, Memphis Blac and Smokahontas Jones discuss life as working girls in their new video for "Got Dat Work." Their straightforward rhymes about the everyday life of a prostitute mix clever lyrics, catchy hooks, and a dose of shock value—in other words, the perfect pop recipe for a YouTube sensation.

10. Twelve iPad Covers

As with any new Apple product, cases designed with the new shape and functions of the iPad in mind flooded the market immediately following its release. Unfortunately, also in accordance with gadgets past, most of the cases are tacky, flimsy or just aesthetically unappealing. Thankfully the good people over at Refinery29 have compiled a list of the least abrasive models, including those made of leather, cork or even wood.

The CH25 is a showcase of creators and innovators from a broad range of disciplines who are currently working to drive the world forward.

Roxie Darling

From un-shampoo to transgender identity, the NYC colorist boldly defining the next chapter of hair

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Hair color is as much a science as it is a craft

Matt Kenyon

Fusing art and technology to disrupt concepts of corporate America

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I want the work to live in the world and circulate, so it can generate more dialogue

Tal Danino

The bioengineer who’s programming DNA to fight cancer

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[Manipulating genes] is very new, people are just learning how to program these organisms

Joshua Harker

Pushing the boundaries of sculpture with intricate 3D printing

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My intent was to explore and depict the architecture of the imagination, to interpret and share forms evident in the mind’s eye

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Documenting the slow, troubling change in Braddock, Pennsylvania

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I am not a journalist, I am a conceptual documentary artist using my visual expression for building narratives that are unseen and unheard

Sabine Seymour

A future where smart clothes are as ubiquitous as zippers

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In the future you will not buy a piece of 'functional' clothing without SoftSpot

Jonathan Sparks

Reinventing electronic music by inventing multi-disciplinary instruments

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Recorded music is becoming so cheap, so the value of music is now in live performance

Vanessa Newman

Redesigning pregnancy for the post-gender generation with Butchbaby & Co.

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I want my customers to feel comfortable and unchanged, in that becoming pregnant didn't take away from or compromise their identity

Cynthia Breazeal

How an emotional, empathetic robot named Jibo stands to revolutionize communication

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The thing that's so provocative about social robots is that it's fundamentally a community technology

George Arriola and Monohm

An heirloom electronic for the post-smartphone era

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We agonized during the design process as all hyper-obsessed craftspeople should

Alex Kalman

The tiny museum in Manhattan that’s redefining museums

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The mission is to put this small simple and powerful tool into the hands of as many people as possible

Lulu Mickelson

A civic leader bringing change to NYC through design

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Human-centered design is one of the many tools that we can use to better engage the public

Sarah Kunst

The entrepreneur single-handedly changing the landscape for women in tech

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People who live on a planet that is half women but can never seem to find any when they need one, I have solved your problem

Kathleen Supové

The NYC performance artist who’s radically reinventing the piano recital

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I like pieces that are virtuosic, that show off the piano and what it can do, and are awe-inspiring

Pauline van Dongen

The Dutch designer blazing the wearable technology path

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I’m fascinated by concepts of change, movement, energy and perception; since they are closely related to the way we experience the world

Kegan Schouwenburg

Revolutionizing orthotics through 3D-printed insoles

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What orthotics do is they effectively change the geometry of what your alignment is like

Meredith Perry

How searching the Internet helped a 22-year-old invent wireless electricity

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It’s not about where the information is, it’s about how you use the tools

Melissa Kushner

Addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through microenterprise

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Poverty is complicated, there is an increasing temptation and pressure in the development space to oversimplify things

Dan Barasch + James Ramsey

A quest to make the future brighter—underground

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We both share a passion for groundbreaking technology and a shared love of New York

Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes

The young filmmaker and non-profit founder who just wants people to follow their dreams

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I feel confident and ready to accomplish so much more, the movement is on

Tarren Wolfe

The next-generation appliance making kitchens greener—literally

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Our goal is to provide food for everyone in the world, and the best place to start is in our very own community

Marcus Weller

Using technology to turn motorcycle helmet design on its head

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I was taken aback both by the number of people that doubted it, and by the equally large number of people that got behind it

Douglas Riboud + Justin Guilbert

How a mission to create great coconut water led to a whole new way of doing business

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We’ve made a conscious decision to be as transparent and honest as we can, and let people decide for themselves

Eelke Plasmeijer

The locally driven restaurant that’s upending Balinese food culture

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We really try to keep things simple and let the produce do the talking

Corinne Joachim Sanon

The chocolatier bringing social change to Haiti and bean-to-bar chocolate to the world

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Seeing the poverty surrounding me and the lack of jobs and opportunity bothered me
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