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LISTEN_UP
ListenUp: The New York Designer's Playlist
New York is a city steeped in music history—from salsa to hip-hop to punk, several genres were born here from bands that found artistic inspiration in the mix of disparate cultures and intense urban landscape. In turn, music itself prompts creative...
TECH
INST-INT 2014: Conference Highlights
From the founders of technology festival Eyeo comes a smaller, more tightly focused offshoot called INST-INT. Now in its second year, the stimulating three-day experience saw roughly 300 people gravitate to Minneapolis' Walker Art Center to glean...
CULTURE
Interview: Paul Budnitz of Ello
We've long been supporters of multifarious designer Paul Budnitz—we even collaborated on a Cool Hunting bicycle with the Kid Robot founder. So when he began telling us about his new project, Ello—an ad-free social network—last May, we knew something...
CULTURE
10 Creative Uses of Instagram's New Hyperlapse App
With the debut of Instagram's new video app Hyperlapse last week, many people have eagerly tested out the polished time-lapse technology. While we all can't pull a Godfrey Reggio and bang out a Koyaanisqatsi, there's already been a plethora of creative...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: Creative Tel Aviv
by Ross Belfer Tel Aviv is inarguably one of the world’s most paradoxical cities: an often stigmatized society haphazardly positioned within a volatile region of the world. But beyond the headlines lies a dynamic, pluralistic population bursting with...
CULTURE
Interview: George Awwad of Odd Castles
For anyone interested in emerging artists and musicians working outside the mainstream, the internet is a goldmine. While the underground music scenes of past generations required word-of-mouth knowledge, today we can all, in theory, find exactly...
CULTURE
Village Underground Lisboa
by Ross Belfer In Lisbon, cultural prowess and creativity are as omnipresent as the prego sandwiches and Super Bock found on nearly every street corner. The Portuguese capital city has seen a surge in new innovative enterprises opening over the...
DESIGN
Drawn To Music Sketchpad
Music can inspire many things, but it undoubtedly serves as a massive stimulus for creativity. Indiana-based artist and "music aficionado" Nathaniel Russell taps into their synonymous nature through "Drawn To Music," a square sketchpad appropriately...
TECH
XTRAPOP Photo App
by Chérmelle Edwards It's not news that Instagram is a cultural phenomenon. As a visual platform used to tell stories through images, how users design their feed can be a work of art. Thanks to XTRAPOP—a free iOS app—users can add art to photos...
CULTURE
Game Developer Other Ocean's #IDARB
From their headquarters Emeryville, CA and three studios in Canada and Northern California, game developers Other Ocean work on a multitude of projects that span mobile, handheld and console games. They've produced numerous noteworthy titles over...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: Durban
by Laura Feinstein 2014 is shaping up to be the year of South African design. From Cape Town’s title as world design capital to a series of high profile public arts projects, the formerly embattled country has flourished under a recent wave of creativity...
CULTURE
Rebuilding Budapest's Skateboard Scene
In spite of what the stadium hosted competitions, televised events and billboard cameos may portray, much of the core skateboard industry is suffering. To combat this, a sub-sect of small, independent brands have popped up both stateside and in Northern...
DESIGN
NYCxDesign 2014: Sight Unseen OFFSITE
Since 2010, former I.D. magazine editors Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov have taken a portion of the panoply found online at their design publication Sight Unseen into the physical realm through the Noho Design District—an ancillary event to New...
FOOD-DRINK
Cool Hunting Video: Dominique Ansel
Greeted every morning by 150+ pastry enthusiasts waiting eagerly for a taste of the renowned Cronut, Dominique Ansel Bakery of Soho has made quite a name for itself. We spoke with the bakery's head chef and owner, Dominique Ansel to see where his...
CULTURE
Intuizione Ploc
During Milan Design Week, visitors are faced with an overwhelming array of options of events and showcases, but many won't bother with the Interni guide (which lists all the official events) and they'll go rogue, taking home some of the best tales...
CULTURE
James Victore: Burning Questions
The lives of designers, freelancers and creatives are fraught with ups and downs. Projects come, contracts go, clients run the gamut from perfect to impossible, and sometimes the creative juices just don't flow when they're most needed. No one knows...
STYLE
Interview: Henrik Vibskov
A look at Henrik Vibskov's Central Saint Martins student ID reveals a great deal about the formidable Danish designer: he's curiously shirtless and sporting a pretty progressive haircut (particularly for 1998), but most telling are the words "BA...
CULTURE
Awesome Without Borders
Acting as a sort of reverse Kickstarter for do-gooders and action-oriented creatives worldwide, Awesome Without Borders (AWB) is non-profit funding mechanism like none other: there are few barriers to being eligible for the groups grants, whether...
DESIGN
Gao Guqi: Nature Bred, Nourishing Home
Gao Guqi is a young furniture designer who has gained increasing popularity in the last few years. Once a graphic designer, then coffee shop owner and furniture designer, Guqi was born in North Eastern China and has lived all over, from Xiamen to...
CULTURE
Design Indaba 2014: The Conference
Many wondrously pioneering things happen daily in South Africa, yet surprisingly much of the world still seems slightly unaware of the nation's enduring commitment to progressive reform. The country is often still regarded by much of the modern world...
CULTURE
Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity
If you read Ferran Adrià's explanation of his origins at elBulli, the renowned chef humbly explains that it was simply chance which determined his career. While destiny may have been the impetus for his place in the kitchen, the new exhibition at...
CULTURE
Riposte Magazine
A women's magazine void of celebrities, fashion or housekeeping tips is harder to find than a taxi in downtown New York City on a pouring Saturday night. Aiming to change the status quo is the new biannual Riposte Magazine, which launched last Wednesday...
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