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Design Indaba 2017: Nelly Ben Hayoun's University of the Underground
The soon-to-open University of the Underground is taking on today’s institutions and power structures by redesigning the way in which a post-graduate course operates. Helmed by the palpably ambitious multidisciplinary designer Nelly Ben Hayoun, University...
TECH
Best of CH 2016: Cars + Tech
As each year passes, it's more and more difficult to believe just how many technological innovations and upgrades can occur. Even the least tech-savvy of us engages with incredible inventions on a daily basis—from cars to phones and cameras—so keeping...
DESIGN
Develop Your Talents with the Help of the First-Ever #LiveThem Award
Nobody is defined by just one thing—whether that's their job, hobby, hometown—we're all multi-faceted humans. But to pursue and successfully cultivating our full potential we need two things: motivation and resources. While we can't be your life coach...
DESIGN
Take Your Talents Further
It’s tempting to define someone by a single detail—a job, hobby or hometown. Yet we all know there’s more to us than any one label. Successfully cultivating our full potential as diverse individuals requires two critical elements: motivation and resources...
DESIGN
Ski Uphill With Dynafit
Skiing uphill isn’t new, but has been increasing in popularity over the last few decades, becoming a favorite discipline for many skiers. Ski-mountaineering, which refers to the sport of skinning (skiing uphill with adhesive backed fabric on skis...
TECH
The Madbury Club + Microsoft Surface Experiments
Founded in 2010, Brooklyn's Madbury Club is a self-proclaimed "functionally dysfunctional studio experiment" made up of designers, artists, photographers, videographers, carpenters and makers of all kinds. Essentially, dealing in innovation and creation...
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Anchor Cable
Nothing brings on a Monday morning tantrum quite like coffee spills or tech fails. Native Union's new Anchor cable can help with the latter. Instead of fumbling with slipping, tangled USB cables, Anchor boasts a non-slip geometric weight—keeping your...
DESIGN
Happiest Baby Launches SNOO, a Smart and Safe Crib
Happiest Baby founder Dr. Harvey Karp has stepped beyond his wildly popular parenting books and videos and launched his first product—and it's one that infants and parents will both benefit from. Designed with Yves Béhar, SNOO is a smart crib that...
TECH
Sound by Human
At first glance, Sound by Human is unlike any listening device on the market. Seeking to reinvent both headphones and earphones, they felt the ideal form factor was in between the two; their on-ear design is a bit unconventional, as is the range...
CULTURE
Grundig and the Future of Food, Design and Interaction
When it comes to designing and engineering household appliances, one of the most significant issues is energy and water consumption. But the waste of other precious resources (like food) is also the driving force behind Grundig's most recent projects...
STYLE
RHONE Premium Activewear for Men
In just a few years Rhone has taken the men’s activewear market by storm with their focus on making comfortable clothing that outperforms the competition. Created by guys for guys, the company’s whole focus is on helping customers perform their best...
TECH
Video Shopping With YEAY
Easy to use and beautifully designed, new app YEAY allows users to sell products, make videos and discover new designers—all with a social layer. With the control in the individual's hands, discovery is emphasized more than curation by a team or an...
STYLE
Fashion Company and Tech Lab Ab[Screenwear]
Ab[Screenwear] founder Olya Petrova Jackson is driven to seam the disconnect between real and virtual—specifically in the realm of apparel and its broader identity. She marries traditional luxury outerwear materials, wool, cashmere and leather—or as...
DESIGN
Baise en Ville Skateboards
We met up with Laurent Pierre and Anne Isimat-Mirin during Paris Design Week, during which the duo launched their Baise en Ville Skateboards campaign on Kickstarter. The term “baise en ville” is slang frequently used for a small overnight bag...
DESIGN
Core77's Here/Now Conference
Later this month (29-30 September), downtown LA will play host to the third annual Core77 Here/Now conference—offering up two days of discussion, workshops, tours and parties with some of the most innovative thinkers in the country. Focused on...
DESIGN
Jansen & de Bont Luminous Entity Type I Light
Industrial designers Matthijs Jansen and Jorg de Bont launched their eponymous studio Jansen & de Bont and their debut product, the Luminous Entity Type I light fixture, at now! Le Off, one of the venues at Paris Design Week 2016. While an attractive...
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CULTURE
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Illustrator and writer Rachel Ignotofsky's first-ever book "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" profiles 50 women who have made a difference in the industry—from psychologist and civil rights activist Mamie Phipps Clark; to...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Watch the Shadow of Mercury Cross the Sun in Real Time The Transit of Mercury—an astrological event that takes place just 13 times per century—happened earlier this week. The event occurs when our solar system’s smallest planet, Mercury, appears...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. How Empowerment Became a Purchasable Product Originally used by social workers to encourage marginalized communities to rise up from poverty and oppression, the term “empowerment” has taken on completely different definitions in recent years...
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