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How A Former Child Actor Became One Of Britain's Top Design Exports

Lee Broom's fiercely independent creative career stretches from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the studio of Vivienne Westwood.<p>Many people would be shy about approaching a celebrity for an autograph, but for Lee Broom it turned out to be one of those made-for-Hollywood moments. When he was 17, …

Vivienne Westwood

Talking Cats, Solitary Confinement, And Sports Trolls: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Plus, a first-person look at being an aid worker with Save the Children, and an Olympic hopeful smashes a few stereotypes for Nike.<p>This week's theme is "Different Perspectives on Sports" . . . Okay, not really, but two of the picks here dive headfirst into a few issues consistently facing the …

Solitary Confinement

Samsung Shows Off A New Attitude In San Francisco This Week

The company's executives shed some of the buttoned-up formality they're know for at its developer conference.<p>Call it a makeover. Samsung has long had a reputation in America for being businesslike, mechanical and inscrutable. At the tech giant's annual developer conference, the presentations are …

San Francisco Bay Area

How Jeffrey Katzenberg Created, Built, and Sold DreamWorks Animation

With the sale of DreamWorks Animation to Comcast for $3.8 billion, Katzenberg ends his two-decade journey to redeem himself.<p>And so it ends.<p>On Thursday, Comcast made it official and bought DreamWorks Animation (DWA) for a hefty $3.8 billion, bringing to a close a Hollywood saga that began back in …

Animation

The 'Southside With You' Trailer Is 'Before Sunrise' With Barack And Michelle Obama

When POTUS met FLOTUS.<p><b>WHAT:</b> The first trailer for Miramax's <i>Southside With You</i>, out August 26, which tells the story of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date on the South Side of Chicago.<p><b>WHO:</b> First-time filmmaker Richard Tanne, with former <i>Gossip Girl</i> and <i>One Life To Live</i> star Tike Sumpter as …

Michelle Obama

Corporate Strategy Meets Awkward Adolescence In This Hilarious New Short Film

Short-form comedy legend director David Shane talks about his latest film, its autobiographical inspiration, and more.<p>As a century of film, TV, and personal experience has taught us, adolescence is fraught with nerves, hormones, and crush-inspired flop sweats. How we deal with this physical and …

Short Films

Mapping The Stunning Complexity Of The World's Shipping Routes

Researchers from the UCL Energy Institute plot 250 million data points to show the movements of the world’s commercial shipping fleet.<p>At any given moment, the world's oceans are teeming with fleets of commercial ships—carriers packed with barrels of oil, stacks of electronic equipment, or crates of …

Maps

Biz Stone's Jelly Is Back As A Crowdsourced Search Engine

The new version is anonymous—and it aims to direct your queries to experts on any subject.<p>In 2013, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone released Jelly, a Q&A app that allowed you to crowdsource answers to questions, getting answers from your friends and friends of friends. The idea didn’t exactly take off, …

Search Engines

Introducing "Merdacotta," A Wonderful New Material Made From Cow Poop

From flower pots to furniture and even a toilet, get a whiff of these poop-powered designs.<p>Every day, the cows on Gianantonio Locatelli's dairy farm in northern Italy produce around 30,000 liters of milk. They also make 100,000 kilos of poop. For the farmer, as he considered how to deal with the …

Methane

Did You Know the Standard-Bearers for Audio Technical Excellence Were...Steely Dan?

It turns out your pot-smoking uncle was right: Steely Dan songs are a technical marvel and this video explains why and how they're composed.<p><b>WHAT:</b> "How Steely Dan Composes A Song," an explainer on the technical brilliance of your bong-toting uncle's favorite band.<p><b>WHO:</b> YouTube-based weekly video …

Steely Dan

This Architecture Firm Is Turning VR Into The Next Great Productivity Tool

NBBJ is the first major architecture firm jumping headlong into VR—by incubating its own platform.<p>Virtual reality is steadily spilling over into the design industry and is already changing how we create. The technology's potential (and its limitations) for designers is what spurred the architecture …

Design

Explore The Seinfeld Universe In This Chart About Nothing

Mimbos. Anti-dentites. Close talkers. Sponge-worthy men, and women with Shiksappeal. These are the characters of Seinfeld.<p>For a show about nothing, <i>Seinfeld</i> introduce us to an incredibly diverse universe of vain, weird, and colorful New Yorkers, as seen through the judgemental eyes of its four main …

Comedians

The Ultimate Party Game For Design Nerds

Dutch artist Sigrid Calon blends two signature typefaces to create her own abstract twist to the classic memory card game.<p>The Dutch artist Sigrid Calon has applied her gradated, geometric patterns to everything from beautiful Risograph prints to hospital walls and water tanks. Now, she's adapting …

Party Game

Gatorade Salutes Peyton Manning With "Dear Peyton" Letters

Friends, fans, coaches, and more read from handwritten letters sent over the years by the legendary NFL quarterback.<p><b>WHAT:</b> NFL star Peyton Manning officially retired in March, and here a laundry list of fans, friends, former teammates, and coaches—including former Colts coach Tony Dungy, Brandon …

Peyton Manning

Mass Government Surveillance Is Chilling To Online Dissent

A new study shows that people hold back minority viewpoints when they know they're being watched.<p>We act differently when we know we're being watched, and that includes adapting our online behavior because we know that the government is tracking our every move. If you've ever changed what you were …

Surveillance

Mapping The Disturbingly High Rates Of Food Insecurity In America

For the poor, food access is not a given—even in some of the most agriculturally rich places in the country.<p>America continues to have a lot of hungry people. Some statistics may have improved since the recession. But the nation's level of food insecurity—defined as lacking "access to enough food …

Maps

7 Ways You Can Be Your Own Career Coach

If you need motivation but aren't ready to hire a professional coach, take these steps to coach yourself.<p>At some point during your career, you may feel the need for a little extra motivation, insight, or accountability. For many, the solution is to hire a professional coach who can help you move in …

Personality

How Smart Bins Are Making Garbage Pickup Cheaper And Less Smelly

In San Francisco, Compology is putting sensors in bins and tablets in garbage trucks to plan the perfect route.<p>It's questionable whether some things really need to be connected to the Internet. We can probably do without Wi-Fi wine bottles and pregnancy kits. But putting a chip inside garbage bins …

Garbage

Driverless Buses Are Coming To Public-Transit-Phobic Beverly Hills

A planned network of self-driving electric shuttles will pick you up wherever, whenever you want.<p>In Beverly Hills, like most of Southern California, people usually only take public transportation if they don't have another choice. But the city thinks that can change if public transportation is …

Beverly Hills

3-D Printed Cheese Is Just Another Step Toward The High-Tech Future Of Food

Do you care if your Gruyère comes from a machine?<p>Soon you may be able to eat 3-D printed cheese, a finely engineered alternative to real cheese, with only selected ingredients included. And this "cheese," would not be made from plant-based proteins, but from real milk.<p>The printed cheese is part of …

Cheese

How Facebook's Stock Split Lets Mark Zuckerberg Keep Control

Investors may not have any voting rights with their new Class C shares, but they're sure to make a lot of money.<p>On top of touting its amazing quarterly results yesterday, Facebook announced a clever three-for-one share split that prevents the dilution of its increasingly popular shares and allows …

Mark Zuckerberg

The Latest In Prison Education? Design Thinking

The MakeRight initiative teaches incarcerated people empathetic design with the aim of reducing recidivism.<p>From packaging that prevents shoplifting to furniture that guards against thieves, projects originating from the Design Against Crime Research Center (DACRC)—a program at Central Saint Martins …

Prison

Meet The Ex-Architect Building Chatbots At Microsoft (Including That Racist Jerk, Tay)

Lili Cheng, who has spent 20 years building human interfaces at Microsoft, says risk is part of her job.<p>It was late March, and just four days before Microsoft CEO Satya Natella was due to announce the company's new focus on "conversation as a platform," Lili Cheng woke up to discover that one of …

Microsoft

Behind The Politely Savage Patriarchal Parody Of "Dad Magazine"

Jaya Saxena and Matt Lubchansky just put out the ultimate dad joke—a book-length satire of universal dad behavior, in deadpan magazine form.<p>One of the most important distinctions between parents is in their namesake jokes. The quintessential Mama Joke is one someone <i>else</i> makes about <i>your</i> mom, often …

Satire

5 Ways Marijuana Will Change As It Becomes A Mainstream Product

From new packaging to celebrity endorsements, this is how you'll buy weed once it's legal everywhere.<p>The mainstreaming of marijuana is well underway. You can see it in the Keurig-type vape pods, the lifestyle brands, and the handbags. You can see it in how people talk about it openly, and how …

Marijuana

Why So Many Doctors Are Advising Startups

It's less about the money than trying to solve the right problems.<p>Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist at UC San Francisco, spends long hours at the hospital treating patients. But between shifts, he takes calls with health-technology entrepreneurs to offer them advice and feedback.<p>As Weiss explains, it's …

Silicon Valley

These Are The 10 Best New Sustainable Buildings In The World

From labs to museums to libraries, these buildings all save enormous amounts of energy and water—and are better to work in, too.<p>Every year, the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment scours the country for the best new green buildings—which, as they point out in a new report, …

Sustainable Architecture

The Important Statistics That Are Missing From Most Diversity Reports

Many companies are leaving out some of the most important statistics when disclosing their diversity numbers.<p>Earlier this month, Microsoft wrote a blog post about its gender pay gap. It shared that its pay gap between men and women is much smaller than the national average, and that overall its …

Statistics

Why It’s Better To Work With Someone Who Is Your Polar Opposite

Working with people who think like you can feel supportive and safe, but it's also limiting.<p>When it comes to love, opposites attract, but in business, the tendency can be to gravitate toward people who are similar. Having others agree with and support you feels energizing, but it can also be …

Prezi

Only Interview One Woman? There’s Statistically No Chance She’ll Be Hired

A new study found that when companies only interviewed one woman or minority they didn't get the job, but luckily there's a simple fix.<p>Diversity initiatives are popping up all over, particularly within technology companies that have a preponderance of white men among executives and staff.<p>Several …

University of Colorado