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Artist with Synesthesia Paints Music as Gorgeous Splashes of Color

Missouri-based artist Melissa McCracken paints music. As a synesthete, the sounds that she hears every day—whether it's someone's name or a song on the radio—are translated into vibrant, beautiful colors that carry the cadence of melodies. McCracken's vivid paintings stem from her desire to capture …

Art

Firefox OS 2.0 starts emerging from its cocoon

Mozilla's modernized mobile OS is catching up to Apple and Google rivals with improvements necessary to carry Firefox OS beyond its bare-bones roots. Copy-paste and find-my-phone tools patch significant shortcomings.<p>Firefox OS, the mobile operating system Mozilla hopes will loosen the grasp Google …

Software

Google releases Project Ara MDK, more details on what to expect

Project Ara’s first developer conference is slated for April 15 through the 16th, less than a week away now. In preparation for the event, Google officially unveiled the first release of its MDK (modular development kit) last night, giving us a few new details on what to expect from the modular …

Mobile Technology

Google gives its DIY smartphone, Ara, a developers’ bible

Get ready for the module ecosystem.<p>Today, Google released a Module Developers Kit (MDK) in advance of next week’s first Ara Developers Conference. This is the first detailed look at the do-it-yourself smartphones’ containers of features, the modules.<p>Last week, a video posted online showed the …

The most powerful Indian technologists in Silicon Valley

Engineers and executives from the sub-continent are hugely influential in the industry, from USB and Pentium to journalism<p>• Bangalore's techies seek Indian election sweep<p>• Indian election 2014: your interactive guide to the world's biggest vote<p>Ever since waves of Indian graduates poured into …

The first Quad HD AMOLED screen is here, but it’s not from Samsung

Samsung is the engine of the AMOLED industry, but it’s not the only player developing organic LED technology for mobile devices. Competitors in China and Taiwan especially are making big strides catching up with Samsung, and even beating the Korean giant in some areas.<p>Taiwan-based AU Optronics just …

Phones

Philippe Starck wants you to make 3D-printed custom furniture

Philippe Starck is no longer satisfied with crafting exotic-looking products that don't change -- he wants to give you control over the design process. He tells the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> that his newly opened custom furniture venture, TOG, will eventually become an open source community that lets you …

A new mathematical model can cut jet-lagged time in half, study says

Looking for a jet-lag cure? A new mathematical model may help you overcome jet lag faster than anyone thought possible.<p>And scientists need your help to test it out.<p>A research team from the<p>University of MichiganandYale Universityhas released a free iPhone app that loads a complex, jet-lag conquering …

Fickle teens love Apple more than ever, survey shows

A Piper Jaffray survey finds 61 percent of US teens have iPhones, up from 48 percent last year. It's also almost double the percentage from two years ago. Are other brands really losing among teens?<p>The last time teenagers were consistent was the first time teenagers were consistent.<p>Their winds of …

Teens

Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink

“What is a printer?” asked Zuta Labs, then reimagined it as the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, as small as your hand.<p>Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer …

Printing

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute | Colossal

<p>Science student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. …

Lunch al Desko: Upgrade Your Midday Meal

With a few strategies, a bit of planning, and a little sea salt in your cubicle, weekday lunch can be as delicious and exciting as any meal of the week. Here’s how to rethink the way you brown-bag it<p><i>Imagine an office meal you’re actually excited to break for (no hard feelings, turkey</i> …

Healthy Eating

Ideo Architekci – Corporate Design by Studio for brands

Ideo Architekci – Corporate Identity.<p>Polish design studio “for brands” was hired to create a corporate identity for Ideo Architekci, a Wroclaw based …

Wallpaper of the Week by Justin Maller

The wallpaper of this week is an image created by our friend Justin Maller. The image is part of his project call Facet, and also it's available in …

iOS Apps

Hypnotic Patterns Drawn on Spinning Potter's Wheel

In an intriguing fusion of visual and performance art, Russian ceramics artist Mikhail Sadovnikov draws a seemingly endless series of patterns with wet clay (also known as <i>slip</i>) on a spinning potter's wheel. The process is incredibly mesmerizing to watch in motion, as Sadovnikov uses just his hands …

Art

Step Inside an Interactive M.C. Escher Drawing with Monument Valley | Colossal

<p>The hype surrounding the new iOS game Monument Valley by ustwo has been almost impossible to ignore the last few days, and after downloading the …

House Duk by Nico van der Meulen Architects

House Duk in Johannesburg, South Africa.<p>This is another stunning architecture project by Nico van der Meulen Architects. House Duk is a spacious home …

Shanty Storage Cabinet: Groove is in the Art - Dwell

Context and circumstance can elevate even the most humble materials into the foundation for inspired design. Taking cues from improvised dwellings worldwide, the Shanty Cabinet—a kinetic play of metal waves and patterns designed by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien—showcases the spirit and creativity …

Furniture

Daily Inspiration #1727

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Graphic Design

Floating Fantasy Furniture

Pop-art meets fantasy furniture design in this lighthearted seating installation appropriately named the Balloon Chair. Mounted on any wall, 10 …

Hand Lettering on Instagram

I love following creative minds on Instagram and Nicolas Fredrickson is always brighting up my feed with amazing lettering. He is a graphic designer …

Typography

Five Creative Cookbooks

Cookbooks (like their literary counterparts) tell a story; years of experience and wisdom are offered as the author guides readers through unusual pairings, a surprising use of a fresh herb, a favorite wine and more. Recipes stand as guidelines, meant to be experimented with and customized to one's …

Ice Cream

Rikki Tikki Just Retro Ceramic Tableware

Danish brand Rikki Tikki has launched a handmade and hand-decorated line of ceramic tableware called Just. The series is made with retro slash …

Furniture

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game You’ve Ever Seen

Residing somewhere between art and gameplay, the new iOS iPad title <i>Monument Valley</i> by ustwo is the sort of creation which reminds us the confines of …

Puzzles

Illustrations by Gloria Pizzilli

Creative Illustrations.<p>Gloria Pizzilli is an Italian freelance illustrator and graphic designer who currently lives and works in France. She loves to …

This Xbox Controller Can Sense Your Boredom, Make A Game More Violent

Through nothing more than your hands, a modified Xbox controller can tailor games to your physiological state.<p>Heart rate, temperature, respiration, and perspiration: These are our autonomous functions–our core physiological processes–that signal stress or arousal and can betray our otherwise cool …

Kinect

Slick, Swiss, Space-Saving, Semi-Automatic Storage Furniture from Peka

Swiss manufacturer Peka's no-nonsense tagline, "Fitting and accessories for the kitchen, bathroom and living area" belies a slick line of …

Furniture