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Africa’s Tech Gold Rush

Africa is on the verge of something big. This seems to be a quiet, cautious consensus in some investment communities. The past year has been peppered with stories of tech startup hubs emerging across the continent, from Lagos to Kigali to Agadir. The model of American tech entrepreneurship looks to …

Stock Markets

Hawaiian-born Aaron Kai will go anywhere to be a better artist

Aaron Kai's recent "Vices" exhibition is not only a reflection of some of the artist's favourite things, but also a playful homage to Hong Kong, a …

This sweet little stereo system sounds better than it has any right to

The venerable Lepai LP-2020A+ amplifier paired with the new Dayton Audio B452 bookshelf speakers are a winning combination, says the Audiophiliac.<p>As regular Audiophiliac readers know, I love writing about cost-no-object, high-end audio, but I also have a soft spot for dirt cheap, but decent …

Audiophile

GrandArmy | United States Postal Service | REDESIGNING AN AMERICAN INSTITUTION

The United States Postal Service is one of America’s great infrastructure achievements. In addition to being a technical marvel, it is also a storied …

U.S. Postal Service

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Brown TLV Urban Hotel - Tel Aviv, Israel Situated...

<b>Brown TLV Urban Hotel - Tel Aviv, Israel</b><p>Situated in central Tel Aviv, Brown TLV Hotel is a hip and intimate boutique property that blends urban …

How Google’s Project Ara Could Pave The Way For Next-Gen UI

Google’s interaction design guru explains why better haptics in our devices mean needing a better way to repair them when they break.<p>When you think about it, smartphones haven’t changed dramatically since the iPhone was first released in 2007. Sure, they have gotten faster, more powerful, and …

Nextgen

Meet The Woman Behind Hidden Innovations At Mario Batali’s Restaurants

How Elizabeth Meltz is using technology to turn Batali hotspots like Babbo into some of the restaurant biz’s most eco-friendly eateries.<p>When you eat at Babbo, Del Posto, or any of Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s other celebrated restaurants, you can be sure that every aspect of the pasta and wine …

Sustainability

David Rockwell Is Taking Prefab To The Luxury Market

Rockwell Group is teaming up with C3 Design to build modular homes for luxury buyers.<p>David Rockwell–an architect best known for theaters, grand restaurant interiors, and posh hotels–is getting into the prefab game.<p>He has partnered with Fred Carl* of the appliance company Viking Range to build the …

Prefab Homes

Nike Lunar Flyknit Chukka Squadron Blue/Pure Platinum-Obsidian-White

Adding to the growing list of color combinations, Nike reveals its latest Lunar Flyknit Chukka in<p>Adding to the growing list of color combinations, Nike reveals its latest Lunar Flyknit Chukka in squadron blue, pure platinum, obsidian and white. The boot-styled sneaker features an upper that blends …

Palette of the Month: Modern Neutral

Palette of the Month: Modern Neutral<p>Earthy hues that are based with gray undertones are today’s take on a neutral color palette. Warm, rich and inviting, we’ve curated some of our favorites into a classic, sophisticated and chic pairing of muted grays, greens, slate blues and browns that all work well together. Whether as an accent or floor to ceiling wow - these hues work in any style home and feel effortless and fresh. Be inspired by our mood board of wonderfully designed spaces that gave us …

Why Everyone Needs to Become an Entrepreneur

en_US<p>article<p>Why everybody needs to become entrepreneurs to …

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How Corporate Logos Evolve - The Big Picture

<i>click for complete graphic with more examples</i><p>Hat tip Josh<p>An illustration by the team at The Logo Company

Instagram’s logo redesign process detailed by Mackey Saturday

It’s always fun getting a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the apps and services we use daily, showing us how the professionals behind it …

Google Fiber heading to Grandview, Missouri

The Google Fiber announcements have been ramping up in recent time, with the last one having happened back on Friday, May 3, in which we found out …

The Political Just Got Personal: See Putin and Other Leaders Flip You Off

The last time we saw world leaders digitally manipulated in an ad campaign, it was designed to look as though they loved each other. A new series of images for Reporters Without Borders, however, shows off what those rulers really think of us.<p>Created by agency BETC Paris, the new print campaign …

What Style Startups Mean For Women In Tech

Recent data shows that style-driven startups have the power to shift tech’s gender balance and bring more women to the tech table. But is that a good thing?<p>Not too long ago, I found myself standing in a candlelit, subterranean private dining room at a San Francisco restaurant. It’s tucked into the …

Startups

Designing A New Town Square For Our Crowded Urban Future

With most of the world living in cities, urban space is going to be at a premium, so we need to design ingenious and important ways to create public gathering spaces. But we can’t just copy the High Line everywhere.<p>Those of us associated with the building of cities are often asked to do tricky …

An Ex-Googler, Ex-Yahoo Really Good At Putting Himself In Money-Making Situations Just Joined The Board Of TapAd

One of the biggest names in New York ad tech is Michael Barrett.<p>He made his name running ad sales at MySpace (back when that was still a big deal).<p>Then he sold a company, Admeld, to Google for bank.<p>Then his buddy, interim Yahoo CEO Ross Levinsohn, poached him from Google to run ad sales at …

Advertising

THE DESIGN 75: The Best Designers In Technology

The 20 Hottest Startups From Israel

By some counts, Israel is home to 4,800 startups today. It's also home to least two dozen accelerator/incubator programs in the Tel Aviv area, alone, including some run by Microsoft and Google.<p>There are more incubators in other cities, too, including a program in Jerusalem run by Jerusalem Venture …

Startups

A Chair For Public Spaces, Built For Both Privacy And Chitchat

It can be tough to find a bit of privacy in a common space–not take-off-your-pants-and-lounge-around-in-your-boxers privacy, mind you, but maybe work-on-a-spreadsheet privacy, or pretend-you’re-working-on-a-spreadsheet-while-playing-<i>Angry-Birds</i> privacy. But the Studio series chairs, by UNStudio for …

Privacy

A Micro Loft Designed For Maximum Impact

New York architects demonstrate just how good micro-living can be with their surprisingly spacious Manhattan Micro Loft.<p>Design constraints can breed invention. Few have tested this thesis more fully, perhaps, than architects Specht Harpman, who have transformed a dreary 425-square-foot New York …

Architecture

The 25 Best Skylines In The World

But which is the best?<p>Building data website Emporis attempts to answer that question by ranking the world's skylines in real time, using a formula that assigns points to high-rise buildings based on floor count.<p>As buildings are built and destroyed, the rankings change, but here are the 25 most …

Skyscrapers

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

Plaintext

Principles of Effective Blog Design

<i>This is a guest post by Peep Laja, CEO of Traindom.</i><p>People judge books by the cover, and other people by their looks.<p>Take a look at these two men:<p>Now …

Keep: Google’s Answer To Evernote

With a fresh visual style, Google’s new note-taking app tries to find room in a crowded category.<p>With the rise of apps, simple to-do lists have evolved into something much more–rich productivity tools that let us dump in text, images, and audio notes from anywhere and organize them to our hearts’ …

Apps

Rebranding A CPA Company, Just In Time For April 15

You don’t want your accountant to be too cool, right?<p>Though there are plenty of CPAs who will disagree, in the court of public opinion, accounting ranks just above insurance in terms of professional glamour. Yet it’s a super competitive market, and so for many companies, projecting an appealing …

Graphic Design

Stussy Gets Baked, With a Cookbook Lookbook That Redefines “High” Cuisine

There’s a lot of buzz about Stussy’s new Amsterdam shirt, but not the kind normally associated with clothes. It’s a buzz more often associated with the city that bears this shirt’s name.<p>Created by agency Arnold Worldwide, the campaign for the company’s new shirt is a collaboration between Stussy, …