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Get ready – 5G will create waves of innovation that disrupt every industry

The launch of ultrafast mobile broadband discussed at Mobile World Congress will require a shift in how businesses think<p>It’s easy to focus on technology and not the behaviours it makes possible and the expectations it changes. The internet seemed decent in the early dial-up age. We didn’t pine for …

Innovation

Synthetic biology is turning into industrial design, says Daisy Ginsberg

Advances in genetic technology mean that creating synthetic animals has become just another branch of industrial design, according to Daisy …

Synthetic Biology

Biomimicry Tools for Designers

<i>Rainforest epiphyte leaf formation / Reforestation.me</i><p>"Biomimicry is about learning from nature to inspire design solutions for human problems," said Gretchen Hooker with the Biomimicry Institute at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas. To enable the spread of these exciting solutions, Hooker, along with Cas …

Maybe Your Team Doesn’t Need to Be More Creative

When it comes to creativity, organizations are a lot like people. They have no problem generating ideas, including some that are potentially useful and novel. Furthermore, they are also generally able to access creative ideas generated by others. Where they fail, however, is at turning those ideas …

Innovation

Louisa Zahareas' Screen Mutations ceramics are designed to be viewed on Skype

<b>Dutch Design Week 2015:</b> Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Louisa Zahareas' set of deformed tableware only appears normal when seen on screen (+ …

Ceramics

InStyle Uses Virtual Reality to Put You on Set With Drew Barrymore

<i>InStyle</i> is launching its very first virtual reality experience with November cover star Drew Barrymore today, <i>WWD</i> reports. Viewable through the Jaunt VR app, <i>InStyle</i> uses virtual reality to put you right in the middle of Barrymore's shoot with the magazine. When the app is launched, the actress walks …

Uniqlo Is Reading Your Mind to Match You With Clothing You’ll Like

Ever look in your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear? Never mind that your drawers are so packed with stuff, they’re sometimes hard to close. Sometimes, getting dressed is based entirely on how you’re feeling — it’s an external manifestation of what you are feeling within. You want your …

Alton Brown Announces New Live Tour: 'Eat Your Science'

Food Network star and bow tie connoisseur Alton Brown is hitting the road again, this time with a brand new tour. Brown has seen much success with his "Edible Inevitable Tour," which a press release says had shows in 100 cities over the span of two years. Now, Brown will bring a new show — called …

Forget Latte Art; Pancake Art Is Officially a Worldwide Trend

It used to be that a pretty leaf or flower designed in your latte foam was the preeminent form of breakfast-related art. Well, the times are a-changin'. Pancake art is the emerging trend. We've already seen American celebrity chefs immortalized as the morning favorite, and now a restaurant in Japan …

Celebrity Chefs

Keurig Wants to Sell You a $300 Machine That Makes Soda More Expensive

Keurig has found yet another way to destroy the environment — this time by making cold drinks more complicated than they need to be. According to the Associated Press, the controversial maker of single-serve drink machines and pods has launched a new product. Called Keurig Kold, it appears to have …

Artist Creates Delicious Smoothie Blends to Match Pantone Color Swatches

Recently, art director Hedvig Astrom Kushner embarked on a deliciously colorful project. "I make a lot of smoothies and discovered it works like mixing paint," she told us in an email. Playing with this idea of smoothies as paint, Kushner found that adding a strawberry would yield a bright pink …

Smoothies

Find Perfect Proportions Wherever You Go with This Golden Ratio Tool

The Golden Section, also known as the Golden Ratio, is a certain mathematical ratio that’s often found in design and prevalent in nature. Parsons & …

Mathematics

The Most Nutritious Fashion Sketches You'll Ever See

<i>This story originally appeared on FWX. For more stories like this, visit fwx.com.</i><p>Gretchen Röehrs's beautiful fashion illustrations turn kale into …

Drawing

The Design Essentials: iPad Apps for the Creative

Quietly and almost covertly, Apple’s iPad has become a common tool in every realm of professional design. Fashion designers sketch on it, designers …

Ben & Jerry's Renames Beloved Flavor To 'I Dough, I Dough' To Celebrate Gay Marriage Legalization

Equality has never tasted so sweet. On Friday, Ben & Jerry's renamed its iconic "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough" ice cream flavor to "I Dough, I Dough," in celebration of the historic Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide.<p>For a limited time, the specially named flavor will be …

Innovation Starts with the Heart, Not the Head

I recently got a call from a CEO of a health system that encompasses several hospitals, medical practices, and clinics. Lakeland Health employs about 4,000 associates and takes in nearly $500 million per year. Its facilities are spread across the southwest corner of Michigan — where median income …

Empathy

“Competitive Intelligence” Shouldn’t Just Be About Your Competitors

In April 2010, Mars, one of the world’s largest privately owned businesses, embarked on a breakthrough initiative. For the next year, Jessica Eliasi, then the director of Competitive Intelligence at Mars Chocolate, travelled the world running “competitive simulation” games with local market teams …

Innovation

Why Designers Must Put Invention First

To fulfill their potential, designers should create conditions for proactive, not reactive, thinking, argues Paddy Harrington.<p>The business of design tends to be project focused. A task is established, and a designer is hired to complete it. Usually a company or organization, with a distinct need, …

Design

Industrial Designer Explains Production Methods Shown in Apple Watch Manufacturing Videos

Greg Koenig's play-by-play reveals the company's profound mastery of manufacturing<p>When your average consumer watches any of Apple's "how it's made" …

Woodworking

Balance of Power Shifts in Groceries

Natural, organic foods from small producers muscle in on big names<p>Orders for organic burritos, Thai stir-fry and other frozen products from Amy’s Kitchen Inc. have been growing so quickly that late last year the company bought a second factory—an Idaho plant that H.J. Heinz Co. had just shut amid …

Agriculture

5 Ways Product Design Needs to Evolve for the Internet of Things

What does product design mean when products are no longer just physical goods? That’s the difficult question facing designers today. When machines are both connected and intelligent, they become a hybrid of products and services. Examples include pumps that anticipate when they will stop working, …

Funny Comics Drawn on Coffee Cups

You may remember Josh Hara's extensive contribution to our Twaggies series. But he does a lot more than write funny tweets. He also draws elaborate …

Bring Agile to the Whole Organization

Software has eaten the world. And as it continues to consume new and diverse industries it’s transforming the way business is done. We are all in the “software business” now, regardless of the product or service we provide, forcing us to reexamine how we structure and manage our organizations.<p>When …

The Unsung Heroes of Innovation: A 1964 Manifesto for the Role of the Critic-Curator in How Ideas Spread

<i>“Art doesn’t explain itself,”</i> music critic Greil Marcus observed in considering what the history of rock ‘n’ roll reveals about innovation. The role of context — that mesh of explanations enveloping an idea in a sheath of meaning to reveal why it matters and why we should pay attention — is …

How to Prioritize Your Innovation Budget

Here’s the scene: A problem has come up with one of your supply chain vendors, threatening to delay timely shipment of your product. At the same time, a potential opportunity appears that, with some exploration and investment, could lead to a new generation of products down the road. Which do you …

The Disruption Myth

The idea that businesses are more vulnerable to upstarts than ever is out-of-date—and that’s a big problem.<p>In the late 1970s, Dick Foster, a fast-rising young management consultant at McKinsey, began to notice something at once unsettling and exciting. McKinsey and other consulting firms spent most …

The Carpenter Pastry Chef: Power Drills, Heat Guns and More Unexpected Kitchen Tools

At New York's Lincoln Ristorante, pastry chef Richard Capizzi uses drywall scrapers to glaze cakes, notched trowels make beautiful chocolate curls, heat guns (typically for removing wallpaper) to affix garnishes and power drills to peel apples at hyper speed. (This guy knows what we're talking …

7 Items You Need to Know Today

Feel free, if you wish, to download the all-new Foursquare. Foursquare<p>Carpooling: The next big trend in transportation? The Verge<p>Yes, the rise of the …

This Cute Coffee Cup Goes From Happy To Mad With A Simple Twist

The morning coffee line at Starbucks is not a friendly place. It’s a queue of grumpy addicts tolerating one another in the loosest sense for the five minutes it takes to get a frappe soy latte with no foam. <i>I SAID NO FOAM. I WILL DRINK COFFEE FROM YOUR SKULL!</i><p>But these adorable, limited edition …

Coffee