Karen Smerlinski

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Weekend Movies: 'Get Hard,' 'Home,' 'While We're Young,' & More

This weekend, Will Ferrell turns to Kevin Hart to prep him for prison in the (very) R-rated comedy "Get Hard," an alien on the run lands on Earth and makes friends with an adventurous child in the animated "Home," and a middle-aged couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) has their lives overturned when …

Middle Age

Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset

Teaching Creativity?<p>First, identify the content you need to teach. Start with a simple lesson or unit to get your feet wet. Is it atomic orbitals or …

London Will Indeed Build a Skyscraper Shaped Like a 'Can of Ham'

A tower reminiscent of potted meat will complement the city's other food-shaped buildings.<p>Is there any urban skyline as hunger-inducing as London's? The city already has a tower nicknamed the Gherkin and another the Cheesegrater, and now it's planning to erect a building shaped like an immense tin …

Skyscrapers

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

Wireless charger can power 40 mobile phones at once from 15 feet away

Advertisement<p>56 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Max Krasnov<p>By now, most people have seen a wireless charger. It probably looked like a pad that …

Graphene May Be Next Area of Innovation for Apple and Samsung

In a world where mobile devices are becoming thinner and thinner and in some cases being worn on the wrist or other parts of the body, graphene may be the wonder material of the future, with properties that make it stronger than steel, more flexible than rubber and more conductive than most metals. …

10 Contemporary Photographers Who Are Pushing The Boundaries Of Their Medium

Photography is everywhere, with diluted and dispersed forms of the art medium popping up at your family reunions, your museum visits and your attempts to brunch in peace. Yet regardless of the form's omnipresence, a truly great photograph still has the ability to captivate your entire being, like a …

Reflected Landscapes by Victoria Siemer | Colossal

<p>In this recent series of digital artworks, Brooklyn-based graphic designer Victoria Siemer begins with dreamy landscapes of mountainous forests …

Work for Yanko Design

The credit of our success goes to our readers, and as a result we have grown to the stage where we need more team players to become a part of the …

Lively Scribbles Produce Energetic Portraits of Famous Faces

Malaysia-based illustrator Vince Low uses a playful scribbling technique to produce his energetic black and white portraits. He first discovered his lively process while doodling in his sketchbook. He realized that his notes were actually the path towards worthwhile final products.<p>Low says, “I knew …

Doodling

A Printer That Develops Your iPhone Pics Into Lasting Polaroids

Previously on Kickstarter and finally available for order, the Impossible Lab is an analog gadget that lets you print Polaroids from your iPhone. It’s brilliant. Here’s why.<p>There are plenty of ways to turn an iPhone picture into a Polaroid-like print, from online services like Moo to portable Wi-Fi …

Soap Rocks

Decorate your bathroom with these stunning glycerine soaps that look like chunks of rock: marble, malachite, tourmaline, jade, pink quartz and green …

Articles about innovative net zero prefab los angeles on Dwell.com - Dwell

A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.<p>For the bathroom inside a renovated Hollywood bungalow, architect Noah Walker used a simple palette of gray and white tile, black...<p>Though Los Angeles offers Lindsay Lohan sightings at Pinkberry and …

Los Angeles

China's Enormous Cultural Center Blends into Its Landscape

<i>Harbin Cultural Center</i> is a shining example of good architecture by Beijing-based studio MAD Architects that strives to work with its environment rather than disrupt it. Instead of breaking up landscapes and changing the scenery, the buildings are as naturally incorporated into the surrounding …

Concerts

The Air Walk

Air Rope is an inflatable rescue tunnel that can be deployed during flood situations. It is a safer option to the rope pulley system and is easier to …

Ecology Series – 3D Illustrations by Erwin Kho

Ecology – Digital Illustration Series.<p>Ecology is a series of 3D illustrations by Rotterdam-based illustrator and polygon wizard Erwin Kho. The …

Digital Art

6 Amazing Lego Artworks That Will Blow Your Mind

While for many, Legos will always be known as a childhood toy, some grown-ups have taken Legos to fascinating new heights making it more like an art form. Whether they're using thousands of Lego bricks to recreate familiar pop-culture scenes or creatively assembling them into sculptures worthy of a …

Lego

When Simon Beck Goes on a Winter Walk, He Leaves Behind the Most Beautiful Footprints

It might look like a snowy version of a meticulously planned crop circle, but really it's just a guy going out for a long, winter stroll. Simon Beck, …

77-Year-Old Man “Paints” Japanese Landscapes on Excel Spreadsheets

While most digital artists opt to use Photoshop or other similar digital imaging software, 77-year-old Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi chooses to work with Microsoft Excel to produce his beautiful works of art. His “paintings” are remarkably intricate works that mimic traditional Japanese paintings …

Software

Edutopia

Radiation Physicist Beautifully Colorizes X-Ray Images of Nature

<b>Hanging Begonia, Chameleon</b><p>In late October, at the TEDx event in Groningen, Netherlands, one man stood on the stage and gave a fascinating talk about how his life's work had taken him on a journey to becoming an artist. Arie van't Riet studied radiation physics at Delft University of Technology and …

Painting

Best Design Blogs and Online Magazines

My Favorite Design Blogs.<p>The internet is full of creativity and inspiration. Therefore it’s no surprise that there are also a large number of …

Graphic Design

Unintended Consequences of Technology: Does Wi-Fi Kill Plants?

Ten years ago it was tough finding Wi-Fi, even here in NYC. But now it emanates from every Starbucks, McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts, not to mention …

"1 Million Stars to End Violence" Sends a Strong Community Message in Melbourne

<i>1 Million Stars to End Violence</i> is an installation by Maryann Talia Pau on display at the Big Design Market in Melbourne, Australia. In September 2012, the Melbourne community was strongly shaken by the rape and murder of local Brunswick woman, Jill Meagher. What started as a personal response by …

Australia

The Surreal Digital Paintings Of Ferdi Ritzkiyanto

At its worst, digital art offers highly manipulated images with little artistic merit. But at its best, as seen in the work of Ferdi Rizkiyanto, digital art pushes the limits of what we consider possible in image-making.<p>Jakarta-based Rizkiyanto, also known as Pepey, makes hyper-detailed digital …

New Glass Room in French Alps Offers Amazingly Scary View

A brand new installation in the French Alps, called <i>Step Into the Void</i>, opens today for those who are not afraid of heights. On the uppermost terrace of Aiguille du Midi, Europe's highest mountain peak, sits a glass cube that looks like it's suspended in mid-air. Now the tallest attraction in …

Grand Canyon

Articles about building modern pavilions on Dwell.com - Dwell

Dwell's handy-dandy how-to guide on learning and implementing building codes.<p>For those of you, like me, who missed out on Wednesday's broadcast premiere of the wonderful IM Pei: Building China Modern,...<p>Stephen Yablon Architect reimagines the stilt-house typology for a cutting-edge modern addition …

Prefab Homes

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Architect Bypasses Mortgage Payments, Builds a Tiny Home

Idaho-based architect Macy Miller longed for a place of her own, but didn't want the burdensome cost of mortgage payments and decided to construct her own compact home. After having a dream back in 2011, Miller mustered up the initiative to design her small yet efficient home known as <i>Tiny House</i>. …

Mortgages