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9 Rules of Storytelling from Moneyball Writer Michael Lewis

“Have the nerve to be yourself” — and other advice from a master storyteller<p>Michael Lewis is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of multiple books …

Writing

The Future of Fear: How Los Angeles became the heart of immersive horror

<i>Audiences associate the word “horror” with scary movies or terrifying novels. But over the past half-decade, live theater and haunted house exhibits have merged, bringing new life to the genre with interactive, real-world experiences that let audiences step through the screen and into their own</i> …

Walt Disney Company

Musical Posters Combine Graphic Design with Synths and Theremins

And one of Trapped in Suburbia's posters even explodes.<p><i>Sound Poster 4.0. Images courtesy of Trapped in Suburbia</i><p>In 2013 we covered Trapped in Suburbia's very first <i>Sound Poster</i>— an engaging visual work that responded to human touch and created synth-like abstract sounds. But since <i>Sound Poster 1.0,</i> …

Graphic Design

This 19-Year-Old Creates Jaw-Droppingly Realistic 3D Art That Will Make You Do A Double Take

Holy shit.

What Sci-Fi Gets Wrong, Design Fiction Could Get Right

Waving our hands at the future, from 'Minority Report,' to tablets, to drones in our faces.<p>In 1998, Steven Spielberg convened a panel of experts in a Santa Monica hotel to convert the script of <i>Minority Report</i> from science fiction to "future reality." The result was one of the most captivating …

Science Fiction

Watch Clips from an Audio-Reactive Generative Visual Set

Berlin-based motion graphics and fashion designer Margo Kudrina recently created darkly psychedelic generative visuals for the electronic act Nativizm.<p>When it comes to generative art or real-time visuals, there's an intriguing collaborative harmony between humans and machines. One sets the …

Motion Graphics

A New Generation Of African Artists Have A Bold Vision For The Future

For a glimpse of what's happening in Africa, Guggenheim Bilbao curator Petra Joos recommends watching a film called "The End of Eating Everything."<p>The eight-minute work by Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu introduces viewers to a snake-haired character. This figure floats through bleak scenery, …

Art

Why the hell do they have to be such lousy pets?

Flowchart: How To Choose A Typeface

Once you really understand them, typefaces can be powerful. A properly chosen font can either give your words authority, or totally undermine them. Even a typeface as openly reviled as Comic Sans, which is ludicrous in the context of an email from your boss or as the typeface on a business card, …

37 incredible drone photos from across the globe that would be totally illegal today

One of the most interesting ways to utilize drone technology is photography. Photographer Amos Chapple knows this better than most. As soon as consumer drones came on the market, Chapple knew he needed one. After purchasing one and learning how to fly it, he began traveling the globe, photographing …

Drones

The best cat videos are over a century old

Japan’s love of cats started long before Hello Kitty, Doraemon, and cat cafés. Cats first came to Japanese shores aboard ships transporting sacred Buddhist scriptures from China, as a sixth-century rodent deterrent, and they have since made their way into Japanese domestic life and folklore.<p>An …

Pets

Introji: Emoji for Introverts

Introji: Emoji for Introverts<p>via slate.com<p>All introverts know how solo Netflix time can relax and recharge a person. To illustrate some of the joys (and woes) of being a little introverted, designer Rebecca Evie Lynch created Introji—a series of Emoji—after she and her boyfriend broke up because he …

Michelle Obama

My Own Life

What If Tech Companies Owned Your City?

What if Apple or Samsung were your landlord? Plus more scenarios of technopocalypse, by speculative architect Liam Young<p>Imagine a world where Samsung built and owned your residential building, where “patriotism” defined your allegiance to your preferred cell phone manufacturer, not your country, …

Animal Collective's Panda Bear made us an eclectic playlist

If you’re a fan of Animal Collective, the pack of indie art-pop weirdos who’ve released a whopping nine albums together, you know its co-founder …

This Is What Famous Paintings Look Like as Raw Data

These days, you're more likely to see the works of great artists on a screen rather than in person. And that raises an interesting question: what are …

Articles about 26 books you need read if you love design on Dwell.com - Dwell

Trelawny Davis and Jackie Sosa are old friends but had never lived together.<p>The ChampPhaidon Design Classics: 001–999.<p>Roses are red, violets are blue.<p>At this point, everyone knows how much we love the outdoors.<p>In the most unlikely of places—rural Missouri—Rocio Romero has designed and built a …

Architecture

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

The 19 Best Horror Films Of 2014

From vampires and werewolves to Bigfoot and the Babadook, horror in 2014 was genre-bending and eclectic.<p><b>Directed by:</b> Ti West<p><b>Written by:</b> Ti West<p>It's easy to feel weary of found footage horror: The success of the <i>Paranormal Activity</i> series ushered in a surplus of copycat films, most of which were — …

This Ex-Apple Engineer's New App Turns Your iPad Into A Second Display For Your Mac

Instead of letting your iPad collect dust when you're not using it, Duet Display turns your iPad into a second display for your Mac, using the iPad's charging cord to connect to your computer.<p>The app was created by Rahul Dewan, an engineer who worked at Apple for three years on the iPad and iMac.<p>"A …

Apps

[Best of 2014] The Year in Film

2014 was an immersive year for film.<p>In 2014, film escaped its 2D confines on the silver screen, becoming more malleable a medium so that audiences could interact within their worlds. Not only did technology become a recurring character in many of this year’s blockbusters, innovative techniques and …

LCD Soundsystem

2014’s best of the literary Web: From “Mansplanation Nation” to “The Original ‘Gone Girl'”

A roundup of the most stylish writing and freshest ideas I read on the Internet in 2014<p>The line on 2014 is that it has seen a blossoming of serious essayists, particularly women writing autobiographically. The other line is that the Internet has spawned a flood of half-baked personal pieces and hot …

A Typographic Journey Through “Alien”

A look down the nerdy rabbit hole of the classic sci-fi film’s design.<p>Dave Addey, a senior writer at Apple and a massive design nerd on the side, has a new post on his blog Typeset In The Future, in which he deconstructs the type and design of the movie <i>Alien</i> practically scene by scene. In the past, …

Sony's e-paper watch is a thing of minimalist beauty

Two days ago, we heard of Sony's plans to build a watch made entirely of e-paper — one where the band and the watch face would both change in response to the user's wrist gestures. It sounded wild and provocatively different, but what we really wanted to know was what it looked like. As it turns …

“I’m Addicted To Decay”: What It’s Like To Be A Ruin-Porn Photographer

Urban explorer Andre Govia talks to Co.Design about the risks and rewards behind the scenes of his latest book, Abandoned Planet.<p>Andre Govia describes himself as “addicted to decay.” The U.K.-based urban explorer’s book of photography, <i>Abandoned Planet</i>, is an extensive tribute to that addiction, …

Sears' Former World Headquarters Is Now In Ruins

Sears tested its products and printed the famous catalog in the complex just outside Chicago.<p>But in 1974, the company moved to the Sears Tower and these buildings were left deserted for 30 years. In that time, Sears went from being on top of the world to being one of the most distressed American …

Urban Planning

Smart Pipe: a design fiction from the Internet of Things dystopia

11 minutes seems like a long ask for a gag video about an Internet-of-Things toilet-analyzer, but man, is it worth it.<p>The longer this runs, the more …

17 spooky scenes acted and animated on Vine

Last week, just in time for Halloween, we started a Vine challenge themed around <b>spookiness</b>.<p>Ghost effects, realistic crime scenes, creatures lurking …