Michael Callif

3,016 Added | 11 Magazines | 12 Following | 448 Followers | @mcallif | This is a curated Trend site for daily articles that help to map the intersection of: Technology, Culture, Architecture and Design. Michael Callif has worked with some of the worlds top brands to identify and commercialize consumer trends. Please visit www.chekgroup.com to see how we may be able to assist you company in the areas of: Trend Forecasting + Development Brand Development + Direction, Product Design, Creative Direction, Branding Building, Brand and Business Incubation, Image and Positioning, Omni-Channel Strategy, Retail Technology Conception/Integration,

Found Fallen Tree Branch is Repurposed into Beautifully Unconventional Shelving

Sebastian Errazuriz's one-of-a-kind shelving unit called <i>Bilbao</i> proves that inspiration can come from simply stepping outside your front door. Created using a found tree branch, the artist retrieved the fallen limb from a Santiago street and took it back to his workshop. There, he twisted, turned, …


Winnie the Pooh Bomber Jacket, Dragon Quest & Yokai Watch in Harajuku

Reo is around the streets of Harajuku often as she is a monster at the Kawaii Monster Cafe. Her pink-purple double buns hairstyle and cute fashion …

Japanese Street Fashion

A Taste of the World in Chicago: Try These Zagat-Rated Deals

One of the perks of living in a big metropolitan city is that you get to rub shoulders with millions of other people during rush hour. Wait, no, …

Chicago's 10 Most Important Openings of 2015

Chicago's Report Card: Grading the 2015 Food Scene


6 Things Chicago Does Better Than Anywhere Else

The Best Stuffed Foods at Chicago Restaurants

Here's Why Ted Cruz's Face Is So Unsettling

We've already made note of the widespread contempt for Ted "Butt Sweat" Cruz among his opponents, his fellow party members, his college roommate, and probably also animals and inanimate objects. While the Texas senator's loathe-ability was once merely a widespread truism, now, thanks to <i>Psychology</i> …


Minori in Shironuri Makeup & Dark Fashion w/ Handmade & Vintage Items

We’ve rain into Minori once again in Harajuku. She is a famous Japanese shironuri artist who we made a short documentary about a few years ago. You …

Japanese Street Fashion

6 Hot Valentine's Reservations Still Available in Chicago

On the Street…La Fortezza, Florence

Rights & Freedoms

Amazon Plans to Open Hundreds of Bookstores, Mall CEO Says

Amazon is planning to open hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores in the country after starting up its first physical shop in Seattle last year, a …


Why The Shape Of A Company’s Logo Matters

Welcome to a world in which curves are a good thing.<p>Think about the iconic brand names you know: Apple, Target, McDonald’s, Gap. What images come to mind? For many of us, probably their logos. That’s because whether it’s an apple or big golden arches, a logo is crucial to a company’s identity. Now, …

Graphic Design

Surreal Digital Art Recalls Dalí and M.C. Escher

Stefan Krische’s work wears its influences on its sleeve.<p>The digital art Stefan Krische, AKA Gestucks, wears its influences on its sleeve. Whether the artist is animating his own version of Dalí's <i>The Persistence of Memory</i>, or visually recalling the impossible worlds of M.C. Escher, it's clear that …

Digital Art

Top 10 Ways to Fix Your Terrible Posture

Good posture isn’t just about looks. How we sit, stand, and walk affect both our health and our moods. So stop slouching and get centered with these …

Ferrari Is About to Update the All-Wheel Drive FF

More power and maybe a new design.<p>Four-seat V12 Ferraris are never the most desirable cars that the brand makes. They are frequently the fastest to depreciate and least loved models in the range.<p>The FF set out to change that by totally redefining what a four-seat Ferrari is. It's Ferrari's first …


Uber Using Smartphone Gyrometer Data To Monitor Speeding Drivers

We’ve all been in an Uber where the driver seems to be in a little bit more of a hurry than need be. Once you hop out of the Uber and complete the ride, you’re left with the app asking you how you’d rate your experience. This is generally a great opportunity to voice your concerns but when opinions …


Kickstarter paid a journalist to investigate its biggest failed project — here's what he found

Mark Harris, whose work has appeared in The Economist and Wired, published his epic 13,000-word essay on the subject on Medium on Wednesday.<p>Zano received over £2.3 million ($3.2 million) in funding from 7,000 backers, almost none of whom ever received a working prototype of the drone, which …


See Vivid Vintage Photos of California Gold Rush Territory

Caption from LIFE. In the grocery store in Volcano, oldtimers who have spent their lives in the worked-out gold fields p<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Herbert Gehr—The …


Cheese So Amazing It Might Cure Cancer, Study Says

Study finds that cheese may contain a chemical that helps combat cancer and deadly bacteria in the body.


Articles about secluded courtyard and minimalist interiors hide within victorian renovation on Dwell.com - Dwell

Tragedy begets opportunity in San Francisco when a fire-scorched Victorian is rebuilt from within.<p>The recent history of Janna Stark's San Francisco flat, located in an 1890's Victorian house, is literally burned into the wall.<p>Subverting the traditional, conservatively cozy British barn conversion, …



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Home Tours

This 3D display on Kickstarter is straight out of Star Wars

The Holovect Volumetric Display, which draws dots, lines, and shapes in mid-air with light, is the brainchild of Jaime Ruiz-Avila, who was inspired by early sci-fi movies.<p>The first model failed to get enough funding on Kickstarter, but Ruiz-Avila is working on another prototype that displays a …

Science Fiction Movies

What Matters Most In Managing Millennials? Communication

Millennials, the largest generation in the U.S. population, represent one-third of the total U.S. population. Beyond their sheer numbers, at ages 20-34 in the current workforce, their preferences, habits, and lifestyles are likely to affect how we do business for decades to come.<p>They are more …


1,000 Photos of Strippers from the 80s Unearthed

Tyler Hubby is an LA-based photographer who came across a box of photo negatives stashed away in his newly purchased house in Echo Park. The negatives bore the name B.Mason and when Hubby went and got them developed, the subject of Mason's photographic focus were strippers. Many, many strippers.<p>All …


The world's 3.6 billion poorest people are getting poorer

The world's 62 richest people now own as much wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of the global population, according to a …


Pal Zileri…Fall/Winter 2016

Pal Zileri this season was informed not only by the artwork of Josef Albers, but also the idea of adding a touch of sparkle.<p>A lot of the darker black …

"World's first vertical cable car" to open on Brighton beach in summer 2016

London Eye designer Marks Barfield Architects has reached the final stage in its construction of the UK's highest observation tower outside the …