Angela Chen

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The Recommender: SXSW Interactive 2015 Edition!

Headed to SXSW Interactive? Here’s what Fast Company editors and writers down in Austin think you should do while you’re in town!<p>SXSW Interactive has changed a lot over the years–but it’s still one of the funnest gatherings of techies, entrepreneurs, marketers, and other creatives in America. Every …

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Scientist, Museum Director, Mother of Two

A new leader at the American Museum of Natural History talks about motherhood, goals, and having fun in your career.<p>Recently, educators and policymakers have shifted more attention and funding to students’ education in science, technology, engineering, and math, known as STEM. Last month, for …

The Walking Dead: Gone Girl

Dissecting "Coda," the mid-season finale of the fifth season<p>Lenika Cruz and David Sims discuss the latest episode of <i>The Walking Dead</i>.<p><b>Cruz:</b> At the risk of sounding naive, I have to say that I didn’t quite see that end coming. Maybe it was the fact that for the first time, I watched an episode of <i>The</i> …

How to Outsmart the Impulse Buy

Don't use a cart, shop with a partner, and—above all—make a beeline for what you really want.<p>A retail store is a sum of subtle, careful spatial decisions: Essentials such as toilet paper or milk are at the back of the store, where shoppers can’t access them without first encountering higher-margin …

Who Pays Attention to Calories?

Women, college-educated people, and rich people, mostly. In other words, those who likely aren't the prime targets for obesity-reduction efforts in the first place.<p>The days of caloric self-delusion are numbered. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that many places where Americans …

Why China Is Cracking Down on Puns

A brief guide to the wordplay bedeviling Chinese censors, from marijuana to alpacas<p>Which country would you say is entering a "marijuana era"? Maybe Uruguay, which recently legalized the drug? Perhaps the United States, where the state of Colorado is offering holiday discounts on legal weed.<p>In fact, …

What Will Get You Hired Isn't on Your Resume

Data shows that a candidate with a personal referral is much more likely to land an offer.<p>It’s the holiday season, and millions of people are about to get a flood of unsolicited career advice from older relatives.<p>Most of it will be useless.<p>You don’t need to be told that a resume should be clear, …

This Shop Is A Walk-In Optical Illusion

The Dutch publication <i>Frame</i> magazine bills itself as the “world’s leading interior design publication.” So you can imagine that an interior design firm tasked with creating a retail store for the magazine has quite a reputation to uphold.<p>Netherlands-based i29 Architects‘ interior for Frame’s newest …

The Case Against Paying Designers By The Hour

Creativity doesn’t start when you punch a clock. Here’s a better way to charge for design work.<p>Someone, somewhere, at some time decided that the value of design directly correlates to the time spent solving a client’s problem. Today, most design firms use an hourly rate to determine creative …

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This App Is Like A Mind-Reading Robot That Helps You Avoid Conflict

Design firm Altitude created a conceptual app that uses emotion-detecting software to help keep users calm and collected.<p>Many smartphone apps distract us from our feelings–it’s hard to get in touch with crushing sadness while crushing candy. But what if there were an app that made users more aware …

Social Media

A Compass That Can Draw Digital Files

Ken Nakagaki‘s Comppass takes brings an age old design tool into the modern era. “The initial idea came from simple curiosity. How would it feel to draw a square with a compass?” Nakagaki told Dezeen.<p>Equipped with Bluetooth, it is able to draw 2-D shapes from digital files that are beamed over via …

Scientists Think Synaesthesia Is Something You Can Learn

A recent experiment by conducted by the University of Sussex suggests it may be possible to learn to experience synesthesia, a rare condition that mixes up brain signals and leads people to hear colors or taste words. Researcher David Bor had volunteers read ebooks with 13 letters consistently …

The Brain

Ideo Perfectly Predicted The Future Of Google In 2003

The design firm predicted Google Glass, Android TV, and Material Design. Nice one, Nostradamus.<p>Back in 2003, six years after the Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google, and a year before it first became publicly traded, <i>Wired</i> magazine asked four designers, including the likes of Shepherd Fairey, …

Material Design

You Need To Snuggle Up To These Sweater-Knit Pillows Immediately

The cozy season is upon us. The weather is turning cold, some prime eating-related holidays are coming up, and it’s just about time to dive under a couch blanket and resolve to not come out again until May. If, like some of us, your couch dive lands you amongst the cheapest, limpest Target-brand …

Knitting

Crazy Project Will Let You Hijack A Human And See The World Through His Eyes

Have an adventure without ever leaving your house.<p><i>Walk into that market. Take a look around. Ooh, what are those strange spikey fruits? Walk up to them and give ’em a sniff. How do they smell? Like feet? Awesome. Ask the lady what they cost. 588 yen? That’s…about $5? Okay, tell her you’ll take</i> …

Every Music Video Should Be Made With 10 Quarts Of Gasoline And 400 Burning Photographs

European music duo Victoria+Jean’s new music video reminds us that pyromania can be a beautiful thing. To make “Why Won’t You,” videographer and graphic designer Christophe Thockler took 8,500 photographs of the singer and guitarist, turned them into stop-motion animations, then lit 400 of them on …

Music Videos

Make Crappy Old Books Look Like Works Of Art With These Rotating Shelves

Slovenian designer Luka Pirnat likes solving everyday problems with simple designs: his past work has included tasteful and utilitarian dining tables, office desks, and door handles. Now, Pirnat has designed a beechwood shelf that can be rotated 360 degrees once installed, accenting objects like …

Food & Dining

The Softer–And More Wearable–Future Of Wearables

Amanda Parkes is bridging the worlds of tech and fashion to make sure next-gen wearables look less like watches and more like scarves.<p>A milky white, stiletto-shaped mold is sitting on Amanda Parkes’s desk. It’s the beginnings of a project to restructure high heels to make the notoriously painful …

Wearable Tech

Robots Battle For The Title Of “Crappiest” In Japanese Competition

Hebocon is a Japanese robot sumo-wrestling competition for people who have no idea how to build robots. Entrants are given one task: to create the crappiest fighting robot they can imagine, and robots are penalized for having any high-tech features. The competition took place last summer, but the …

Rebranding NASA For A New Space Age

By Susan Karlin8 minute Read<p>We’re going to Mars. Who’s aboard?<p>Since the 2011 shuttering of the space shuttle program, NASA has been more aggressively …

Space Science

Wave To An Astronaut With This Stellar Visualization Tool

On Sunday, November 23, Italy’s first female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, was launched into space to serve aboard the International Space Station. Thanks to this charming interactive visualization, for the next six months, you’ll be able to see exactly where she is as she tweets her way …

Space

In The Wake Of GamerGate, Early Feminist Videogames Find New Life

Rhizome is making three CD-ROM adventures for girls designed in the mid-’90s by the late Theresa Duncan freely playable online.<p>Seven years after pioneering game designer Theresa Duncan committed suicide at age 40, nonprofit digital arts organization Rhizome is working to relaunch three of her early …

Feminism

How A Forgetful Mind Can Be A More Creative Mind

Inhibiting old ideas may have an “essential role” in developing new ones.<p>One of the best ways to get the creative juices flowing is to take a break from trying to get the creative juices flowing. By stepping away from a task, you prevent your mind from fixating on a single idea or solution, …

Creativity