How do you overcome that fast-food temptation? Set that burger ablaze says photographer Henry Hargreaves.
Fungus is the Internet of the plant world
New research finds that plants regularly communicate through a vast, underground network.
5 Ways To Innovate By Cross-Pollinating Ideas
Tina Seelig details how to combine unlike concepts to find the next big thing.
- Combine unlike ideas.
- Talk to people.
- Build on existing ideas.
- Hire a diverse workforce.
- Use a metaphor.
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“Britney Spears orders fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, and, maybe most crucially, a framed photo of Princess Diana.”
This cataloging of buildings has “become an almost ritualistic undertaking, a therapy of sorts, helping me to organize the overwhelming infinity and chaos of New York into something I can know and understand.”
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Fast Company’s 2013 Innovation By Design Awards will celebrate the brilliant, inspiring ways designers are solving the problems of today and tomorrow. Finalists will be featured in the October 2013 issue of Fast Company. The competition will span virtually every design discipline.
See some of the world’s most beautiful abandoned places
Take a tour of the world’s apparently robust supply of empty castles, power plants, and churches—and witness the surprising grandeur of dilapidation.
A tired screenwriting trope is to use abandoned places as settings where one’s gory horror scenarios might unfold—the house nobody has been inside for years, the decrepit mental hospital kids dare each other to sneak into. But “abandoned” doesn’t always mean “scary.” In fact, in some cases, it can be downright breathtaking—and not in a strangulation kind of way.
How An Ingenious App Hooks You On Drawing Pics Of Strangers
But what makes it so brilliant—and the content you receive generally amusing—is its simple, well-planned interactions.
Nuclear Fallout Kills 370x Less People Than Coal
A nuclear reactor meltdown is mankind’s worst sci-fi nightmare. And NASA says, it’s not nearly as lethal as the coal we burn every day…
An Amazing Map Of Every College Mascot
The Chart of Collegiate Sports Teams is the latest from Pop Chart Labs, a massive map laying out the mascots for over 1100 schools from Division I to Division III. Unsurprisingly, a good deal of real estate is dedicated to animals. It’s there you’ll find the Wolverines (in the “weasel family” subcategory of the “mammals” section), along with big names like the Minnesota Golden Gophers and some lesser-known ones like the Rhodes College Lynx. Bulldogs and Tigers are both significant hubs, though the Eagle looks to be the most popular mascot of all, with 60 schools claiming it as their avatar.
Infographic: The Grinders Vs. The Dreamers. Who Wins?
To be great at your job, you have to embrace the grind. But the very word implies pulverizing something into nothing, as if with every type of your keyboard, your fingers flake away, until work has consumed your wrists, elbows, shoulders and chest.
Sorry! Don’t think about that visual!
Here’s a better one, by Joey Roth, that imagines the grind not as a platform for powderization, but as the step-by-step means to ascension.
By ‘grind’ I mean a combination of work ethic and improvised strategy that becomes a daily ritual, and ensures progression or improvement over time, regardless of an individual day or even week’s outcome.”
Here’s what we have to say about Facebook Home:
Facebook’s Bold New Vision For Social Smartphones
Facebook Home Breaks The Fourth Wall Of Mobile Design
A Band Visualizes Fans Sharing Its Music
Sharing music online is a social activity that can quickly escape the bounds of real-world connection. After a few degrees of separation occur—say, after an MP3 passes beyond your sister’s co-worker’s boyfriend’s friend—it’s impossible to know where it might eventually end up. The Beginnings And Endings Project, a web app designed by the Australian band Brightly, visualizes the journey of their first single as it’s shared across the web.
Find out how they did it here.
A Look Inside The Sketchbooks Of 10 Terrific Creatives
“A sketchbook is like a valve, a pressure release system,” the German designer Daniel Kluge tells Richard Brereton, the author of Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators & Creatives. “Instead of weighing things up in my head, I give them a place in my sketchbook. Sketches are like embryos, and as soon as they have been realized, they are born and start to live.”