The world’s best designers and design-minded business leaders are gathering this October 2 in New York City for Fast Company's Innovation by Design Conference. We are disrupting the traditional conference format—there will be no multiperson panels moderated by under-prepared moderators. Instead, you'll get a series of highly visual presentations in an intimate setting (82 Mercer St.) leading to a series of offsite Design Experiences and a cocktail party that night. The complete agenda is right here—several of the offsite design tours have already sold out—and we’ve added a completely new panel to the lineup.
"Good advertisements don’t try to distort the actual author of the message. Yes, we live in an age where Chipotle deliberately hacked its own Twitter account but this is just the means to an end. Those making advertisements will do all they can to entertain you or draw you into a story or idea, but the buildup is to a message that is unequivocally signed by the brand. That’s the association they’re paying millions of dollars to cement. These kinds of advertisements can be integrated natively into publishers’ websites, but they won’t look like their articles. They will look like something else.”
These data visualizations show the pulse of the most popular cities on Foursquare
Let’s get this out of the way: Betabrand calls its synthetic fleece Vagisoft. Yes, it’s material named after a woman’s privates. And yes, cofounder Chris Lindland is aware of the product’s Beavis & Butthead-ness and occasionally fields complaints from people who aren’t comfortable with the concept—despite the fact that Betabrand markets the resulting garments as “so ineffably comfy, test subjects had to be removed from them with the Jaws of Life.”
Perhaps you’ve heard: Sitting is the new smoking. For years, a growing body of research has shown sitting for extended periods of time, the way most of us do for50 to 70 percent of our lives, can cause a host of issues from lower back pain to diabetes to an increased risk of death.
The Stir Kinetic Desk automatically and strategically adjusts between sitting and standing positions based on data it collects about your habits over time. The Stir Kinetic Desk is simple to operate, because all of its controls are packed into a little built-in touchscreen on the desk’s bottom left-hand corner. After you initially store your preferred sitting and standing heights, double-tapping on the touchscreen will cause the desk to move up or down.
We got to try one out at the office. Watch.
Like Evernote? Like Post-it Notes? You’re gonna love this.
The two have teamed up to create new stickies, which the Evernote app recognizes by color, and automatically digitizes and organizes the notes into different categories.
Google’s new, flat logo was 14 years in the making
“This may deceptively look like a small change, but it’s actually the culmination of 14 years of evolution for the Google logo: never a matter of if, but always of when.”
"If you wanna encourage creativity and wild ideas … you should create that exact environment."
This is cool: Take a tour of the Google Garage, where Google employees go to “learn, create, and make.”
With an estimated 2.3 million Americans behind bars, the U.S. incarcerates a larger percentage of its population than any other nation on Earth. As a result, one out of every 28 children grows up with a parent in jail—an average of one child per classroom.
These numbers are the reason why Sesame Street Workshop has created Alex the Muppet, the first Sesame character to have a father in prison. He’s an average kid who has some extra baggage in life and is struggling to cope.
Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t. A new book to help you navigate the new office politics.
As far back as the early 2000s, fingerprint sensors were embedded in a slew of devices, from laptops produced by HP and Toshiba to phones made by Nokia and Motorola. But while Apple was able to make fingerprint sensors feel like a fresh idea, its competitors were only capable of making the technology feel superfluous, stale, and unready for market.
“I can picture Steve [Jobs] running into the Macintosh design group and saying really excitedly, ‘We’ve got this fantastic concept.’ His idea was that a nontechnical secretary should be able to go into a room alone with a Mac in a box and a letter opener and be doing useful work in one hour.”
Unveiled last night on the firm’s Tumblr after a month-long logo-a-day campaign, it’s—well, it’s not that different from the old one. A little bit more serious, perhaps, but still with that delicious screamer at the end of it. And what does the second, larger O signify? It’s playful, says one Yahoo employee—the CEO.