When Apple’s flagship Spanish store opens, it will have ancient ruins in its basement.
PopChartLab has managed to capture the entire history of sneaker design, in one cool infographic.
It’s interesting to see what has and has not changed over time, or as Mark Wilson put it, “sneakers have run on a sort of quarantined evolutionary track seemingly independent of the whims of popular fashion.”
Here’s the full infographic. Got a favorite shoe brand?
Google celebrates the anniversary of the Roswell UFO case with an interactive alien doodle.
"When the post-Depression years left shoppers skittish and merchants without much business, manufacturers had to innovate and devise new ways to jolt the economy back to life. And so began the beginning of an era that is still aggressively alive today: consumerism. New materials like vinyl, chrome, aluminum, and plywood excited customers again, and products became sleek and attractive in ways they hadn’t been before."
Fireworks used to be different. A single rocket would fire into the stratosphere. It would explode with sparks that filled the night sky. The audience would ooh and ahh. And after a few moments of silence, the cycle would repeat.
That’s not just your childhood memory at work. Fireworks shows really were slower and fueled by bigger explosions just a few decades back. Today, shows tend to pack in more, smaller fireworks to make up scale in bulk. There are a variety of intersecting anthropological and financial reasons for that, explains Doug Taylor, the president of Zambelli Fireworks (a company that will put on roughly 600 fireworks shows across the country this holiday weekend). People live closer together, safety regulations have gotten tighter, and if you don’t have size, fireworks are exciting in sheer density
How McMansions murdered big fireworks
As part of our #Unplug series we asked, “What do you miss (if anything) about life before the digital age?” Here are some of our favorite responses:
- "The art of conversation, mystique and actually getting to know a person at a natural rate than via online presence… and of course privacy…” —Bree Williams
- "Peacefulness and serenity." —Henry Johns
- "The happy ignorance of not knowing how genuinely crazy some of my friends and family are.” —Todd Wilson
- "People actually having to work to stalk you." —Daisuke Iwamura
- "Wonder. Before the Internet you would wonder about everything. Now you can just look it up." —Matthew Green
Here, a few more things we miss about life before the digital age
“Wood has a history. Every piece is different, every piece was once alive. There is an emotional impact there that is profound. There’s nothing that you can do with plastic to make it an emotional thing; but wood helps us connect to our devices.”
“What (if anything) do you miss the most about life before the digital age?”
"Face to face conversations. Children playing outside." -Richard Saling
"I miss actual phone conversations. People only want to Facebook and text! No one wants to have phone conversations anyone it seems.” -Angel Spikes
"QUIET movie theatre experiences….and yes…vinyl records (which I still collect)." -Greg Hale
"Seclusion" -Brian Tromburg
“Wonder. Before the Internet you would wonder about everything. Now you can just look it up.” -Matthew Green
"The happy ignorance of not knowing how genuinely crazy some of my friends and family are." -Todd Wilson
Made in anticipation of the newest Superman movie, Man Of Steel, this new infographic visualizes the evolution of Superman logo from its debut in 1938 to 2013.
Google honors Maurice Sendak’s birthday with a moving Where The Wild Things Are doodle.
Julia Solis takes photos of abandoned theaters.
The drama plays out in the abandoned theater as moisture invades the walls and causes the paint to peel off the walls, plaster decorations crumble to the floor, and velvet seats become dusty and mildewed.
Rare photos of David Bowie give a behind-the-scenes look at some of his most iconic photos.
A webpage dating back to 1991 has been unearthed, after a plea from CERN to send in files, software and URLs from the web’s earliest days.
What are your earliest memories of the web? What site did you first visit? How old were you? What browser were you on?
Image manipulation site Worth1000.com’s latest Photoshop contest called on entrants to insert celebrities into works of Renaissance art(yes, some of the entrants applied a liberal interpretation to Renaissance—many of the paintings spill out of that time period).