Just announced — PopTech 2014: Rebellion! Meet our guest host John Maeda and check out some of the amazing speakers who will be taking the stage Oct. 23-25 in Camden, Maine. Join us. 

Just announced — PopTech 2014: Rebellion! Meet our guest host John Maeda and check out some of the amazing speakers who will be taking the stage Oct. 23-25 in Camden, Maine. Join us

We see these beautiful structures falling from the sky, and we still cannot explain how they came to be. When you ask how snowflakes form, you are really asking about how molecules go from a disordered gaseous state to an ordered crystalline lattice. Unexpected phenomena can emerge — snowflakes are one fascinating example.
— Kenneth Libbrecht, physicist at Caltech, snowflake designer http://popte.ch/zmfbE6

Take a guess on what these are - we were stumped! Find out on photographer James Friedman’s site. H/T BeautifulNow

Photo: James Friedman

"Collaboration is a trust in the other person."

- Massimo Vignelli

To be released on 10/11/13 at the IFC Center in NYC, Design is One is a documentary about influential design spouses Leila & Massimo Vignelli. 

H/T Laughing Squid


Holographic Cube Building by Hiro Yamagata

Originally made for the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, this installation covered two buildings in holographic panels that shifted color once lasers were reflected off it, creating a dazzling array of invisible light pyrotechnics.

(via: My Modern Met)

Neat. Reminds us a bit of Harpa, the building where we held a gathering in Reykjavik, Iceland. This video gives a nice tour, although it’s too bad that it misses out on sharing the exterior magic that occurs when night falls


There’s been plenty of oohing and ahhing over the opening of New York’s Museum of Math, and for good reason. It’s remarkable how fun math can be in the hands of the right curator. To wit: The inaugural installation by artist and perceptual scientist Matthew Brand. Brand is the inventor of something called the specular hologram, a type of optical illusion that tricks your eye into thinking a 2-D object is 3-D.


The Home Aquaponics Self-Cleaning Fish Tank features five pots on the top for growing herbs and plants such as spinach, baby greens, oregano, beans, basil, mint, parsley and thyme. The fish waste naturally fertilizes the plants above. So, all you really have to do is feed the fish!


A moss-covered table that harnesses electricity from photosynthesis to power small electronics (called “photovoltaics”) and a fiber-optic chandelier that shines through petri dishes of customizable bacterial cultures from this awesome New York Times article on science and design in the home. Don’t miss the slideshow.

Say WHAT?!


I love the creative use of technology to deliver a completely new experience. It almost feels more like a real-life video game than a book. 

The Silent History book/app releases daily episodes of about 1,500 words as well as GPS locked field notes that can only be read at a specific location.

“The Silent History app is available in the App Store for $1.99 and includes Volume One, the first twenty chapters of the story.

For readers who are hungry for more and want to explore the novel’s world in more depth, there are hundreds of GPS locked ‘Field Reports’ that can only be read when the reader takes their device to the specified place. These location-based stories can be accessed across the U.S. and around the world, including one in Antarctica.”

(via Digital Book Only Unlocks Content When Readers Are In A Specific Location - PSFK)