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Creative Rivals and Cities without Outdoor Ads

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of October 12th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas

Head To Head: Michelangelo and Raphael; Leibniz and Newton; Constable and Turner. Does every creative genius need a bitter rival?

Ideas Are Not Singular: If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it, or throw it away and come up with something better.

Don’t Force Creativity, Harness It: To me, creativity is not something that should be forced, but be allowed to grow and take hold naturally and progressively.

Psychologist Barry Schwartz on What Motivates Us to Work: Our ideas about what motivates people to work, Schwartz cautions, have shaped the nature of the workplace in unfortunate ways — particularly when it comes to the ideology of incentives and the carrots-and-sticks approach to reward and punishment.

Products

Unimorph: An enabling technology for rapid digital fabrication of customized thin-film shape-changing interfaces.

Sugru: A moldable glue. Stick it, shape it and it will turn into rubber.

FarmedHere: The largest indoor vertical farm in the United States, with 90,000 square foot space that all follow an eco-, city- and resource-friendly technique.

Visuals

Can Cities Kick Ads?: First it was São Paulo, then Chennai. Then Grenoble, Tehran, Paris and now even New York have spawned movements to replace or ban outdoor advertising. Are we entering the age of ad-free cities – or is this just an eye-catching distraction?

Assemble : The art, design and architecture collective discuss their surprise nomination for the 2015 Turner Prize.

TypaTone: The act of writing has always been an art. Now, it can also be an act of music. Each letter you type corresponds to a specific musical note putting a new spin on your composition.


Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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