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Cultures of Creativity and the Smart Atoms

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of September 22nd brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas
Cultures Of Creativity: This report describes how human cultures can be characterised by their similarities rather than their differences, and emphasises the importance of recognising playfulness and creativity to develop societies prepared to accommodate the rapid changes associated with technology and globalisation.

Where (In The Human Body) Venture Capital Is Going: Investors have poured money into treatments for diseases causing blindness, hearing loss and other diseases affecting an aging population.

Fashion Photography Is the Art World’s Rising Star: Today, fashion photography is art’s rising star, drawing large crowds to exhibitions (which produce much-needed revenue from sponsorships, rentals and even merchandise) and enticing more collectors.

Why Investment In Design Is The Only Way To “Win” In Education: The value proposition of educational technology should be better education.

Products
Smart Atoms: Spaxels (a portmanteau word from space pixels) are LED-equipped quadcopter that make up a drone swarm that can “draw” three-dimensional figures in midair.

DipJar: Device allows tipping with credit cards and it is as simple as it sounds – you ‘dip’ and go.

Somewhere: This site brings you the best places in the world through the eyes of random people on Instagram.

Visuals
Contagion! James Hoff’s Infected Media: Berlin-based label PAN, artist James Hoff used the Blaster computer virus to warp beats from the 808 drum machine into a fungal aural mass.

Jony Ive Is Finally Getting Serious About Type Design: The jury is still out on the Apple Watch, but one small design element may offer a peek into Cupertino’s broader user-interface strategy: the custom typeface.

Zaha Hadid’s Luxury Homeware Line: From £252 candles to £9,999 serving platters, the Iraqi-born architect has launched a ‘debut lifestyle collection’.

VHS Intro Graphics: Weird yet mesmerizing: 50 VHS production company logos, each looping, one on top of the other.


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