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Curiosity Depends On What You Already Know and Designing for Complexity

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of March 7th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas

Curiosity Depends On What You Already Know: What’s curious about curiosity, though, is that it doesn’t seem to be tied to any specific reward.

Designing For Complexity: The question arises for designers: how to design within and between the spaces, objects and interactions that comprise these total — and in historical terms, totally new — human experiences?

Like This So I Know I’m Real: If the “like” remains the basic unit of reaction on social media—and therefore, of online life—then the most powerful force is indifference.

China Tries Its Hand At Pre-Crime: China’s effort to flush out threats to stability is expanding into an area that used to exist only in dystopian sci-fi: pre-crime.

Products

Plext: An iOS and Android app that lets people anonymously message each other based on their license plate numbers.

Virtual PO Box: This gives customers control over where, when, and how they receive their mail and packages.

The Amazon Echo Dot: It’s Alexa in a tiny package and it works with any speaker. But for right now, you can only order if it you already have an Echo or a Fire TV.

Visuals

Death Is A High-Tech Trip In Japan’s Futuristic Cemeteries: In Japan, declining birth rates, shortages of space in cities, and skyrocketing prices for cemetery plots have brought on a radical rethink in how the deceased are both buried and commemorated by those they leave behind.

Inside High-Rise: For Ben Wheatley’s new film, High-Rise, graphic artists Michael Eaton and Felicity Hickson designed a wide range of props, from books and cigarette packs to the entire contents of a supermarket.

A Visual Survey Of NYC Coffee Cups: The to-go cup’s ubiquity is symbolic of a certain lifestyle shared in the most populous place in the nation


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