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Into the Mystic and the Heart Index

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of April 13th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas

Into The Mystic: From Stonehenge to Silicon Valley: how technology nurtured New Age ideas in a world supposedly stripped of its magic.

How Stories Are Told Around The World : As Kay Turner, a folklorist and independent scholar who’s on the board of the New York Folklore Society, notes, “Even if a story is the same, each culture will tell it differently, because each one has its own genres and cultural rules.”

Relearning The Art Of Asking Questions: It’s imperative that we slow down and take the time to ask more — and better — questions. At best, we’ll arrive at better conclusions. At worst, we’ll avoid a lot of rework later on.

Where A ’90s Tourist Guide Will Take You In NYC: What happens when you use a Lonely Planet tourist guide to New York City from 1997 and try to use it in 2015. What has changed? What has stayed the same?

Improving Livability in Los Angeles: A strategic plan to make the City of Angels an even greater place to live, work, and create.

Products

Google Prediction: Use Google’s machine learning algorithms to analyze data and predict future outcomes using a familiar RESTful interface.

Heartbeats: A new concept for the Apple Watch and Beats Music, which will use the smartwatch pulse function to automatically organize tracks into playlists based on beats playing nearby.

Zen Egg: An object that encourages people to take a break from being busy

Visuals

The Heart Index: A not-for-profit design compendium, raising money and awareness for Heart Research UK. It’s pages showcase a collection of hearts, designed and interpreted by a host of contemporary practitioners.

Building Bluebook: BlueBook is ubiquitous in Alex Garland’s new psychological sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, something like Google or Facebook today.

Faces + Masks: Greek photographer Nikos Vavdinoudis captures the unusual yet ancient customs of certain towns and villages in Eastern Macedonia, a rural area situated in Northern Greece


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