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Real Emoticons and Magical Contamination

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of February 17th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas
Your Brain Thinks Emoticons Are Real Faces: Looking at faces crafted from colons and parentheses can trigger the same facial recognition response in the occipitotemporal parts of brain that takes place when we gaze into meatspace visages of other humans.

Why Pushing Artists Outside Their Comfort Zone Is The Key: Artist Hisham Akira Bharoocha explains why as a creative he thrives off a feeling of unease.

What Makes Valve Tick: Newell argues that attracting and retaining talented programmers and designers is key to the firm’s success.

Products
Narrative: A tiny, automatic camera and app that gives you a searchable and shareable photographic memory.

SketchDeck: A service that turns slides you sketch on your tablet into professional-level presentations in 24 hours.

Tidy: A new app wants to help you better organize the photos you have stored on your smartphone, by grouping them into albums by time, distance, or even by shapes.

Invisible Cities: Using the Leap Motion Controller, this app lets you navigate a three-dimensional data landscape and puts the pulse of your city at your fingertips.

Visuals
Magical Contamination: A series of photographs in which artist Antoine Bridier-Nahmias experimentally develops various types, patterns, and colors of molds in Petri dishes.

‘Impossible’ Font Inspired By Optical Illusion: Letterforms based on the Penrose triangle, an Escher-esqe “impossible object” that can’t be fabricated by any earthly means, but makes for a stunning TrueType font.

Invisible Manifestations Of A Wireless World: Wireless devices have become intimately entangled with our daily lives, but what do we know about their workings? What kind of magic happens beneath the shiny surface of a mobile phone? How does data manifests itself in space?

The Future Of London Fashion: A close look at Central St Martins and London College of Fashion’s shows.


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