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The Birth of the Mirage and Principles of Animation

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of May 5th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas
The Conjuring Of The Mirage: 25 years ago, Steve Wynn was busily creating a new kind of resort. This is the tale of the alchemy–and the crazy risk–that changed the Strip forever.

Tony Hsieh: Helping Revitalize A City: If Zappos helps foster an urban “culture of openness, collaboration, creativity, and optimism,” Hsieh says, then the city can prosper, and the company with it.

How Project Runway “Flopped”: The show had such low ratings that Bravo thought Nielsen made a mistake. Learn how they turned a flop into a runaway hit through prototyping and feedback.

George Carlin On Our Similarities: This clip is one of his finest, talking about the banal similarities of our daily life to counter what he believed to be big political agendas. Important and funny – the best combination.

Products
Chadder: The core raison d’être of the app is privacy, with only the recipient able to read the message – would-be interceptors will only see “garbled, encrypted text”.

Soundflake: Instead of waiting for SoundCloud to update its mobile apps, German developer 9elements has taken the initiative and built its own.

#AmazonCart: Amazon is rolling out an interesting new feature, which lets you add Amazon products to your shopping basket without leaving Twitter.

Visuals
The 12 Principles Of Animation: Animator Vincenzo Lodigiani recently visualized the principles using a simple cube shape.

Richards NYC: Spectrum blends collaged with 3D waves and Orcas, combined with computer windows give the collection a sophisticated “Tumblr Art” quality.

Contemporary Culture: 25 Years Of Change: Cultural changes are every bit as large and astonishing as the tech changes.


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