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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.

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.

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.

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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