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Activating the Barcode of Life and the History of the Pencil

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of December 9th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Image: [Honduran White Bat via Wikipedia]

No Internet Week: An experiment by Mother London where five digital natives go offline during Internet Week.

Patagonia Rebels Against Black Friday : Released as an antidote to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy, Worn Wear is an invitation to celebrate the stuff you already own.

The Artful Accidents Of Google Books: The obsession with digital errors in Google Books arises from the sense that these mistakes are permanent, on the record.

The Surprising History Of The Pencil: What medieval smuggling has to do with the atomic structure of carbon.

Film Crew: An enables professional filmmakers to crowdsource smartphone footage from anyone wanting to join the crew and earn a credit.

Barcode Of Life: As a group of scientists completes a database of every living creature’s DNA, everyone–from conservationists to border agents and homeowners battling insects–will be able to have their own easy mobile biology lab.

Motorola’s Modular Phone: Motorola’s Project Ara prototype is almost ready, final product might be sold on Moto Maker.

Waiting In Line 3D: Punch yourself to stay awake in this strange game / music video from Rajeev Basu.

Mark Mothersbaugh: Journey into the alchemical mind of Mark Mothersbaugh — cofounder of Devo, pioneer of flagrant weirdness, maker of children’s music and collector of superannuated musical fire hazards.

Traveller: The design execution by Melbourne-based The Company You Keep is delightful, in a pasty green and off-white color palette and a modest dose of playful typography.

Post Grotesk: A sans-serif type­face designed by Josh Fin­klea as a con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of the tra­di­tional grotesk sans-serif.

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