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Why is Art Expensive and the Secret Lives of Museum Guards

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of September 26th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.


Why Is Art Expensive?: How do you sell a six-figure painting? Branding and a heavily “curated” marketplace.

8 Cities That Show You What The Future Will Look Like: From Shanghai to Nairobi, designers, architects, and planners are using advanced materials, smart science, and big data to make cities better than ever.

“The Self” Isn’t Constant, But Ever-changing: Scientific researchers have recently started to reference and draw on the Eastern religion in their work—and have come to accept theories that were first posited by Buddhist monks thousands of years ago.

The Knowledge (2016): Wired’s cheat sheet of everything you need to know to understand what’s happening in science, culture, security, business, and design. Feel free to take notes.


Sense: Sense by Hello is a simple system that tracks your sleep behavior, monitors the environment of your bedroom and reinvents the alarm.

Rhei: A prototype of an electro-mechanical clock with a liquid display, and the result of a one-year long passion project, created by Damjan Stanković.

Oculus Cinema: Oculus wants to fashion the experience around the familiarity and sociability of going to the movies.


The Secret Lives Of Museum Guards: The photographer Alec Soth photographs the security guards who work museum’s galleries and grounds, capturing them in front of their favorite works of art and interviewing them about their jobs.

Like Me: From cities to soap, our need for brands is hard-wired into the human psyche. But are brands tools of corporate power or does the real power lie in our hands?

Weird Simpsons VHS: A very weird, bad-trip type project that reworks The Simpsons intro sequence in a trashy, 90s VHS video style that’s all about making things in Springfield a little more dystopian than they should be.

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