Online beauty cult blog Into the Gloss recently launched skincare line Glossier, happily surprising every beauty-geek out there, including myself.Read More
Surely print is not dead, instead, the magazine business seems to be flourishing with smart, new publications and their exciting new digital incarnations.Read More
In our lives we do all kinds of (routined) shopping. We shop for food, clothes, electronics, pharmaceuticals and so on. But what if we could take one step away from consumerism and wasting, save money, maybe invest a little bit more time and make a pitstop at a nearby “refill-store”?Read More
New Yorkers will soon have a supercool alternative to Central Park; the High Line. The High Line used to be an old abandoned, elevated train track that now serving as an urban park planted with wildflowers, grasses and an amazing panorama of the city.Read More
There are three types of retailers that "color" the current landscape: mass retailers, high-end speciality (concept) department stores and community entrepreneurs.Read More
I’m pretty sure New York is the most recognizable city in the world. Even if you haven't been there, most of us have a strong idea of it's energy, the skyscrapers, parks, yellow cabs etc. But, what would Manhattan look like if it were transplanted somewhere else right here on Earth, say, Death Valley for instance, or the Grand Canyon?Read More
As I walked past Morgan Avenue L train stop, a sweltering scorch wetted my designer torn T-shirt; The thick buzz of creative energy and shockingly vivid blocks of graffiti lay under the beating sun. Outdoor performance artists attracted groups of tourists, a crowded truck full of paintings shot my eye; On the steps up a tin banjo player mingled with a skate board artist eating a veggie dog.Read More
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has partnered with technology company Control Group to bring subway commuters the “On The Go” interactive touchscreens. The new 47-inch displays will deliver real-time station directions including transfers and line alerts, countdowns until train arrival, and service updates, and will also include video cameras, microphones, and Wi-Fi.Read More
Who designed the “@ symbol,” what was the very first search engine? If you have ever wondered how the internet came to be, The Big Internet Museum will give you a tasteful interactive tour through the ever-growing existence of the “World Wide Web.” Aside from that it’s a museum like any other, with curators READ MORE
Google has finally learned how to show instead of tell. Shot from the point of view of the Google Glass wearer, the video below, shows skydivers, ice skaters, ballerinas, skiers and pilots enjoying all of the augmented-reality and photo-capturing goodness of the glasses. Also, images on the Google Glass website show more uses for the READ MORE
These photos might seem like the surfaces of Mars, Venus or any other (undiscovered) planet, but in reality, they are far from. Christopher Jonassen, a Norwegian photographer shot these beautiful and otherworldly series called ‘Devour of frying pan bottoms’, which are visually similar to the craters on a planet. By removing the handles, Christopher brings READ MORE
The Lumino Kinetic and Beyond media project explores the properties of light and perception of space. The project has been presented at the digital media installation event IDAS (hongik university and has been developed by Japanese designer Yuri endo. Yuri developed the project for the final phase of his thesis project, elaborating on the previous experimentation, ‘luminous specimen‘ which READ MORE
While poorly made infographics are being called the “plague” of the internet, its awesome to see artists like Paul Marcinkowski (AKA Kaplon) create something truly original. You might remember the famous 1999 Stefan Sagmeister poster where the designer carved text into his own body with an X-acto knife. Needless to say, his unconventional method is READ MORE
The future of space travel is closer than most of us think and last night, at the “future of space travel” conference in Amsterdam, scientists Gerard ‘t Hooft, Bas Lansdorp en Michel van Pelt all gave us amazingly clear explanations on how we will be returning some time soon. Nowadays several space agencies are taking second looks at historical READ MORE
As drones, facial recognition technology, and cellphone snooping are starting to affect the broader culture, the New York-based artist Adam Harvey has designed a line of high-tech garments made with sophisticated fabrics that can block signals and thwart cameras. Set to launch next week in London as part of a collaborative project with fashion designer READ MORE
These creatures aren’t some futuristic insect-bots developed by the government or some shadowy conspiracy group to infiltrate our homes. No, they’re little sculptures put together by London photographer Luca di Filippo, using pieces of electronic waste for his series, “Daily Contaminations”, in which they have been posed with food and photographed. These bugs with their READ MORE
Im loving this Publicis Switzerland campaign “For Any Hair Type” for Garnier Fructis, as between many boring or overly edited advertising photos this definitely finds some originality, shampoo that features guys with long beards that aren’t really beards and aren’t really attached to the guys. With the ad Garnier is responding to the fact that shampoo is for both READ MORE
Ernest Cole, born in 1940, was one of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, he passionately pursued his mission to tell the world what it was like to be black under apartheid. With imaginative daring, courage and compassion, he portrayed the lives of black people as they negotiated through apartheid’s racist laws and oppression and created one of the most harrowing pictorial records of what it was like to be black in apartheid South Africa.
He went into exile in 1966, and the next year his work was published in the United States in a book, House of Bondage, but his photographs were banned in his homeland where he and his work have remained little known. Pretending to be an orphan, Cole had by then, somehow managed to persuade the Race Classification Board to reclassify him as coloured (mixed-race), despite his dark skin. His fluency in Afrikaans, the language of most coloureds, probably helped. His ability to pass as coloured freed him from laws that required blacks always to carry a work permit when in “white areas,” and this mobility proved crucial to his photography.
However, like the tragedies of most of life’s great creatives, in exile Cole’s life crumbled. For much of the late 1970s and 1980s he was homeless in New York, bereft of even his cameras. Ernest Cole died aged 49 in 1990, just a week after Nelson Mandela walked free. His sister flew back to South Africa with his ashes on her lap and the negatives of his work were believed to be kept by the hotel he was staying in for unpaid bills. The collection was only recently found in theHasselblad Foundation in Sweden. At last, his collection of images that create shock and anger have been bought back to life to truly identify Cole as one the world’s finest self-taught photojournalists.
I love me some Starbucks. Chances even are that, along with many others who have fallen for the super consistent, cozy homey décor, burnt-coffee smell and the $4 latte, you can find me visiting the chain to grab a drink, to work or simply hang out with my friends every other day and in any other city I find myself in. If Starbucks has done anything, it has shown me how the ability of a brand can transform your day, and for that matter, your life.
Before Starbucks and I became best buddies, I used to find comfort in a cup of tea or coffee at the corner deli from where I used to live in New York: it was easy, there were no changes and no surprises. It was sustainable and utilitarian. It did its job. Then came Starbucks, that great paper cup of coffee that came in three different sizes, a huge range of flavors that could accommodate any mood, and that was available any time of day. What a concept! It was a cup of coffee that came with great music, free Wi-Fi, and the opportunity to support worthy causes. Who wanted the old beat-up cup of coffee anymore? A cup of Starbucks coffee gave comfort and status.
Yet Starbucks also is a company full of contradictions. On one hand, Starbucks leadership is passionate about improving the lives of tens of thousands of workers and shrinking their global carbon footprint. But on the other hand, the corporation has turned the latte into a fast food commodity that isn’t only bad for our waistlines and wallets, but has made it nearly impossible for smaller independent coffee shops to compete.
Insurance Quotes’ latest Hidden Costs video evaluates the global impact of Starbucks on our health, our environment and our economy. So what’s the grade? A respectable “B”. It turns out that the company’s forward looking leadership is truly making the company a healthier presence in the world.
Right now, you’re probably sitting within a mile of six Starbucks where you can blow $6 on a 780 calorie mocha. And maybe this video has gotten you hankering for one. So treat yourself. Chances are that mocha will be ground from fair trade espresso beans by a barista with company-provided health benefits.
The end result is that Starbucks does an extremely good job of providing coffee not only for the U.S., but worldwide, even if you may not necessarily dig their oft-burnt coffee, everyone surely loves a cozy environment and free Wi-Fi.
Oldest Starbucks Cafe
Roadtrip USA is a beautiful 3 minute time-lapse video that captures a 2 week / 3,000 mile journey with himself and Sharon Hwang from San Francisco to New York City in 5,000 of his compiled photos. The great animated illustrations by Sharon and original music by Patrick Brooks really tie the whole time-lapse video, charmingly showing us America's beauty and diversity. You can view more Roadtrip USA photos on Mike’s website.