This post examines Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year Greenery as design prompt, as emergent color trend, and symbolic of our collective mood right now.
Don’t know your old style letterforms from your transitional or your sans serif from your slab serif? Get a brief type classification primer.
Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI just launched a line of Swedish goods, bringing together two of the world’s design superpowers.
Their 40-item MUJI Sweden catalog is in line with their Found Muji series, which is a collection of traditional home products sourced from locations like France, India, Germany and Ecuador, highlighting the cultural and historical uniqueness of each chosen region.
For this particular collection, MUJI pays homage to the Scandinavian country’s iron, linen and wooden industries as well as its cuisine and agriculture. The catalog includes Swedish melamine tableware, a special potato cutting board and a wall-mounted holder for coffee filters, specially for households in the world’s third largest coffee-drinking nation.
Despite the geographical distance, Naoko Yano, MUJI’s general manager of planning and design, observed that Japan and Sweden have similar design sensibilities. Both cultures favor a cheerful, unadorned aesthetic that companies like MUJI and IKEA have turned into million-dollar operations.
A wall-mounted holder for coffee filters
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As you grow older, spending time with your friends will become lesser as other responsibilities and priorities in life set in.
While we can be so caught up with life, Irene S. Levine, PhD psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and producer of The Friendship Blog, said “They [Friendship] provide concrete and intangible support to make these busy years easier and more enjoyable”.
Fast Company has came up with a list of ways we can be better friends even when we are busy.
Big get-togethers can be easier to prioritize than smaller ones.
Take time to block off a time of the year in advance so that everyone can set aside and plan for the meet up. Jane Theriault, assistant professor of psychology gets together with her former sorority sisters annually, which involve husbands, kids and boyfriends too, this tightens the ties, and reduces the guilt of running off to meet your friends.
Practice little, random acts of kindness.
A handwritten card, a loaf of freshly baked bread from the bakery is a nice gesture to say “I’m thinking of you”, and everyone appreciates gift, especially if they are given without reasons.
Double-up or multitask your schedule.
Helena Weiss-Duman, who works for UC Berkeley, spends time with a group of friends in San Francisco area for dinner once a month, but in between she aims to “hit a double or triple”, which involve multitasking. For example, when you are running an errand, or trying a new exercise class, invite a friend along. She also asks her friends to join her at the university cafeteria on days when she gets more flexibility.
Head over here to read more tips.
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We previously featured a biodegradable urn that turns ashes into a tree.
Bios now introduces the ‘Bios Incube’, the world’s first system designed to help grow the remains of your loved ones close to you. Apart from the Bio Urn, the ‘Bios Incube’ also includes an incubator that facilitates growth, enabling your to track and monitor plant growth. It also brings all the information seamlessly together in a mobile application, combining the insights of tree growth with data from its environment.
Since the ‘Bios Incube’ is made to work by itself, setting it up is really simple. You simply plant the Bios Urn inside the ‘Bios Incube’. Then you place the sensor on the surface of the soil, just above the Bios Urn. This will help track and water your tree using the water tank inside the ‘Bios Incube’. Users can then sync it to the mobile app, granting you the ability to track your tree and stay up-to-date on environmental conditions.
Watch the video below or visit their Kickstarter campaign for more information.
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Created for German environmental advocacy group Robin Wood, these striking ads illustrate the destruction of animals and their natural habitat.
Made with double exposure, each ad features a different animal—and within them—shows their natural habitat being destroyed by humans through deforestation and oil drilling.
The ads all come with the message: “Destroying nature is destroying life”. They were created by ad agency Grabarz & Partner.
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We previously featured a collection of tattoos inspired by Disney Princesses.
For Disney lovers, this list of tattoos compiled by Brit+Co contains the perfect way for you to express your childhood nostalgia and love for your favorite Disney movies.
From the enchantress’ rose from Beauty and the Beast to remind you that true beauty lies within, to a tattoo of Wendy and the boys flying to Neverland from Peter Pan to remind you to never grow up, we hope this list inspires you as you ponder about your next tattoo.
Scroll down and enjoy reminiscing about your favorite Disney films. Which tattoo catches your eye?
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Superfoods and clean eating may be all the rage right now, with the influence making its way into the menus of popular food chains in gradual doses. But exactly how healthy are they and how do they compare with their humble counterparts?
Website Compare the Market has put together an insightful infographic illustrating the real nutritional values and prices of trending superfoods like kale, chia seeds and agave nectar, placing them side by side their traditional alternatives such as broccoli, flaxseed and honey.
Check out the infographic below.
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Google is known to have asked some bizarre and extremely challenging interview questions in the past.
In 2009, Seattle job coach Lewis Lin compiled a list of 140 questions that his clients were asked by the company.
Business Insider has picked out 17 of the toughest from this list, several of which you can preview below.
To see more of the questions and answers, click here.
How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
Why are manhole covers round?
A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?
How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?
For answers to the questions above, click here.
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Colors have the ability to alter our mind and moods when used in different settings.
Vanessa Arbuthnott has created an infographic that looks into the positive and negative effects of colors, along with their representations.
For example, yellow is the best color to create enthusiasm and awaken greater confidence, but too much yellow can cause distress especially when used in bedrooms.
Scroll down to view the infographic.
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