These are a few of my favorite things
1. Tesla's Model 3 is about to change everything
Launched last week, Tesla's model 3 is hyped to be the iPhone of the electric car world. "The arrival of Tesla's Model 3 signals a new chapter in automotive history, one that erases 100-plus years of the gas engine and replaces it with technology, design, and performance hot enough to make electric vehicles more than aspirational." WIRED. The feature that has everyone especially excited is the autonomous driving feature, autopilot assist, that at the moment only works on highways and require someone behind the wheel. Soon though Tesla will flip the switch and update all the software on its cars to be fully autonomous (no hardware upgraded needed), and that will be like the day Apple launched the app store. Tesla already has plans for you to be able to add your autonomous vehicle to a shared fleet.
1. ATARI's New Console
And they are not doing a NES Classic like Nintendo did, it looks to be an all new system, with all new hardware. Whether they'll be making their own games is still unknown, but still... hands up everyone feeling a rush of nostalgia with dash of excitement.
more on ATARIBOX
Three cool things I discovered last week, enjoy... and hit share.
1. AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand.
It is happening, the bots are talking to one another in a language we didn't invent and can't understand:
This conversation occurred between two AI agents developed inside Facebook. At first, they were speaking to each other in plain old English. But then researchers realized they’d made a mistake in programming. read more on FastCo
2. Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone
This article blew my head open last week, so much that I reposted the whole thing on my on blog here (with permission of course).
Most of us do not reflect nearly enough on our own lives, ourselves, getting to know who we are, and doing the hard work to get below the armor and the masks. This has dire, DIRE, consequences for our personal and our work lives. Go and read.
3. This Italian Villa Has Glass Walls That Disappear Into the Floor
How cool? Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf have designed a modern extension for a 17th-century villa in Italy, that has vertical sliding windows that can disappear into the ground. from Contemporist
1. First human support robot trial
Here is a groundbreaking event in the history of Robots, the first human support robot, built by Toyota, trial has been completed. The first real step towards a robot helper in every home.
The HSR trial that Toyota just completed in North America was run with U.S. war vet Romy Camargo, who suffered injuries in Afghanistan during his service that left him paralyzed below the neck. The robot is a wheeled affair with visual sensors and an articulating arm appendage, and can assist Camargo and his family by performing simple tasks around the house like opening and closing doors, as well as fetching water bottles and other objects. - Tech Crunch
Side note: the Toyota representative in the video below, says that Toyota is a car company but they want to help people be more mobile (And THAT my friends, is how you position a company in an continuous disruptive environment)
2. WHat Jobs will be around in 20 years
With just about everyone shouting, 'the robots are coming, the robots are coming' and claims of job loss flying around that range from 30% to 50% in the next twenty years, how do we think about jobs, which type of jobs will be safe (well, safer) that others?
An article with some valid points and some invalid, the way the writer is dividing up the type of jobs is interesting, although maybe a tad short sighted:
1. Creative jobs ( true, BUT robots are already creating original works of art, and have beaten human Creative Directors in making TV ads)
2. Occupations that involve building complex relationships with people: nurses, for example, or a business role that requires you to build close relationships with clients (we are venturing into the area of the 'soul' here, BUT this is one is a timebomb I suspect... just wait until a robot passes the Turing test)
3. The third area is jobs that are highly unpredictable – for example, if you’re a plumber who is called out to emergencies in different locations. (complete nonsense in my opinion, unpredictability is just more variables that have to learnt.)
Read the full article here on the Gaurdian
3. The most , future-proof tertiary educator in US, only teaches one program.
,That's right. ONE program, actually called 'The Program'. largely unchanged from 50 years ago. St. John’s College, founded in 1696, teached every student four years of literature, language, philosophy, political science and economy, and math. Three years of laboratory science, and two of music. That’s it. No contemporary social studies. No accounting. No computer classes. No distinct majors or minors.
In a world where just about everyone is shouting about learning to code, and building robots, St John's is sticking with the classics, BUT what they are doing in actual fact, and in my opinion the most important future proofing anyone can do, is teaching students how learn, and how to think. The two most valuable, and most neglected of late, skills of humankind.
Just thinking on my educational journey, I started out studying fashion design, which I am eternally grateful for. It taught me my most valuable skill which is to think conceptually, and critically. A skill which has kept my career(s), moving forward. Coupled with learning to learn, these make a powerful combo.
If, like me, you are thinking about your childrens' future education, and your own career this article is a worthwhile read.
3 good things today, 3D printed tyres for your car, awesome African Sci Fi, and an EKG that you can put in your pocket. Which one do you like the most? Let me know in the comments.
Have a good one.
1. Michelin unveils airless 3D-printed tYres, that could last forever (nearly)
The future of tyre technology is rolling into reality, thanks to Michelin’s Vision tyre. The 3D-printed tyre does not need to be inflated, and it’s designed to last through the entire lifetime of a vehicle. It’s also equipped with high-tech sensors and it’s 100% biodegradable. - Inhabitat
This week's three... gotta love it..
which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.
Have a good one!
1. Mars ROVER
No one makes off-road vehicles like NASA. The original Lunar Roving Vehicle took on the surface of the Moon and the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have been running across the Red Planet for seven years. But if you're sending people to Mars, they're going to need something to ride in — and this Mars Rover concept looks like something straight out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. - UNCRATE
Hi every one
Here is this week's three cool things.. Google Lens, launched recently at Google I/O, a drink that helps you go slower, and a great article on how to teach AI right from wrong.
Have a good one.
1. Google LENS
One of the flashiest announcements from today was Google Lens, a new product that lets you search the world with your phone’s camera. Let’s say you’re on a hike and want to know if that plant by your ankle is poison oak. Or maybe you’re browsing through your vacation photos from Athens and can’t remember the name of that crumbling ancient structure. Google Lens can offer information on exactly what you’re seeing, in real time or in photos, plus help you interact with it. Point the camera at a restaurant and Lens will not only tell you the name, but pull up the menu and help you book a table. It promises a whole new way of scanning the real world the way you would with Google Search. - Wired Read David Pierce’s story on Lens. or here on RECODE
Here are the three things for this week.
My 4th episode of the Flaneur diaries is out, a short reflection directly after the Vision Quest. Then there is a beautiful pocket knife, and some very interesting fake food that helps you not over eat.
Have a good one.
1. Vision Quest | Time
2. Origami inspired knife
Brooklyn-based Bre & Co have presented the Origami Pocket Knife, an EDC item designed with ergonomics in mind. Inspired by origami, the compact and faceted knife features an ergonomic spot for your thumb in the handle. It feels great in your pocket as well as in your hand and allows for a smooth grip and effortless use. Each knife is machined out of stainless steel and finished with a maple wood handle. - Bless this stuff
3. Fake food that 'fills' you up
So, research has shown that we gage how much we eat with our eye instead of our stomachs (our stomachs can't count). For example if you leave the shells from nuts on the table, you will eat less.
Volumes is a research and development project that led to the creation of a series of inedible objects that are placed directly on the plate among the food. Vogelzang's aim is to influence our eating behavior and our eating culture.
Good worK: first coal free day in UK, How to build a sacred space, a new way to make lithium-ion batteries.
Some good work to wonder at and drool over this week.
Keep it up.
1. UK's first coal free day.
What a milestone, a sign post for things to come I hope.
Last Friday was Britain’s first ever working day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid.
The control room tweeted the milestone on Friday. It is the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of the fossil fuel began.
Britain became the first country to use coal for electricity when Thomas Edison opened the Holborn Viaduct power station in London in 1882. It was reported in the Observer at the time that “a hundred weight of coal properly used will yield 50 horse power for an hour.” And that each horse power “will supply at least a light equivalent to 150 candles”. - The Gaurdian
2. Building sacred spaces
Our world is paradoxical, we live at the same time with great knowledge and great discoveries and with great mystery. The one needs the other to keep the balance and harmony. This is a great TED talk by Siamak Hariri on the process in designing a sacred space.
3. Lithium-ION Batteries made from RECYCLED glass
store almost four times more energy. How cool is that?
A team of researchers at UC Riverside developed a low-cost way of turning disgarded glass bottles into lithium-ion batteries that store almost four times more energy and can last much longer than conventional batteries. This could mean significantly fewer charges for laptops, cell phones and electric cars, not to mention reducing waste. - InHabitat
Hi beautiful people
This week's three things that I noticed, and think are good work. :)
A vertical farm, a pay it forward card game, and a new instagram account I'm enjoying.
Have a good one!
1. Vertical farms
Vertical Farming is sprouting (pun intended) up everywhere, from a proposed 100 hectare farm in Shanghai to a concept winning the eVolo Skyscraper competition.
International architecture firm Sasaki just unveiled plans for a spectacular 100-hectare urban farm set amidst the soaring skyscapers of Shanghai. The project is a mega farming laboratory that will meet the food needs of almost 24 million people while serving as a center for innovation, interaction, and education within the world of urban agriculture - In Habitat
Polish designers Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski have envisioned a conceptual high-rise building that would act as a vertical farm, able to be disassembled and moved to different locations across sub-Saharan Africa.
The Mashambas Skyscraper project won first place in the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, which annually invites architects and designers to conceive futuristic towers. The winner was chosen from a pool of 444 entries. - Dezeen
2. game for humanity
A card game that you play in real life, just noticed it for the first time at my local coffeeshop this morning. It is a deck of 30 cards, each with a random act of kindness task on. Once you have completed the task, you hand the card to the total stranger so they can 'pay it forward'.
Go order yours here and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get inspired.
3. Instagram: Ed Freeman
My new favorite Instagram account is by Ed Freeman, photographer based in LA. I especially like his shots of buildings / landscapes, and use of colour. Very, very good.
(O, there is some nudity on the account, for the sensitive ones..)
Here is this week's top 3, and a new feature... app of the week by a friend Riaan, from Elevato Labs.
My personal favorite is the Lego tape... too cool.
Have a good one
1. Lego Tape
"Nimuno’s Lego tape is an adhesive plastic strip with Lego bumps on one side. It allows you to turn anything into a Lego compatible surface, from walls to toys to your own body" - Daily Dot
2. Glasses from Sheet Metal
"Looking for a way to reduce the amount of waste material when producing eyeglasses and sunglasses, RELVAOKELLERMANN decided to take a new approach...They’re able to reduce waste significantly by cutting their glasses out as thin metal bands that are then shaped to form the frames. Not only is waste reduced, but more glasses can be cut out of a single sheet of metal thereby reducing production costs." - Design Milk
3. The Biggest Threat to middle age men
smoking or obesity, it's loneliness.
I am approaching midlife, fast, and this article caught me eye this week. And sad to say, it is very true. When I look around me, I see many me struggle loneliness, having few friends, and hardly anyone has super close friends. I must say that without living super intentional towards others, my life would just collapse into work and my kids' schedule.
"Now consider that in the United States, nearly a third of people older than 65 live alone; by age 85, that has jumped to about half. Add all of this up, and you can see why the surgeon general is declaring loneliness to be a public health epidemic." - Boston Globe
App of the week
This weeks app is not actually an app. It is a mobile game called Reigns
And why do I recommend this game?
Firstly it is fun. Secondly it helps to waste some smelly Gautrain space and time. But the real kicker is the game’s great element of strategy and risk.
The aim - try to be king for as long as possible!
Some random things this week.
1. “Ten Meter Tower”
“Ten Meter Tower” is a short film by Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson. Through an online advertisement in Sweden, the filmmakers found 67 people who had never been on a 10-meter (about 33 feet) diving tower before, and had never jumped from that high.
I love it, it is the most beautifully human thing I have seen in a long, long time.
Take the time to watch it.
2. Ask Jelly
A Friend, Riaan from Elevato Labs, sent this to me. A search engine with real humans behind. Through crowd sourcing, your question gets directed to real people.
I've been answering questions on writing, mental health, spirituality on Ask Jelly.
So when an algorithm won't do, ask a human... or Jelly.
Who doesn't like Nesquik? Making it a billion dollar brand ie. bringing in more than a billion dollars a year.
"Nestlé is counting on sugar reduction in its food and drinks to boost sales in the ongoing fight against sugary products, the Wall Street Journal reports. Several years ago, Nestle executives said they did not believe their strategy with Nesquik ...was sustainable." - Quartz
However, with the 'NO to sugar' trend, Nesquik was quick (see what I did there) to create a new product with, you guessed it, LESS SUGAR! No more blaming it on the bunny. On the shelves in Europe already and due for the US and the rest of us soon.
This week's three things that caught my eye.
If you like them, share it.
1. Simpsons Scenes
My new favorite Instagram Account, Scenic Simpsons, created by an anonymous curator.
I am a sucker for beauty, I happen to think it is one of the most important parts of what makes us human, and often beauty hides in strange places.
Like in the background scenes, close ups, or interior scenes in the Simpsons.
What the curator of the account does, is look for beautifully mapped out scenes in each episode (seasons 1-10 aka the Simpsons Golden age), a close up of the phone, Lisa's empty room for example, and posts it on Instagram
Go have a look.
2. Cyborg Dragonflies
Now inserting electronics into insects is not new, but this dragonfly and the way it is engineered is pretty impressive.
It could be used for “guided pollination, payload delivery, reconnaissance and even precision medicine and diagnostics,” Draper Labs suggested.
“DragonflEye is a totally new kind of micro-aerial vehicle that’s smaller, lighter and stealthier than anything else that’s manmade,” said the project’s principal investigator, Jesse J. Wheeler, in a Draper news release.
read the article here on Tech Crunch
2. Getting a grip
Discovered this great article on AoM, on developing your grip using old school strong man techniques.
Now, besides being a cool party trick and being able to open any jar, getting physically strong, in my opinion, makes you mentally strong too.
The ability to keep gripping is useful across the board, whether you are hanging from a literal cliff, or hanging from a cliff at work.
Also, the way politics are at the moment, it might do us all well to get our Katniss Everdeen-ness up. ;) (or Sarah Connor-ness for the 80's kids among us)
Go check it out (the pick up a chair one is quite cool)
So here it is, the first one for 2017. It is has been one year since I started doing these (with a little break while I was working on Gumnasia), but it has been fun creating them, and I hope you enjoyed them!
I can't stand trend predictions, they are usually so far off, and generally nobody is held accountable. (I would love to see these global trend companies post a list of 'where we were completely wrong in 2017' in December, but hey).
So here are three things, that I believe are valuable, important globally AND locally, and something I'll bet my teeth on.. well maybe not my actually teeth.. but I will do an audit in November and let you know if I was right, how about that?
So, thanks for reading. And keep sharing.
Not the My Little Pony character, rather the condition of something that is hard to come by, in-frequent, or scarce.
In a world where everyone is famous, and everyone's lives are splattered on facebook and where-ever else, anonymity will be the new celebrity.
In my opinion, anonymity is no longer truly possible, so the next best thing, is rarity.
Capitalism rewards the valuable, not the common. And we, our products, our brands, our organisations, are all too common, and easily accessible.
There is something very precious and awesome about limited edition, invite only, strict dress code, first come first serve, only 50 available, that we are missing.
So, the Q is, in a mass produced, instant, everything on demand world, how can we be rare? And still make a profit.. I suspect that is where the gold lies.
2. Continued political 'entertainment'
With President Elect Donald Trump being inaugurated today, and 2016 filled with general fantastic, shocking one after the other political upheavals and surprises, we are in for a hell of a ride.
The general knee jerk reaction of the human race is too circle the wagons, and look inward. So I except a further splintering of cultures, and amplification of 'tribes' (ala Seth Godin). Not a growing homogenised, average, genderless middle, but a growing, sometime fierce and assertive, individuality.
The positive side being, we need to look inward for identity, since our outside identity makers, state, religion, culture, are shattering even more.
I expect a rise in the self awareness industry (is there such a thing?), new avenues being created of searching for identity. And brands fighting fiercely to establish and grow their tribes.
3. Lean and mean
The most risky one I'll bet on, is the rise of minimalism, maybe not mainstream (if the mainstream still exists by November), but a love for minimal everything will grow.
Perhaps as an reaction to an unstable economy, political sphere. I suspect people will cash in, and live with as little as possible, ready to change (or flee?), at a moment's notice.
Minimal, frugal living, is perhaps the best thing that can happen to us anyway. My friend Len Sweet would say how do we do little, large? Hyper consumption and over indulgence hasn't been great to us now as a planet anyway, has it?
PS: for all you designers out there, green is the colour of 2017, I called that one last year... ;)
So I haven't posted in a while, I've been busy working to launch my new web, a personal project titled: Gumnasia, and it is of course my first favourite thing. :)
Have a great weekend
1. Happiness is a skill
"Happiness is a skill" - Naval Ravikant
Gumnasia, pronounced: goom-nas-ee’-ah, is the ancient Greek word for the gymnasium.
Gymnasium in ancient Greece were more than the gyms we know today, along with physical exercise, wrestling, and steam bath the sessions also ended with philosophical study, training, and discussion.
I live with depression every day. This blog is about my journey, how I deal with it, how the people around me handle it, it includes advice, frustrations, tips, and stories from my life. Just a note: I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on the internet, these are things that I have learnt, and that work for me.
2. Shesha Tuk tuk app
I'm sure you've seen those Shesha Tuk Tuks racing around Sandton, Rosebank and Pretoria Central? Now you can hail them (uber style), from their very own app. They are fast and cheap. Gotta love that.
Google's Project Soli was was revealed last year, born out of the company’s most secretive lab. To create Soli, interface guru Ivan Poupyrev fit a tiny radar into a smartwatch, allowing it to recognize the tiniest of gestures of the wearer.
The University of St. Andrews researchers took Soli to the next level on their own. Using a Soli AlphaKit, which Google shared with a select few labs, the St. Andrews researchers created a new project called RadarCat that not only recognizes gestures; but specific objects and materials.
Watch the video below, it is pretty damn incredible.
Here is this week's three. From sportswear to emojis.
Picked this one up via my textile obsessed friend Angelica Warchal. This eco-friendly fabric treatment made with real gold particles makes fabrics dry up to 3x faster, lasts 3x longer, is UV protective and permanently controls odor.
Plus how cool is the thought of wearing gold when you train? See their indiegogo campaign.
2. The Touch Bar
It must be difficult to be Apple at the moment, the pressure to innovate must be insane.
This week they launched the new MacBook Pro (it's been a while), and it features now a strip of glass on your keyboard that is touch enable for you to easily access everything from phone calls to color palettes.
Look pretty, time will tell if it is enough to please the mob.
3. MoMA acquires Emojis
The Museum of Modern Art, New York has acquired the original 176 emojis designed in 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita. He created them for Japanese firm NTT Docomo for use on phones and pagers.
Paul Galloway, architecture and design collection specialist for MoMA, says these “humble masterpieces of design planted the seeds for the explosive growth of a new visual language”.
The acquisition by one of the world’s most important galleries speaks volumes of the importance of emojis to contemporary culture. The collection will go on display at the museum in December shown using animations and prints.
This week I want to bring you some powerful imagery, some might be inspiring, some hard to look at, and some just plain strange to some eyes.
To me they are all beautiful, they play between the ordinary and the extraoridinary, creating life from death perhaps?
I hope you enjoy this week's curation.
have a great weekend, and go and make awesome work.
Cai Guo-Qiang's explosive art
Cai Guo-Qiang creates his massive artwork using gunpowder, from igniting it on cavasses to capture the burn, to massive fireworks displays, he is one of the hottest (literally) artists on the contemporary scene. Netflix released a documentary on his most monumental installation, where he design a 500m ladder to connect the earth to the universe (Preview below).
Ironically gunpowder was discovered by Chinese alchemists looking to immortality. It is from this tension that the artist creates.
Madeaw, one of the Next Generation leaders in this month's TIME, is a 17 year old fashion designer that has caught the eye of the fashion world. He comes from an impoverished district in Thailand, Isaan. Where he grew up flipping through the old fashion magazines at the barbershop.
Madeaw creates from everyday found objects, chicken wire, grass, cabbage leaves, whatever he can find.“I want people to see that ugly things that don’t seem to go together can become something beautiful,” he says
3. One Source
“Everyone obviously thinks Africa is this heart of darkness but I think it’s a heart of lightness,” says Zimbabwean commercial and film director Sunu Gonera.
"Gonera and Khuli Chana partnered with Ghanaian hip hop star Sarkodie and group VVIP to create a video that is not only vivid, but also captures the raw intensity of African creativity." Design Indaba
This video has some intense and great imagery, not too mention an awesome sound.
This week's three
have a good one!
1. The World's first Bionic Olympics just happened
in Zurich over the weekend. Some 66 teams from around the world competed in six events, including power wheelchair races, exoskeleton walking, and mind-controlled computer games.
The Cybathlon competitors, called 'pilots' used tech to compensate for disability.
We live among cyborgs, we have for a while, everyone with a pacemaker or a hearing aid is technically a cyborg.
It beckons the eventual question, what makes us human? What differentiates human from machine, and from AI?
2. VR in a Cathedral
During the latest edition of the Nuit Blanche in Paris, on October 1st, the artist Miguel Chevalier used the Sainte-Eustache Church in order to project starry skies and geometric shapes on the vaults. The projections react to the viewers below changing to skies, geometric design and such.
3. BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 Concept Motorcycle
The concept bike that could go into production in a decade or so it truly something else.
It balances itself. The flexframe itself changes shape when steering rather than having moving joints. It’s powered by an emissionless drive “engine” that changes shape while driving. It’s apparently so safe won’t need to wear anything other than a connected visor that serves as a combination of HUD and gauges.
Thanks for reading, a friend referred to this little blog as a three course meal, so thank you for sitting around my table every friday!
Have a good one.
1. Made by Google
So Google launched their new phone this week, PIXEL, even though it looks like the iPhone 6 at first glance, the inside is pretty exciting stuff. Google CEO Sundar Pichai is exactly right when he said at the keynote:
"When I look ahead at where computing is headed, it's clear to me that we are heading, evolving from a mobile first to an A.I. first world"
And that in short is what Google is banking on with its new phone. Being able to control the entire process from software to hardware has its advantages, as Apple has taught us. Pixel is packed with AI and optimised for VR, arguably the two hottest trends in tech today.
Watch their cheeky ad below
2. More skin tech
Last time I showed you some tech stick on tattoos, that allow you to control devices etc. This week is another skin tech wearable, thingy. How our devices communicate to us needs to change, in my opinion, they are too disruptive and need to be gentle nudge-ers, rather than screaming infants with LED lights for eyes (that'll stick in your head).
In response, the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture created a project called Sarotis. It’s a provocative proof-of-concept of what our world could be like if our bodies could feel data rather than simply see it.
It's pneumatic, meaning it can be triggered to inflate and deflate based on how it is programmed to respond to the world around it. The soft material gently pushes against the wearer's own body, acting almost as a second skin that reacts to the invisible waves of communication around us.
read more here
3. The Red Addidas
And just because I am a mad fan of sportswear at the moment, the new red adidas ultraBOOST. Enjoy.
Hi you all
So here we are in the home stretch of 2016.. can you believe it. All the companies I work with are gearing up for 2017. The world is still changing (the nerve ;) ), and we need to be ever more flexible.
'Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.'
Here are this week's three. Hope they spark some inspiration.
Have a good one.
1. Tech Tattoos
MIT and Microsoft showed a smart tattoo recently that can turn your skin into a touchpad to control your phone or whatever. Duo Skin is created with common gold leaf, for its conductivity and flexibility. The tattoos can function as input or output devices.
2. House Me
Currently in the Western Cape House me is a rental service that is set to disrupt the industry. They offer verified accommodation (so you actually get what is in the pictures) to tenants and, wait for it, a bidding system for landlords (so you'll always get the highest rent). How cool is that?
3. Taking a ride in a self-driving Uber
Another disrupter, Uber launched its first self driving cars in Pittsburgh. Driverless cars are coming, one way or the other and will transform the way we move.
Read the article here, and watch the short video below.
Hi you guys
So I went to Namibia this week, what a cool place. If you haven't been, then go.
Here is this week's top three things that caught my eye.
Which one is your favourite?
Have a good one!
Ogojiii is an African Design Magazine that was launched last year June. I first held one in my hands just a few days ago. It show cutting edge design from all fields, fashion, textile, product, architecture and the list goes on.
It is magnificently curated and super high quality, even the choice of paper is brilliant (which is very important in a digital world).
The people behind Ogojiii firmly believes that design is the catalyst for change in Africa, and if we can get the various role players out of their silos we would not only be able to create beauty and necessary technology, but also drive Africa forward.
Wearable tech being all the rage, though for me its still a tad too invasive, this one is quite a feat. Bragi, the hearables company, have joined forces with IBM's Watson (if you don't know what watson is go and check that out first, it will blow your mind).
"By bringing Watson to The Dash, Bragi's smart headphones, users will be able to use their 21st century headsets to do everything from receive instructions to communicate with co-workers, allowing individuals to interact with one another and keep tabs on the operating environment, wellbeing, and safety of their team." Lulu Chang Digital Trends
3. The death of the audio jack?
So the iPhone 7 was announced this week (watch the keynote), the most, bigger, better, fantabulistic iPhone ever (of course, and of course I'll get one). :)
It has all the usual upgrades, faster, higher, stronger, and some clever ios tricks, and its water resistant, but the big talking point is that apple to the courageous(?) move to chuck the audio jack. So from now one, you have to use the lightning cable headphones (supplied) or die converter thingy (supplied) or get the new wireless in ear headphones AirPods (cheesy name, but what are gonna do?).
The audio jack has been the same since 1875, you read that right. This is a bold move on Apple's part, and time will tell how it's received. Knowing Apple, they won't back down and we'll all end up wireless anyway.
Also, I like the jet black phone. Black is my happy colour.
So last week I was shooting a campaign with my friend Ett Venter, such a rad guy and great photographer.. and I missed three things! So here is this week's.. right on time. ;)
grace and peace
Legendary fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto admits he was tired of making fancy clothing in the new short doc Master of the Shadows. Filmed around Y-3’s AW16 show, the designer is reflecting on his thirteen-year collaboration with adidas and how it revived his love of design at a time he was falling out of love with fashion.
The clothing, Y-3 is incredible, I would kill for those shoes. Here is the thing though, he revamped and revived his entire career at around 60. SIXTY!!! The world has changed most definitely, when many people used to think about where they will retire many now are shining in the last third of their lives, creating their best work.
watch the film below, I recommend putting on the youtube generated subtitles (even though they aren't correct all the time).
Back to posting on Friday! Hope you had a good week. Here are three things that caught my eye this week.
Have a good one.
PS: If you haven't booked a speaker for your year end yet, check out some of my talks.
1. A Life Jacket Inspired Flag
The flag for The Refugee Nation, ten refugees currently competing in the Rio Olympics, draws its colour scheme and design from lifejackets. Designed by Syrian artist and refugee Yara Said, the flag is orange with a single black stripe.
2. Homesick candle
the concept behind Homesick Candles, an American made item, hand poured and using a soy based wax that mixes some fragrances that is associated with some states. Smell being the most powerful memory trigger, this is quite something. I wonder what a Johannesburg or Bloemfontein candle would smell like?
3. A Notebook (with a conscience)
Found this link on my friend, Rich Mulholland's email signature, he is also one of the founders, which I didn't realise until today. The Human Writes notebook, a good designed hardcover notebook, thread-sewn and bound with 192 pages of Munken Pure paper.
Not only is it a good notebook, with dots instead of lines that allow for either drawing or writing, for every one sold they give 10 (that's right TEN) books to kids who need them. How great is that?
My favourite three, on a Wednesday, so the best of a week and half..
1. Pantone's new app
The ever cool Pantone has launched a new app PANTONE Studio lets users capture colours in everyday life translating them into the Pantone colours and allows for easy import into design software and such.
Always wanted to design using the colour of your grandma's old cardigan? Now is your chance.
2. OppiKoppi Posters
With everyone slowly, and carefully, returning form the ever dusty OppiKoppi Music Festival it's time to look back at the last 22 years' worth of iconic posters, featured on Between10and5. This one is my favourite, remember?
3. A Beautiful watch
The Autodromo Stradale is inspired by the interiors of Italian sports cars of the late 50s and 60s, and ain't it just the most beautiful thing?
This' week's three is quite a grab bag of stuff, from tribes, serious privacy issues with Edward Snowden, and a decal for your macbook.
So that's who I am, a grab bag. :)
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1. The Last Tribes on Earth
Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent the past three years exploring the most remote places on Earth to capture mindblowing photographs of the last surviving tribes on Earth.
We do not live in a homogenised, neutral world, where everyone is the same.. we are not the same, and there lies the beauty.
2. Edward Snowden is designing a device that will check if your phone is snitching on you
Whistleblower Edward Snowden has been researching with hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang to design a device that will check on your iPhone is snitching on you.
The aim of that add-on, Huang and Snowden say, is to offer a constant check on whether your phone’s radios are transmitting.
Soon anonymity and privacy will be the greatest luxury.
3. Marble decal
Marble is the new black. In case you haven't noticed, marble is the texture of the moment. Grab a marble decal for your macbook
Visit uniqfind.com to see the full collection.
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