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Mag Museum

Magazine fanatics can get their fix via a new pop-up collaboration between magazine publisher Visionaire and collector/former owner of East Village Gallagher’s magazine shop, Michael Gallagher. VFILES + Gallagher’s complete archive, including issues of vintage GQ, Esquire, Vogue, and Interview is on view for perusal in stacked-form. They are also going digital – soon to launch the store’s website component, which will include options to search the archives by person and theme.

(Image via UrbanDaddy)

Care Packages

Although we’re more accustomed to communicating digitally these days, it’s always exciting to receive a little something special in the mail. Subscribe to Curated, and receive a unique gift selected by a group of five Dutch bloggers who write on lifestyle, sustainability, innovation, design and food. Similarly, with Quarterly, users can subscribe to specific curators for mystery gifts – receiving goodies from the likes of Brooklyn Superhero Co. of 826NYC, John Maeda, or Emily Pilloton of ProjectH.

Bright, Adaptive Workspaces

Writer Susan Cain recently wrote a much-passed-around op-ed piece on allowing for a variety of uses and personality types in workplace designs. Several forward-thinking companies have already implemented ways for employees to be empowered in choosing their environments – many of which cater to both the introvert and extrovert in us all. Communal, collaborative spaces can be fun and enlivening, with splashes of yellow brightening minds. And tools like work pods and boxes, also intentionally color-coded, inspire individual work – all adapting to how we work.

(Image of Selgas Cano Office)

Spreading Generosity

Chocolatier Anthon Berg bet on the sweet treat’s positive properties to bring a little more generosity to the world. A clever campaign for the company involved the one-day opening of a pop-up Generous Store. Customers chose their selected candy, and checked out by agreeing to do a good deed for a friend or loved one.

(Via Springwise)

Science with Legos

The 2012 Google Science Fair is now open for submissions, and to inspire kids they recently posted a great video about scientists using Legos to help with their research. Submissions are due April 1.

In other Lego news, its good to see Lego HQ encourages some play with or without their product in their office – whether on a slide(!) or playing foosball.

(Image of Lego Office via Dezeen)

Climbing Mountains at Work

If you had the incentive of reaching the peak of Everest, would it make you take the stairs to work instead of the elevator? That’s what City Peaks, a beta in-house game, bets on. As workers choose to climb the stairs, they scan a card to track progress at RFID stations set up around the building. Software tracks their movement, and calculates each player’s standings and relation to coworkers. Collectively, the team has climbed 90% of Mount Everest, and are being motivated daily to climb more.

(Via CoDesign)

Artful Technology

Art institutions are increasingly embracing technology to help enhance their missions. In November, the Guggenheim released an IPad app for Maurizio Cattelan’s controversial retrospective takeover of the center of the Guggenheim in New York, which was recently recognized as one of 500 top apps by the Sunday Times (UK). The museum recently opened John Chamberlain: Choices, which shows the artists large-scale moulded, compressed, and transformed abstract metal sculptures.  In conjunction, they also created an in-depth website for the exhibition, featuring views of sculptures from 3 sides and a narrated video by the curator. Art.com also recently embraced the IPad, releasing ArtCircles, where users can explore artworks by color, words, or selections by curators.

Meanwhile, the Cooper Hewitt also released access to information about more than 60% of its collection online through dataset, allowing users access to their huge holdings of more than 200,000 objects.

Augmented Reality on the London Eye

The London Eye goes high-tech. Visitors on the Eye will soon be able to use an app on their Android devices to map out sites viewable from the device camera. Free wi-fi and audio guides will also be available in five languages.

(Via The Telegraph)

Eat your Packaging

Dr. David Edwards plays with food and the way we experience it. He is the brains behind breathable caffeine AeroShot, and the chocolate that satisfies through smell, LeWhif. With his new project, Wikicells, he is working on creating a natural polymer membrane that he hopes can serve as packaging for food. Liquids, foams and gels could be held in edible membrane forms that would taste like or compliment their taste. His flavor of experimentation is open to all in his wondrous Willy-Wonka-esque storefront and eatery, FoodLab in Paris.

(Image of Edible Cups)

Young Einsteins Needed

A new Good infographic responds to President Obama’s call for the next generation of innovators in science, math, technology, and engineering – and shows what they need to get there.

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