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Supporting Education

The Alphabet Foundation is an inspiring organization whose mission is to “bring the most basic of human rights – an education – to the poor, underprivileged and orphaned children of the world.” Plus, their cause is supported by a great, well-designed website, with pages for each letter of the alphabet.

Touch Tiles

The Tribeca Issey Miyake store hosts an exhibition ‘SymbiosisO: Voxel Interactive Textile Installation‘ until April 28. The installation is composed of interlocking honeycomb-shapes called ‘voxels’ dyed with heat-activated ink. Visitors are encouraged to engage with the work, which responds to physical and virtual stimuli, by touching it to leave their own personal mark. The exhibition also features a digital component where, as if by magic, users can effect the physical space by use their iPhones and iPads.

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.

Junk Mail, Tossed

Great idea, perfect name. PaperKarma aims to decrease the 44% of unsolicited US mail piles ending up in a landfill. Users simply snap a photo of each piece of junk mail they never want to see again, and the PaperKarma team works with source companies to unsubscribe them. You can also choose to receive the corresponding email version, if you still like the company but want to save some trees.

(Image of Transit Mailbox)

Yellow, Objectified.

In case you need take our yellow fix even further, our friends at Macktez have compiled an entire tribute to our color of the week with the Museum of Yellow Objects. From measuring tape to rubber boots, its a collection of wonderful everyday objects that proudly bear the beautiful hue.

Photo Revival

In recognition of the wonderful photography created for the NY Times throughout the years, the newspaper has opened their archives and revived some old classics, posting them in a new tumblr blog, appropriately named the Lively Morgue. Several new images will be dug up each week, and are available for purchase.

(Via SwissMiss)

(Image of Marc Newson Pentax K-01)

Karl’isms

Karl Lagerfeld’s new website is a bold and beautiful virtual representation of the man and his brand, black and white and Karl all over. Most fun is the “World of Karl,” with his self-depricating wisdom such as: “I know how annoying, impossible and hard to please I can be. I wouldn’t recommend myself as a guest to anyone.”

(via WWD)

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.

Draw with Type

A prototype for a new app turns the iPad into a high-tech fridge door with magnetic poetry. TypeIs allows for gestural layout of text, essentially giving users the ability to ‘draw’ with text. Blocks of text and imagery can be imported in to play with, and font, size, and color are all editable.

(Via DesignTaxi)

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