Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
At first sight, a Tumblr dashboard populated with dancing cats, celebrity mishaps and pseudo-spiritual quotes might seem like an odd place to seek fashion tips. But hey, inspiration is where you find it. And in Tumblr’s case, that’s led to the launch of its own fashion collection.
To celebrate its tenth year at New York Fashion week, Tumblr invited ten designers to put together a range of looks. Each, according to Tumblr’s fashion evangelist, Valentine Uhovski will ‘feel like a Tumblr post’. Okaaay…
The collection has already been previewed at Tumblr’s own dashboard-inspired pop-up shop Print All Over Me. It’s an interesting example of how virtual life can break through into real life. Coming soon. Facebook cosmetics?
Credit: Hannah Sider
You know that feeling? When you think your phone’s vibrating in your pocket, but it isn’t really? That’s a symptom of our increasing dependency on technology. And the demands technology makes upon our attention are only likely to increase as the Internet of Things expands. By 2025, with 100 billion devices connected, it’s predicted that most of us will have jumped from three connected devices to fifteen.
Snips is a new venture that claims it can apply technology, to reduce our dependency on technology. This it does this by using AI to analyse habits and streamline access to IoT-enabled services. The ultimate aim, according to the company, is for technology ‘… to become so deeply integrated into our lives that we won’t need to interact with it anymore. It will disappear from our consciousness, so we can spend our lives doing the things we care about’. Which sounds absolutely… Oh, just a sec. I think my phone’s going.
The bucket, kicked. The farm, bought. The ghost, given up. Death is the one thing we all live with, and yet it’s something we’re reluctant to talk about. Which is rather challenging for those who have to market funeral services.
However, Canada’s Mount Pleasant Group has come up with a (strangely) entertaining way to raise the subject. A series of ads from the funeral provider introduce a new piece of wearable tech, the QuitBit. It’s not designed to monitor your heart rate, or your blood pressure. Instead, it counts steadily down until your final moments and signals your imminent demise with a helpful alert.
The device is of course imaginary, dreamt up by Toronto agency, Union. However, given a more precise understanding of the factors influencing our mortality, it’s not entirely implausible. So, send not to know for whom the alert beeps. It beeps for thee…
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Via: Brand Channel
The representation of gay life online doesn’t always reflect the everyday reality. It’s not all hedonism and flamboyance. Increasingly, gay men have grown frustrated by content that really doesn’t talk to them about their true interests and instead promotes the same old sensational stereotypes.
But now there’s a new cultural website for gay men, not defined solely by their sexuality. Fellow Resident introduces gay artists, writers and designers from around the world, with the focus squarely on stories of creativity and success.
According to founder Joe Perry, “Our content celebrates the progressive pioneers, the humble trailblazers and those challenging perceptions, to expose a more authentic image of what it means to be gay today.”
Credit: Andrew Salgado, Artist, Ping Pong 2015
It’s only natural to feel nervous about walking home on your own at night. But now there’s a new free app that transforms your smartphone into a personal safety monitor. That way, someone’s always got your back.
Developed by students at the University of Michigan, the Companion app allows a nominated friend to follow your progress online via GPS. (Thanks Gemma). If you stray off your path, start running, or have the headphones yanked out of your phone then it’ll ask you to confirm you’re OK. If that confirmation doesn’t come, then the app activates an alarm to scare off would-be attackers. It also gives you the option to call the police instantly. Safe.
Via. Business Insider