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Google Creative Lab’s well-being experiments try to be playful, but one of them is just joking about something that’s not funny to begin with.
Charlotte and Clementine Fiell pick five women who transformed design from their book, Women in Design, and explain what made figures like Apple icon designer Susan Kare and architect Zaha Hadid revolutionary.
Respected biographer Meryle Secrest seeks to uncover a Cold War era conspiracy in her new book The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World’s First Desktop Computer. The story revolves around the Olivetti company and family, best known for their typewriters, but also the brand behind the first personal computer—some 10 years before competitors like Apple and IBM. The book begins with Adriano (the son of founder Camillo Olivetti) dying on a train to Switzerland in 1960—suspicious considering he had previously worked to remove prime minister Benito Mussolini during WWII and had ties to spy networks. In her book, Secrest seeks to understand why Olivetti, being such a pioneering company in the world of tech, fell into obscurity and what really happened to Adriano and lead engineer Mario Tchou, who also died mysteriously a year later.
Digital artist Bob Bicknell-Knight offers up a primer on how the complex digital-art industry operates, from how practitioners can monetise their work to how collectors should behave when buying a digital artwork.
Rome wasn't built in a day – much like the world-famous companies that we all recognize today. Even they had to start from something – and you might be surprised when you find out that quite a few of them started out by doing things completely different than they are doing now.
This autumn, Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross has some colourful new residents. Created by It’s Nice That, Double Take is designed to get visitors to look twice and discover something new about the area. We chat to the team behind the project to find out how they created an installation to stop shoppers in their tracks.
Created to appeal to Lego lovers everywhere, the campaign by French agency BETC includes a live action adventure caper directed by Traktor and a series of vignettes that send positive political messages about the power of creativity.