No Average Joe in conjunction with Canon highlight the efforts of Singaporean sneaker customizer, SBTG. SBTG has gained notoriety throughout the sneaker ranks based on his military-inspired customs as well as being only one of a very select few who have made the jump into a commercially released sneaker which involved Nike SB. Aside from sharing his insights, SBTG also talks about his love of military aesthetics and his process. The video comes on the back of the recently seen SBTG x Canon project.
Google’s latest search venture is a very simple question: What do you love? Abbreviated into www.wdyl.com, the new search engine has no writeups to describe its purpose or function; however, upon searching for a particular subject, the site returns results from more than 20 Google services, such as Google Translate, Trends, YouTube, Maps and Groups, among many others.
As the home and birthplace of Whole Foods Market, Austin is known for its local approach to sustainable eating. Now it looks like the Texas capitol is set to make yet another mark on the national grocery store landscape. In.gredients will be the first “package-free” supermarket in the United States. Much like London’s Unpackaged, In.gredients will be an exercise in the “sustainable micro-grocer business model.”
Focusing on the concept of “pre-cycling,” the store will encourage shoppers to bring their own containers from home, filling them up with and purchasing only the amounts of food that they need. With its zero-waste philosophy, the market will also provide compostable containers for those shoppers who are less enthusiastic about toting their own.
More information via In.gredients.
It’s strange to think that this will be the first of its kind of open in the USA, especially since they’re pretty strict on paperbagging and reusing. I’d have to say that San Francisco has some pretty harsh competition from Texas on being at the forefront of environmental and human sustainable living. Although I have to say it’ll be tougher to get people to start joining the movement at a consistent pace, this is a great kickstart to encouragining people to simply do their part in cutting down on natural resources.
A semester ago, I did a trend report on The Future of Connectivity and how it’s implications will affect creative education. It’s about time Americans realize that the rest of the world is (almost) catching up to them, and while being posterized as having the world’s more creative individuals - it’s sad that the next generation will not have the concept of ‘play’ and ‘imaginative-work’ applied into their daily lives.
As someone who grew up in Asia all my life, I have to say that it’s known that our education does not concentrate on communicating or teaching the concept of Creativity. On so many levels, the idea of teaching creativity leaves me wondering “What is there to teach, really?”
In Asia, the education system forces children to focus more on a more academic education, with strong emphasis in “brain-work” rather than any form of hands on techniques that revolve around art or creative thinking. Within the last five years, the government has implemented regulations which forces the youth to streamline their own point of view and critical thinking (“on the spot”) during exams and tests in order to test one’s ability to think.
In this way, the youth are now able to explore their own areas of interest outside of academic studies. By being able to think for oneself and challenging theories of ‘creativity’ in the outside world, we too have a part of ourselves that’s creative. Although at this point, many of the youth in Singapore are unable to tap into this part of themselves whilst concentrating in their academic fields - who knows what will happen in the future?
For more information on the crisis that America is facing, read the article from Newsweek.
Japanese manufacturer Furukawa Kikou has invented the first robot arm that picks up semi-liquid substances like ketchup without it losing its shape. The device was originally built in 2007 to help bakeries lift hot and still malleable pastries from oven plates, but it has also found a job in the meat folding and box packing industry. The manufacturer has not yet revealed the technology behind the magic tool. Meanwhile, the SWITL is intriguing enough to just watch it function.
This video gives you an idea of how we shouldn’t underestimate the addiction of social media. This girl made a tattoo featuring the profile pictures of her 152 friends on Facebook. Questions I’ve heard are “How if they change profile pictures?” or “How if the picture wasn’t the person?” i.e Scooby Doo.
Not much to say here, except that I’d have to say that’s some real dedication to Facebook.