In Photos: America’s Largest Real Estate Development Takes Shape

Posted 10/30/2017 - 07:00

What does a neighborhood built from scratch look like? With Hudson Yards, New Yorkers are starting to find out.

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Your Monday Wake-Up Call: Kevin Spacey Apologizes. Plus, Google, Facebook & Twitter Face a Reckoning (Or Not)

Posted 10/30/2017 - 06:00

Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. What people are talking about today: Actor Anthony Rapp ("Star Trek: Discovery") says "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance on him decades ago, when Rapp was 14 years old, BuzzFeed reports.

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Snapchat’s “Stranger Things” Lens Is The First Of Its Kind

Posted 10/30/2017 - 05:45

Walk into Joyce Byer’s virtual house. Inside your own.

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The Women Designers Behind London Tube’s Kickass Graphic Design

Posted 10/30/2017 - 05:00

A new exhibition sheds light on the women behind London’s best transportation posters.

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Learning From Plans To Retrofit One Of America’s Oldest Skyscrapers

Posted 10/30/2017 - 04:15

The architects M Moser are renovating a floor of New York’s iconic Woolworth Building. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it can’t reach the highest standards of 21st-century office design.

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From Ideo.org: 3 Ways Designers Can Help Fix The Refugee Crisis

Posted 10/30/2017 - 03:30

To solve large systemic issues, the social equity nonprofit Ideo.org follows these three steps.
According to the United Nations, there are over 65 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. It’s the rough equivalent of the United Kingdom’s entire population.Read Full Story

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The Worst Product Launch Of All Time

Posted 10/30/2017 - 03:00

No, it didn’t involve Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates dancing onstage. It happened 170 years ago in the maternity ward at a Vienna hospital.

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Exclusive: Samsung And WeWork’s Plan To Outsmart Apple’s Genius Bar

Posted 10/29/2017 - 20:01

The once-revolutionary Genius Bar now sorta stinks–and Samsung thinks it can do better.

Mick McConnell was sitting with his wife at one of Apple’s Genius Bars when he realized the charm of the experience had worn thin. After an hour and a half of waiting past his appointment, the sterile frozen yogurt shop vibe had finally lost its chill.Read Full Story

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Taco Bell, GE, Progressive and More

Posted 10/27/2017 - 14:45

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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Sweden’s Coolest “Affordable” Furniture Brand Comes To New York

Posted 10/27/2017 - 10:30

(And it’s not Ikea.)

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Does The Government Think It’s Building The Wall From “Game Of Thrones?”

Posted 10/27/2017 - 09:42

Newly released photos of eight prototype walls perfectly demonstrate the fantasy that informs the border wall project.

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How Material Connexion Gives Unrecyclable Objects A New Life

Posted 10/27/2017 - 08:00

“Sustainability is often driven by our clients’ needs,” Material Connexion’s Andrew Dent says. “And they want to make products they can be proud of.”
What happens when an object can’t be recycled anymore?Read Full Story

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Your Friday Wake-Up Call: Twitter Bans Ads From Kremlin-Backed Media. And an Ikea Ad Annoys Single Women

Posted 10/27/2017 - 06:20

Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. What people are talking about today: CNN's "This is an apple" ad has entered the zeitgeist – you can tell by all the trolling and parodies it's inspired. Ad Age's Simon Dumenco has compiled the spoofs here.

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This New Delivery Drone Solves A Real Problem: Hurting Customers

Posted 10/27/2017 - 05:45

The drone is designed to solve some of the lingering problems with the “last inch” of drone delivery.

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Ads Suck. Can They Be Redeemed In Tomorrow’s Smart Cities?

Posted 10/27/2017 - 05:00

Intersection believes context-aware ads could benefit both brands and consumers–but only if they don’t go too far.

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4 Steps To Designing Your Dream Career

Posted 10/27/2017 - 04:15

Designer Ayse Birsel shares her principles for how people can manifest their ideal lives.
“Today, we’re going to put ourselves in our own shoes. And we’re going to be kind to ourselves,” Ayse Birsel urges a room full of busy execs, entrepreneurs, and professionals at the Fast Company Innovation Festival this week.Read Full Story

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Rediscovering History’s Lost First Female Video Game Designer

Posted 10/27/2017 - 03:30

In 1976, Joyce Weisbecker programmed games for an RCA PC and console based on technology created by her dad–a significant achievement that went undocumented until now.

One of the first video game programmers was a young woman who’d recently graduated from high school.Read Full Story

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The First Time In A Long Time That Google Felt Stupid

Posted 10/27/2017 - 03:00

In pushing the Google Assistant to its limits, the tech titan has revealed that it’s a mere mortal.

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Apple Picks Top U.K. TV Exec Jay Hunt for European Video Role

Posted 10/26/2017 - 17:09

Apple is hiring Jay Hunt, one of the U.K.'s top TV executives with a long list of hit shows, to be its first creative head for video in Europe. Her appointment is fueling speculation about Apple's TV ambitions as it seeks to compete with Netflix and Amazon in original content.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Kodak (Yes, Kodak), Netflix and More

Posted 10/26/2017 - 16:45

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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Zada joins Unit9, Ruffian adds Silver

Posted 10/26/2017 - 09:59

Director Jason Zada is joining Fancy for U.S. representation except for digital and experiential, and Unit9 for digital and experiential in the U.S., and for all U.K. representation. Zada, director of the 2016 feature film "The Forest" and the Emmy Award-winning interactive experience "Take This Lollipop," has previously been signed to Los York, Prettybird and before that Tool.

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How Old N.Y.C. History Inspired Two Of Its Newest Parks

Posted 10/26/2017 - 08:00

For the landscape architects at Nelson Byrd Woltz, history is a tool to create visceral public spaces.

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A Crib Made Of Cardboard? It Makes More Sense Than You Think

Posted 10/26/2017 - 07:15

Eco-Lecho’s designers aim to change how parents think about buying furniture for their kids.

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The R2-D2 Of Mail Delivery Helps Postal Workers On Their Rounds

Posted 10/26/2017 - 06:30

PostBot is a smart assistant for postal workers with a simple mission: saving them from back and joint pains.

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Your Thursday Wake-Up Call: Amazon Wants Your House Keys. Plus, Apple Says No To Nudity and Cursing

Posted 10/26/2017 - 06:00

'Disturbing incidents'

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IBM Develops A Design Class For Non-Designers

Posted 10/26/2017 - 05:10

At UT Austin, undergrads from an array of disciplines are learning about design thinking by exploring the same problems IBM is actually working to solve.

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Ustwo’s Rules For Pulling Great Ideas Out Of Thin Air

Posted 10/26/2017 - 05:00

Ustwo shares its approach to inventing new games in minutes.

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4 Things Anyone Can Learn From The Messy Process Of Making Public Spaces

Posted 10/26/2017 - 04:15

It’s fiercely debated, wildly long-term, and incredibly complex.

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You Can Now Make Photos Of Your Dog Look Like A Van Gogh

Posted 10/26/2017 - 03:30

Finally something useful from all that deep learning!
Another day, another jaw-dropping use of augmented reality. This time, Laan Labs–makers of the handy AirMeasure app for iOS–is allowing you to hang virtual art in real space, and then filter it wildly, too. These new capabilities come as part of an AirMeasure update.Read Full Story

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3 Big Ideas Shaping A Design Industry In Flux

Posted 10/26/2017 - 03:00

“You need to have a ‘Swiss Army knife’ education and way of thinking because the design fields are changing.”

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Nintendo, Chevy, T-Mobile and More

Posted 10/25/2017 - 15:30

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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Amazon Is Dragging Us Into The Future Through Our Groceries

Posted 10/25/2017 - 08:50

Not content to simply deliver your packages to your door, Amazon wants to come in–with help from a new smart lock and video system.

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4 Keys To A Great Interactive Display

Posted 10/25/2017 - 07:00

Four ways the experiential agency ESI Design created a winning interactive display—and gave eBay a living, breathing welcome mat for its headquarters.

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Want a Cannes Winner? Try Something Annoying, Study Finds

Posted 10/25/2017 - 06:41

Want a Cannes winner? Try something annoying.
That's one takeaway from a massive machine-learning analysis of 196 Cannes Lions Film category winners and over 25,000 non-Cannes winners from 2011 to 2016 by research firm Ace Metrix, which used natural language processing to measure emotions behind ads that won awards at the Lions Festival of Creativity.

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How Design Can Help Bridge Business And Academics

Posted 10/25/2017 - 06:03

Located amidst the “cauldron of activity” of New York, yet also on the peaceful Roosevelt Island, the Cornell Tech campus is a testament to design that celebrates form and function.

Standing on the roof of The Bridge, one of the new buildings that make up the just-opened Cornell Tech campus on New York’s Roosevelt Island, your eyes are drawn in countless directions.Read Full Story

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The Key To Great Architecture? Ask Unusual Questions

Posted 10/25/2017 - 05:45

Ennead Architects starts every design project with a seemingly unanswerable question. Here’s why you should, too.

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InVision’s New Tool Lets Big Teams Manage Sprawling Design Systems

Posted 10/25/2017 - 05:04

Based on insights from Facebook, ZenDesk, and others, InVision’s latest tool aims to solve a new kind of problem.

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Want To Be A Great Designer? Ban Post-It Notes

Posted 10/25/2017 - 04:15

Take a cue from Work & Co., the digital design agency that does work for Apple, Facebook, Google, and Nike.

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Don’t Buy Your Kid A Smartwatch

Posted 10/25/2017 - 03:30

A new report sharply criticizes the privacy and security features of smartwatches aimed at children.

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Exclusive: Microsoft Has Stopped Manufacturing The Kinect

Posted 10/25/2017 - 03:00

But its influence, and core technology, lives on across the industry.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Geico, Progressive, Bud Light and More

Posted 10/24/2017 - 17:05

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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How To Build A Brand In An Hour, From The Agency Behind Casper And Birchbox

Posted 10/24/2017 - 10:00

I tried Red Antler’s Mad Libs-style guidelines for branding–and so can you.

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A Peek At The Design Method Snohetta Uses To Get Community Buy-In

Posted 10/24/2017 - 05:51

The architecture firm’s “Concept Workshops” help stakeholders understand exactly what they want — and give them an important sense of ownership over designs.

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For Foursquare, Location Is About Way More Than GPS

Posted 10/24/2017 - 05:18

All those check-ins in Foursquare and Swarm weren’t just about impressing your friends. They’ve helped build a map of the world that now powers third-party app experiences.

“Your job, having been blindfolded and transported, is to figure out what place you’re at.”Read Full Story

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Snøhetta’s Underwater Restaurant Looks Like A Stranded Spaceship

Posted 10/24/2017 - 05:00

The beautiful semi-submerged structure will also host a marine biology center dedicated to training fish with sounds.

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This Giant Steel Squid Will Guard A Sunken World War II Ship Forever

Posted 10/24/2017 - 04:15

The kraken is part of an artificial reef designed to attract divers–and protect new marine life–in the British Virgin Islands.

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The Way You Pay Bills Is About To Change Forever

Posted 10/24/2017 - 03:30

A company you’ve never heard of handles bills for 5,000 businesses. Here is their vision of a less confounding future.

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Airbnb Is Building An Apartment Complex–And More May Be Coming

Posted 10/24/2017 - 03:00

Using Airbnb to rent out your condo or apartment in a multiunit building can be complicated. But what if the building was designed for it?

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Bose, Bud Light, Xbox and More

Posted 10/23/2017 - 16:45

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time over the weekend.

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Adobe’s Crazy New Tools Destroy Reality As We Know It

Posted 10/23/2017 - 06:30

There goes the neighborhood. Literally, though.
We’ve lived in the age of Photoshop for a long time–even North Korea wields the tool like a weapon of propaganda. But Adobe keeps building tools that up the ante on what’s possible, leading us toward a world where nothing we see seems certain at all.Read Full Story

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Corn Walls And Rice Bricks: Tomorrow’s Cities Will Be Built From Crops

Posted 10/23/2017 - 05:45

Arup believes the construction industry is ripe for circular economies.

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Lyft Poaches Design VP From Airbnb, With Eyes On Autonomous Cabs

Posted 10/23/2017 - 05:00

Two months ago, Oculus poached Lyft’s vice president of design. Today Lyft is announcing an intriguing replacement: Katie Dill, former head of experience design at Airbnb.
Two months ago, Oculus poached Lyft’s vice president of design. Today Lyft is announcing an intriguing replacement: Katie Dill, former head of experience design at Airbnb.Read Full Story

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