HandUp is a crowfunding platform that facilitates people helping struggling members of their community cover basic needs such as rental deposits, books for school, cookware, vehicle repairs, etc.
Joyable offers affordable online evidence-based treatment for social anxiety. The company hopes to offer treatment for additional mental illnesses soon.
"I believe mental health [issues are] the single biggest waste of human potential in the developed world," says Peter Shalek, CEO.
" I will tell you that my Josephine pickups have been utterly reliable generators of smiles and warm feelings...they unlock my neighborhood, fill in the blank spaces on my mental map. And of course, it's always fun to see the insides of other people's houses." says Robin Sloan, in The Atlantic
f.lux is an app that syncs with your device clock to reduce the blue light in the evening that can interfere with your sleep when you put in those late screen-time hours.
The thought that as virtual reality experiences become more ubiquitous, we'll need to employ the skills of architecture and interior, environmental, and landscape design to create the most effective experiences. I can't wait to see these experiences combined with the service potential of digital experiences.
"Our world is made of information that competes for our attention. What is necessary? What is not?
When we design products, we aim to choose the best position for user interface components, placing the most important ones in the most accessible places on the screen.
Equally important is the design of communication. How many notifications are necessary? How and when should they be displayed? To answer this, we can be inspired by the principles of calm technology."
Bjork's new VR album Vulnicura - the first VR album experience was created by Bjork. Of course.
Aquafaba - a recent discovery that the liquid left from a can of garbanzo beans has properties that allow it to replace eggs in many vegan recipes, like cakes, mayonnaise, even meringues. The revelation is so new that there's not yet a scientific explanation for exactly how it works. It's a good reminder that there are always design solutions out there yet to be discovered!
Peeps Magazine - highly recommend this new publication, crafted with obvious love and care
"Our stories are written by researchers from disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, human geography and social psychology who have devoted years to studying their subjects. Peeps contributors are part of a global conversation that aims to share perspectives, challenge assumptions and provoke critical thinking about people and culture. They range from academics to professional researchers, to artists, all committed to sharing stories about lived experiences with our readers."
Favorite podcasts (nerd alert!)... 99% Invisible, Song Exploder, 2 Dope Queens, Note to Self, Radiolab, The Dinner Party Download, The Memory Palace, Stuff Your Mom Never Told You, Death, Sex, and Money