Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set out to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.
The Virginia city is soliciting plans to redesign the downtown parks where White Supremacists recently held violent rallies.
Deep-rooted tensions surrounding race and American history erupted into deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. The events laid bare the violent racism of white supremacists–and served to highlight the role that public spaces in politics and society at large. The way civic spaces are designed and governed shapes the activities that take place inside them, from political demonstrations and community gatherings to simply having a picnic.
Welcome to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, a small town built for workers at the Saudi Arabian Oil Company.
Boy Scouts, baseball, blue jeans, and abayas. A new book of photography captures facets of life in Dhahran, the gated community for employees of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, popularly known as Aramco. While appearing at first like a carbon copy of an American small town the photographs reveal the deeper nuances of Dhahran’s complex and diverse community.
Photographer Lois Bielefeld has made a habit of inviting herself over to strangers’ homes for dinner. Fascinated with how people make common rituals their own, Bielefeld decided to explore what a typical weeknight dinner was like for close to 80 individuals and families.
Weeknight Dinners, a series she shot mostly between 2014 and 2015, brought Bielefeld into the homes of everyday people–some friends, some she knew from previous photography projects, and some she found through posting calls for subjects–to see what dinner was like on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, nights of the week that aren’t usually special.
“There is something deeply rooted in the American psyche regarding dinner time,” she tells Co.Design. “In my personal experience, it stems back to television shows such as Leave it to Beaver, which curated this idealized notion that we still cling to. ”
Bielefeld instructed people not to do anything out of the ordinary when she came over and got to work photographing how they prepared (or ordered or reheated) their meals, what they ate, and what the dynamics were. Some sat at the kitchen table to eat, some ate in formal dining rooms, and many plopped in front of the television. There was take-out, delivery, and home-cooked meals. Some folks didn’t fuss with serving ware and brought their pots straight to the table; some ate out of the Tupperware their leftovers were reheated in.
“The archetype or projected ideal associated with dinner is families eating at the table–everyone eats at the same time and eats the same food,” Bielefeld tells Co.Design. “This was rarely the case during my portraits. Some families would picnic on the floor every night while another gentleman always stands at the countertop, reads the newspaper, and looks out the window on the street while he eats. Other families ate in different parts of the home and all prepared their own quick meal. I observed this quite often–people would eat together but eat different things.”
But surely, everyone was full after. See selections of the series in the slideshow above and find Bielefeld’s work at the Portrait Society Gallery.
Jacqui Kenny, aka the Agoraphobic Traveller, collects the still, stark and oddly lovely scenes captured in Google Street View.
There are a few common threads you will notice after scrolling through the photos in Jacqui Kenny’s Instagram. She favors strong, white light, clean lines, and pops of vibrant color. The photos look frozen in time, often taken at an odd camera angle. If people are featured, which is rare, their faces are blurred. Many of them are in arid landscapes, with a hazy filter—as if they were taken just as a car was kicking up dust on the road.
Buzzfeed built a viral hit machine with its Tasty recipe videos. The next logical step? Selling the stovetop.
First, it gave us a remixable cookbook. Then it gave us custom bottled wine. Now Buzzfeed Labs–the arm of the company trying to sell Buzzfeed’s audience real products–is thinking a lot bigger. This November, it will ship the $150 Tasty One Top, an electric cooktop designed to work in tandem with the company’s Tasty recipe collection.
Trump has literally no idea what NYC looks like, according to this 2005 sketch of the city’s skyline–now up for auction.
One of New York City’s most distinctive features is its skyline so you’d think that Trump, a lifelong resident of Manhattan and seasoned real estate professional, would be able to draw it, no trouble at all. Not so, as an illustration of his reveals.
Lego’s new “bricks” are made out of code. And that’s way more fun than it sounds.
Never tell Lego that it can’t build something out of brick. The humble Lego has produced complicated architectural models of the Death Star or Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, but it’s also built one of the most recognizable franchises in video games and a rapidly expanding Hollywood footprint. The company’s empire is worth nearly $6 billion in annual revenue.