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.
Six years ago, a rare 16th-century illuminated manuscript showed up at auction. Now it’s been reproduced in full and published by Taschen.
In 2008, at the Munich auction house Reuf, a kind of miracle occurred: one of the world’s most glorious 16th-century illuminated manuscripts surfaced after sitting in obscurity in a German private collection for an unknown period of time. Its 169 pages were filled with lush gouache and watercolor paintings of fantastical phenomena: armored cupids, flying dragons, two-headed beasts, fire and brimstone, the pending Apocalypse. The Book of Miracles, it was called, and depicts events from the creation of the world as described in the Old Testament to the apocalypse as described in the Book of Revelation.
In the ancient battle between “caffeine: healthful performance enhancer” and “caffeine: destroyer of men,” a victory has been won for those with a raging coffee addiction. According to a new study in Nature Neuroscience, caffeine may enhance memory.
Photoshop works as a time machine in artist Chino Otsuka’s Imagine Finding Me, in which she digitally splices her current self into photographs of herself as a child.
Do you ever think about meeting your future self? What about meeting yourself as a child? It’s a fantasy lots of us have. In a brilliant photo series, Japanese photographer Chino Otsuka makes this time-travel fantasy a reality by digitally splicing photographs of her current self into photographs of herself as a child. Titled Imagine Finding Me, the series is a poignant visualization of the passage of time.
Thanks to a patented design, this T-shirt gets more comfortable the better your posture is.
Whether with back braces or corsets, fashion has long tasked itself with correcting the sorry, slumping postures of the world’s chronic slouchers. A new fashion line hopes to combat the problem of drooping spines in a more subtle and elegant way. Meet Up Couture, a Parisian fashion design company that has released Up, the world’s first anti-slouching T-shirt.
Polar for Publishers redesigns the idea of online engagement as mobile devices take over the internet.
When we first wrote about Polar, the “Instagram of quick quizzes,” it seemed like an ingeniously designed product with somewhat shallow ambitions. We should have known better. Polar‘s creator, Luke Wroblewski, has been using the app as a testbed for iterating the kinds of mobile-first user experiences that will dominate the internet as phones, tablets, and other handheld devices eclipse laptops and desktops. Now he and his team have released Polar for Publishers, a platform aimed at writers, editors, and publishers who want an easy way to create and incorporate Polar’s addictive visual polls into their content. Their goal? Reinvent (or replace) commenting for the mobile era.
Designers volunteered 500 hours of their time to turn a tricky dataset into a portrait of the lives of displaced people around the globe.
Designer Deroy Peraza’s family tried to flee the oppression and instability of Cuba a total of 10 times in the 1980s. When Peraza was five, a back-alley deal for a Panamanian visa finally granted his family a path to the United States. These days, Peraza is a principal at the design firm Hyperakt, which just launched a year-in-the-making interactive map, The Refugee Project. The visualization manages to make sense of the millions of people like Peraza who live in exile due to social or political crises over the past 40 years.
Photographer Joel Devlin gets up close with the folks behind the wheel at a London bus depot.
The men and women who drive city buses are rarely celebrated. In the rush and crush of boarding, paying, and elbowing old ladies aside to get a seat, it’s hard to catch a glimpse of who’s behind the wheel. Buses, though, are not automated people-movers (yet), and photographer Joel James Devlin teamed up with bus operator Go-Ahead London to show the people behind the morning commute. The aim, he tells Co.Design, was “to shine a light on those people that sometimes go unnoticed, or sometimes are simply not appreciated.”
Studio Gang gives Chicago’s latest boathouse a fresh, modern look.
The boathouse has been long due for an upgrade. So many of the structures designed to shelter boats evoke the ambiance of a 19th-century oil painting, with little regard for fitting in with a bustling 21st-century metropolis. Which is what makes Chicago’s newest boathouse, designed by Studio Gang Architects, feel so fresh.
With Fantasia, you can repurpose just about anything baton-shaped, be it a broom handle or a carrot, into a lamp.
Early Disney fans will remember the scene in Fantasia where the brooms start to multiply and take over, nearly trampling the magician’s assistant with their anthropomorphic legs. The Fantasia lamps, from Italian design studio MID, aren’t nearly as menacing. But they do possess some Disney magic in the way they can turn nearly any baton-shaped item–broom handles, carrots, spoons–into a standing lamp.
The Hitch is a clean and attractive way to find and price wedding venues. Just prepare yourself for the sticker shock.
One cold February morning last year, my girlfriend and I woke up and spent the morning in bed drinking coffee and talking about how glad we were to be together. So around our third cup of coffee, we both decided to get married. I remember saying: “If we don’t buy into all of the fairy tale nonsense of ‘our special day’, how expensive can it be to throw a raucous destination wedding with a sitdown meal, great booze and a live band for around 100 people in Cape Cod, anyway? Like 10 grand?”