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Fastcodesign. The sound of a word like "knife" or "truck" seems totally arbitrary—it’s just a random sound we’ve assigned to a thing, right?

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But for several decades, scientists have found good evidence that the sound of words have meaning in a very real way. Sound can convey subtle information about traits such as size, shape, smoothness, and also, according to a new study in Cognition, distance. This suggests that while the sound of company and product names—Lyft, Smuckers, Nike—may seem meaningless, it may actually quietly shape consumers' perceptions. This is what’s called "sound symbolism"—the theory that there’s an intrinsic meaning we unknowingly attach to certain speech sounds. Sound symbolism is probably best illustrated by a well-known study from 1929 by the renowned linguist and anthropologist Edward Sapir. Over the decades, researchers have verified and added to what Sapir discovered in his study, that certain speech sounds have meaning, separate from the definition of a word itself.

Fastcodesign. What Architects Make When They Play With Lego. Many kids who grow up to be architects get their start with Lego, but how do architects play with Lego when they're not kids any more?

What Architects Make When They Play With Lego

Fastcodesign. Las reglas del buen olor. Las reglas del buen olor. What Happened When I Tried To Declutter My Brain. As a designer whose goal in life is to make information easy to ingest, I am acutely aware of the burden of having too much information.

What Happened When I Tried To Declutter My Brain

Paraphrasing Tool - Free Online Text Rewriting Tool. Fastcodesign. Toca Hair Salon is one of the most popular apps from Toca Boca, the kids' app developer with offices in Stockholm, New York, and San Francisco.

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Set within a lively, candy-colored hair salon, it’s a game of endless and ever-morphing style options. Hair can be shaved off in one second, then grown back out the next. Bouncy curls can be made stick straight with just a few swipes of the screen. Even the gender of the clientele offers up an array of choices—there are male and female characters, but also a few whose genders are ambiguous. Fastcodesign. You know that nervous feeling you get when you recommend something to clients?

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It’s because you know they’re going to wonder why, and you’re going to have to spit out some sort of explanation. And you're going to stutter through it with meaningless phrases: "That’s how it’s usually done. " "I think this is the way to go. " Instead, enter the discussion with a solid argument in your back pocket. To truly convince a client, nothing beats a lucid, coherent argument based on evidence. COOK ME – BLACK BILE - REVITAL COHEN & TUUR VAN BALEN. Synthetic biology can give detailed insight into our metabolic processes and introduce new interactions with our body.

COOK ME – BLACK BILE - REVITAL COHEN & TUUR VAN BALEN

This work proposes these interactions as a new form of cooking, to tailor an emotional experience for a specific person at a specific time. Cook Me – Black Bile proposes a recipe for controlling the feeling of melancholy. Using synthetic biology, bespoke yeasts are designed that measure chemicals in the blood and alter levels of serotonin accordingly, making one feel less or more melancholic.

To do so, the dish is cooked from a leech that has first fed itself on the body. An instrument specially designed for this recipe allows the leech to feed on the forearm and is then used to cook a blood mousse from the parasite’s body. The recipe is inspired by Hippocrates’ Four Humours theory that sees the body as an entity comprised of four basic substances: yellow bile, blood, phlegm and black bile.

Oyster Mushroom with Blood Mousse and Redcurrant Sauce serves 1. Naomi Kizhner's Parasitic Powered Jewelry. The ‘e-pulse conductor’ is a pendant without a chain, harvesting bioelectricity from the human body's neurological system, "plugged" into the spine via pincer interface.

Naomi Kizhner's Parasitic Powered Jewelry

In the dystopian future of The Matrix, humanity has been converted into a renewable crop by energy-starved sentient machines, with “farms” of human bodies harnessed and harvested for their metabolic output. It’s one of those disturbing sci-fi premises which can leave one suspicious of artificial intelligence, robotic vacuums, and the whole “internet of things” trend. But maybe Agent Smith and his robotic compatriots were onto something in regards to the human body as a renewable energy source. Industrial design graduate student, Naomi Kizhner of Jerusalem’s Hadassah College envisions jewelry one day serving purposes beyond adornment, a three-piece collection connecting and converting the human body into one gigantic battery for biological data feedback.

Susana Soares: Bee's. EGGO - Light for Your Life on Behance. 2013 Day 1 – The Paradox of Design in Medicine and Inspiration from Seventy-Two Thousand Nadis. By Mike Moore, Medgadget We’re here at TEDMED 2013, excited to be part of a unique group of people passionate about the future of medicine and curious to walk the path that will take us there.

2013 Day 1 – The Paradox of Design in Medicine and Inspiration from Seventy-Two Thousand Nadis

We’ll be reporting through the rest of the week on the talks, demos, and people that make TEDMED the world’s premier medical conference. The first session of TEDMED 2013 opened with performing artist Kishi Bashi setting the stage with music. That led the audience to, in the words of TEDMED curator Jay Walker, “being present” in the moment and ready to engage for the next few days with the presenters, delegates, and the ideas that permeate the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. this week. John Maeda.