CO.DESIGN

Everyday, people and their ideas are shaping and changing the world we live in. But do we ever stop and recognize the spaces and places these ideas are conceived? Fastcodesign has created a list of the best in housing design and improved thinking in the creation of public spaces. From tiny houses and art centers to parks and art installations, these are projects that are also reshaping our lives. Check out the full list of the best in innovative space and places in 2016 over at Co.Design.

After experimenting with new ways of photographing Olympic performances by doing it via a television rather than going to the actual event, London-based artist Jason Schulman decided to take his new approach and apply it to photographing entire films. Specifically classic ones! By setting up his camera in front of a high-res monitor and taking one single very long exposure photo, the results are films that come out as a hazy blur of different colors - colors that often give clues to the title behind the photo. The project, called Photographs of Films, will be showing this week (May 12th) in London. Keeping his own techniques under wraps, the entire process also alludes to the change in film technology over the past century. For a sneak peak at some of the images that will go on display and for information on Schulman’s project, head on over to FastCoDesign and read more!

Ever wonder where customer happiness fits into the design process of some of our favorite products and brands? Mark Wilson of Co.Design recently moderated an event at this year’s SXSW called 'Designing Happiness' to find out. The experts on the panel included Bruce Vaughn, former Chief Creative Exec for Disney Imagineering, Gabby Etrog Cohen, Senior VP of PR and brand strategy at SoulCycle and Randall Stone, Director of Experience Innovation at Lippincott. The three discussed the idea of customer happiness and how they create happy experiences with their brands. A fascinating read giving insight into how our emotions are actually “crafted” early on in the design process, head on over and check out Wilson's write-up.

Most of the time, we consume music. But what if a song wasn't a linear event with a beginning and end? What if it's a three-dimensional landscape you're meant to dive into, explore, and shape with your gestures? A new installation at the New Museum is exactly that.

Part of New Inc, an experimental arts incubator, DELQA is an interactive soundscape. It took a small army of media artists, architects, musicians, and programmers to build the immersive installation, which shows yet another application of the versatile Kinect, a motion sensor Microsoft originally developed for gaming. Read more