Public transit vehicle design has grown in leaps and bounds; consider the accordion-like articulations and sleek streamline curves of one city's rapid bus. But what about the millions of kids getting shuttled to and from school in this country every day? Their lumbering yellow school bus hasn't been given a once-over since someone thought to add seatbelts back in the 1980s.
If you're going to spend five days discussing the arcana of information
security, you'll probably need a little comic relief. That's why
attendees at the RSA conference exchange "Fun Ribbons," which feature
original tech puns and pick-up lines.
Walking down the street a few months ago, Ji Lee, a creative director at Google Labs, noticed a funny thing. Many New York businesses still had logos with the silhouette of the World Trade Center in them. It was, he thought, both a wonderful, joyful--and sad--moment. So he took a picture. Of the New York magazine logo. Of the CitiStorage logo. Of the Burritoville logo. Of butcher shops and shoe repair places, all of which had those two iconic towers--ghostly silhouettes of a pre-9/11 world--still hovering in their identity.
Seattle, the city that sprawls across seven hills, is Fast Company's city of the year for 2009. A visit to the city last month reminded me of all the reasons it was chosen. The car rental agency at the airport handed me the smart key to a Toyota Prius--the first time I'd ever been offered a hybrid from a rental agency.
After surveying a large number of successful people, Behance found that those who have made things happen share several common principles. Midway through the conference, Scott Belsky, Behance's CEO, took the stage to summarize them:
If Google had a dollar for every competitor that was hyped to defeat it, the search giant would be worth a hundred billion. And well, it is. Live Search, Cuil, Mahalo, whatever--Google only feels luckier as the field grows.
But two more search engines emerged recently that seem to believe that to penetrate the search market, you don't have to reinvent the concept; you just need to make improvements where an unwieldier competitor can't.
A tragic plane crash, a drug-addicted scion, a bitter lawsuit--these juicy ingredients should make for a tasty corporate drama. Alas, they don't, because the company is In-N-Out Burger, and seemingly nothing can derail the beloved purveyor of never-frozen burgers and hand-cut fries.