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Weekly inspirations: December 12th, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

The 5 Coolest Things About The Revamped Smithsonian Design Museum

After closing its doors three years ago for a massive renovation, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is finally reopening the century-old mansion that houses the design museum. In its new incarnation, the Cooper Hewitt taps into what distinguishes a design museum, which celebrates functional objects built with users in mind, from any other museum full of beautiful objects: It allows you to play with the collection, rather than just look at it. Read the article here

The Urban Dictionary Of Design Slang

Joining the ranks of any profession is the same as committing yourself to learning an entirely new language, most of which is frankly gibberish. (TPS reports, anyone?) Design is no exception. This article asked some friends at design firms—including Pentagram, Ammunition, Huge, Ziba, Pensole, Google Ventures, Sagmeister & Walsh, and more—to define their favorite examples of design slang and jargon. The answers they received range from serious to tongue-in-cheek, but if you’ve ever been puzzled by a designer telling you he needed to “ideate a more approachable FTUX” or “add more value to that horsey megamenu,” this resource should help you translate. Read the article here.

The strange brew that is Heston Blumenthal

British chef Heston Blumenthal has two of my favorite restaurants in the world and is one of my biggest creative inspirations. His food is more real like WIlly Wonka than anything else and I regularly find inspiration in his shows like ‘Feasts’ and ‘In Search of Perfection’. This article is a rare look into his process, what drives him and how his career got started. Read the article here.

25 Hot NYC Startups You Need To Watch

Over the past several years, New York has transformed into startup hotbed. It’s home to exciting early-stage companies like Airhelp, Abacus, Glamsquad, and Classpass. This article compiles a list of 25 Hottest NY Startups by talking to investors, employees, fellow journalists, and active members of the tech scene in New York. Read the article here.

McDonald’s readies burger customization touch screens

The fast food giant will enable customers to build their own burgers from touch screens in selected restaurants across the US, where the service is being trialled. “Create Your Taste” will expand the service to 2,000 restaurants next year in the US and restaurants nationwide in Australia. Its a departure from its model of offering a fixed selection of affordable items on its menu, at speed. It forms part of its plans to ramp up its use of technology and compete with fast food brands that focus messaging around fresh food and customization. Read the article here.


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