Ambient sounds to help you get creative

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Websites on Tuesday 21 January 2014

Studies show that it’s hard to be productive in an awfully quiet workplace (imagine crickets in the background). It doesn’t take a genius to know that it’s also hard to work in a loud and commotion-filled room. But ambient music, like the sound of birds chirping or waves crashing, has been known to have the […]

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Information is beautiful

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Design on Wednesday 30 October 2013

Information is Beautiful is made up of highly organized designers with a passion for the strange and unusual. Their goal? It’s all about distilling large amounts of information into beautifully succinct designs and graphs that are functional yet visually appealing. Check out the website and be a tourist. These guys sell super cool posters and […]

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Website answers the question: how many people are in space right now?

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Wednesday 16 October 2013

How many people are in space right now? Just six, last time I checked. Keep up to date on the number of people, who they are, and where they come from with this neat little web page.

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Koalas to the Max: an addictive dot web game

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Tuesday 24 September 2013

For all you koala lovers out there, we present Koalas to the Max. Yes. Begin with a single, huge dot. Run your mouse over it and it begins to divide by 4, producing smaller and smaller dots in its place. As the dots divide, they specialize as separate colors until eventually they are tiny pixels […]

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Cardboard this, that, and everything

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Thursday 19 September 2013

Gone are the days of messy crafting projects that look worse and cost much more then simply buying it from the store. With the rise of Pinterest, the internet has become much better at producing DIY projects that are simple, smart, and eco friendly. My favourite for the day is this set of sleek cardboard […]

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Cheeky Mooning Cakes in time for the Chinese moon festival

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Events on Monday 2 September 2013

It is customary to give moon cakes to family and friends when celebrating the traditional Chinese moon festival. So when September 22 roles around, loads of tasty pastries are baked and distributed among those celebrating the harvest festival. But for those who just can’t help having a nine-year-old’s sense of humor, a specialty bakery known as G.O.D. offers these cheeky “mooning cakes”. And since you can order them online at just HK$65 (buy 10, get 1 free), the rest of the world can celebrate holiday too.

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Internet as a galaxy: an interactive map

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Saturday 24 August 2013

Do you remember those cool NASA solar system simulation websites that would let you click and zoom in on planets? Well, Ruslan Enikeev took that concept and applied it to the Internet in a humorous way. Internet as a galaxy is an interactive map that works as an overview of all the different search engines accessing the Internet. If the Internet is our galaxy, then the search engine are planets. So go on, try exploring some new planets.

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Illustrator Julia Durgee creates an animated marketing interview

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By Julia Durgee in New Illustration on Wednesday 24 July 2013

Facing a tough job market, even for an MBA, I know have to differentiate myself from my fellow applicants. I researched “creative job searches” and came across some inspiring, breakthrough ideas by Alex Brownstein and Brandon Kleinman.

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The most depressing video game ever, inspired by Joy Division of course

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Friday 21 June 2013

Though the black and white chalk-style graphics are quite lovely, Will love tear us apart? is probably the most depressing video game concept ever. You might want to take a few things into consideration before you play, such as whether you’ll ever be able to believe in love again after playing a few rounds of this gloomy […]

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Textastrophe: why you shouldn’t post your number in public

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Wednesday 19 June 2013

Textastrophe is what happens when you post your phone number in a public place. You’ll be harassed by prank texts and documented for all to read. The concept is brilliant. I couldn’t stop myself once I started reading. This is prank texting at it’s sharpest!

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Silk: Interactive art controlled by your computer mouse

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By Sara Halas in Tech on Wednesday 12 June 2013

Silk is a website/art experiment designed by Yuri Vishnevsky, a software engineer from Massachusetts. With just a few clicks of your mouse you can unleash your creative side, playing with colours, shapes and a mirror to make your own designs. The background music by Mat Jarvis gives the whole site a very spacey feel. You can […]

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Slavery Footprint: How many slaves work for you?

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Thursday 6 June 2013

‘How many slaves work for you?’ That’s an uncomfortable question that most people don’t want to answer. It just feels so much more comfortable to stay unaware and deny the fact that human beings are forced to work for us. But musician Justin Dillon decided to face the issue head on and force people to come face-to-face with the reality of modern day slavery.

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The Aleph translated into modern Twitter slang by David Hirmes

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Wednesday 5 June 2013

The Aleph is a short story by Jorge Luis Borges that relates the experience of a man suddenly able to see everything in the world all at once. And now, thanks to David Hirmes, that story just got a quirky, modern update. You can read the story translated into modern Twitter slang. Or maybe you’re feeling classy, in […]

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Notes from authors about their own writing

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Have you ever wondered what an author truly thought about the novel they wrote? This collection of first edition books are full of interesting notes and thoughts straight from the author. Discover exactly what they thought about their writing and understand the motives behind it all. This collection came about when Peter Straus had the creative […]

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Long bets: stop complaining, start betting

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Thursday 25 April 2013

Think you have the solution to humanity’s problems? Then stop just talking about it, put your money where your mouth is. Long Bets is a website that lets you make a prediction about any societal issue you want, join discussions, and bet on other peoples’ predictions. And the best part? All the money won or lost goes to philanthropic efforts.

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