Vans honor David Bowie with sneakers designed after his album covers

Vans released a line of shoes themed to commemorate the late David Bowie and his artful genius. Each of the four designs in The Vans x David Bowie collection mimic the artist’s album covers, including Blackstar and Aladdin Sane from his earlier glam era.   You can read more about the special collection here.

The strength of signal

Everything to everyone is like nothing to nobody. Imagine owning all the music in the world — such profundity reveals nothing about your interests or your identity. Unless of course, you’re passing on knowledge about the items in the arsenal. The internet too is the greatest copy-paste machine of all-time. Technology augments communication and connection. […]

Hopelessly absorbed

We photograph everything and observe nothing. We consume the Instagram feed, and then feel inadequate for doing so. Human behavior is predictable, robotic. Acknowledging peak screen further cements a broken will — even the most mindful urge won’t let us put our devices down. We’ve officially extended digital into our cells, with the reality forthcoming. […]

All the internet’s a stage

We can all assume that a social media persona is different than that in real life. Writes Jonathan Crossfield in Chief Content Officer Magazine: “Strategy or no strategy, all social media is artifice and spin.” No one is going to post in public what they Google in private. We’d rather tweet about playing 18 holes […]

The design of the classroom from 1750 to today

The design of the classroom is a technology, and you can interpret that in a lot of different ways. Architects can make that look more, and less, typical. But the point is the instruction, the interaction in the classroom, not that it looks more like a circle or more like a square or whatever else. […]

What does it mean to be me?

Sociologist Erving Goffman believed that all human interaction was a theatrical performance. In his most famous book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life , Goffman called his analysis the study of  “Dramaturgy.” Dramaturgical analysis is the idea that we present an edited version of our selves when we meet others in person. All the internet’s […]

How status and likability affect your health 

Popular people live longer. As social animals, the number of friends predetermines our well-being and lifespan. The gregarious live long than loners. But life hinges on authenticity — it is not a popularity contest. The number of people we know means nothing if there’s zero reciprocation. The other person(s) have to like us back. There’s […]