Google just announced a major restructuring of its operations. The company will now be part of a larger organization, Alphabet, with Larry Page serving as CEO and Sergey Brin, as President. It will certainly be interesting to track the new products and services that will be developed and added to this ever-expanding portfolio.
Slate showcases the winners of this year's AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. These new libraries are technology-rich, yet eco-friendly. Glass seems to be the prominent factor is nearly all of these designs, helping to create a bright, welcoming environment for patrons. The awards highlight the fact that libraries continue to play an important role in modern society, as they are a gather...
A great read from Fast Company about "Designing Your Life," one of the most popular undergraduate courses at Stanford University.
From Bloomberg Business:
How Google Uses Yoga and Meditation to Increase Productivity.
The View Master is back! Mattel has partnered with Google to bring this iconic childhood toy into the 21st Century. This souped-up, high-tech model now incorporates Google's Cardboard virtual reality software to bring kids a truly 3-D, interactive experience. And who can forget those iconic reels? They're back as well, each packed with fresh, digital content.
I came across this Kickstarter campaign for BOOKNITURE, furniture that folds out from within a book! It seems like a library (or a small NYC apartment) would be the ideal setting for something like this.
PurposeGames is a website that allows users to play and create games in a variety of subject areas. Whether challenging friends or just learning something new, this tool uses games to enhance exam preparation and knowledge retention. From science, to geography, to Spanish vocabulary, PurposeGames has a database of over 100,000 free, public games. More games are added every day as new users register.
The Massively Empowered Classroom, an initiative from Microsoft Research India, brings MOOC-style engineering and computer science courses to students at both large research universities and smaller regional colleges across India. The goal of MEC is to enhance technical education in the country to help undergraduate students better prepare for their future careers. It is also one of the first experiments of open onl...
The Superdesk is a 4,400 work space, constructed from wooden panels and topped by a single, continuous pour of resin.
It is a literal embodiment of shared work space, in which all staffers sit around a part of the Superdesk.
It's fascinating to see how this fixture blends into the open layout of the office, while still hiding areas for private meetings and quiet space.
And, the construction of the Superdesk was cheaper than a standard cubicle layout. Could this be the future of office design?
I came across two slideshows of beautiful libraries, courtesy of Travel and Leisure.
Most Beautiful Libraries in the World
America's Most Beautiful College Libraries