Workday Infinite: Talking to Ash Thorp, Director and Designer

Designer, creative director, illustrator, filmmaker: Ash Thorp is a storytelling polymath. In addition to contributing to Hollywood’s most ambitious sci-fi films in recent years, he’s also known for his “year of complete potential,” enduring a daily seven-hour commute from San Diego to Los Angeles studio Prologue to learn from the industry’s best. Between juggling several…

Of Desire: An Interview with Dr. Sherrell J. Aston

Celebrated by Vogue, New York Magazine, and Oprah herself, Dr. Sherrell J. Aston is an internationally recognized expert and practitioner of aesthetic surgery by both the public and the medical community. Since man’s first glimpse of his own reflection in water, we have been pursuing our own physical ideals. We’ve surveyed our silhouettes, scrutinized asymmetries, and zeroed in…

Around the World in Eight Semesters

What does it take to reset the higher education brand? That’s a question best reserved for a man like Ben Nelson. As the founder of Minerva, a post-secondary education institution devoid of a campus and live professors in its lecture halls, Nelson is determined to provide a left-of-field answer. Minerva positions itself through a highly innovative approach to higher…

Of Desire: An Interview with Joshua Kane

Having cut his teeth at designer houses such as Paul Smith, Burberry Prorsum, and Jaeger, Joshua Kane now works as a bespoke designer and tailor for his namesake label. Somehow – between the loincloth and the Levi’s – modern fashion became the primary currency in the desirability olympics, despite being a paradox of mass-produced anonymity and individualism-driven…

Anatomy of the Workplace Romance

“I want a love that’s on the square,” sang Etta James. On the contrary, there’s the professional relationship: transactional, rational, clear-cut. For every love letter, there’s a memo, for every embrace, a death grip of a handshake. The two do not compare. When work and personal relationships are effectively combined, what occurs is the kind…

40 Days of Dating

    Jessica Walsh is a hopeless romantic. Timothy Goodman is a commitment-phobe. Friends for years, they found themselves mutually available and decided to date for forty days, to “explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies.” Designers by trade — Walsh is a partner at design firm Sagmeister & Walsh, Goodman is a freelancer…

The Art of Business, Children’s Edition

Earliest glimpses of business protocol can be experienced in play. ‘The game’ is euphemism for the capitalist market for a reason, explaining the success of gamifying Economics 101. There’s no better environment for breeding practices like strategy, design, and (indeed) deceit in children – when moral compass and emotional quotient are ripe for spoilage. To…

How Paint Bottle Ushered Porn into Web 2.0

Meticulously curated and pleasant to look at, Paint Bottle is an adult site for the modern age. From the sophistication of its design to source of funding – exclusively the world’s best high-stakes poker players – there is nothing typical about this start-up, co-founded by Canadian entrepreneurs John Philips, Amy Ambrose and Craig Hensley. Content…

You Had to Be There

Travel shows are the epitome of food pornography. Consider the sight of steam rising from a freshly delivered bowl of pho, or the crinkle of perfectly roasted pig skin, or the slow drizzle of lemon juice on a bed of oysters. What makes those shows even more salacious than say, a perfectly styled blog or…