From the emergence of ad hoc mobile payments in Africa, to the torrent of technology changes rippling across the globe, our understanding of the behaviors come largely through the disciplined and attentive field research. Here is the preeminent text on doing it well.
If you've got a computer programmer in your life, and you are looking for something really killer to get them this Christmas, here is our gift guide.
Mechanical keyboards, especially for programmers who spend their days pounding out lines of code, not only provide the satisfying click and movement, but are meant to be better on the hands.
This gorgeous steampunk mechanical keyboard is a show piece.
This elegant and minimal desk lamp not only has a built in USB charging port and flicker-free light, but has 4 lighting modes (study, read, relax and bedtime) and 5 dimming levels.
The health benefits of standing are well documented, and for people who make their living at a desk and monitor, a standing desk is a must-have. This is a simple, flexible and gorgeous one.
Programmers have their own language and their own, often punny, always witty, sense of humor. This T-shirt, a premium American Apparel manufacture with a coding term used here with a wink and a smile.
Reproduction of the original patent artwork and application submitted by Steve Jobs to the US Patent & Trademark Office in 1983 printed on premium paper for an aged and authentic look.
This accurate model of the surface of the moon around where the Apollo 11 LEM module touched down make for one of the most gorgeous furniture pieces around.
APOLLO 11 / Table
85 cm x 85 cm x 50 cm.
Fiber glass / Epoxy Resin.
Gloss varnish finish.
Cupro-Aluminium alloy / Steel.
Numbered models / Limited edition of 8 + 4 Ap.
From the project at Harow:
"Digital files from the NASA archives were needed in order to recreate the topology of real surfaces of the Moon, which constitute an artistic and poetic landscape. The craters are sculpted on a fibreglass slab and covered with a layer of resin, the transparency of which allows shadows to play over the lunar surface. The physico-chemical, dynamic, and thermal properties of this resin require a regular delay between each layer for perfect polymerisation, and the creation of the slab demands a confined and sterile environment. The feet, a contemporary representation of those of the LEM module, require precision manufacturing. Each piece is sculpted to the micro-millimetre, delicately and directly from the block, which is composed of a brass and aluminium alloy."
This gorgeous print can be yours for about $45 (35£) from DOROTHY in the UK.
"A history of hip-hop mapped out to the circuit diagram of a classic turntable.
Our Hip-Hop Love Blueprint celebrates over 700 MCs, DJs, producers, turntablists, musicians, graffiti artists, b-boys and b-girls who (in our opinion) have been pivotal to the evolution of hip-hop, from pioneers such as DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash to present day chart success stories Kendrick Lamar and Drake, and global superstars Jay-Z and Kanye West."
Freelance graphic designer Nerea Palacios used the Nike football uniform as a canvas to express the essence of each of the iconic houses on the HBO series as if they were teams perhaps partaking in the FIFA World Cup series.
"Some are based on Japanese mythology and culture, others are narratives based on players nicknames and some are created from popular sayings from the game of basketball."
Mad Max: Fury Road
Production Designer Colin Gibson impressive vehicles
This is a hat I designed. You can get one too.
It was $19.99, but now only $16.99
These gorgeous and stylish metro maps for world cities look to not only display location and distance, but time and direction as well. The project from architect Jug Cerovic looks at the layouts of the world's major cities' metro system, but they are beautiful enough to hang on your wall. I want to collect all of the cities I've visited. What a gallery that would make.