Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Sites We Love: The Cools

June 28, 2012

The Cools, a new website that launched yesterday, is the brainchild of Olivier van Themsche. The Cools is a social network, style platform and e-commerce site that is curated by trendy young ambassadors, such as Dree Hemingway, Lola Schnable and Lauren Santo Domingo. The site also has advisors, including Antoine Arnault, Lapo Elkann and Erin Featherston.

These bold faced names don’t ring a bell? Guess you aren’t as “cool” as you think you are. But no worries, you can join the site anyways.

The Cools use member profiles to connect users with bloggers and sellers that reflect their personal tastes. Members can scan the site and follow others as they hone in on their style.

“Brands, designers, creators and artists have the opportunity not only to sell their stuff but to tell their story,” van Themsche said in an interview with WWD.

The products are original and eclectic, and the user experience is more akin to Twitter or Pinterest than eBay.

Be amongst the first to join the site and start interacting with The Cools.

photos:  The Cools

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Color REAL

May 1, 2012

Color and trend forecasting is a big business. Most large apparel and accessories companies use some sort of outside service to help guide their product decisions, which are often made 9-12 months before the merchandise hits the stores.

The information is usually disseminated via suggested color palettes and trend reports, based on the forecaster’s interpretation of catwalk trends, textile shows and a gut reaction to what feels right for the future.

Interactive artist and software developer Pedro Miguel Cruz, has taken a more scientific approach to the process, for French retailer Pimkie.

Cruz has installed webcams in the most fashionable areas of Paris, Milan and Antwerp, and puts the imagery through a computer program, which isolates the colored pixels and logs the information.

The data can be viewed on their website, as live feed, colored graphs, or as color recommendations for items available for purchase at the Pimkie store.

The information is also available on Twitter.

While this may not directly impact those needing long-term color direction, this is a great tool for short term planning, and getting a handle on what is trending in real time.

Just Another Abstract Sunday

November 6, 2011

New York Times illustrator Christoph Niemann didn’t just run the New York City Marathon today, he live tweeted drawings of his journey, all along the way.

The talented artist and athlete drew pictures of his experience while running the 26.2 mile course, and posted them on his 2 Twitter accounts, abstractsunday, and abstractsunday1. Check out his Twitter feed for a runner’s view of the New York City Marathon.

Congratulations to all those that finished the marathon! Great job!

photo illustrations: courtesty of Christoph Niemann/ abstractsunday1

Happy Meals “Healthy” Upgrade

July 28, 2011

McDonalds is rolling out supposedly healthy changes to its kid’s Happy Meals. In addition to reducing the portion size of the fries and soda, they are adding fruit, sans the caramel (high fructose corn syrup) dipping sauce along with the requisite plastic toy. A step in the right direction perhaps, but a very small one at that. I think comedian Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers21)  summed it up best on Twitter, when he said: “..the nutritional term for the new fruit in Happy Meals is “virgin in a whorehouse“. Do we really believe that adding a couple of apple slices to a meal that is high in fat and calories and low in nutritional value makes it healthy?

photo + analysis via The New York Times


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