Ever look at Google Maps and see the alphabet? Well you will, if Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee get their Kickstarter funded. They're looking to create Aerial Bold, a typeface made of satellite images. The typeface itself will use the best buildings-as-letters examples, but they'll also create a database of all the letterform-resembling images.
When seniors can no longer drive, it often falls to families to help them get around. Bay Area startup Lift Hero wants to help the elderly get where they need to go. Much like Uber, drivers use their own cars, but many of the part-time chauffeurs are med students or health professionals, too.
Publishing house Condé Nast plans to up their sales game with e-commerce. While specific details haven't been announced, the goal is that starting next year, much of what you read about in Condé titles like Wired, Allure, and Details will be able to be purchased through the publisher.
Yesterday, artist Paul McCarthy erected a statue of questionable form. The 79 foot-tall Tree, installed for FIAC’s “Hors Les Murs” program at Place Vendôme in Paris, has been said to resemble a Brancusi sculpture or a sex toy. The artist and the Vendôme maintain that it's an abstraction, meant to be ambiguous.
Plan your beach retreat now: Truro's famous Flower Cottages are on the market. The Days family has owned the 22 beachfront cottages since they were built in 1931. Each charming 420 square-foot place is named after a different flower. Listing prices start at $399,000.
Neighborhood social network Nextdoor has created an app for Halloween trick-or-treaters. The Treat Map app plots which neighbors have the sweet stuff or are hosting haunted houses. Treat Map is free to download on iPhone and Android.
Rapper Will.i.am launched Puls, a smartwatch that doesn't require a smartphone. Puls can send texts, make calls, access maps, and play music, all on its own. It'll be available through AT&T in the US and O2 in the UK in time for the holidays.
Sandpaper is integral in finishing furniture, but this collection is actually made from the stuff. Israeli industrial designer Avi Fedida created Grit, a line that incorporates sandpaper into the design along with white oak.
Artisanal coffee roaster Blue Bottle has teamed up with bag company Timbuk2 to give you good coffee on the go. The Blue Bottle Travel Kit has everything you need for a caffeine fix with a friend, including beans, grinder, reusable cups, and a tote to carry it all in.
Norway's currency is about to get cooler. Winner of a recent contest to redesign the notes, Snøhetta Design came up with a sleek concept for the krone, using pixelated views of coastal Norway. The final bills will have a front design chosen from a separate proposal.