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Countdown to the Emmy's for CARLOS star Edgar Ramirez

Article: Countdown to the Emmy's for CARLOS star Edgar Ramirez

Since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, the five and a half hour long CARLOS has earned rave reviews; “Both the LA and NY film critics named it Best Foreign Language film last December and this January it won the Golden Globe for Best TV Movie/Mini.” CARLOS aired last October on Sundance Channel as a three-part series, and it’s to its credit that people are still talking – and talking excitedly – about the series, especially about its leading man, the very talented (and very hunky) Edgar Ramirez, who nabbed an Emmy…

Q&A with Core77 design winner: Pure Water bottle

Article: Q&A with Core77 design winner: Pure Water bottle

Ben Kaufman’s company, Quirky, is all about finding great ideas from regular people and turning them into real, marketable products, and Core77 is all about covering the best and latest in design and technology. Throughout the Quirky series, we’ll be bringing you stories from designers, inventors and entrepreneurs who’ve either already brought their product from concept to completion or are right in the middle of that process – and all without the help of a company like Ben’s.

Today we bring you the story of the Pure Water bottle, winner of the Core77 Design Award for Social Impact. Designed by Timothy Whitehead.

Q&A with Core77 design winner: Solar Puff

Article: Q&A with Core77 design winner: Solar Puff

Ben Kaufman’s company, Quirky, is all about finding great ideas from regular people and turning them into real, marketable products, and Core77 is all about covering the best and latest in design and technology. Throughout the Quirky series, we’ll be bringing you stories from designers, inventors and entrepreneurs who’ve either already brought their product from concept to completion or are right in the middle of that process – and all without the help of a company like Ben’s.

Today we bring you the story of the Solar Puff, runner up for the Core77 Design Award for DIY/Hack/Mod. Designed by Alice Minsoo Chun of Studio Unite.

Kick your un-creative butt into high gear

Article: Kick your un-creative butt into high gear

Based solely on the fact that Stefan Sagmeister dropped his name in a sentence to this effect: he helps me get ideas – I picked up “Creativity Workout: 62 Exercises to Unlock Your Most Creative Ideas,” by Edward “master of creative thinking” De Bono. It’s basically a book of exercises to help you generate ideas, whether you’re looking for business solutions or a little kick in the pants in a creative project. All the exercises are based on tables of random words that you select randomly, the idea being that in order to think outside the box you need to approach your problem from the outside as well. De Bono posits that totally unrelated words will shed new light and lead to active ways of thinking and creative solutions.
When I read through his introduction and discovered that this was the concept for the entire book, I was pretty let down. It seemed so hokey, like problem solving tricks your fourth grade teacher might use in class. But no matter how much I cringed at De Bono’s self help speak, I just kept thinking: Sagmeister. Sagmeister does this stuff, so who was I to turn my nose up at it without even trying it out?

Q&A with Core77 design winner: Project Aura, bike safety lights

Article: Q&A with Core77 design winner: Project Aura, bike safety lights

Ben Kaufman’s company, Quirky, is all about finding great ideas from regular people and turning them into real, marketable products, and Core77 is all about covering the best and latest in design and technology. Throughout the Quirky series, we’ll be bringing you stories from designers, inventors and entrepreneurs who’ve either already brought their product from concept to completion or are right in the middle of that process – and all without the help of a company like Ben’s.

Today we bring you the story of Project Aura, winner of the Core77 Design Award for Transportation. Designed by Ethan Frier, Jonathan Ota.

Q&A with Core77 design winner: Euphemia, cradle-to-cradle fashion footwear

Article: Q&A with Core77 design winner: Euphemia, cradle-to-cradle fashion footwear

Ben Kaufman’s company, Quirky, is all about finding great ideas from regular people and turning them into real, marketable products, and Core77 is all about covering the best and latest in design and technology. Throughout the Quirky series, we’ll be bringing you stories from designers, inventors and entrepreneurs who’ve either already brought their product from concept to completion or are right in the middle of that process – and all without the help of a company like Ben’s.

Today we bring you the story of Euphemia, winner of the Core77 Design Award for Soft Goods/Apparel. Designed by Helen Furber.

Q&A with Core77 design winner: Bamboo Load Carrier

Article: Q&A with Core77 design winner: Bamboo Load Carrier

Ben Kaufman’s company, Quirky, is all about finding great ideas from regular people and turning them into real, marketable products, and Core77 is all about covering the best and latest in design and technology. Throughout the Quirky series, we’ll be bringing you stories from designers, inventors and entrepreneurs who’ve either already brought their product from concept to completion or are right in the middle of that process – and all without the help of a company like Ben’s.

Today we bring you the story of the Bamboo Load Carrier, winner of the Core77 Design Award for Products/Equipment. Designed by Vikram Dinubhai and Panchal-Nid.

Designer Q&A: Laptop Sticks by Dice Yamaguchi

Article: Designer Q&A: Laptop Sticks by Dice Yamaguchi

Ben Kaufman’s company Quirky is all about finding great ideas from regular people and turning them into real, marketable products. Throughout the Quirky series, we’ll be bringing you stories from designers, inventors and entrepreneurs who’ve either already brought their product from concept to completion or are right in the middle of that process – and all without the help of a company like Ben’s, like Diceke Yamaguchi and his Laptop Sticks.

Q&A with Core77 design winner: Bespoke Fairing for below-knee amputees

Article: Q&A with Core77 design winner: Bespoke Fairing for below-knee amputees

Ben Kaufman’s company, Quirky, is all about finding great ideas from regular people and turning them into real, marketable products, and Core77 is all about covering the best and latest in design and technology. Throughout the Quirky series, we’ll be bringing you stories from designers, inventors and entrepreneurs who’ve either already brought their product from concept to completion or are right in the middle of that process – and all without the help of a company like Ben’s.

Today we bring you the story of the Bespoke Fairing, winner of the Core77 Design Award for Soft Goods/Apparel. Designed by Scott Summit of Bespoke Innovations.

Get ready for Quirky, our next original series

Article: Get ready for Quirky, our next original series

Though we’re sad to see Ludo go (the series finale of Ludo Bites America airs tonight at 9P), we’re very excited to announce the premiere of the upcoming Sundance original series Quirky, as well as our series-long partnership with Core77. Ben Kaufman’s company, Quirky, is all about finding great ideas from regular people and turning them into real, marketable products, and Core77 is all about covering the best and latest in design and technology. Throughout the series, we’ll be bringing you stories from designers, inventors and entrepreneurs who’ve either already brought their product from concept to completion or are right in the middle of that process – and all without the help of a company like Ben’s.

Today we bring you the story of Skatecycle, winner of the Core77 Design Award for Transportation. Designed by Alon Karpman of Brooklyn Workshop.

Ludo Bites a buffalo

Article: Ludo Bites a buffalo

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More mouthwatering bon mots from guest blogger Zach Golden, the creator of the incredibly popular website, What the Fuck Should I Make For Dinner?

If you have an aversion to things getting shot, things getting skinned, hearts being eaten or French chefs, you may not want to continue. Or you may want to, we really don’t know each other that well, but consider this your formal warning.

Buffaloes and Bison and Ludo, Oh My!

Article: Buffaloes and Bison and Ludo, Oh My!

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More savory wit from our featured food blogger Diana Hossfeld, who writes the food blog Diana Takes a Bite.
“There’s buffalo by my house!” I piped up in the middle of Mrs. Johnson’s fifth grade U.S. History lesson about Native Americans. Heads whipped around to stare, Mrs. Johnson swallowed what I immediately identified as a skeptical snort and guffaw, and my confident declaration rapidly disintegrated into a physical declaration of embarrassment. My cheeks burned as I tried to explain how it was conceivably possible for there to be buffalo roaming around near my house in Newport Beach, California. I did not do well in pleading my case.

LUDO BITES AMERICA – Grouper Po'boy Sandwich

Article: LUDO BITES AMERICA – Grouper Po'boy Sandwich

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More masterful cooking from our guest blogger Justin, who, along with his wife, Lori, writes the food blog The Gastronomic Duo, a blog dedicated to couples cooking together in the kitchen and enjoying food with one another in their home.
One might not think we Minnesotans know much about the po’ boy and I’m gonna have to tell you, you’re wrong. If the po’ boy sandwich is about the fish, Minnesota has just as much knowledge as all of those Southerners, probably more considering the 20,000 lakes our state boasts.

It’s a bold statement. I am aware. It’s bold because unfortunately the po’ boy is not about the fish. For Lance it wasn’t about the bike and for the po’ boy sammy it’s not about the fish. That said, the same rules always apply when purchasing fish – source the highest quality and the freshest available.

Paul Rand on design

Article: Paul Rand on design

Want more design? Stay tuned for QUIRKY, premiering in August on Sundance Channel
If you don’t know the eminent graphic designer Paul Rand by name you definitely know his work. He created the logos for IBM, UPS, ABC and Enron, to name just a few. He’s also one of the originators of the International Typographic Style, also known as the Swiss Style (though he’s a Brooklyn native), which was created in the 1950s to emphasize minimalism, sans-serif typefaces and gridded, asymmetrical layouts.

Potato chip, meet chocolate

Article: Potato chip, meet chocolate

Watch some sweet chocolate on potato chip action.
The salty-sweet thing is officially as ubiquitous as the time-honored PB & J sandwich, and everyone has their own favorite combo, be it the humble street cart kettle corn, sea salt caramels, chocolately-nutty granola bars or, my personal indulgence, dipping pretzels into buttery, rich Nutella. One time I even saw a guy pour one of those movie theatre concession-sized boxes of M&M’s into a big ol’ bag of popcorn. “Ooh,” his date cooed, “you do that salty-sweet thing, too?” The pairings can get downright bizarre. I won’t even go into the retch-inducing chocolate-covered pickle-on-a-stick I once saw a street fair, but it’s safe to say that the combinations are seemingly endless.

THE KILLING marathon on Sundance Channel

Article: THE KILLING marathon on Sundance Channel

Sundance Channel will air a marathon of the hit series THE KILLING leading into the June 19 season one finale on sister network AMC. Our marathon of THE KILLING will air the first six episodes starting Saturday, June 18 from 4-10PM E/P, and the subsequent six episodes on Sunday, June 19 from 4-10PM E/P. Then catch the season one finale on Sunday, June 19 at 10PM E/P on AMC.

Quirky is Coming!

Article: Quirky is Coming!

It’s almost time to get your quirk on. The all new original series QUIRKY is coming to Sundance Channel June 28! Quirky is the unique technology company that has re-engineered the business of innovation. They’re fast-tracking the product development cycle to new extremes. To check out the buzz, click here.

Questlove: Coming to Sundance Channel in May…… and lots of other places too!

Article: Questlove: Coming to Sundance Channel in May…… and lots of other places too!

Image from DreamStates, featuring QuestLove. Questlove is a very busy man! Drummer, DJ, blogger, producer. He seems to do it all. However, he wasn’t too busy to sit down with us and tell us about his very bizarre recurring dream for the new series DreamStates – which launches on SundanceChannel.com on May 2nd. You can check out…

The Transformation Begins – Radenroro: Tonight at 10p EST!

Article: The Transformation Begins – Radenroro: Tonight at 10p EST!

Most weeks, the mail arrives at my office in large foam cartons, usually filled with lookbooks of every variety: large and spiral-bound; small and stapled, or even loose pictures in an envelope. You can only imagine how many collections I see each year.

Most of these are designers I’ve never heard of, but are begging to be discovered. That could be said of a certain lookbook I saw, one day at my desk, from the label, Radenroro. I was intrigued by – yes, the name – but more the art direction and image of the lookbook and some of the clothes in it, but most of it just looked unmemorable to me. In fact, I remember remarking to Keith Pollock, a good friend and the Editorial Director of Elle.com, that I could see girls shopping and wanting SOME of these clothes but not most of it.