PSFK’s Top 10 Stories Of The Year

PSFK’s Top 10 Stories Of The Year

A roundup of our most popular articles in 2013.

  • 29 december 2013

As the year draws to a close, PSFK is rounding up the most interesting, compelling, and popular posts of the past year.

Check out our top 10 most popular posts of 2013 below for an interesting look at what was trending this year:

'Share A Coke' Campaign Puts Names On Coca-Cola Bottles And Cans

1. UK Rolls Out ‘Share A Coke’ Campaign With Personal Names On Bottles & Cans

Coca-Cola replaced its labels with 150 of the UK’s most popular first names in a new ad campaign. Bottles for its ‘Share a Coke’ summer campaign with different names printed on them came out this summer. In a similar campaign run previously in Australia, users could also have a song written about their customized bottle, which you could hear on their Facebook page.


2. Homeless Man To Launch His First Mobile App

A homeless man that Medium‘s Patrick McConlogue passed on the way to work every day got a new lease on life when McConlogue offered him a choice between $100 or a 3G-connected laptop and coding lessons. Despite controversy in the blogosphere, Leo Grand chose the latter and went on to produce Trees for Cars, an app centered around carpooling and reducing CO2 emissions.


3. Injectable Oxygen Keeps People Alive Without Breathing

A team at Boston Children’s Hospital have invented a micro-particle that can be injected into your bloodstream to oxygenate your blood – without any help being required from your lungs. The particles are able to keep a patient alive for up to 30 minutes after respiratory failure – which is normally enough time to prevent a heart attack or brain damage due to oxygen deprivation.


4. British Airways Billboards Interact With Their Planes Overhead

British Airways worked with agency Ogilvy 12th Floor to install new digital billboards that interact with the planes flying over them. The digital billboards use custom-built surveillance technology to detect planes flying overhead and change the current digital display to that of a child pointing at the plane. The billboards also display the plane’s flight number and route.

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5. Redesigned Ice Cream Scoop Eliminates Unnecessary Wrist Pain

Belle-V is made from aluminum and contracts heat from your palm through the handle to more easily release ice cream. The spade-shaped edge of scoop lets you reach those hard-to-reach corners at the bottom of the container.


6. Traditional Japanese Art Created Using Excel Spreadsheets

Most people use Excel for number calculations or data listings, but not Tatsuo Horiuchi. He uses the spreadsheet application to draw elaborate Japanese motifs.At 73, Tatsuo Horiuchi has been creating artwork using Excel for ten years. According to an interview with him by PC Online, he did not use Excel at work, but saw other people use it to draw graphs so he figured he could make drawings using the office tool.

Teenager’s Solution Could Clean Over 7 Million Tons Of Plastic From Ocean

7. Teenager’s Clean Machine Could Remove 7 Million Tons Of Plastic From Ocean

Boyan Slat is a 19-year-old engineering student who has detailed plans for a concept Ocean Cleanup system that could help remove over 7 million tons of plastic from the water. The design would clean up the large ‘Garbage Patches’ using floating booms rather than nets to cover wide areas. By not using nets or mesh, the result will be that small debris will be diverted and extracted with virtually no by-catch of fish or other living organisms. The ocean currents would drive plastic toward the self-supportive Ocean Cleanup platforms, powered by the sun, currents, and waves.


8. Site Lets Ad Professionals Share Their Deepest, Darkest Work Secrets [Pics]

Apparently, advertising professionals have longed for a safe space where they can anonymously air their grievances. And now there is one. Browse through ‘The Creative Confessional,’ and it will make sense why the average creative feels comfortable in this online confession booth, as it helps them blow off steam from the day-to-day struggles and common client gripes in the industry.


9. YouTube Skip Ad Button Helps Highlight The Plight Of Ex-Cons [Video]

Ticking the box to confirm that you have a criminal conviction can be the death knell for many a job applicant. In a new campaign for Business in the Community’s (BITC) Ban the Box initiative, Leo Burnett Change – the non-profit arm of the global marketing firm – created a fake Youtube ad that uses the ‘skip’ button as a metaphor for the way employers skip over ex-convicts as candidates.


10. Mathematical Algorithm Claims to Predict A Movie’s Success [Video]

A group of researchers from Tottori University in Japan, have developed a math equation that can predict if a movie is going to be a success or a flop. The complicated formula takes into account various factors, including advertising, word-of-mouth, and social networks. The algorithm was able to accurately predict the audience forecast, which matched with the actual ticket sales at the box office.


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Hinge's VP of Marketing Karen Fein tells us about the service's daring ditch of the swiping culture that's designed to attract advertising revenue, not meaningful connections

Arts & Culture Yesterday

Marvel Comic Tells The Story Of A Heroic Syrian Mother

Madaya Mom is the true tale of a family trapped inside a town for over a year


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Brooklyn Cafe Lets Customers Pay By The Hour, Not By The Cup

Glasshour is an establishment that provides free coffee and pastries and charges for the time guests spend there

Technology Yesterday

Electric Spoon Changes The Way Food Tastes

The Taste Buddy is being developed to manipulate your taste buds and make everything more delicious

Travel Yesterday

Bike Path In Poland Can Glow For 20 Years Using Solar Power

Cyclists can follow the shimmering blue lanes for better safety each time they ride

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Open-Source Toolkit Lets Communities Build Their Own Street Furniture

The Wikiblock database contains 30 blueprints of different neighborhood fixtures including benches, bus stops, and kiosks

Food Yesterday

Tiny Pub Only Has Space For Three People

Make Time For It is a small London pop-up bar that encourages conversation without the distraction of technology


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Community Builder: How to Hack Slack

Claire Wasserman, Founder of Ladies Get Paid, describes how she's using an internal team communication tool to build a network of thousands

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Advertising Yesterday

This Beer Was Brewed Just For Scotch Drinkers

Highland Park Scotch Whisky & Sixpoint Brewery have teamed up to create two limited-edition pairings for New York City boilermakers

Mobile Yesterday

Let An AI Librarian Help Sort Your Digital Bookmarks

A new app uses machine learning to help organize your virtual life

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Pizza Hut Tattoo Lets You Place An Order From Your Body

The latest gimmick from the fast-food chain is a tattoo-like sticker that lets customers get delivery with a simple tap on their arm

Travel Yesterday

Reinvented Bicycle Inspired By Supercar Design

The yellow bike based on a Lamborghini has sharp edges and an aluminum alloy frame

Health Yesterday

Health Platform Gives Perspective On Your Weekly Habits

Gyroscope is a new wellness app that works by amalgamating data about your life into beautifully designed visuals

Beauty Yesterday

Korean Beauty Brand Uses VR To Let Customers Pick Their Ingredients

Innisfree created a unique experience for its Shanghai Disneyland customers with a virtual reality trip to select what goes into their purchase

Arts & Culture Yesterday

3D-Printed Creations Resemble Floating Paper Outlines

Japanese design firm Nendo's exhibition features works that look like sheets of material being folded, torn, and crumpled

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Concept Camera Designed To Only Take Unique Photos

Camera Restricta is tool that prompts photographers to only capture one-of-a-kind images

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