John Ryan

John Ryan

John Ryan is a regular contributor to John is a freelance researcher, writer and general autodidact polymath living in New York City.

Work june 1, 2011

Macbook Thief Caught By Hidden App And Tumblr

A San Francisco interaction designer Joshua Kaufman was able to retrieve his computer using a remarkable security app combined with the publicity powers of the blogging platform.

Advertising june 1, 2011

Flying Dog Sues To Reverse Product Name Ban

Gonzo brewer's Ralph Steadman-designed label ruled “detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.”

Cities may 31, 2011

Flash Mob Arrested For Dancing At Jefferson Memorial [Video]

A flash mob protest against the dancing ban at the Washington, DC Jefferson Memorial turned violent as parks police arrested participants. In view of several cameras, police body-slam and choke-hold a protester at the foot of a statue of Thomas Jefferson.

Luxury may 31, 2011

Becoming The UK’s First Solar Town [Video]

Inspired and sponsored by Jeremy Leggett's Solar Century venture, rare-breed farmer Stephan Frankel conceived WREN, a social enterprise with the goal of returning to the community capital generated by local solar power cells.

Innovation may 20, 2011

PSFK SALON LOS ANGELES: Transmedia [Recap]

We asked "Transmedia Storytelling: What Is It?” and held our PSFK Salon Los Angeles at Soho House to find some answers.

Arts & Culture may 18, 2011

Music Created Entirely With Alarms Oddly Calming [Video]

With the introductory warning “Alert! The tracks you about to here are made entirely using alarms!” one might expect Rajeev Basu's EEP EEP EEP EP to sound, well, alarming.

Technology may 17, 2011

Gamify Your Facebook Addiction With Anti-Distraction App

Obtract helps you and your team stay focused by forcing you to complete maze puzzles before accessing common online distractions.

Technology may 17, 2011

Pillow Fighting Gets Real With First World Cup

A favorite activity of flash mobs around the world takes a turn towards becoming a more "serious sport."

Work may 10, 2011

Handmade Acoustic Laptops Make Non-Digital Music

While digital laptops are way of connecting to others through the Internet, acoustic laptops become a way of reconnecting to one's self, the physical presence of the here and now.

Technology may 4, 2011

VW’s New Holographic Dashboard GPS Navigator [Video]

Volkswagen and MIT have been developing the AIDA navigation system for years and the latest concept involves a display that covers the entire dashboard, instrument panel and even the side-view mirrors.

Design & Architecture may 4, 2011

Dodge Charger Fights Against The Robots [Video]

Wieden + Kennedy spoof technological saturation with its futuristic new commercial for the 2011 Dodge Charger.

Advertising april 29, 2011

Frito-Lay Sets Facebook Guinness World Record

The brand set the Guinness World Record for "Most Fans on Facebook in 24 Hours," with 1,571,161 new "likes" on April 11, 2011.

Technology april 29, 2011

Netflix Beats Comcast, Pirates With Spectacular Growth

Netflix's DVD delivery and streaming service is on its way to becoming the number one way Americans consume media.

Home april 26, 2011

P&G’s Coupon Copy Fail

What happens when a coupon book full of ad copy and images aimed at middle-American stay-at-home moms ends up in the mailbox of a Brooklyn feminist vegan cooking collective?


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