Does creativity scare you?

Hang-ups about creativity reach far back into childhood: parents can all too easily squelch a child’s imagination, and research indicates that teachers generally dislike more creative pupils, however much they claim otherwise. Indeed, some neuroscientists argue we’ve evolved to distrust creative ideas: except in a crisis, there’s little survival benefit to trying something new. Read […]

How Hilla Becher found beauty and dignity in industrial decline

It feels strange to speak of Hilla Becher singly. Even after her death this week, she is so intertwined in the creative dynamic that was the Bechers. Alongside her late husband, Bernd, she created a visual signature as identifiable as any in the entire history of photography. Read the full story here

Watch 3D printers weave a mesh dress around Brienne of Tarth

It looks like the opening to a film by the Wachowskis, but this is just the latest fashion show from Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, a pioneer in the world of 3D printing. Van Herpen has been using the technology to create designs for years, but her most recent show — Quaquaversal — turns the […]

14 minutes of lost Monty Python & the Holy Grail animation is now online, there is much rejoicing

Terry Gilliam is arguably best know as a director of films that inspire millions of dorm room posters: Time Bandits, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and a perpetually in-development, never completed Don Quixote project. But before those films, Gilliam served as the animator for British comedy troupe Monty Python, eventually becoming […]

Why the Words for ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

Is there anything inherently “doggy” about the word “dog”? Obviously not — to the French, a dog is a chien, to Russians a sobaka, to Mandarin Chinese-speakers a gǒu. These words have nothing in common, and none seem any more connected to the canine essence than any other. One runs up against that wall with […]

Christopher Kane stripped bare

But what makes Kane’s vision feel like a step-change from the previous generation is that he has the millennial’s interest in and understanding of technology and science as a natural extension of creativity. At school his favourite class, aside from art, was science. “I loved the diagrams. It was so visual. And it’s super cheesy, […]

Ladybird books introduce Peter and Jane to hipsters and hangovers

Once famous for its earnest, wholesome books that introduced British children to topics such as space travel, nuclear power and the gunpowder plot, the publisher Ladybird is launching a series of guides to help cynical adults make sense of modern life, from hipsters to hangovers. Embracing the trend for spoof Ladybird editions that juxtapose the […]

The Apprentice should challenge candidates to develop a new Facebook – not flog fish fingers

New contestant Joey Valente, a plumber from Peterborough, tells us in his audition clip: “I imagine myself being a millionaire, because if Richard Branson can do it, if Donald Trump can do it, if the guy from Facebook can do it, then I can do it. They’ve got nothing special about them that I don’t […]