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The Times Magazine’s Best Ideas of 2009

The Times Magazine recently released its Ninth Annual Year in Ideas list for 2009. The interface of the website is user friendly and neatly organized in two ways, alphabetically or by genre of idea. From the world’s first glow-in-the-dark dog to treating post traumatic stress disorder with Tetris– the list is innovative, quirky, and most importantly serves as an optimistic example of how far we have come in humanity and what could be in store for us in the future. With that said, I have chosen some of my personal favorites:


1. The Advertisement that Watches You:
Created by the Hamburg-based firm, Jung von Matt this new take on future advertising is truly attention grabbing. A camera attached to the back of the advertisement will scan the onlooker’s face and adjust the look of the ad to become more relevant to the man or woman looking at it. The above example was an advertisement in Berlin for domestic violence.


2. Can Twitter Solve an Incredibly Difficult Math Problem?
Timothy Gowers, a Math Professor at Cambridge University (and winner of the coveted Fields Medal) wanted to conduct a social experiment. Can posting an impossibly difficult math problem (the Density Hales-Jewett Theorem) on a blog generate enough responses from the public to be solved? Six weeks later, after an overwhelming response from the public, the theorem was answered.


3. The Lobster Claw Stiletto
Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 collection titled, “Platos’ Atlantis” is a surrealistic interpretation of the aquatic. The heels aren’t practical, and probably weren’t intentioned to be so–but they almost make me wish they were. Aside from the fact that these would def. up any woman’s sex appeal x 1000, they just look really cool.


Started in April 2009 by Yancey Strickler, serves as a platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, and every other creative occupation in between to present dream projects they’d like to pursue, and hopefully win the hearts and money of the public to finance their dreams into a reality. Despite the sting some artists may feel for a dream project that is rejected by the public, it’s practical, and will save you lots of money. Some artists have even gotten clever by creating incentives: i.e. $40 donation will get you a free signed CD, $1,000 will earn you a song written by the artist about anything you’d like. Amazing!

With such an array of creative ideas, I can’t wait to see what 2010 will have in store. Cheers to good health and great minds!

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