It seems that every month brings a big new development in San Francisco’s tech scene, and with those developments comes more outcry that the city’s working class isn’t seeing the benefits of the re-configuring economy. This is a reprise of what happened during San Francisco’s first dot com boom. Many young people who are part of the new economy see the transformation as natural and necessary, while others say it’s disastrous for the city.
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Dekotora is slang for “decoration truck,” a term used to describe the artistic flare truck drivers in Japan add to their vehicles. The Dekotora truck drivers who created these works declined to be interviewed, but the glow of their art work can still be seen at night while driving around Japan. Turnstyle News caught up with Yutaro Oyama, a student at Ritsumeikan University who has been studying the Dekotora to see what he thinks of this unexpected art form.
Animating The Stories Of Our Lives: The Rauch Brothers [Interview]
StoryCorps, the national oral history project in partnership with the Library of Congress and NPR, has been recording the stories of everyday people across America for nearly a decade. Through its podcasts, books and weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition, the organization is on a mission to prove that there is no better way to honor our selves and our loved ones than by listening. Unless, of course, you like to watch while you listen, too. Mike and Tim Rauch are helping this American institution retell some of its most compelling stories through animation — and their work is catching on. The Rauch Brothers were recently nominated for a Emmy Award for their animated work and Turnstyle contributor Jeremy Helton interviewed the duo in September of 2011.
International Bucket-Lists Captured in Polaroids
“What do you want to do before you die?” It sounds like the beginning of a very long late-night conversation with friends. In this case, the question is the catalyst for a photo project by Nicole Kenney. Kenney has traveled all over the world, from Kansas to Kerala, India, with a Polaroid camera and sharpie, capturing the faces and pre-death aspirations of thousands of people. Kenney also took the project to a hospice care-center for those who are terminally ill.
In a number of years, Kenney said she will check in with the subjects of the photographs to see how close they are to achieving their wishes. She said she hopes that the photos will serve as a tangible promise to themselves to go forward and make their life-goals a reality.
Beauty Through Bamboo
John Cho Moore grew tired of the limitations of the industrial design process and is now trying to capture the essence of design with his beautifully handmade bamboo and canvas bags.
Follow John through his unique manufacturing process that challenges conventional thinking about product design and the creative process.
R.I.P. DJ Mehdi: French Producer Suffers Tragic Accident
After seeing the success of dance music producers like Daft Punk, DJ Mehdi decided to venture out from his hip hop background and transitioned into the electro dance world, which proved to be a great move.
After signing with Ed Banger Records, Mehdi collaborated with a number of big names, including MC Solarr, Daft Punk, Cassius, Carol King, and Chromeo who recently tweeted: “We lost our brother. No words.”
Hip Hop producer Just Blaze, stunned by the news, tweeted, “I’m literally shaking right now. We just played together last week. Heart goes out to his family and loved ones. RIP mehdi.”
Dubstep icon Skream, who also had just performed with Mehdi. “RIP DJ Medhi [sic] … can’t believe I was with you Saturday … I’m speechless for the loss of DJ Mehdi. Sending all my love to his beautiful family and to Pedro Winter and Ed Banger Records in Paris.”