Definitely worth sharing: the new year's resolution of Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, another Amsterdam based entrepreneur, founder and ceo of The Next Web.

Lets fix this shit!
I’m dyslectic. I more than likely have ADD and a mild form of autism. I’m also a perfectionist and I’m often accused of suffering from OCD. Apart from all of that, I’m doing just fine. No, actually, because of all of that I’m doing great.
See, as you progress in life, you adapt to what’s different about you. That’s why someone who’s over 20 years old rarely suffers from the effects of dyslexia any longer. People – like myself – take what makes them different and turn it into what sets them apart from the rest.
It’s called living. That’s what we all do. All day, every day. Nobody’s normal and we’re all uniquely screwed up in our own, special way. It just takes a while to realize what sets you apart actually, well, sets you apart. And that it is a good thing.
This doesn’t just work for your personality, it also works for the world around us. Every threat is an opportunity. Every downside, market inefficiency, stress point or friction area is something that you might be able to create a solution for.
If you’re worried about 2017, and I know some people are, then think about this: How are we going to adapt to these new circumstances? What are the friction areas where you could play a role, where you can improve things? What personal traits were once a handicap and now are your competitive advantage?
When there’s chaos or uncertainty, you feel numb and powerless at first. But then you pick yourself up and start fixing shit. So let’s do that! Get ready for 2017. The world needs your imperfect, different and special skills.

Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

In celebration of NSK ltd.’s 100th anniversary, the exhibition ‘sense of motion’ has been hosted inside the multi–purpose cultural center of omotesando spiral in tokyo.

At the center, visitors can be immersed amongst the 25,200 delicate flowers aligned in three dimensional grids. as well as being suspended from the ceiling, the flowers subtly rotate because of the NSK bearings and the windmills installed at the top and in turn, the installation produces a gradient of gradually changing color. by using bearings also for the axes of the flowers, visitors can reach out and turn the stalk to feel the spinning motion through color mixing. the scenographic element of the venue creates an artificial garden with the same flower motif used throughout and accentuating the sense of unity.

Henry Ford was famous for saying a customer could have any color of car she or he wanted, so long as it's black—a nod to how the industrialist viewed color, all function no fun. Black paint dried the fastest, and that mattered more than the expressionistic qualities of different colors. Many modern architects shared a similar obsession with the sterile white box and dismiss color as mere ornament.

Not Le Corbusier. The renowned Swiss architect believed color was instrumental to orchestrating spatial effects. In a series of wallpapers for the Swiss company Salubra, he rhapsodized about his color theories. "Each of us, according to his own psychology, is controlled by one or more dominant colors," he wrote in a 1931 swatch book for the brand, which was inspired by his Architectural Polychromy essay from 1930.


Academics at Penn State University are seeking to commercialize water-soluble yellow, orange and red colors derived from avocado seeds (pits), which they claim offer cost and stability advantages over natural colors currently on the market. The work is led by Dr Gregory Ziegler , professor of food science at Penn State, who says he had a Eureka! moment several years ago when he was grinding down avocado seeds in order to extract starch and saw a “brilliant orange color” materialize via enzymatic reactions occurring as a result of the grinding process. Instead of turning brown once exposed to oxygen, as many fruits and vegetables do as a result of the enzyme polyphenol oxidase or PPO, the avocado pits turn orange, but then stop changing color.


Earlier this year it was revealed that sculptor and color-hoarder Anish Kapoor had been given exclusive rights to the blackest black in the world. Called Vantablack it was developed by British company NanoSystem—specialists in nanomaterials—who created it for military and scientific uses. However, after Kapoor contacted the company he was allowed to be the only artist in the world given permission to paint with it.

If you felt slighted by the exclusivity bestowed on Kapoor, then you might enjoy this retort by British artist Stuart Semple. Semple has released his own brand of pink paint called PINK. It's not just any old pink paint though, it's the world's pinkest pigment and is available to everyone...except Anish Kapoor. When you go to purchase the paint, you are required to make a legal declaration at the checkout stating that "you are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor, you are not purchasing this item on behalf of Anish Kapoor or an associate of Anish Kapoor. To the best of your knowledge, information and belief this paint will not make its way into the hands of Anish Kapoor.”