Weekend reading list – week of January 15, 2018

January 19, 2018

Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of January 15th 2018.

The art of dying
We are increasingly more obsessed with turning everything we touch into a reflection of who we are—including death. Every funeral ceremony must now be unique and trendy. What’s more “you”, a goodbye yoga class or a biodegradable coffin?
Read it on The Guardian Pocket

Why is running shoe design so horrible?
Garish colours, laces that don’t match, mis-matched textures, overly big logos. Although we don’t buy our running shoes to make a fashion statement… why do they have to be so downright ugly?
Read it on Racked Pocket

Welcome to pop politics
In 2017, the world was flip-turned upside down: politics has turned into a form of entertainment and pop culture plays an important role in several social movements. How much bigger will this phenomenon get in the years to come?
Read it on The Cut Pocket

Strange brands on Instagram
Is creating a company easier than we think? On Instagram, a new brand of retailer has found the winning formula: sell products that they didn’t manufacture and that they never see the colour of. And yet, they’ve hit the jackpot!
Read it on The Atlantic Pocket

The Amish village that builds rock’n’roll
Tait Towers is an architectural engineering and software company located in Amish country. Their main business? Building live shows for U2, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. Their actual goal? To make a rock star’s vision come alive.
Read it on Wired Pocket

CES 2018, our love of AI is anything but artificial
The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual technological trade show, took place in Las Vegas last week. Our director of strategy, John Pankert, reports on what he saw and what’s new with artificial intelligence.
Read it on Infopresse (In French)

In your earbuds: Sporkful
The Sporkful podcast isn’t just for foodies… It’s for food lovers of every kind! Each week, guests sit down with host Dan Pashman to talk about food and the culture that surrounds it.
Listen to it on Sporkful

This week’s favourite thing
Usually, a ticket is required to ride the Berlin subway. But this year, the city’s public transport authority, in collaboration with Adidas, has launched a pair of sneakers that doubles as a subway pass.

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