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Big Data, Urban Prototyping and Sentient Cities

I had the pleasure of attending a talk by and meeting Peter Hirshberg of the Re:Imagine Group last week. The talk focused on their work and trends in the use of “big data” in bottom-up, civic innovation by collaborations of artists, designers, technologists and activists. He covered a massive amount of interesting territory: city as platform, internet of things, sentient cities, urban prototyping, creative currency, collaborative consumption, tactical urbanism… Some of what he covered is contained in this video. Well worth a watch. Other things referenced in his talk: The Bay Lights from Words Pictures Ideas on Vimeo. Great story about a team in San Francisco that developed a municipal app, over a weekend, to collect data and help busses run on time. “The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has every intention of spending a few years and untold dollars creating its own, more robust version of the tool. But the team hacked together the basic parameters of the SMART Muni app in a 48-hour stretch in late July, fueled by pizza and beer. They …

Tiffany Blue and Shoes with Red Soles (Paternalistic Pampering & Infringement Litigation)

I’ve spotted many recent instances of what looks like “Tiffany Blue” in fashion/luxury/refinement contexts. The most egregious of which is its use by Jessica Simpson branded products: handbags, shoes and very noticeably, the shoe boxes. This is surprising given how frequently you see mention of the fact that “Tiffany Blue” is a trademarked color, especially formulated by Pantone but unavailable in their library. I’m not aware of Tiffany ever suing anyone for infringing on this trademark but recently the company did weigh in on Christian Louboutin’s lawsuit against YSL for copying the way they color the bottom of their shoe’s soles red. (Tiffany’s filed a legal brief in support of Louboutin’s position.) (Link: Tiffany & Co. Takes Christian Louboutin’s Side in Red Sole Lawsuit) Whether or not these are instances of infringement is debatable. It was the sighting of a “robins egg blue” Jessica Simpson shoebox that first caught my attention and sensitivity to subsequent sightings of the color. Certainly, any designer working in fashion or luxury would be aware of the strong association of …