Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Saying goodbye to legendary figures, Google's self-driving car, the scientific lure of bacon and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Massimo Vignelli Remembered The world lost a true visionary this week in Italian designer Massimo Vignelli. Working with his wife Lella, the Modernist creator’s formative works will have a lasting legacy across a wide range of design fields, from homewares to logos. In this republished story, former Vignelli Associates employee Michael Bierut (now partner at Pentagram) recounts his experience working in the designer’s space …

The Conference, Part Two

Phones with feelings, our multiple media personalities and more at Scandinavia's largest technology and innovation conference

In Part One, we wrote about The Conference’s theme of taking grassroots action in media—people doing it for themselves. Another persistent subject, which kept rearing its futuristic head, was the concept of expressive technology. In contrast to the nefarious hidden nature of some technologies that James Bridle spoke about in his keynote—not least the trash cans that are now invisibly picking up our WiFi data …

The Conference, Part One

"Power, Disruption and Lies" in Malmö at Scandinavia's largest technology and innovation conference, presented by Media Evolution

Last week The Conference was held in Sweden’s southernmost city of Malmö and Cool Hunting was in attendance. The centerpiece of this exciting five-day media smörgåsbord was an intense 48 hours of conferences and parties, sandwiched by dynamic workshops and local tours on either side. Now in its third year, The Conference—run by the Swedish non-profit Media Evolution—plays host to a wide range of high-profile …