Pimp My Cooler

The inimitable Elaine Stritch, a crazy cooler, Wired's innovation fellows and more in our weekly look at the web

Portland’s Ryan Grepper is pleasing the masses with Coolest, a 21st century cooler that is the ultimate party on wheels. His rendition—which is now on Kickstarter—includes an 18-volt blender for mixing up drinks on the go, a Bluetooth-enabled speaker, a USB port, beach tires, a cutting board, a built-in bottle opener and a bungee cord for strapping more gear to the top. Grepper’s clearly found …

Design Indaba: John Maeda

Our interview with the RISD president on the changing nature of design and the long process of becoming a successful leader

John Maeda, pioneer of programmatic design, delivered the closing address at South Africa’s premier conference on creativity, Design Indaba. He spoke to the crowd about the nature of code in art (“Programming is not very complicated, it’s just very boring—It’s what you can do with coding that matters more than programming itself.”), the vagaries of the term “design thinking” and the importance of redesigning leadership. …