Lessons in Good Design from K-Pop

The world of Korean pop music is as sleek, manufactured and carefully invested in as the next Apple product, so it’s natural that one could take away more than just perfect choreography and a catchy chorus. Designer and developer Jonathan Z White points out how K-pop has become an extremely successful product, from story-driven design to building trust with an audience. All in all, this …

Missy Elliott + G-Dragon: Niliria

Missy Elliott's KCON debut, Wild Ones' sporty music video and more in our look at the songs we tweeted this week

There’s more to Seoul than “Gangnam Style.” While Justin Timberlake pleased Brooklyn at the VMAs, his Korean counterpart G-Dragon (who rose to fame through his pop band Big Bang and whose solo career has been equally influential) was rapping a duet with Missy Elliott at LA’s annual KPOP convention. While we were happily stunned to see Elliott—who’s kept a pretty low profile these last few …

BANKS: Waiting Game

Missy Elliott's KCON debut, Wild Ones' sporty music video and more in our look at the songs we tweeted this week

LA-based singer BANKS manages to combine sultry with spooky on her recently released single “Waiting Game.” From her debut EP London, set for release 10 September, the song features haunting background hums, blown-out beats and throbbing vibrations. Part trip-hop, part dark R&B and bleak pop, “Waiting Game” was produced by Sohn, and BANKS’ alluring, sweetly melancholic vocals—describing a despairing love affair—dance over it beautifully. A …