The Science Behind Yawning

Deborah Sussman's vibrant career, outlaw Instagrammers, the truth about yawning and more in our look at the web this week

While they can be (at times) embarrassing, and spread like wildfire, a yawn is instinctual and carries practical applications which we are still beginning to learn about. Researchers have found that yawning is not just due to a lack of sleep or oxygen. The reasoning is far more complex, with different causes and functions—one of which is to keep the brain active and cooled. Even …

Bruce Weber + Shinola Pet Accessories

Deborah Sussman's vibrant career, outlaw Instagrammers, the truth about yawning and more in our look at the web this week

Photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber has long involved his beautiful dogs in the creation of iconic images. It makes sense then that he’s partnered with Shinola for a line of pet accessories and stationery. In true Shinola form, women from local Detroit shelters have been employed to produce the plush balls in the series, benefitting the community for the sake of a thoughtful item for …

Spotify’s Untapped Data Goldmine

Deborah Sussman's vibrant career, outlaw Instagrammers, the truth about yawning and more in our look at the web this week

The London-based music streaming service Spotify is sitting on a wealth of user data, thanks to its 40 million active users. Financial reports indicate the need for such services to monetize beyond subscription fees and advertising, and designer Brett Goldstein has a few ideas for them. While internal strategies may be underway, these possible applications take advantage of classic early fan lament (“I knew them …