Wired has put a smorgasbord of images on its cover since issue 1.1 hit the stands in May 1993. They’ve run the gamut from Stephen Colbert to Lego figures and deep thoughts on the end of the web. The one thing they’ve shared in common is innovative, eye-catching design — from the loud neon hues of the 1990s to the quiet minimalism of our 20th anniversary issue. To commemorate that anniversary, community editor Brian Mossop worked with Wired’s video team to compile every cover — nearly 250 of them — in a 30-second video celebrating our first two decades. Enjoy!
The rock star cliché for a band headed to South by Southwest is a handful of gnarly dudes piling into a beater van and setting the GPS for Austin, Texas. But for New York singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson and the four guys in her indie-folk band, the reality is less fart jokes and drug-addled misadventure and more baked goods and early mornings.
We’ve been documenting their tour to SXSW this year - watch the first installment here! - and in the midst of all the shows and driving, Laura played us this acoustic version of her song, “The Move,” from the upcoming album, Wheel, due out on April 23rd.
YouTube is big on clips of puppies riding skateboards, but less bullish about video producers infusing outside advertising into their uploads. One product design company, however, has managed to skirt that guideline while turning their doggie videos into $750,000 worth of pre-orders for an unlikely product.
Their creation is the Orapup, which looks like a hairbrush with a kink in the handle. Instead of running it through your hair, its bristles get coated with a FDA-cleared, meat-flavored liquid that your dog licks, pulling foul-smelling bacteria off its tongue. While not a glamorous gadget, it raised a solid, if uninspiring, $62,572 on Indiegogo late last year.
[More @ Wired Design]
This week on Footnotes, we’re confronting enemies within and without. First, the infamous Pied Piper and his distant relative Paula Deen. One of them endangers children, and the other is the Pied Piper.
Then we head out into space to answer an age-old question: What is more likely to kill you, a massive supernova explosion or eating a teaspoon of Paula Deen’s food? (Side project for the adventurous: What contains more energy, a teaspoon of Paula Deen’s food or an equal amount of a star’s plasma?)
This week on Footnotes, we ask: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? No one, because the giant squid have murdered everybody. In this special undersea episode, we head to the depths to visit with all manner of creatures that have grown enormous in an effort to get their own Discovery Channel specials.
From 12-foot Japanese spider crabs to 60-foot oarfish that don’t appreciate being used as oars, we’ve got the material for the next week of your oceanic nightmares. Not that we think it needs to be said, but you shouldn’t watch this episode while in the water.
Hard to believe it’s been another year. Well, that’s misleading. Footnotes has only been on the air since July. But that doesn’t mean we can’t compile a blooper episode. It’s less labor-intensive for Matt anyway.
We spend about an hour shooting each episode, of which we use between three and four minutes of material. The rest of the time is Matt making fun of the crew, the crew making fun of Matt, and him botching his lines. Mostly, it’s him botching his lines. As you might have noticed in this blooper reel.