Here’s the cover for The New York Times Magazine for Dec. 13th, a year of ideas. Can a bubble dress be far behind?
And how about some borrowed fabrics from inside to make some dashing holiday looks for the designers?
There were several thoughts in this Year in Ideas issue suggesting that combining skills could have better outcomes than working individually. Timothy Gowers, a decorated Cambridge mathematician, posted a theorem on his blog which he couldn’t prove (the Density Hales-Jewett Theorem) in hopes that multiple minds could sift through and try and reject more ideas than a mathematician working alone. In six weeks, dozens of people chipping away at it together over the web, were able to solve the problem that up until that point had eluded everyone. Another idea involves bicycle corridors or highways which would provide safer zones for two wheel travel than the streets bikers share with cars today. In Copenhagen 36,000 bikers use a bike lane in the center of the city every day. The Bicycle Office of Copenhagen has begun work on a system of extra wide bike routes to connect the suburbs to the city center and is considering using GPS technology mounted on handlebars to help bikers coordinate with each other to form “bike busses” that could turn traffic signals green when enough bikers gather together. Elsewhere in the paper, a team of Stanford University scientists have found that planes flying in an inverted V-formation (adapted from the V-formations favored by birds which allow them to take turns leading and then “resting” farther back in the V on a new leader’s air currents) consumed less fuel and produced less harmful emissions than planes flying solo. How about that? We all prize our individuality and want to be credited for our ideas, but we have big problems facing us today. Our survival might very well depend on cooperation in solving them. Plus, isn’t it more fun figuring things out together?
“Whew, that’s quite the bubble dress, Designer. What inspired you?”
“Well, Perry Ellis designed a wonderful bubble sweater that was featured in Vogue Knitting years ago. I still love the shape. It’s as stylish today as it was in 1989. I was wanting to explore knitwear with this ensemble and that sweater stood out in my mind.”
“Those knitted socks look Medieval.”
“I thought that was a fun reference, thanks…. It’s a knitted bodysuit actually.”
“Oh, let’s see….”
“Nice, it’s form fitting and contemporary, but true to it’s roots in knitting history.”
“Thanks, I’m glad you like it!”
“You are a hand knitter, right Designer?”
“Yes, I like to knit natural forms like this one.”
“Hmmm. That model could use some clothes!”
“Designer, did you see that one of the patents from 2009 was for an illuminated knitting device?”
“Yes, I love it when any mention of knitting makes it into the paper!”
“Ok, Designers, it’s time to get to work making some holiday looks for each other. When you’re done, you’ll be ready for a night on the town.”
“We had a good time with it. We came up with it together.”