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Apple Doesn't Have Any Fun Problems Left To Solve

Why is the Apple Watch a bit, well, boring? Because the next set of problems Apple has to solve is so much less fun than the last. The Macintosh made you a painter. The iPod put 1,000 songs in your pocket. The iPhone turned us all into amateur photographers. Then the iPad offered up a blank canvas limited only by imagination. Read Full Story

Book Briefs #20

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with two- or three-sentence first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to shareShow More Summary

Kindle-Sourcing: These Are The Most Highlighted Passages From Classic Books You've Surely Read

In the spirit of the back-to-school season, Amazon Kindle has tracked the quotes that kids think they should know. Back in the day, student readers looking for a short cut would turn to Cliff's Notes (or, in Canada, Cole's Notes) digests. In a 140-character world, those booklets probably fall into the same TL;DR category as the tomes they summarized. Read Full Story

Vivienne Westwood's Posh Virgin Atlantic Uniforms Apparently Injure Flight Attendants

Suffering for fashion at 6,000 feet: Westwood's sleek red uniforms are inflicting injury and blisters on Virgin's cabin crew. In July, punk rock fashion icon Vivienne Westwood debuted a line of '40s-inspired blood-red uniforms for Virgin Atlantic's crew. Show More Summary

Take A Typographic Tour Of New York

In "Type Safari," Victore analyzes the lettering on New York City's miles of signage, from handwritten diner menus to liquor store logos. From a typographer's perspective, New York City is a safari of thousands of species of letters:...Show More Summary

The Oculus Rift Can Now Change Your Carpeting

What will the world look like when we all see it differently? Microsoft envisions a future in which every home is a sports bar, filled with countless screens, always sitting in the ready to display information. But who wants to live in a world filled with TVs? Read Full Story

How Trajan Rose From The Grave To Become The New Helvetica

Typographer Sumner Stone recalls how the movie poster font was recreated by Adobe after millennia of obscurity. When it comes to fonts, Adobe's Trajan is one of the most seen, but not necessarily the most known. The imperial, Roman-inspired...Show More Summary

PopKey, A GIF-Only Keyboard For iOS 8

Why send text or emojis when you can send animated GIFs instead? One of the more substantial additions to Apple's iOS 8 software might be third-party keyboards, which allows users to install packages (like Swype) that allow them to enter text in different ways than just hunt-and-pecking. Show More Summary

Ikea Is A Nonprofit, And Yes, That's Every Bit As Fishy As It Sounds

Ikea makes billions tax-free by operating the world's largest "charity." Here's how. Ikea sells $28 billion in furniture a year, making it the world's largest furniture company. But the retailer pays a slender tax rate of just 3.5%--about a billion dollars--rather than the 18% rate it should pay. Show More Summary

A Guide To Who Hates Whom In The Middle East

David McCandless's tool visualizes the political labyrinth of Middle East politics. Guess who's the most hated player? Hint: not the U.S. The relationships between all the players in the Middle East can seem impossible to unknot: a mass of countries, states, and political groups that are hopelessly intertwined. Show More Summary

A Look Inside Fumihiko Maki's Gorgeous New Museum For Islamic Art

The Aga Khan, designed by Fumihiko Maki, is North America's first museum dedicated to Islamic art. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art made headlines in 2011 when it reopened its Islamic art galleries after years of renovation. Amid...Show More Summary

What The Resort In "Dirty Dancing" Might Look Like Today

Inside the haunting, abandoned hotels of New York's once-glamorous Borscht Belt From the 1920s to the 1970s, a strip of upstate New York's Catskill Mountains, known as the Borscht Belt, was home to a cluster of summer resorts frequented by Jewish families often unwelcome at other hotels. Show More Summary

Career Goes Exactly As Planned For Master Architect Michael Graves

In this Q&A, Graves tells us he has no regrets--none!--about his 50-year career, the subject of a retrospective opening this fall. The 50-year-long career of Michael Graves--prolific architect, product designer, and artist--is being celebrated in a retrospective at Hamilton, N.J's Grounds for Sculpture. Show More Summary

How To Build A World-Class Design Portfolio

Six tips for building a portfolio that lands the job. Plus, peek inside the portfolios of designers at Facebook, Dropbox, and more. I've reviewed thousands of designer portfolios over the past 10 years as a former design lead at Facebook and now as the cofounder of the investing and mentoring network Designer Fund. Show More Summary

Book Review: Furniture by Architects

Furniture by Architects edited by Driss FaithImages Publishing Group, 2013Hardcover, 208 pagesThe appeal of furniture for architects – both as something to use to improve a space and something to tackle as a design problem – is undeniable. Show More Summary

Fall Architectural Walking Tours

The weather is beautiful in New York City in the fall, a great time to see the city on some architectural walking tours. Below are descriptions and dates of the tours I'm giving through the 92Y. Click on the links to purchase tickets.Saturday,...Show More Summary

Why Use Google Maps When You Can Get GPS Directions On The Death Star Instead?

Spaceship Earth is a custom map skin that turns any place on Earth into a sci-fi landscape. Mapbox Studio is a toolkit that allows apps and websites to serve up their own custom-designed maps to users. Companies like Square, Pinterest, Foursquare, and Evernote con provide custom-skinned Mapboxes instead, changing map elements to better fit in with their brand. Read Full Story

Another Reason To Live In A Diverse Neighborhood: It Could Make Your Kids Smarter

Babies who hear different languages around town may be more open-minded about who they learn from. Babies who hear a variety of different languages outside their home may be more willing to learn from people who don't speak their native language, a new study in the journal Cognition finds. Read Full Story

D.C.'s Elevated Park Might Be Better Than The High Line

A shortlist of designs for D.C.'s answer to the High Line is under consideration now. Waterfalls and trampolines, yes please! Washington, D.C. plans to transform its abandoned rail infrastructure into a vibrant recreational destination, following the lead of so many other metropolises. Show More Summary

Play With A Trillion Trippy Image Combinations In Ty Segall's Interactive Video

Caution: you might spend hours lost in rocker Ty Segall's new interactive animation for "Manipulator." The best procrastination outlet of the year award goes to 27-year-old rocker Ty Segall's interactive video for his new single, "Manipulator." Read Full Story

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