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New York City Bans "Poor Doors"

But it still has a long ways to go on affordable housing. New York City has banned "poor doors," a controversial practice in which real estate developers build separate entrances for poor and wealthy tenants. Read Full Story

How Computers Could Make You Funnier

Not funny? This robot can help. With the rise of workplace chat services like Slack, more people than ever are spending time in chat rooms. Being able to find a witty, topical photo online is no longer just the purview of lonely gamers—now it's a necessary job skill. But what if you aren't funny? Computers to the rescue. Read Full Story

Book Review: Out of the Loop

Out of the Loop: Vernacular Architecture Forum Chicago edited by Virginia B. Price, David A. Spatz, and D. Bradford HuntMidway Books, 2015Paperback, 204 pagesIn early June the Vernacular Architecture Forum, "the premier organizationShow More Summary

Let This 48-Foot Virtual Waterfall You About The Environment

And no one gets wet. "Environmental impact." It's one of those terms that you've heard so often that it's grown more or less meaningless. Yet the cause and effect relationships between what we do, and how it affects our environment, are extremely important! Read Full Story

A Must-Watch Fast Fashion Documentary Is Now On Netflix

The cost of a $10 H&M sweater is greater than advertised. In the era of social media, the fashion industry has gotten faster. Trends go viral, and manufacturers like Zara, Uniqlo, and H&M have responded by transforming from seasonal lines, often planned a year in advance, to clothing that goes from factory to store shelves in a matter of weeks. Read Full Story

5 Things You Didn't Know About M.C. Escher

A new exhibition sheds light on an artist who, despite producing some of the most popular images in modern art, remains an enigma. Even if you don't know much about the man, you know M.C. Escher's work. References to his mind-bending imagery can be spotted in films like Interstellar and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Show More Summary

GoPro's Guide To Great UX

For the GoPro UX design team, understanding how software and hardware intersect is the key to a product's success. Clair Byrd's interviews with design teams are part of the "Inside Design" series for Invision. Read them first at Co.Design! Here she interviews UX designers Hilary Nemen and David Lee of the breakout camera company GoPro. Read Full Story

Meet Nava, A Startup That Wants To Fix The Government's Crappy Design

A team of engineers and designers who refined is on a mission to tame the government's unruly digital presence. After the disastrous launch of, a website promising easy sign-ups for health insurance, President...Show More Summary

Here's A Look At What The New Female-Fronted $10 Might Look Like (And There's A Big Problem A Redesign Won't Fix)

The American Association of University Women says fixing the gender wage gap should be a bigger priority than a portrait. Recently, the U.S. Treasury announced that it would replace founding father Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a portrait of a woman. Show More Summary

Book and Exhibition Review: Making and Provocations

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick StudioCooper HewittJune 24, 2015 - January 6, 2016Thomas Heatherwick: Making by Thomas Heatherwick and Maisie RoweMonacelli Press, 2015 (Revised and expanded edition)Paperback,...Show More Summary

Would You Eat Off These Bacteria-Covered Plates?

The magic of science—it's enough to make you lose your appetite. For most of us, Salmonella at dinner spells crippling gastrointestinal problems. For artists Vik Muniz and Tal Danino, it's an artistic opportunity. In their aptly named...Show More Summary

The 115-Year Evolution Of The American Home, Illustrated

An interactive infographic takes us on a spin around the block and through 15 decades of residential architecture in America. The moving specialists over at iMove drafted up an interactive guide tracking the evolution of the American...Show More Summary

An Illustrated History Of Famous Men And Their Cats

From Murakami to Lagerfeld, charmingly illustrated portraits of the famous men who love cats. Move over cat ladies. Men are the new feline fetishists. Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld recently extolled the virtues of his spoiled cat Choupette in New York Magazine, and Japanese author Haruki Murakami has hardly a book without at least a few furry personalities. Read Full Story

What One Of Design's Most Influential Tastemakers Collects For Herself

Spy the personal collection of global design guru and trend forecaster Li Edelkoort. Lidewij Edelkoort possesses a knack for sleuthing out nascent cultural influences that shape global trends. Her work in the 1990s introduced Dutch design...Show More Summary

What Newscasters Look Like When They Deliver Bad News

If you've ever suspected that news anchors are actually teleprompter-reading automatons, here's proof to the contrary. News anchors often find themselves in the uncomfortable position of delivering bad news to an entire nation, and some of them are pretty terrible at hiding their discomfort. Show More Summary

Want To Be More Creative? Your Personality May Hold The Key

Are you focused or does your mind wander? Increase your creativity by using a cognitive approach that best suits your personality. Creative insight tends to strike one of two ways: either we labor over our work for hours and eventually find an innovative solution, or we're driving in a car or lying in bed and a good idea just hits us. Show More Summary

What Startups Can Learn From The Art Market

As legendary art dealer Durand-Ruel showed, generating volatility can foster creativity. Although the denizens of Art Basel and the participants in Y Combinator may protest, the process of making art today is essentially identical to the process of making startups. Show More Summary

Intimate And Amazing Photos From Yesterday's Historic New York City Gay Pride March

As SCOTUS ordered: Love is love. This wasn't your typical gay pride parade in New York City. Read Full Story

Transecting Amsterdam

[Image: From Project 360º by Frank Dresmé]. Here's an old project by Dutch graphic designer Frank Dresmé. Called Project 360º, it used the idea of the "transect" as a way to map and graphically depict pedestrian movement through urban...Show More Summary

Only Type Nerds Can Save Us From This Galactic Invasion Of The Fonts

Blast those sans-serifs...literally! Design can take it out of you sometimes. Everyone needs to take our their frustration, and now typographers finally have that outlet: an online version of the 1979 game Asteroids in which the titular menaces are replaced by letters. Read Full Story

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