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The Story Behind Star Wars' Forgotten Christmas Album

Fun fact: it was Jon Bon Jovi's first album, and George Lucas almost axed it because he didn't think Yoda should be Christian. Christmas is not a good time of year for the Star Wars franchise. In fact, two of Star Wars's biggest debacle have happened over the holidays. Show More Summary

The 24 Best Photo Essays Of 2014

2014: a good year for photos of modern-day witches, cat-obsessed metal heads, bizarrely groomed dogs, and astronomical wonders. Marvel here. Drag queens pose on covered bridges. Puppies learn to swim. Metal heads cuddle with kittens. Polish witches wave incense sticks. Read Full Story

The Best User Interfaces Of 2014

Virtual reality. Makeshift Holodecks. And sketches that float in 3-D. These are the wildest ideas we've seen in user interface in 2014. In terms of smartphones and tablet interfaces, Google may have stolen 2014 with their landmark Material Design philosophy. But outside of that space, things are about to get weird. Really weird. Read Full Story

Broadcast Your Holiday Wishes to The Whole City With These Massive GIF Greeting Cards

Now you can GIF the gift of holiday cheer. We're used to a bombardment of massive billboard advertisements during the holiday season. But this year, instead of huge posters for expensive jewelry and luxury cars, why not showcase a 100-foot-tall...Show More Summary

Favorite Books of 2014

This list of notable books for 2014 is broken into three sections of seven books each, listed in alphabetical order by title. Note that books reviewed or noted were not necessarily released in 2014. Covers link to Amazon, with linksShow More Summary

Book Review: CLOG: World Trade Center

CLOG: World Trade CenterCLOG, 2014Paperback, 168 pagesNo one needs to be reminded the the Twin Towers were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, so the latest issue of CLOG is a welcoming thing, since it focuses on the pre-2001 existence of the towers and the other parts of the World Trade Center development in Lower Manhattan. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 12/19/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 12/19/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Federal Reserve keeps interest rates steady for now; suggests rates...Show More Summary

Designing For Misuse: Odyssey Works' Abraham Burickson On How Architecture Inspires His Art

Burickson's collective creates epic art experiences for one individual. In the 13 years that art collective Odyssey Works has been active, only a few dozen people have ever seen their work. They create experiences for an extremely narrow demographic—one person at a time, who they select through an extensive application process. Read Full Story

A Box Of Sticky Notes That Looks Like A Mondrian

Why hang a Mondrian on your wall when you can put it on your desk? God bless Piet Mondrian. The Dutch painter's abstract geometric paintings have not just been a boon to art lovers, but to designers all over the world, who can drop a...Show More Summary

An Elegant iPhone Speaker Dock Made Out Of Cararra Marble

How do you know marble's coming back into style? Designers are making iPhone docks out of it. Marble is winning me over in 2014. Just a year ago, the only objects I owned made out of marble were salt-and-pepper shakers that my wife wouldn't let me get rid of. Show More Summary

Inside The Chinese Town That Makes Your Christmas Ornaments

Hell on Earth, good will to men. What does the inside of Santa's Christmas Workshop look like? Like a sequin-covered slaughterhouse. The ornaments you hang on your tree and the stocking you sling near the chimney aren't made at the North...Show More Summary

This Nifty Gadget Could Finally Divide And Conquer The Airplane Armrest

Make an in-flight elbow war a thing of the past with this $30 gadget. As much as any other aspect of flying, the humble armrest represents the erosion of comfort and convenience the average American passenger has faced over the last 30 years. Show More Summary

App Lets You Create A Musical Score For Your Grief

Joy. Shock. Grief. They can be tough feelings for an adolescent to articulate, so this app lets them speak in music. It's difficult for any of us to articulate the nuanced pangs of the human emotional spectrum, which is why we rely on other media—art, photography, and music—to explore those feelings when words fail. Show More Summary

Gangs Of 1970s New York, Mapped

This 1974 map reveals The Warriors is a more realistic film than post-Bloomberg era Brooklynites might think. In the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, of 2014, parades of hipsters and cool dads pushing strollers march from artisanal cheese shop to artisanal vegan cheese shop. Show More Summary

Design Legend Louise Fili Photographs The Gorgeous Typography Of Italy

Fili shares her three-decade love affair with Italy's typography and vintage signage in a gorgeous new book. Renowned Italian-American designer Louise Fili's love of typography and graphic arts stems from a specific moment during her...Show More Summary

40 Years Of Pentagram's Holiday Cards

Since 1974, design firm Pentagram has created intricate holiday booklets, filled with games, wordplay, and great visuals. See them all here. Since 1974, international design firm Pentagram has designed intricate, irreverent holiday booklets to send to friends, clients, and colleagues. Show More Summary

Nike Lawsuit: How 3 Designers Allegedly Stole IP And Left For Adidas

Co.Design acquired Nike's lawsuit against three ex Nike designers who left to found an Adidas design studio. Here are the highlights. There are no two bigger rivals in sportswear than Nike and Adidas. Nike owns a 17% share of the global sportswear market, Adidas owns 12%. Show More Summary

A Stunning Dance Piece That Combines Traditional Choreography With Digital Projection

Pixel gives life to the empty space around its dancers. French performance artists and choreographers Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, known as Adrien M/Claire B, combine digital projection with human bodies in motion to beautifully disorienting results. Read Full Story

Graphic Novel of the Moment

Walking past Greenlight Bookstore at lunchtime today a certain book called out to me:Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City is a graphic novel by Pierre Christin and Olivier Balez, published by Nobrow. Here's a description...Show More Summary

The Greatest World Series Hitter Of All Time, Visualized With A Comically Large Bat

How great was the greatest? This giant Fred Flintstone bat spells it out. In baseball, we've often used iconic moments like Babe Ruth calling his homerun to define greatness, but thanks to creative studio the Acme Catalog, we have something better to bring life (and perspective) to the stats which define greatness: this gigantic bat. Read Full Story

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