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3 Ways To Redesign Border Crossings

Architecture students come up with new ways to bridge nations. Crossing international borders is rarely an experience of breathtaking architectural significance. Driving through one of the world's busiest land crossings, at the U.S.-Mexico...Show More Summary

"Breaking Bad," "Sherlock," and Allison Janney Clean Up At Emmys; Netflix Not So Much

There was a Breaking Bad sweep, some rather traditional sitcom wins, and an almost total shutdown for Netflix (sorry, Derek!) Read on to see who won and what else went down. Breaking Bad is a tremendous show. It's also tremendously violent. Show More Summary

These "Impossible" Dresses Will Melt Your Brain

These dresses should not exist! We live in a relatively simple three-dimensional world. Objects have discernible volumes with values that add up logically. But what happens when we bend the rules, or break them? Read Full Story

How An Emmy Statuette Is Made

For the past 66 years, an Emmy Statuette has been made in the exact same way. Last year, the organization behind the Emmys gave the brand a facelift. But the Emmy statuette itself? Like the Oscar, it's meant to be timeless. The manufacturing process is explained in this video posted by the Television Academy. Read Full Story

Paper-Art Posters Gorgeously Illustrate Key Design Principles

Balance, Hierarchy, Pattern, Rhythm, Space, Proportion, Emphasis, Movement, Contrast, and Unity are colorfully illustrated as paper art. Okay, so they're no replacement for a RISD degree. But these posters, by Turkish graphic designer Efil Turk, offer a fun primer on foundational visual concepts. Read Full Story

Apple's Biggest Design Crime

Why can't Jony Ive of all people design a goddamn useable Shift Key? Want to play a fun little game? Okay, great! Which of these iOS 7 keyboards has the Shift Key pressed? Read Full Story

"Note And Vote": How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings

Meetings want to suck. Wrest control of them with this seven-step strategy. You know when a meeting turns into a complete waste of time? Maybe you're trying to come up with ideas, or make a decision. Before anyone realizes it, the meeting starts to suck. Read Full Story

From Decision-Making To Idea Generating: Matthew Weiner On Moving On From An All-Consuming Project

Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men and writer-director of Are You Here, on letting go, and how to move on from a major project. For at least seven years, Matthew Weiner has been working on Mad Men. And for the last few of those, he's also been making the movie Are You Here, which he wrote nearly 10 years ago. Show More Summary

National Museum Of Iraq Reopens As ISIS Threat Casts Dark Shadow

The Baghdad museum, home to many of Iraq's cultural treasures, had been closed since 2003. ISIS, the Sunni militant group wreaking violent havoc in Syria and Iraq, is fast extending its reach, claiming Iraqi cities as far southward as Ramadi. Show More Summary

Book Briefs #19: University of Minnesota Press

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with short 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 share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on my daily or weekly pages. Show More Summary

Here Are All Celebrities Who've Taken The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Celebrities from Beyonce to Dubya to Lebron James have taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If you've somehow avoided being nominated to dump a bucket of ice water on your head, it's probably just a matter of time. The ALS Ice Bucket...Show More Summary

Behind Bold Designs, A Thin Skin: Zaha Hadid Sues Publisher For Defamation

The architect sues the New York Review of Books over an article by critic Martin Fuller. The escalating battle between Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and her many critics has reached a fever pitch. Hadid, the target of outcry...Show More Summary

Watch: Life Through The Eyes Of An Autistic Child

"Listen" visualizes what it's like to live with one of the fastest growing and least understood developmental disorders today. Autism is among the most poorly understood developmental disorders--professionals still don't know what exactly...Show More Summary

Skype Solves The Biggest Problem With Notifications

But can their solution scale to other platforms? That could be tricker. Push notifications seem so handy, except when they arrive to your laptop, tablet, smartphone--and heaven forbid--even a smartwatch and Google Glass at the same time. Show More Summary

How The Forgotten Brother Of A Famous Typographer Helped Save The London Underground

Although his famous older brother Eric Gill gets most of the press, Max Gill was just as important an artist and a typographer. Twentieth-century British typographer Eric Gill is known just as much these days for his typefaces as heShow More Summary

Turn Beautiful Book Covers Into Wall Art That Doubles As Storage

Aust & Amelung design a shelf system that doubles as wall art Book covers, often art in their own right, have finally been given a frame of their own. Read Full Story

Wikiwand Gives Us The Wikipedia Redesign Jimmy Wales Won't

This magic wand gives Wikipedia a modern redesign on any device. We've seen our share of concepts for imbuing Wikipedia with a more modern and responsive design. But it's not likely that Jimmy Wales and Co. will adopt any of them--or any radical redesign, for that matter. Show More Summary

The Times Square That Could've Been

A new exhibition showcases a skyscraper design competition that had been lost to history These days the most contentious debate in Times Square pits cops against superheroes, as street performers dressed as characters like Spider-Man and Minnie Mouse have clashed with police over their right to accept donations. Show More Summary

The Goal Board Is A Calendar For Your Ambition

We all have goals beyond getting our job done. Here's a tool to help reach them. Emails. Phone calls. Deliverables. There's always work to do. And somewhere, buried beneath all that logistical rubble, sit our careers, and beneath those, our grander dreams. But you know what? Dreams don't show up in GCal. Dreams don't show up in GCal. Read Full Story

The Politics of Drought: Homebuilding is Already Leading the Way on Water Conservation

These days, it’s nearly impossible to avoid news of one of the worst droughts to grip the State of California since records were first kept in the mid 1800s. And it’s not just California --- as of early August, the U.S. Drought Monitor was reporting that just over one-third of the contiguous U.S. Show More Summary

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