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Virgin America's New App Puts A Travel Agent In Your Pocket

The airline's new app by Work & Co launches in beta this week. Travel agents were among the first casualties of the Internet age, rendered obsolete by websites that let travelers select and book their own flights. But considering how...Show More Summary

The Obama Library Finally Has A Site: Chicago's Storied Jackson Park

The future library and museum will be built in Olmsted's famous park on the South Side of the city. President Obama has chosen Chicago's Jackson Park to be the location of his presidential center, a source familiar with the decision-making process confirmed to Co.Design. Read Full Story

Federal Reserve keeps interest rates at current levels but acknowledges improving economy

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that the labor market strengthened and that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate rate. Job gains were strong in June following weak growth in May. Show More Summary

Pending home sales inched up 0.2 percent in June; up 1.0 percent year-on-year

Pending home sales were mostly unmoved in June, but did creep slightly higher as supply and affordability constraints prevented a bigger boost in activity from mortgage rates that lingered near all-time lows through most of the month,...Show More Summary

Consumer confidence mostly unchanged in July after June's rise

Consumer confidence held steady in July, after improving in June. Consumers were slightly more positive about current business and labor market conditions, suggesting the economy will continue to expand at a moderate pace. Expectations...Show More Summary

May Case-Shiller Index up 1.2 percent from April and 5.0 percent year-on-year

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 5.0% annual gain in May, the same as the prior month. Before seasonal adjustment, the National Index posted a month-over-month gain of 1.2% in May.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

The Surprisingly Subversive Typography Of Star Trek

With Star Trek Beyond now in theaters, it's worth remembering how its logo once served as a political statement. For over 50 years, the Star Trek franchise has been exploring fonts that boldly go where no typographer has gone before....Show More Summary

At This New Cafe In An L.A. Food Desert, Healthy Food Will Be As Cheap As Fast Food

People who don't have time to cook—and don't have $15 to drop on take-out—now have a nutritious option for dinner. When a new grab-and-go cafe called Everytable opens in a South Los Angeles food desert this week, it will be possible to buy a healthy entree—say, a kale chicken Caesar salad or Cajun blackened fish, made from scratch—for the price of fast food. Read Full Story

A House Built For Aging In Place

A prefab house in the Pacific Northwest belies the stereotype that accessible design compromises on aesthetics. When Judi and David Cornis, who is a wheelchair user, enlisted the Seattle-based prefab company FabCab to build their residence...Show More Summary

The Delightfully Obsessive Collections Of Modern Artists

Yes, they're hoarders of photographs, street trash, and rare stones, but not in the disastrously compulsive way (we think). People collect things for myriad reasons, whether it's to study the different iterations of a single object, connect with personal history, make an investment, or have "I own it all" bragging rights. Read Full Story

Forget Smog Alerts: These Shirts Visualize The Pollution Around You

The more beautiful the pattern, the deadlier the atmosphere. It's a great atmospheric Catch 22 that polluted air yields the most beautiful sunsets. The same paradox holds true for Aerochromics: a new line of shirts whose patterns are awoken by carbon monoxide, particulates, and radiation in the air. Read Full Story

Dropbox's New Headquarters Has A Room For Every Mood

Focused? Chatty? Annoyed? The new San Francisco office is designed to suit all the moods employees cycle through in a day. The mission of the popular file hosting and sharing platform Dropbox is to make it easy for people to work comfortably from anywhere. Show More Summary

The Plodding 3-Year Process To Redesign The FDA's Nutrition Label

Politics design the world. At first glance, the new FDA Nutrition Facts label, introduced by Michelle Obama in May, doesn't look terribly different from what we've had since 1994. The calories are bigger and bolder. The serving sizes are a bit clearer. Show More Summary

How To Use Color To Prove Your Point, From A Data Viz Expert

The importance of color theory is a well-explored topic in art and design. But what about when it comes to information design? When working with large amounts of data, precision is key. The same is true of the art of data visualization:...Show More Summary

June new home sales rise to highest level in nearly 8.5 years

New U.S. single-family home sales rose more than expected in June, reaching their highest level in nearly 8.5 years. Sales were up 3.5 percent from May and 25.4 percent year-on-year to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000. With...Show More Summary

Portraits Of The Afterlife: The Eerie Costumes Of Japan's Folklore Festivals

Charles Fréger's photographs focus on the unforgettable masquerades of Japanese communities celebrating their local spirits. The world is full of gods and demons, and it's the mission of French photographer Charles Fre?ger to capture them on film. Show More Summary

Watch: The Four Seasons Auction Is Happening Now, And It's A Feeding Frenzy

The Four Season auction live stream is the design world's equivalent of the goat cam. The auction of the Four Seasons restaurant, the most controversial sale of a modernist icon in recent memory, began at 10 a.m. today. And it is madness. Read Full Story

The L.A. River Is Now A Temporary Art Museum

UnderLA makes the hidden nature of the city's water source more visible. Ask someone in Los Angeles where the city's water comes from, and they might mention the Colorado River or the massive aqueduct that brings water hundreds of miles from the north. Show More Summary

David Adjaye: "People Are Overly Obsessed With The Visual In Architecture"

The British architect and his musician brother have a released a collaborative album. Some buildings are just four walls and a roof, but when they're the work of British-Ghanian architect David Adjaye, they're masterful compositions of light, materials, and scale that ultimately speak to "atmosphere as an emotional space for human beings," as he once said. Read Full Story

The Best New Healthcare Design Borrows An Old Healing Technique: Plants

Architecture that heals—with help from mother nature. This week, the American Institute of Architects announced seven new, stand-out structures designed to help heal patients, whether the focus is cancer treatment, reproductive health, or pediatrics. One constant than runs through these diverse buildings, though, is green space. Read Full Story

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