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Pay $4K To Work In A Temple To Yves Béhar's Design

Only in San Francisco. Most of us—okay, none of us—will ever get to live like Silicon Valley designer Yves Béhar. But thanks to the coworking space Canopy, some people might make their office lives a bit more Béhar-ian. Read Full St...

The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of The Year Are All About Type

Design Observer and AIGA's 50 Books | 50 Covers competition announces the latest winners—and experimental typography abounds. Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as "Fifty Books," the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition has continued to carry on the tradition of awarding the best book designs, annually, for over 90 years. Show More Summary

One Simple, Cheap Trick To Make Cities Better: Plant More Trees

Trees are one of the best dollar-for-dollar investments a city can make. When cities plant trees, they do more than make the place look nice. They also help cut energy use (by reducing the need for air conditioning), store carbon dioxide, trap airborne pollutants, and intercept rainfall. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #910

Here are some of my photos of Andrés Jaque's Hänsel & Gretel's Arena now on display (until July 30) at the Cara Gallery as part of the "Relevant Notes" group exhibition. To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

4 Infographics To Show The Climate Skeptic In Your Life

Beach trip with family members who don't believe in climate change? Reunion picnic with climate truthers? We've got you covered. The ink is just dry on the Paris Agreement. Last year was officially the warmest year on record. Yet climate skeptics still live among us—many of whom may even be related to you by blood. Read Full Story

The Infamous Watergate Hotel Gets A $125 Million Gilded Makeover

British-Israeli designer Ron Arad renovated the legendary D.C. hotel. In the 1970s, the Watergate scandal crippled then-president Richard Nixon. On orders from his administration, the Democratic National Committee—headquartered in the Watergate Complex—was burglarized and wiretapped in 1972. Show More Summary

Why Cute Design Is Aww-some

A sneezing toaster. A trash that plays peek-a-boo. A pooping vacuum cleaner. Can cuteness help encourage responsible consumption? To some, calling a design "cute" might seem like a sly, backhanded compliment. Yes, it's nice to look at, but cuteness isn't typically taken seriously. Show More Summary

How Anki Created A Pixar-Inspired, AI-Powered Toy Robot That Feels

The $180 pet robot is so cute and vulnerable, you might love it more than your dog. It's hard to say the exact moment when I think of Cozmo as an actual little creature. One minute he's snoring on the table in his charging station, and the next he's looking up at me with his bright, blinking, digital blue eyes. Show More Summary

How Apple Made The Watch Work For Wheelchair Users

Apple engineer Ron Huang describes the months-long process of overhauling watchOS for people in wheelchairs. In America alone, there are more than 2.2 million people who depend upon wheelchairs to get around every day. But most wheelchair users aren't active. Show More Summary

Microsoft's Plan To Build The Ultimate Gestural UI

The researcher who pioneered voice recognition at Microsoft is going after gestures next. Almost 25 years ago, researcher Xuedong Huang founded the speech recognition program at Microsoft Research (MSR). His groundbreaking work ended up in Microsoft's products like Cortana and Kinect. Show More Summary

How Brexit Could Impact The Creative Industry

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. Here's how design might change as a result. Today, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum known as Brexit. As a result, markets have plummeted and a general sense of uncertainty has spread across the West. Could it also negatively impact creative industries? Read Full Story

Art Under the High Line

The High Line might be known for, among other things, the seasonal artworks that spring up amongst the plantings, but this morning I noticed a couple buildings that reveal the desire to squeeze art into the spaces beneath the elevated...Show More Summary

Durable goods orders fell sharply in May, mostly due to lower defense aircraft demand

Orders for long-lasting factory goods fell more sharply than expected in May, amid a huge drop in defense aircraft orders. Defense aircraft orders plunged 34 percent, while orders that excluded transportation were down 0.3 percent. Excluding defense, orders fell 0.9 percent. READ MORE

Consumer sentiment dips in June, but no recession is anticipated

Consumers were a bit less optimistic in June due to rising concerns about prospects for the economy. While no recession is anticipated, consumers increasingly expect a slower pace of growth in the year ahead. Importantly, the persistent...Show More Summary

How Ove Arup Brought Engineers Out Of The Shadows

The legendary engineer's building philosophy has never been more relevant. This summer, he's getting his first major museum retrospective. In 1956, the Danish architect Jørn Utzon's won the competition to build the Sydney Opera House with a visionary charcoal sketch of the now-iconic design. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 6/24/16

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 6/24/16 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: May new home sales dipped 6.0 percent from April but still up 8.7...Show More Summary

This Brilliant Light Fixture Is Built From Its Own Packaging Tube

Finally, a way to assuage your Amazon Prime guilt. Anyone with a rightfully abused Amazon Prime subscription has felt the guilt. You have a pile of boxes on your doorstep, most of which contain at least one more box inside that contains the actual product. Show More Summary

These Radical Ideas Show How Nature Can Inform Sustainable Design

The latest Biomimicry Global Design Challenge winners take their inspiration from the original innovation master. Before humans ever conceived of sustainable design, nature was doing a good job. Plants and animals have evolved to use energy efficiently, to be multi-functional yet balanced, and to use information to carry out living processes. Show More Summary

Type Is The Most Important Element Of Your Company's Brand

Type designer Bruno Maag argues that type, not a logo, is the most important aspect of any great brand. "Type is your brand," says type legend Bruno Maag, founder of font studio Dalton Maag. Read Full Story

Initial unemployment claims fall 18,000 in latest report

In the week ending June 18, initial unemployment claims were 259,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 277,000. The 4-week moving average was 267,000, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 269,250. READ MORE

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