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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

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/22/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/22/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Existing home sales rose to highest level of 2014 in July Leading...Show More Summary

Watch: An Epic Time-Lapse Of Burning Man

Avoid the scorching heat and insufferable tech bros, and watch this 7-minute video of trippy art, fireworks, and desert sunrises. If you've ever entertained fantasies of going to Burning Man, the annual week-long art and music festival...Show More Summary

A Glitchy Game That's Designed To Break As You Play

Glitch Dungeon places you into the dark depths, only to break the code all around you. Everyone has, at some point, encountered a software glitch. Maybe someone's Facebook page was all messed up. Maybe your word processor just crashed. Glitches are usually a pain, but sometimes, that pain can be fun. Read Full Story

Spotify Visualizes The Entire Planet As A Neverending Music Festival

As part of Spotify's artist in residence program, Kyle McDonald animates all the people who are listening to the same song at the same time. Serendipity is what we call a happy coincidence. Serendipitous events can be big life events,...Show More Summary

Are These Eames-Inspired Nikes The Worst Thing In The World? Point-Counterpoint

In which Co.Design senior writers Mark Wilson and John Brownlee debate the merits of an Eames-Nike mashup. Shit gets personal. MARK: John. John. John. My colleague. My co-conspirator. My friend. I was planning to publish a story about this shoe on my own, calling it a design crime. Show More Summary

The Magnificent Facades Of Hungarian Cube Houses

Photographer Katharina Roters explores the ornamental facades of the ubiquitous houses of Communist Hungary. In the aftermath of World War II, a particular housing type proliferated in Communist Hungary: the cube. As the country rebuilt...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #778

Here are some photos of Råå Day Care Center (2013) in Helsingborg, Sweden in Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, photographed by Matthew Gribben.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool To contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

How Many Assault Rifles Did Your Local Police Get From The Military?

Mapping the spread of surplus military gear throughout America For almost two weeks, people in Ferguson, Mo. have been protesting the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Even when the gatherings have been peaceful, the police presence has been enormous. Show More Summary

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