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The British Nigeran artist's massive book-based exploration of identity is now open to the public at the UK's most-visited museum.

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Monotype's type director and lead designer on the new Helvetica Now discusses the design process behind the new typeface and sheds light on the cultural phenomenon that is Helvetica.

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Photographer Marco Arguello travels to Gujo Hachiman in Japan to document the “artisanal craft” of designing and making fake food.

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Paris-based designer Mathilde Gaussen celebrates those who changed the face of criminology with new investigative methods.

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Wired

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As we read, our eyes reveal what words go together, and which are the most important. Researchers are applying that data to help neural networks understand language.

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Mashable Magazine

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Farm.One is an urban hydroponic farm that utilizes technology to grow extremely, rare edible plants.

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This is Colossal

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For the 2018 marketing of Barcelona's long-running Grec Festival, which includes dance, theater, circus, and music, the London-based Lobulo Studio was tapped to create a series of unusual paper masks. Using the prompt “new species,” Lobulo explains on their website that they were “playing with the c

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Coolhunting

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Known for its subtropical climate, exquisite terraces carved into steep cliffs and delicious wine, Madeira is a four-island archipelago that's part of Portugal—though it sits off the coast of northwest Africa. Located in the capital city of Funchal, Belmond Reid's Palace (or Reid's Palace) is a 125-year-old hotel perched atop a cliff, nestled between stunning gardens…

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“The contemplation of excellence produces excellence, if not similar, yet parallel.”

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In Nihonbashi, a business district of Tokyo named for an old, beautiful bridge that has been obscured by an expressway, it is very difficult for a foreigner to get cash. When I was in Tokyo last week to give a talk, the first two ATM machines I tried refused to cooperate with my American debit cards. The third one worked, giving me large, beautifully designed ¥10,000 bills featuring a dot portrait of a somewhat glum Yukichi Fukuzawa, scholar and founder of Keio University.
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Design Boom

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history’s most famous footstep: neil armstrong’s ‘one small step’ was the result of big engineering. all parts of the spacesuits, including the boots, needed to be perfect and this means that models deemed unfit were rejected, even for the smallest reasons. mobility and fit are extremely important in keeping astronauts productive, so NASA has been focusing on space wear designs to help crews work more efficiently and safely during spacewalks.
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The videogames of Tetsuya Mizuguchi have chased a singular, mystical effect—one the celebrated designer first experienced 30 years ago, in 1988, when he wandered into an arcade in Tokyo. A young college student at the time, Mizuguchi enjoyed the shooters and racing games but was mesmerized by a colorful, musical waterfall of 2-D blocks. “I put many coins into that machine,” Mizuguchi remembers. “It was such elegant perfection.”
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Mashable Magazine

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Every morning, she checks in with herself. Brushed teeth? Check. Ate breakfast? Check. Meditated? Check. When she completes her yoga and meditation routine, centering herself for the day, she taps a dime-sized hexagon with the date on it on the "Every Day" calendar she’s created. It lights up with warm encouragement, like a gold star sticker you’d get in grade school.
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Pack World

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Innovation not just for innovation’s sake, but driven by unmet consumer and industry needs: That was the inspiration behind Garçon Wines’ Flat Wine Bottle for e-commerce, a uniquely shaped wine bottle that easily slides through the rectangular letterboxes found in the doors of U.K. consumers and businesses. For its ingenuity, this “flattened” 750-cL PET bottle, which not only facilitates the delivery of wine packages, but also features a number of notable sustainability improvements over round glass bottles, was recognized by Dow as a Diamond finalist in its 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation.
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Core 77

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To us relatively wealthy Westerners, the obvious application for a cooler is camping. But for folks in developing nations who don't have access to refrigeration, having some means to keep food fresh is a crucial need, not a creature comfort.
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Mies In London is a project by Real Foundation that seeks to document modernist architect Mies van der Rohe’s only design for the United Kingdom, Mansion House Square; a bronze tower and grand plaza located at the heart of London opposite the bank of England and commissioned in 1962 by Lord Peter Palumbo. Following a long struggle with Royal and political concerns, as well as an increasing disfavour for modernism within the public consciousness, the project was halted by an inquiry in 1984 with many of the details and artefacts lost to time.

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Right now, one of the world’s largest mass gatherings is taking place in the desert of Saudi Arabia. The hajj, the yearly pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites, is required of every observant Muslim who can perform it. More than 2 million people have poured into the country, over land, by air, and in massive charter deployments, from essentially every place around the globe where Muslims reside.
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Inhabitat

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Americans often take education for granted. Whether their children attend public or private schools, the opportunity to learn is always there, from kindergarten through high school and often beyond. Meanwhile, many children around the world can only dream of this priceless endowment. Sydney architect Stephen Collier noticed this problem and wanted to take action – so, along with various international non-profit groups, he developed School-in-a-Box, which has helped make the dream of education a reality for many children in Papua New Guinea.
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