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Two graphic designers with a love for letterpress took over a 250 year old business and turned it into a living museum, a small-run press, and an unofficial clubhouse for print and typeface wonks.

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This is Colossal

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Using a combination of watercolor and ink, Zhifang Shi creates vignettes of the places he encounters in his worldwide travels. The Shanghai-based artist works en plein air, painting atop a portable palette to document storefronts, architectural features, boats, and trolley cars. Washes of color add

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The Guardian

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As regeneration threatens small independent shops, an Instagram project aims to document them before they are gone forever

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Dezeen

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Ethical creative agency Nice and Serious has developed an online platform that directs Londoners to their closest zero-waste shops and offers tips on how to reduce your reliance on plastics.

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People had to get by without the search engine giant before it was launched in 1998. But is it possible to live your life – and do your job – without it these days?

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Anita le Roy set up Monmouth Coffee Company in 1978, and while other coffee shop operators have mutated into global chains, Monmouth has stuck to its knitting. It sources and roasts coffee from single farms, estates and cooperatives, which it sells to …

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Design Curial

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Retail has had three phases, according to Katelijn Quartier, who heads the Retail Design Laboratory at Hasselt University in Belgium. ‘In Retail 1.0, the manufacturer was in charge and no designer was needed. Retail 2.0 was a phase where the retailer was in charge but hired an architect or interior architect to design the store following the brand’s or retailer’s ideas,’ she wrote in Retail Design, Theoretical Perspectives (Routledge). We have entered ‘Retail 3.0, a time when the customer is more and more in charge… This asks for much more from a designer than to translate a retailer’s identity into a store design and goes beyond mere functionality and efficiency – even more so now that a commodification of products, brands and retail is occurring’.

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Web Urbanist

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Now open on the edge of Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, the Harbor Bath project features a main 150-foot-long pool as well as diving and children’s pools, plus a pair of saunas. Naturally, the water is drawn directly in from the surroundings.
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Campaign Live

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A basement bursting with music and dining experiences, a candy-pink faux launderette, a Vogue photo shoot, intriguing installations and Instagram-friendly moments at every point, not to mention a slide in place of an escalator: welcome to the "Curiosity Rooms", where Google has chosen to promote its latest smartphone Pixel 3.
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While in town for a shoot for Shanghai Photofairs this past summer, photographer Florian Mueller would wander through the city's streets, meeting the owners of food stalls and other businesses that stayed open into the night. The series, Nightshift, observes the inviting glow that emanates from Shan

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A pair of neon eyes stare out from the back of eyewear brand Ace & Tate's new Soho store, which creative agency Anyways have designed in reference to the area's risqué past.

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Designers Barber and Osgerby, Konstantin Grcic and Sevil Peach explore what the office of today looks like in an exhibition for furniture brand Vitra.

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This coffee shop is squeezed into an ultra-narrow space in Curitiba, Brazil, with a simple counter inside for serving takeaway beverages and snacks

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Packaging of the World

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Coffee Bar acts as a point of difference to other coffee scrubs in the market that takes messy coffee scrubs and compresses it into a bar. As simple as that. We decided to position the brand as a clean, simple and easy to use product, and expressed that through the design. The design draws on the square form the bar and the clean and compact form.

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Design Milk

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The Shoreditch Design Triangle is a loose association of shops, exhibitions and showrooms, united by little more than geography, but it always serves up something wonderful, and often something pretty weird too. Starting with the latter, London-based Mexican designer Fernando Laposse transformed the entrance to CitizenM’s Shoreditch hotel into Sisal Sanctum – an outdoor seating area protected by pretty gloomy looking “giant guardians” – all entirely made out of sisal, a natural fiber harvested from a species of Agave cactus found in the South of Mexico.
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