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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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Serving over 40 million customers every month, grocery giant ALDI announced an ambitious plan to offer 100 percent sustainable packaging by 2025.

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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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A team of designers and engineers from University College London are trying to bring bioremediation to wall tiles.

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This company in Spain lets customers design and handcraft sunglasses made from 100% recycled plastic that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

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exploring ways in which everyone can make furniture designer jisun kim has used fabric net and expanding foam to create a collection of unique pieces.

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The number of new tall buildings planned for construction in London has gone up to 541 thanks to a surge in planning approvals, according to new research from New London Architecture.

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Conceived to design, plan and build small-scale outdoor structures in the harshest terrain, Backcountry Hut Company (co-founded by Wilson Edgar and Michael Leckie of Leckie Studio Architecture and Design) projects are design-driven, sustainable and easy to assemble. Both Edgar and Leckie dedicated years to skiing, trekking and climbing. Edgar spent years as president of the BC Mountaineering Club,…

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Even the most ardent and hardened of southerners has to admit that Manchester is one of the UK’s great cities. Blessed with an amazing cathedral, an abundance of brilliant pubs and an immense cultural history, we’re always looking for an excuse to hop on the Pendolino from Euston on a Friday evening. Now we have another one.

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Cove has launched a new single-use plastic alternative that is 100% biodegradable through composting or in the landfill, soil or ocean. Learn more here.

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the newly launched 'DROP box' modules by in-tenta design can be placed into any setting with little or no impact on the surrounding environment.

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To help cure the planet’s ailments, Zhen Dai suggests antacid. In powdered form, calcium carbonate—often used to relieve upset stomachs—can reflect light; by peppering the sky with the shiny white particles, the Harvard researcher thinks it might be possible to block just enough sunlight to achieve some temperature control here on Earth. Dai’s work calls for a custom-­designed test balloon that, pending an independent committee’s green light, is set to release up to a kilogram of calcium carbonate 12 miles above the US, in what will be the first solar geoengineering experiment in the lower atmosphere. Small onboard propellers will stir the payload into the air.
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The first meme of 2018 was Mariah Carey publicly complaining that, prior to her New Year’s Eve performance, no one had brought her “hot tea.” It was funny and in keeping with Carey’s legendary diva antics, but it was also a GIF-able summation of the year’s desperate need for soothing. President Trump had closed out a horribly tense first year in the White House; Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria left devastation in their wakes; a man opened fire on a Las Vegas music festival, killing dozens; North Korea was testing nuclear weapons; we learned that Hollywood (and especially Harvey Weinstein) was a sexist hotbed of sexual coercion. We all needed that hot tea. The first memes of 2019 (Chrissy Teigen getting poked in the eye with an umbrella notwithstanding) strike a markedly different tone, often displaying a desperate kind of self-actualized intention.
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São Paulo-based architect Silvia Acar Arquitetura has unveiled a tiny minimalist cabin tucked into a lush Brazilian forest. Camouflaged in the tree canopy and set off the ground on stilts, the one-room Chalet L is a simple, 67-square-feet one-room cabin, entirely designed to offer the basics while disconnecting from the usual hustle and bustles of life.
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The Future Book was meant to be interactive, moving, alive. Its pages were supposed to be lush with whirling doodads, responsive, hands-on. The old paperback Zork choose-your-own-adventures were just the start. The Future Book would change depending on where you were, how you were feeling. It would incorporate your very environment into its story—the name of the coffee shop you were sitting at, your best friend’s birthday. It would be sly, maybe a little creepy. Definitely programmable. Ulysses would extend indefinitely in any direction you wanted to explore; just tap and some unique, mega-mind-blowing sui generis path of Joycean machine-learned words would wend itself out before your very eyes.
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