It's Nice That

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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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It's Nice That

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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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Mashable Magazine

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will deploy Toyota’s Human Support Robot and Delivery Support Robot to assist spectators.

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Coolhunting

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Handcrafted in Mandai, Singapore, Fossa Chocolate blends the traditional processes of chocolate-making with inventive culinary insight to make bars unlike others—both in appearance and on the palate. Whether it's a collection of excellent dark options or bars inspired by the sea, they balance the richness and nuances of the cacao with flavors they feel are…

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Web Urbanist

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From the wicker chairs of the 1920s, the evolution of airplane seats has rapidly diverged in two different directions — toward luxurious full-sized beds on first class international flights and the…

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Dezeen

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A windowless wall punctured by a roof-level void projects from this steel-clad black house near Tokyo, creating a secret “exterior living room”.

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Wired

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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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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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This is Colossal

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Tokyo-based photographer RK explores the far reaches of Japan, as well as neighboring Asian countries, shooting images that capture both timeless and of-the-moment scenes.  RK often includes signs of life in his landscape images, whether a fisherman casting a line beneath a vibrant Japanese maple tr

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Design Boom

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kengo kuma‘s small hut is the winning entry of this year’s g-mark japan design award in the prefabricated housing category. building on jyubako, which kuma designed in 2016, the small structure has the potential to expand, allowing for the connection of multiple huts across a site.
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it has become an ubiquitous fear that robots will one day take over the world. humanoid tech is growing disturbingly human and experts believe almost a third of the global workforce will be automated by 2030. a simple look at how factories are changing in the twenty-first century makes this a glimpse into the future not hard to imagine. of course there is the clever implementation of automated machinery to spare humans from potentially harmful processes, but on the flip side there is the letting go of human labor in favour of more efficient, commercially fruitful operations.
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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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designyoutrust

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Welcome to Boogie’s Moscow. These are people sculpted by a brutal, concrete landscape, fighting to survive. This is a world of football hooligans, gang tattoos, boxing… Yet this is not misery porn: There is an inherent vitality in the violence–the enduring toughness–of these images. There is dynamis

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Mashable Magazine

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The 2018 Winter Olympics had quite the tech spectacle with 1,200 Intel drones producing a memorable light show. However, it's likely the 2020 Tokyo Olympics won't make as big a deal for a new technological feat: widespread facial recognition for increased security.
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