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No Static

No Static

Letting our guards down extends permission to others to be open in return. “I’ll tell you my secret if you tell me yours.” Trading truth for truth is one of the oldest tricks in the book‚ and although the game has changed‚ it remains the most effective approach for being truly understood. Ultimately‚ we all want […]

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Drive On

Drive On

If you live on one of the U.S. coasts‚ you’re no doubt familiar with the idea of “flyover states.” For the uninitiated‚ that’s the dismissive blanket term for the vast expanses one skips over while jetting between important places like L.A. and New York. Other than momentary hotspots—Austin‚ Nashville‚ Denver right now—the popular coastal notion […]

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Virtual Dimensionality

Virtual Dimensionality

Artist Olivier Demangel has made a bold prediction about virtual reality’s impact upon design in the near future. He envisages that soon every architectural firm will be equipped with a dedicated VR room with motion tracking design tools. And he believes that, within a half-decade, virtual architecture will be of such high quality that it […]

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Graphics Standards Manuals

Graphics Standards Manuals

Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth are two young designers at Pentagram working in the studio of Michael Bierut. In 2014‚ they launched a Kickstarter campaign to reprint—in the highest quality possible—a rare but pivotal piece of graphic design history‚ the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual. The original manual was the result of an exhaustive […]

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My Mother is a Contemporary Artist

My Mother is a Contemporary Artist

Any major art institution on the planet would be foolish to think that the essential nature of love between a mother and her child had ever been articulated so fully, so bizarrely, and so completely in a work of art.

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Restless Hours

Restless Hours

While in his late teens‚ Lasse Dearman was living in the west of Denmark‚ skateboarding with friends and shooting pictures of their tricks. He’s honed his skills over the years and now shoots album artwork and fashion‚ but always goes back to the energy‚ in-between places and sleepless nights of those early years. Restless Hours is Lasse’s […]

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Hollywood Stars On My Pavement

Hollywood Stars On My Pavement

A new gallery is opening on Islands Brygge. The financial markets are still intact‚ so the sound has to be a little rough. When crisis kicks in‚ people go for the absolute hits‚ but at this point there is an urge to experiment.

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America Is Dead

America Is Dead

These are the spaces left over from those hopeful old Space Age days—the malls and motels and modest old ’burbs. Growth outgrew them.

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Plain Type

Plain Type

A designer on the careful negotiation between type, designers and meaning.

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Dividuals

Dividuals

If once the world around us represented the sublime horror of reality, with all its attendant existential crises, we could always seek refuge in those few cubic inches between our ears. Whenever we found ourselves trapped, forced or disciplined—entwined in the consequences of some bureaucratic or corporate machinism—the private domains of the mind soothed the […]

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Home Is Not

Home Is Not

Home. Home? I begin this thought and struggle to decide what it means, typing from a bohemian pub in a city that marks my—pause to count on two hands—seventh home in a decade. Ten years pass quickly when you jump from place to place often, and so does your conception of home. When people ask […]

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Smörgåsbord

Smörgåsbord

Logistics masters from Walmart to H&M to Kroger may sell goods, but they specialise in extreme efficiency: they streamline supply chains, cut costs and merchandise meticulously in the name of high profits, abundant selection, low prices and the illusion of effortlessness. The truth is, whatever your politics, none of those things are independently bad or […]

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The Aesthetics of Wandering

The Aesthetics of Wandering

“But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence… illusion only is sacred, truth profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion […]

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Beeing

Beeing

David Stover caught his first swarm in the middle of a busy street. On a quiet spring morning, as he and his wife were on their way home from the farmer’s market, their car drove through a slow moving cloud of buzzing insects, a honey bee colony on the move. David, still a novice beekeper, […]

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City Happy

City Happy

How do you build the perfect city? Urban wellness depends on a complex mixture of transportation systems, public health, and food planning, and there are often many factors standing in the way. Between regional politics, narrow-minded voting blocks, economic downturn, and uncompromising geography, the deck is stacked against the happily satisfied urban community. Despite all […]

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Bike Polo

Bike Polo

Two teams, two goals, one ball, lots of bikes and mallets. Simple? No. Fun? Yes. This is Bike Polo.

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