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Art on a pocket Etch-A-Sketch

Art on a pocket Etch-A-Sketch | D_sign | Scoop.it

Jane Labowich draws truly incredible portraits of pop culture icons on her preferred medium, the pocket Etch-A-Sketch.

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Toyo Ito on architecture as 'a piece of clothing'

Toyo Ito on architecture as 'a piece of clothing' | D_sign | Scoop.it

Toyo Ito says that, while his buildings vary in material and style, the key to all of them is their close relationship with the people that inhabit them.

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From the Gherkin to Krakow's Skeletor: famous skyscrapers that flopped

From the Gherkin to Krakow's Skeletor: famous skyscrapers that flopped | D_sign | Scoop.it

As Norman Foster's City of London curio goes on the market for £640m, here's a look at the close relationship between tall buildings and economic collapse.

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Why the US is building a fantastical aquarium in Brazil

Why the US is building a fantastical aquarium in Brazil | D_sign | Scoop.it

An exotic new aquarium under construction in Brazil is a lightning rod on two continents — and the latest test of the theory that where weird designs go, new cities follow.

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Landmark buildings that were never supposed to last this long

Landmark buildings that were never supposed to last this long | D_sign | Scoop.it

Temporary architecture, buildings created to be torn down after a special event or brief use, gave us fascinating and revolutionary works in the 19th and 20th century. But some outlasted their death sentences to become permanent. Here are some of the most amazing examples.

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Chineasy: easier way to learn Chinese

Chineasy: easier way to learn Chinese | D_sign | Scoop.it

Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn, especially for Westerners. Luckily, London-based Chinese-language teacher Shao Lan invented Chinese character graphics called Chineasy that make learning Chinese more fun and intuitive.

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Incredible clock can handle all time zones

Incredible clock can handle all time zones | D_sign | Scoop.it

World Clock is a minimalist design created by Korea-based company cloudandco for 11+. The clock is 11+’s eighth project in their line of clean and functional products. The product follows suit on the brand’s focus in creating beautifully designed products at reasonable prices.

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Art Everywhere exhibition launches featuring the UK's most popular artworks

Art Everywhere exhibition launches featuring the UK's most popular artworks | D_sign | Scoop.it

Leading artists Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley helped launch the UK’s biggest art exhibition, Art Everywhere, earlier today.

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The many languages of transit platform signs

The many languages of transit platform signs | D_sign | Scoop.it

There's no one way to show riders the way, but some are better than others.

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Mindblowing anamorphic 3D drawings

Mindblowing anamorphic 3D drawings | D_sign | Scoop.it

Italian artist Alessandro Diddi creates beautiful anamorphic 3D sketches. He shares them on DeviantArt and his personal website.

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The beautiful game: World Cup posters 1930-2014

The beautiful game: World Cup posters 1930-2014 | D_sign | Scoop.it

2014 marks the twentieth World Cup and it’s the second time the competition has been played in Brazil. These are the posters for all twenty tournaments from the first held in Uruguay 1930.

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Stone busts carved from stacked books

Stone busts carved from stacked books | D_sign | Scoop.it

Sculptor Long-Bin Chen creates art out of recycled books and magazines; his current show, at Charleston's Halsey, features a series of pieces that appear to be solid sculptures, but which are actually carved stacks of books, painted and surfaced on one side.

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Anti-homeless spikes are just the latest in 'defensive urban architecture'

Anti-homeless spikes are just the latest in 'defensive urban architecture' | D_sign | Scoop.it

Pay-per-minute benches, 'pig ears' to prevent skateboarding, devices that emit an unpleasant sound only teenagers can hear … Cities have many tactics to discourage 'unwanted' behaviour.

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Tisha Cherry's food art

Tisha Cherry's food art | D_sign | Scoop.it

Food artist Tisha Cherry transforms everyday edibles into tributes to iconic works of art; as she explains, her motivations are a combination of an affinity for bad puns and a desire to turn 'the mundane into the magical from palette to palate'.

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Stockholm is crowdsourcing the color of its new subway line

Stockholm is crowdsourcing the color of its new subway line | D_sign | Scoop.it

As Stockholm plans a 25.7 billion kronor ($4 billion) expansion of its subway system to deal with an expected half million new residents by 2030, the city is asking citizens to help with the design.

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The 10 best windows

The 10 best windows | D_sign | Scoop.it

From medieval stained glass to the sliding sash, architecture critic Rowan Moore selects his favourite windows.

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How political activism breeds design ingenuity around the world

How political activism breeds design ingenuity around the world | D_sign | Scoop.it

Disobedient Objects, a new exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, attempts to challenge standard definitions of art and design by shining a rare spotlight on the often amateur-made, cobbled-together but purposeful objects designed by grass-roots political activists around the world.

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Clever street art on railroad tracks by Bordalo II

Clever street art on railroad tracks by Bordalo II | D_sign | Scoop.it

Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (also known as Bordalo II) has created a clever street art series using railroad tracks as his canvas. He has more art on his Global Street Art gallery and Facebook page.

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Communism in textiles: Soviet fabrics from the 20's and 30's

Communism in textiles: Soviet fabrics from the 20's and 30's | D_sign | Scoop.it

If you walked by a set of curtains made from one of these fabrics, you might not pick up on a communist star or the CCCP acronym. Many of the designs are thematic of classical Russian art; you see lush color, dense scapes and even the odd Orientalist trope. Anything more than a quick glance however, might reveal romantic depictions of farmers and factory workers, often rendered in the angular, geometric lines of Soviet Constructivism.

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Copyrighting cartography with fictional places

Copyrighting cartography with fictional places | D_sign | Scoop.it

With all the time and energy cartographers spend preparing maps, it makes sense that they would want to protect their investment. One of the ways they do so — although they don’t always admit it — is by including 'trap streets', deliberate mistakes added to maps to catch unsuspecting copyright violators.

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Google is designing the font of the future

Google is designing the font of the future | D_sign | Scoop.it

It's called Roboto, and it works on everything.

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The Average Font

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What happens when you layer every single font, including the ugly ones, on top of one another? You get The Average Font, a typographic experiment by Vienna-based Moritz Resl. With over 900 typefaces installed on his computer, Resl wrote software that would use every single font with low opacity to create each character from a to z.

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London's garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime'

London's garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime' | D_sign | Scoop.it

Take one voguish designer, one national treasure and one icon-hungry mayor and what do you get? A floating forest across the Thames. But can anyone actually say what the £175m garden bridge is for?

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Design masterpieces created by anonymous geniuses

Design masterpieces created by anonymous geniuses | D_sign | Scoop.it

Before you write off these items as trash, you should know that each piece in Franco Clivio’s collection is there for a reason.

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The cartographer who mapped out Gotham City

The cartographer who mapped out Gotham City | D_sign | Scoop.it

Batman has been guarding Gotham for 75 years, but its city limits weren't defined until 1998.

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These ultra-minimalist movie posters speak volumes

These ultra-minimalist movie posters speak volumes | D_sign | Scoop.it

A project of the Spanish design firm atipo, the ultra-minimalist movie poster collection 'Papers For Characters' takes iconic movies like Jaws and Rear Window and strips them down to their most basic elements. Those elements are translated into the insanely specific medium of papers of various sheet weights and textures, which are then hand manipulated to release the artistic soul of the film as expressed through the medium of design.

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