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A True Visionary Gives Chicago A Landmark Branding Campaign Circa 1920-30

A True Visionary Gives Chicago A Landmark Branding Campaign Circa 1920-30 | D_sign | Scoop.it

The thought of Chicago in the 1920’s usually conjures up images of gangsters, Prohibition, and other Roaring 20’s clichés, but there was another movement in the Chicago area that encompassed this decade. It inhabits the world of graphic art and has gone relatively unheralded, especially outside the Windy City region – The Insull Transit Posters.

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The Potentially Fatal Role of Design

The Potentially Fatal Role of Design | D_sign | Scoop.it

In The Sad Death Of The Knob, Switch And Button, Jason Torchinsky takes a look at a topic of some importance to car designers: the vehicle interior. He makes the case that designers have been distracted by the shiny, and argues that this could have potentially fatal effect.

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Constructive criticism: the week in architecture

Constructive criticism: the week in architecture | D_sign | Scoop.it

Blackpool gets its very own Vegas-style registry office, a Scottish giant goes to the great studio in the sky, and the sad demise of two close-knit London housing estates.

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Homes from above: aerial photographs by Jason Hawkes

Homes from above: aerial photographs by Jason Hawkes | D_sign | Scoop.it

British aerial photographer Jason Hawkes from Oxfordshire flew above four continents by helicopter in a project to record how our housing developments have produced abstract patterns on the landscape.

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Honest Logos by Viktor Hertz

Honest Logos by Viktor Hertz | D_sign | Scoop.it

Viktor Hertz is a freelance Graphic Designer from Sweden who turns well known logos into 'Honest Logos.'

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The importance of critiquing Apple

The importance of critiquing Apple | D_sign | Scoop.it

No matter how much a company has contributed to design, it shouldn't be exempt from evaluation.

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The Revolution Will Be Graphic-Designed

The Revolution Will Be Graphic-Designed | D_sign | Scoop.it

During the occupation of Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, the New-York Historical Society gathered discarded ephemera, building a physical record of the protests.

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Google Maps: Designing the Modern Atlas

Google Maps: Designing the Modern Atlas | D_sign | Scoop.it

Since its launch in 2004, Google Maps has come a long way from its relatively simple beginnings as a simple pannable and zoomable road map of the United States and United Kingdom.

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Guggenheim Offers Free Books

Guggenheim Offers Free Books | D_sign | Scoop.it

The Guggenheim Museum has digitized a ton of its out-of-print publications and is offering them free. This is a treasure of art literature as well as great book cover design.

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Swirl power: Aberdeen's new £57m university library

Swirl power: Aberdeen's new £57m university library | D_sign | Scoop.it

Aberdeen university's extraordinary new library has put the Silver City back on the architectural map. But will its students ever get any work done?

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Patterns from Above

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These beautiful photos were taken by Brent Yaggi & Sarah Hicks from a Cessna 172. Based in Denver, Sarah and Brent have spent the last three years traveling across North America capturing these beautiful images.

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On My Shelf: Jean-Luc Godard Anthologized

On My Shelf: Jean-Luc Godard Anthologized | D_sign | Scoop.it

The modernist sans serif type is typical of its era, but picking out Godard’s initials in yellow to form a monogram is not just non-doctrinaire (if we want to get all Swiss about it) but peculiar. Still, I think it works.

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Tyree Callahan's Chromatic Typewriter

Tyree Callahan's Chromatic Typewriter | D_sign | Scoop.it

By replacing ink cartridges with paint on an antique typewriter, artist Tyree Callahan has created a new instrument in which paint and words converge.

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Seeing the Building for the Trees

Seeing the Building for the Trees | D_sign | Scoop.it

A revolution in cognitive neuroscience is changing the kinds of experiments that scientists conduct, the kinds of questions economists ask and, increasingly, the ways that architects, landscape architects and urban designers shape our built environment.

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Modular outfits created and customized with concealed zippers

Modular outfits created and customized with concealed zippers | D_sign | Scoop.it

BLESSUS offers a modular clothing line that uses zippers to create garments which can be modified by the wearer to suit their tastes.

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Jean Paul Gaultier designs gold bullion bar

Jean Paul Gaultier designs gold bullion bar | D_sign | Scoop.it

When you've conquered the worlds of fashion, fragrance and late night TV, what's a French national treasure to do next? Easy as JPG: Go for gold.

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The Art of 3-D Printing

The Art of 3-D Printing | D_sign | Scoop.it

MIT professor Neri Oxman is developing new design techniques that take advantage of 'additive manufacturing.'

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Enter Stage Left: The Giant Indoor Tree

Enter Stage Left: The Giant Indoor Tree | D_sign | Scoop.it

Thoughts of indoor trees often evoke the aptly named 'weeping fig' commissioned into so many soulless corporate atria, food courts and hotel lobbies. But lately we're seeing indoor trees—both perennial favorites and snappy greenhorns—bringing bold, tonal and soulful architectural elements to interiors modern and traditional.

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Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground | D_sign | Scoop.it

Diana Balmori and Joel Sanders' new book, Groundwork, is 'an appeal to designers to overcome the false dichotomy between architecture and landscape.'

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China: Builders follow environmental approach

China: Builders follow environmental approach | D_sign | Scoop.it

A visitor to a recent housing fair in Beijing examining a model of a 'green' house equipped with water-recycling and solar panel systems and made of ecologically safe building materials.

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How the Dutch Got Their Bike Paths

How the Dutch Got Their Bike Paths | D_sign | Scoop.it

What The Netherlands can teach us about child safety and mass protests as effective policy-benders.

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