design

Disgusting Toilets and the Future of China

What I learned at Beijing Design Week 2013

What one American writer learned at Beijing Design Week 2013

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Big Boxes, Bigger Problems

Turn abandoned big-box stores into cultural institutions

How to turn today’s abandoned Walmarts into tomorrow’s award-winning libraries, museums, and churches.

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ALL-CAPS TYPOGRAPHY IS DOOMED

The Navy has formally abandoned all-caps communiques. You probably have, too.

The Navy has formally abandoned all-caps communiques. You probably have, too.

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PRISM: Scary Program, Unlikely Logo

What the NSA owes Pink Floyd

Someone at the National Security Agency is apparently a Pink Floyd fan.

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New Airline Uniforms: Just as Boring as the Old Ones

Prosaic flight attendant outfits and the decline of the uniformed service class

A bunch of airlines have recently updated their flight attendants' uniform. They're just as boring as the old ones—which actually says a lot about the sad decline of the uniformed service class.

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The Mysteries of the Cereal Box

The complicated history of how a cereal box closes

Did anyone notice that the way you close a cereal box has changed? One-Man Focus Group noticed, and found out the surprisingly complicated design history. 

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Jacques Callot's Line Sublime

An Artist's Two-Inch-Tall Creations Brought Printmaking to its Heights

“Princes & Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot,” mounted at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, is a brave attempt to raise the profile of a sublime seventeenth-century printmaker.

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Little Debbie Gets a (Very Minor) Fashion Update

But the snack food company wants you to know her "innocence and purity" are still intact

Annals of branding: The snack-food icon gets a minor makeover, but the company wants you to know she's still innocent and pure.

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Pepsi Has a New Look. Again.

Unlike Coke, Pepsi's design has to change with the times. Assessing the new bottle's youth appeal.

Unlike Coke, Pepsi's design has to keep changing to keep up with its youthful branding. And a torpedo-shaped new bottle nails it.

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Rob Walker decodes the visual language of a highly secretive part of the U.S. Air Force that works with experimental aircraft.

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