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Design Day Trips in Connecticut

Connecticut is known to many as a retreat from the city with cute seaports and classic New England flair, but few know that it’s a design destination, too. We’re partway through summer; have you visited these spots yet? The Glass House Located in New Canaan, this 1,800 square foot modernist glass box was built by… Read More

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Lots of Sole in These Shoe-Shis

Milan-based Sushi Chef Yujia Hu has started creating sushi in the shape of sneakers, which he cleverly refers to as “Shoe-Shi.” They are true works of art, held together with sushi rice, nori, and a variety of sashimi. The “shoes” are based on popular brand name sneakers. Beautiful as they are—and despite the 30-minute crafting… Read More

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Embracing M.F.D.s

As a designer works his way towards the completion of a composition, how does he decide when it is done? Is there a point at which his continuing to rework his composition reaches a law of diminishing returns, making it worse? And by agonizing over small improvements in the composition, is he preventing himself from… Read More

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Houston, We Have a Problem

As we celebrate 50 years since Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the moon, we also hear about the terrifying experience that was trusting the first computer led spaceflight to land them safely. As a programmer, we often deal with emergencies, but nothing quite like this. We’ve come a long way since the refrigerator-sized… Read More

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The “Darkest Building on Earth” at the 2018 Winter Olympics

British architect, Asif Khan, unveiled an art installation at the South Korea 2018 Winter Olympics called the PyeongChang Winter Olympics pavilion. The structure is coated in a substance called Vantablack VBx2, which is a “light-absorbing pigmented coating” that seems to “suck” all light into it like the void of a black hole. As a result,… Read More

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Delivering Messages High and Wide

I recently worked on a fun pro bono project for a company in Chile that produces glass straws. They reached out to me after seeing my illustration work on Instagram and wanted to collaborate on an environmental awareness campaign using one of my illustrations on a wooden, eco-friendly sticker. The selected drawing, titled “Today’s Catch,”… Read More

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Bye-bye and Hello

As a Mariachi band played, the workers at a Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico waved bye-bye to the last Beetle as it rolled off the production line. Originally designed in the 1930s by Ferdinand Porsche, the Beetle or “Bug” went into mass production in 1938. Since then, over 23 million Beetles have been driven globally.… Read More

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Paper Dresses

Last fall through January of this year, the Frick Pittsburgh hosted an exhibition of work by Belgian artist, Isabelle de Borchgrave entitled “Fashioning Art from Paper.” If you’ve never seen her work before, you will be amazed by De Borchegrave’s life-size sculptures of historic clothing crafted exclusively from painted, folded, crumpled, and manipulated paper. Yep,… Read More

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Coca-Cola Takes on Recycling

With the weather getting warmer and summer in now full swing, nothing beats a cold, refreshing can of Coca-Cola. Their latest European advertising campaign playfully encourages people to recycle their empty bottles and cans. This new campaign was first seen at a festival in Bulgaria and saw an 85% rate of correct Coca-Cola can recycling.… Read More