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The Indian Influence

Images, names, and references to America’s native people are everywhere. From the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians’ mascot. From the Jeep Cherokee to Indian motorcycles. From the Tomahawk missile to the recent political taunts of Pocahontas. I visited Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian for the first time last weekend. It’s… Read More

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Podcasts for the Creative Mind

Whether you consider yourself a creative or not, I highly recommend these podcasts for insight into the creative world! Creative Pep Talk An inspiring podcast hosted by illustrator Andy J Pizza. Andy provides helpful information on marketing and creative tips for those who are in the creative field. Advice and motivational pep talks are derived… Read More

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Flower Flash

A tasteful flower arrangement can make any social gathering special, including an NYC subway platform, a street corner, or an obsolete telephone booth. Lewis Miller, an NYC- based floral designer, has adorned numerous mundane Manhattan locations as his gift to New Yorkers. On his website, Lewis Miller Design, Miller explains how “Flower Flash” came to… Read More

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Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

My family and I recently had the privilege to travel to Montreal, Canada over the 4th of July holiday. Since it was extremely hot while we were there, we decided to visit the Montreal Museum of Art and enjoy an air conditioned venue instead of the oppressive heat and humidity outside. We were pleasantly surprised… Read More

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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