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At the End of the Rainbow: Vintage Film about Ultraviolet Light, 1946
At the End of the Rainbow: Vintage Film about Ultraviolet Light, 1946

In the beginning, there was ultraviolet light.

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The Death of the Editor and the Rise of the Circulation Manager
The Death of the Editor and the Rise of the Circulation Manager

A 1923 critique of everything that’s wrong with media today.

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Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon
Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon

How Milton Glaser subverted Steve Jobs, or what the Mona Lisa has to do with Einstein’s theory of relativity.

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The Best Book, Magazine & Catalog Covers from around the World
The Best Book, Magazine & Catalog Covers from around the World

Reasons to buy yet another Nabokov, or why first impressions still matter the most.

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A Peek Inside the Notebooks of Great Creators, from Architecture to Advertising to Street Art
A Peek Inside the Notebooks of Great Creators, from Architecture to Advertising to Street Art

What Brazil’s favelas have to do with field science and Milton Glaser’s creative process.

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10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy
10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy

“Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well. Here are 10 hints.”

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The Modernist Nerd: Vintage Science Ads from the 1950s-1960s
The Modernist Nerd: Vintage Science Ads from the 1950s-1960s

What a “honeycomb sandwich” has to do with space travel and reconnaissance systems.

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Fuzz & Fur: Japan’s Peculiar Subculture of Fur-Suit Mascots
Fuzz & Fur: Japan’s Peculiar Subculture of Fur-Suit Mascots

What ancient Japanese castles have to do with costumed gadget-sellers and the legacy of anime.

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Iron Fists: A Design History of Totalitarian Regimes
Iron Fists: A Design History of Totalitarian Regimes

What Mao’s poetry and Mussolini’s pulp fiction have to do with crimes against humanity.

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Justin Gignac on Idea Envy and Embracing Imperfection
Justin Gignac on Idea Envy and Embracing Imperfection

What the garbage of New York City has to do with monetizing the starving artist archetype.

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