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Reads tagged with “design”

Maurice Sendak’s Weird and Wondrous Illustrations for “The Nutcracker”
Maurice Sendak’s Weird and Wondrous Illustrations for “The Nutcracker”

“It is rare and genuine and does justice to the private world of children. One can, after all, count on the instincts of a genius.”

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Our Fraught Relationship with Time, in Clever Minimalist Illustrations
Our Fraught Relationship with Time, in Clever Minimalist Illustrations

A witty visual meditation on our comical control strategies, the predictability of modern life, and our constant tussle with productivity and presence.

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Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag: Maira Kalman’s Sweet Design-History Alphabet Book about Embracing Uncertainty and Imperfection
Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag: Maira Kalman’s Sweet Design-History Alphabet Book about Embracing Uncertainty and Imperfection

“Life is not a straight line. Life is a zig-zag.”

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Butterflies and Iron Bolts: What Virginia Woolf Teaches Us About Great Design and the Value of the Ungoogleable
Butterflies and Iron Bolts: What Virginia Woolf Teaches Us About Great Design and the Value of the Ungoogleable

Celebrating the significance of small things and the iron bolts that hold butterfly wings together.

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The Best Infographics of the Year: Nate Silver on the 3 Keys to Great Information Design and the Line Between Editing and Censorship
The Best Infographics of the Year: Nate Silver on the 3 Keys to Great Information Design and the Line Between Editing and Censorship

“More isn’t always better: no more in information design than in poetry…”

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The Best Art, Design, and Photography Books of 2014
The Best Art, Design, and Photography Books of 2014

The world’s oldest living things, how to overcome creative block, meals from beloved books, the unusual stories behind people’s tattoos, and more.

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Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous “Brain Scan” Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity
Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous “Brain Scan” Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

How the most creative human who ever lived was able to access a different state of consciousness.

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Showroom vs. Sanctuary: Rebecca Solnit on What Our Dream Homes Reveal about Our Interior Lives
Showroom vs. Sanctuary: Rebecca Solnit on What Our Dream Homes Reveal about Our Interior Lives

“The dream of a house can be the eternally postponed preliminary step to taking up the lives we wish we were living.”

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Man Meets Woman: Minimalist Pictogram Commentary on Gender Norms
Man Meets Woman: Minimalist Pictogram Commentary on Gender Norms

From breakups to bonuses to bathroom breaks, infographic distillation of the truths and fictions behind stereotypes.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Reimagined in Minimalist Graphics by Italian Illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Reimagined in Minimalist Graphics by Italian Illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli

Precision, bold geometric shapes, and repetitive patterns that somehow amplify rather than dull the psychedelic sensibility of Baum’s whimsical world.

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