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Reads tagged with “design”

In Pieces: French Illustrator Marion Fayolle’s Wordless Narratives About Human Relationships
In Pieces: French Illustrator Marion Fayolle’s Wordless Narratives About Human Relationships

Fragmentary glimpses of humanity at the intersection of the funny, the philosophical, and the confounding.

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Anaïs Nin on Love and Life, Illustrated
Anaïs Nin on Love and Life, Illustrated

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

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Gorgeous Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Skiing
Gorgeous Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Skiing

A rare marriage of sports and fashion through mid-century graphic design.

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How Apple Went from Underdog to Cult in Six Design and Innovation Strategies from the Early Days
How Apple Went from Underdog to Cult in Six Design and Innovation Strategies from the Early Days

“Apple had to make real the dreams people didn’t know were dreamable.”

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The Life-Cycle of a Single Water Drop, in a Pop-Up Book Animated in Stop-Motion
The Life-Cycle of a Single Water Drop, in a Pop-Up Book Animated in Stop-Motion

Nature’s rhythms in masterful paper engineering.

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Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth
Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth

Mastering the balance of restriction and imaginative play, or why unbridling your self-worth from your professional success is essential for happiness.

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Beloved Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Leo Lionni on Creativity and the Secret of Great Storytelling
Beloved Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Leo Lionni on Creativity and the Secret of Great Storytelling

“What we create … we fill in with our own thoughts and feelings.”

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The Dot and the Line: A Quirky Vintage Love Story in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster, Animated by Chuck Jones
The Dot and the Line: A Quirky Vintage Love Story in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster, Animated by Chuck Jones

“Moral: To the vector belongs the spoils.”

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Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far: Sagmeister’s Typographic Maxims on Life, Updated
Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far: Sagmeister’s Typographic Maxims on Life, Updated

Lived wisdom in living lettering.

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Lord Byron’s Epic Poem “Don Juan,” Annotated by Isaac Asimov and Illustrated by Milton Glaser
Lord Byron’s Epic Poem “Don Juan,” Annotated by Isaac Asimov and Illustrated by Milton Glaser

Three of history’s greatest geniuses converge around some of the finest satire ever written.

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