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Reads tagged with “design”

Before I Die: A Global Ethnography of Anonymous Aspirations in Chalk and Public Space
Before I Die: A Global Ethnography of Anonymous Aspirations in Chalk and Public Space

“Thinking about death clarifies your life.”

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A Kid’s Guide to Graphic Design by Iconic Designer Chip Kidd
A Kid’s Guide to Graphic Design by Iconic Designer Chip Kidd

“Graphic design needs your willing mental participation, even if it’s subconscious.”

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Need a House, Call Ms. Mouse: Progressive Vintage Children’s Book Starring a Female Architect
Need a House, Call Ms. Mouse: Progressive Vintage Children’s Book Starring a Female Architect

“Henrietta is a world famous home decorator, which means she is — an artist, a designer, a dreamer, a builder, a creator, all that and more, too.”

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What Makes Iconic Design: Lessons from the Visual History of the London Underground Logo
What Makes Iconic Design: Lessons from the Visual History of the London Underground Logo

Celebrating 150 years of elegant balance between tradition and innovation.

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Gorgeous Vintage Illustrations for Aesop’s Fables by Alice and Martin Provensen
Gorgeous Vintage Illustrations for Aesop’s Fables by Alice and Martin Provensen

Timeless visual exorcism of our greatest moral shortcomings, bridging antiquity and today.

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Beyond Pretty Pictures: Marian Bantjes on Serendipity, Success, and the Whimsy of Design
Beyond Pretty Pictures: Marian Bantjes on Serendipity, Success, and the Whimsy of Design

“If you have something of interest to say, it’s OK to make people work for it. … It makes them feel triumphant when they succeed.”

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Inside the Rainbow: Gorgeous Vintage Russian Children’s Book Illustrations from the 1920s-1930s
Inside the Rainbow: Gorgeous Vintage Russian Children’s Book Illustrations from the 1920s-1930s

“A lovely primary-colored geometrical wonderland-light sparkling with every conceivable kind of wit and brilliance and fantasy and fun.”

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How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics: David Byrne on the Art-Science of Visual Storytelling
How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics: David Byrne on the Art-Science of Visual Storytelling

Cultivating the ability to experience the “geeky rapture” of metaphorical thinking and pattern recognition.

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Milton Glaser on Art, Technology, and the Secret of Life
Milton Glaser on Art, Technology, and the Secret of Life

“You learn more and more that everything exists at once with its opposite, so the contradictions of life are never-ending and somehow the mediation between these opposites is the game of life.”

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Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading
Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading

A heartening transaction of literary pleasure.

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