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Reads tagged with “design”

1,000 Dog Portraits: How a David-vs-Goliath Copyright Nightmare Became an Illustrated Celebration of the Canine Condition
1,000 Dog Portraits: How a David-vs-Goliath Copyright Nightmare Became an Illustrated Celebration of the Canine Condition

The art of making creative lemonade out of legal lemons.

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A Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: Major Schools of Thought in Minimalist Geometric Graphics
A Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: Major Schools of Thought in Minimalist Geometric Graphics

A charming exercise in metaphorical thinking and symbolic representation.

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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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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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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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What It Takes to Design a Good Life
What It Takes to Design a Good Life

“Busy is a decision… You don’t find the time to do things — you make the time to do things.”

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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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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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Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us
Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us

“Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself.”

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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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