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Reads tagged with “innovation”

2008 in Album Art
2008 in Album Art

The year’s best cover art — from albums that actually didn’t suck.

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Best of Election Season Innovation
Best of Election Season Innovation

Private confessions, citizen voyeurism, a shot at redemption, why it pays to have famous friends, and how graphic design changed politics forever.

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Bell’s Underdog: Elisha Gray and the Telephone
Bell’s Underdog: Elisha Gray and the Telephone

A lesson in entrepreneurship from history’s little-known scandals.

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Customization Gone Wild
Customization Gone Wild

70% fabulous, respecting your inseam, how to add a 29th bone to your foot, and why a bear is missing an “e” but has plenty of nuts.

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Gadgetry, Widgetry and You-name-itgetry
Gadgetry, Widgetry and You-name-itgetry

A shirtless Tiger Woods, a very ethical octopus, how the fabric of culture makes a great quilt, why you may be a municipal light fixture, and what possessed 8,058,860 people to hurl sheep at each other.

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Tidying Up Art: Ursus Wehrli Deconstructs Iconic Paintings
Tidying Up Art: Ursus Wehrli Deconstructs Iconic Paintings

How a neat freak with a penchant for humor retells the art history of the world.

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Don’t Click It
Don’t Click It

Why hover is the new click and how to undo 30 years of habituation.

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Artist Spotlight: Alice Wang
Artist Spotlight: Alice Wang

What Isaac Asimov has to do with your body image and why your friends would rather you got 8 hours of sleep.

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RFID vs. Honor
RFID vs. Honor

What third world children have to do with NYC commuting and why RFID beats honor systems every time.

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