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Egypt in the Early 1900s: Rare Vintage Lantern Slides
Egypt in the Early 1900s: Rare Vintage Lantern Slides

What sunset on the Nile has to do with landmark innovation in photographic imaging.

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<em>LE GUN 1,2,3</em>: Bleeding-Edge Illustration from Around the Globe
LE GUN 1,2,3: Bleeding-Edge Illustration from Around the Globe

What flying to Paris has to do with creative entrepreneurship and global provocations.

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A Rare Look at Japan: Hand-Colored Images from the 1920s
A Rare Look at Japan: Hand-Colored Images from the 1920s

What Geisha parlors have to do with arranged marriages, Buddhist priests and earthquake recovery.

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Railway Maps of the World
Railway Maps of the World

What the evolution of standardized time zones has to do with train travel in Zimbabwe.

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Urban Iran: A Rare Look at Iran’s Street Art Scene
Urban Iran: A Rare Look at Iran’s Street Art Scene

Presaging the Twitter revolution by way of graffiti.

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The Medium Is Not The Message: 3 Handwritten Newspapers
The Medium Is Not The Message: 3 Handwritten Newspapers

What Indian calligraphers have to do with disaster relief in Japan and free media in Liberia.

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A Design Ethnography of South African Barbershops & Salons
A Design Ethnography of South African Barbershops & Salons

What the history of Apartheid has to do with signage design and communal storytelling.

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Cultural Connectives: Understanding Arab Culture Through Typography
Cultural Connectives: Understanding Arab Culture Through Typography

What typography has to do with cross-cultural understanding and linguistic minimalism.

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A World Without Moms
A World Without Moms

What going to school without underwear has to do with ruling the world.

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Arabic Graffiti: An Eastern Voice in the Global Street Art Dialogue
Arabic Graffiti: An Eastern Voice in the Global Street Art Dialogue

Diplomacy by way of street art, or what Gaza has to do with Banksy.

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