Design Top 40- Wednesday 17 January 2018

Design News from around the World. A daily eclectic mix of some of the best design news from around the world.

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These Japanese Memo Pads Reveal Architectural Sites As Each Sheet is Removed

Architecture lovers and amateur archaeologists take note – or rather, get ready to take notes. Japanese model making company Triad has released a new series of notepads called the Omoshiro Block (loosely translated to “fun block”) that slowly reveal intricate architectural sites as they are used.

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David Byrne Launches the “Reasons to Be Cheerful” Web Site: A Compendium of News Meant to Remind Us That the World Isn’t Actually Falling Apart

Whatever your ideological persuasion, our time has no doubt given you more than a few reasons to fear for the future of civilization, not least because bad news sells. Musician, artist, and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has certainly felt the effects:

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An Animated Introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche’s Philosophical Recipe for Getting Over the Sources of Regret, Disappointment and Suffering in Our Lives

The idea of acceptance has found much, well… acceptance in our therapeutic culture, by way of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ five stages of grief, 12-step programs, the wave of secular mindfulness practices, the body-acceptance movement, etc. All of these interventions into depressed, bereaved, guilt-ridden, and/or anxious states of mind have their own aims and methods, which sometimes overlap, sometimes do not.

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Bad design in action: the false Hawaiian ballistic missile alert

Note: The image at the top of this post does not show the actual interface. See the update below. The Honolulu Civil Beat has tweeted a screenshot of the interface that was used to send an real alert for a nonexistent i

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Hear Dolores O’Riordan’s Beautifully-Pained Vocals in the Unplugged Version of The Cranberries’ 1994 Hit “Zombie”

Yesterday, amidst the many tributes and inevitable dissention over the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., a sad piece of news seemed to get buried: the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, at the far-too-young age of 46. The Irish vocalist not only “defined the sound of The Cranberries,” as her NPR obituary notes, she defined the sound of the 90s.

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This Camera Looks Away When You Get Home

Crowdfunded back in 2015, Angee, the smart camera for your home, was tackling issues we didn’t know we had already – privacy. With the ability to rotate a full 360 degrees, Angee faces away when it realizes that you’re home. This is a fantastic solution to the paranoia of constantly being watched.

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Demolition Begins on Lobby of Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building

While the exterior of Philip Johnson’s iconic AT&T awaits its fate in an upcoming New York City landmarks designation hearing, demolition of its granite-clad interior lobby has already begun.

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The Winners Of 2018 Hasselblad Awards Have Been Announced, And Their Pictures Are Stunning

The jury for The Hasselblad Masters Awards, one of the most prestigious photography awards that are handed out biannually, has announced the list of winners for 2018. The 11 categories, which included art, landscape, and portrait photography, invited professionals and photography world’s newcomers to compete for the right to call themselves Hasselblad Master.

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https://www.dezeen.com/2018/01/16/opod-james-law-cybertecture-hong-kong-micro-apartments-concrete-pipes-low-cost-housing-crisis/

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Aziz Ansari Is A Different Conversation Than Weinstein, But It’s A Conversation We Should Be Having

Over the weekend, a woman using a pseudonym accused Aziz Ansari of sexual assault, as described in a lengthy, graphically detailed article on Babe.net. The piece sparked a bonfire of online speculation concerning whether the described behavior should be considered assault.

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We should look closely at what Adam Smith actually believed – Paul Sagar | Aeon Essays

If you’ve heard of one economist, it’s likely to be Adam Smith. He’s the best-known of all economists, and is typically hailed as the founding father of the dismal science itself. Furthermore, he’s usually portrayed as not only an early champion of economic theory, but of the superiority of markets over government planning.

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Family Hires ‘Professional’ Photographer For $250 To Take Their Portraits, The Results Leave Them Speechless

Took a few pictures with the wrong ISO or messed up white balance? Fear not, because there is nothing that post-production magic can’t fix… Or is there? Well, if you would ask the Zaring family, they could show you quite an example of what it really means when photo editing gets way out of hand.

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YouTube Is Shaping Your Child’s Career Ambitions More Than You Are

The greatest influence on the career ambitions of today’s children isn’t their teachers, parents, books, or even self-discovered passions. Instead, their ambitions are being primarily shaped by television, movies, and YouTube.

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Watch: 15 Graphic Design Trends For 2018 – DesignTAXI.com

Get ready to see more disjointed text, glitch, fonts as illustrations, iconification, and more in 2018.

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Luxury Kids’ Rooms

Luxury decor inspiration can be found in spades when it comes to sophisticated master bedrooms, spa style bathrooms and regal reception rooms, but what about when it comes to making a space fit for a young princess or prince? Luxury kids’ rooms are a special niche but we’ve put together a detailed selection of five amazing kids spaces.

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Antler-inspired Entertainment Awesomeness!

When you treat yourself to a fancy new TV, you’re only option besides hanging it on the wall is to prop it on a bulky, aesthetically-invasive stand! How does that make any sense when TV designs are constantly evolving to be more minimal?!

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https://www.design-seeds.com/seasons/summer/tropical-hues-2/

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A routine police stop quickly turns perilous for a black man in this Emmy®-winning short | Aeon Videos

‘I was just another black face in the street, and I was almost another dead black male.’In this short animation from StoryCorps, Alex Landau recounts to his adoptive mother, Patsy Hathaway, the events of the evening of 15 January 2009 when he was pulled over for a simple traffic violation and nearly lost his life to police brutality.

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A Playful Pasadena Apartment Where You Can Chill the Eff Out

Name: Aurora Lady and Ben Pringle Location: Pasadena, California Size: 830 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, rented “Our home is our everything – it’s our retreat, our workplace, and our safety net,” Aurora Lady says of the Pasadena apartment she shares with her partner Ben.

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this artist NEVER travels without his dinosaur…

volumetric, explorable forms are composed of beams of projected light. volumetric, explorable forms are composed of beams of projected light. influenced by ideas of planetary exploration, 19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction. influenced by ideas of planetary exploration, 19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction.

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Holding your partner’s hand can ease their pain – Pavel Goldstein | Aeon Ideas

Around 100 million adults in the United States are affected by chronic pain – pain that lasts for months or years on end. It is one of the country’s most underestimated health problems. The annual cost of managing pain is greater than that of hear…

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Architects Challenged to Rethink Schools in Scuole Innovative Design Competition

The Italian government has allocated 350 million euro for the construction of 52 new schools. In order to gather ideas for these future schools, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) hosted the Scuole Innovative Design Competition.

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lahdelma & mahlamäki unveils siege of leningrad museum proposal

lahdelma & mahlamäki architects has unveiled its proposal for the museum for the defense and siege of leningrad, an institution planned for st. petersburg.

24.

The Lesser-told Stories of the Women Who Shaped Herman Miller

The history of Herman Miller design has always had a somewhat utopic and storybook allure for design lovers. For starters, the setting is an unusual one: the company known for shepherding modern furniture into American homes and offices is and has always been headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, popu

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Was the AIA’s Failure to Give its Twenty-Five Year Award In 2018 a Snub to Postmodernism?

People perceive architecture in different ways. “Style” is often an easy classification, traditional or modern. Popular residential work is often categorized dismissively by architects as “vernacular.” The branding of the product of the profession, an oeuvre of work embodied in buildings and their meaning in our culture as celebrated by the American Institute of Architects, has many levels of recognition, from local AIA Chapter Awards, to national Awards.

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Sunny-Side-Up Seating

Just like the name suggests, the Yolk chair takes inspiration from everyone’s favorite part of the egg! Just like the egg yolk, it can wiggle, move side-to-side and swivel 360 degrees. Crafted from super-cushy foam, it’s an eggonomic ergonomic and comfy place to both chill out or perform work.

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Jennifer’s epic journey to add Raymond Loewy-designed kitchen cabinets in her 1948 house – Retro Renovation

How long might it take to pull together a historic kitchen of your dreams? How about: seven years – and that includes buying the house. Yes, I checked, and my first email from Jennifer was in Dec. 2011 – seven years ago – when she was “house hunting in the burbs.”

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From Euclid to Equality: Mathematician Lillian Lieber on How the Greatest Creative Revolution in Mathematics Illuminates the Core Ideals of Social Justice and Democracy

“The joy of existence must be asserted in each one, at every instant,” Simone de Beauvoir wrote in her paradigm-shifting treatise on how freedom demands that happiness become our moral obligation. A decade and a half later, the mathematician and writer Lillian R.

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World’s Largest Air Purifier Completes Successful Trial Run in Xi’an, China

A 100-meter-tall air purification tower in Xi’an, China – believed to be the world’s largest air purifier – has significantly improved city air quality, results from its preliminary run suggest.

30.

Don’t Stop the Presses

Established in 1821 (originally as Manchester Guardian until 1959), is a British newspaper with an approximate circulation of 146,000 and a website that reaches 152 million unique visitors a year.

31.

grey griffiths architects completes garden studio from waste material

a tight plot and even tighter budget called for some unique design solutions for this artist’s studio, by grey griffiths architects

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joseph ford + nina dodd blend hand-knit sweaters with urban backdrops

volumetric, explorable forms are composed of beams of projected light. volumetric, explorable forms are composed of beams of projected light. influenced by ideas of planetary exploration, 19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction. influenced by ideas of planetary exploration, 19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction.

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Illustrator Juan Esteban Rodriguez on creating highly detailed official film posters for Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings

Juan creates officially licensed posters for Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, as well as a range of finely textured line work that will transport you into another world.

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Formula One & 3M Are At Loggerheads Over Stark Logo Similarities – DesignTAXI.com

Formula One is preparing to be blown off course by ‘Post-it Notes’ maker 3M over stark logo similarities.

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Chilled Hues | Design Seeds

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Who was Katy Jurado? Here’s the story behind today’s stunning Google Doodle

Film buffs, today’s Google Doodle is for you. The search giant is celebrating what would have been the 94th birthday of trailblazing Mexican actress Katy Jurado. Jurado, who was born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García, rose to the top of Mexican cinema and then conquered Hollywood, too, becoming the first Mexican actress to be …

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Can We Create A New Kind Of Downtown In Abandoned Suburban Offices?

Inside the historic old Bell Labs building in Holmdel, New Jersey, a developer is creating a “metroburb”-a self-contained, indoor Main Street that will house stores, a food hall, and tech company offices. The question is: What’s a downtown without a city?

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https://www.dezeen.com/2018/01/16/dominic-pandolfini-architects-port-melbourne-house-extension-melbourne-zinc/

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The Internet Is In Love With Google’s Fine Art Selfie-Matching App

Last month, the Google Arts & Culture app released an experimental new feature that uses machine learning to match your selfies to famous paintings. After percolating for a few weeks, the feature took the internet by storm over the weekend, with many thousands of people sharing their results online.

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Stepping stones allow Dutch bridge to remain accessible during a flood

Rising water levels don’t cause many problems for this bridge in the Dutch city of Nijmegen – it can still be accessed even when the path on either side is flooded, thanks to a series of concrete stepping stones.

teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown. Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses. Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment

 

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Architects Challenged to Rethink Schools in Scuole Innovative Design Competition

The Italian government has allocated 350 million euro for the construction of 52 new schools. In order to gather ideas for these future schools, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) hosted the Scuole Innovative Design Competition.

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