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Timber is having a moment. Should it?

Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Formafantasma cut through the design industry’s timber infatuation in their latest exhibit, ‘Cambio.’ For Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, cofounders of design agency Studio Formafantasma, design is as much an investigative practice as it is an artistic discipline. And nowhere is this more evident than...

What is the best political logo of all time? Experts weigh in

Ben Ostrower and Susan Merriam debate the branding of various political campaigns—from Eisenhower to Obama. Politics is not for the faint of heart. There’s mudslinging. Grandstanding. And your candidate’s message needs to cut through it all to connect with voters. That’s where a memorable visual brand steps in. So which campaigns did it best?Read Full...

This incredible Google experiment lets you time travel to your hometown 200 years ago

The open-source map shows the changes that happen to city streetscapes over time. In the 20 years he’d lived in New York, Raimondas Kiveris had seen the city change immensely. “It was a completely different place, a different town,” says Kiveris, a software engineer at Google Research. This got him wondering what his neighborhood looked like even before...

Yes, the lines are long. But voting is actually easier than ever

More people are registered. Ballot design is clearer and more usable. The voting ecosystem is flourishing.  2020 has been a stressful, complicated, scary time for so many people. A truly terrible year. I don’t need to list the ways—you’ve experienced it for yourself. In the presidential election season alone, we’ve seen Russian interference, reported...

Check out the world’s spookiest destinations, according to Tripadvisor reviews

A new book collects hotel horror stories from around the world. When it comes to horror stories, hotel stays could be their own subgenre (The Shining, anyone?). A new book, which all started with one designer’s near-ghostly experience certainly makes the case.Read Full Story

100 apartments in 8 months: How Toronto built housing for the homeless at breakneck speed

The city used modular architecture to respond to a dire need for housing during a deadly pandemic. The project could be a model for other cities—during COVID-19 and beyond. In the face of overlapping crises, the city of Toronto has created a fast track to house people experiencing homelessness. As the impacts of the pandemic quickly hit this community...

Scooters are badly designed and increase inequality. Here’s how to fix them

The ideal shared electric scooter would work and look quite differently. Shared electric scooters are the vanguard of new micromobility fleets that are being deployed in cities across the United States. There are good reasons for this. Along with dockless bicycles, electric scooters get people between transit stops and their actual destination—the...

Forget Folgers. This startup wants to get you hooked on a fancy instant coffee alternative

Craft coffee meets gas-station convenience with Cometeer. A coffee startup called Cometeer, made up of MIT-trained chemists and engineers, has invented a new way to drink coffee from your favorite craft brands at home. The coffee—from brands like Equator, Counter Culture, Joe Coffee, and Birch—arrives at your door in the form of frozen pucks, packaged...

The world’s whitest white is here—and it’s coming to a roof near you

The paint is capable of reflecting heat back into space. But the whitest paint in the world still isn’t a silver bullet to global warming. We already have the world’s blackest black—a color so dark that looking at it is like looking into a hole in the universe. Now, thanks to a team of scientists, we have the world’s whitest white—a reflective surface...

This new Biden ad takes aim at Trump’s biggest failure

More than 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States. The country needs strong leadership now, insists a new ad from the Biden campaign. It begins with a quiet family meal, as a mother places plates of food in front of her two young daughters. But there’s an empty chair at the head of the table. Another empty chair sits under a tree,...

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