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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 21, 2011


892 Unique Ways to Partition A 3x4 Grid

FEATURED THIS WEEK : HUGH DUBBERLY

892 Unique Ways to Partition A 3x4 Grid

We recently published a poster depicting “the 892 unique ways to partition a 3x4 grid into unit rectangles.” This project was inspired by a patent received in 2006 by William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand of Winterhouse ("Method and system for computer screen layout based on a recombinant geometric modular structure," Patent No. 7124360) that modeled screen-based grid systems. However, their early work with grid systems never mapped all possible combinations within a given screen space. We made this our challenge.
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PAUL SHAW

Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design

When the Museum of Modern Art decided, at the beginning of this year, to expand its purview and include typefaces among the artifacts of modern design it collects, it was a moment of celebration not only among the type designers whose works were selected but among all of us in the design community who care about type. However, the feeling of elation quickly gave way to puzzlement over the specific fonts that were chosen and the multiple rationales proffered for their inclusion.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 04.17.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE

Making the Modern House Home

The J. Irwin and Xenia Miller House in Columbus, Indiana opens to the public in May for the first time since it was completed in 1958. Designed by Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, with interiors by Alexander Girard and gardens by Daniel Urban Kiley, the Miller House has been largely out of sight to the design world since its single publication in House & Garden in 1959.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 04.10.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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THE EDITORS

Name That Design Person!

One month from today, Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day.* In advance of this holiday, we’ve invited a number of designers to share with us a long-lost kiddie pic. On the 8th of every month leading up to Mother's Day, we’re asking our readers to guess the identity of one featured baby.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"Negligent Worldicide"

Negligent Worldicide, a poem by Chase Twichell.
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