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WEEKLY EMAIL: MAY 20, 2011


Kirsten Hively

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Kirsten Hively's Collection of Coffee Cup Lids and Registration Marks

When I first got a coffee with the unusual red slide-lock hole cover, it seemed such an ingenious and elaborate design, with such a satisfying “thunk” as it locks into the open or closed position, I couldn't throw it away.
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SUSAN ROY

Better Homes & Bunkers: The Fallout Shelter for the Nuclear Family

In the 50s and 60s tens of thousands of Americans built family fallout shelters, and millions considered doing so. How could so many people believe that hiding in an underground concrete cube would save their lives during a nuclear attack? And then, if they somehow did survive, why did they believe they could function in a post-apocalyptic world with fires raging, cities destroyed, and a landscape littered with the dead and injured?
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 05.15.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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ADRIAN SHAUGHNESSY

Philosophy, Graphic Design and Virtue of Clarity

I spend a lot of time looking at the work of undergrad and post-grad visual communication students. The best work is frequently distinguished by an abundance of well-intentioned and sophisticated thinking around social issues. But I notice something else; it can be described as a reluctance to express ideas with clarity and brevity. It’s as if there is a fear — a loathing even — of simplicity.
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JESSICA HELFAND

Mothers Day Special: Baby, It's You!

Before everyone had cameras, the baby picture was the purview of Mom and Dad, and among so many other things, we have them to thank for remembering to capture us as we once were: smaller, rounder, goofier, balder. (Although, in some cases, less bald.)
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POEM OF THE WEEK

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@. "Like the whorl of an out-of-this-world ear..." A poem celebrating our most contemporary punctuation mark by Paul Muldoon.
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