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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 30, 2011


Between Two Convex Mirrors: A Conversation with Tomi Ungerer

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Between Two Convex Mirrors: A Conversation with Tomi Ungerer

Described by the publisher Phaidon Press as “the most famous book author you have never heard of,” Tomi Ungerer is a continental treasure in his native Europe, an artist whose life and work embody the epic forces of the late 20th century. This interview was conducted in New York during one of Ungerer’s rare visits to the U.S.
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AN XIAO MINA

The Texting Culture of the Philippines

It must have been as late as 2005 when people still had to check if you were okay with texting. “You text, right?” a friend once asked. “Of course,” I wrote back. “I'm Filipino.”
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 06.26.11

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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JOSH BERTA

Cars: Pixar Falls for Intelligent Design

Like many people, especially creative types, I’m a big fan of Pixar movies. Their story telling, artful animation, and great voice acting are unrivaled in the realm of animation production. However, they do sometimes take missteps, especially in their design choices. Without question, their greatest misstep in design, and perhaps in general, is the film Cars.
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JEZ OWEN

Behind the Zines

Despite the zine having a rich heritage spanning from beginnings in political pamphleteering to today’s eclectic “Design-as-Art” pieces, Behind the Zines is not a history book.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 06.19.11

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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ADAM HARRISON LEVY

A Tattoo, A Toothbrush and A Pipe

It is Saturday morning at 7:15am and I’m eating breakfast with my daughter Alice. She is six and half years old. We are eating French toast that I made from scratch. On the table is fresh squeezed orange juice, real maple syrup and a bowl of blueberries. I’m a newly divorced father. I’m proud of myself...

So begins three stories for Father's Day.
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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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