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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 03, 2011


All Maps Lie

FEATURED THIS WEEK : PAULA SCHER

All Maps Lie

In the late 1950s, when I was eight and nine years old, my father spent his weekends in the basement of our small, single-story house, measuring and cutting up pieces of light green laminated board. My mother repeatedly admonished my brother and I not to bother him because he was busy constructing an important invention.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 10.31.11: Plastic Monkey Heads and Ancient Rituals

In honor of Halloween, this week's Accidental Mysteries is Masked and Anonymous.
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OWEN EDWARDS

A Demanding Man: Steve Jobs

In his bedrock belief that everything matters, Steve Jobs was more like a great architect than a corporate CEO. And getting the devilish details to behave is no easy thing to accomplish. Yet, there are those who ask, "Isn't the ultimate measure of a human being the way they treat other people?" In the case of Steve Jobs, this requires some reflection.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 10.23.11

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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WILLIAM DRENTTEL

Design Matters Wins People's Choice Design Award

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum announced the People's Choice Design Award on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at its annual gala in New York City — and Design Observer's own Debbie Millman, the creator of the popular Design Matters series of podcast interviews, was the surprise winner.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"A View of the Sea"

A poem by J.D. McClatchy.
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Food Rules: An EaterFood Rules: An Eater's Manual
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Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Chermayeff & GeismarIdentify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Chermayeff & Geismar
Tom Geismar, Sagi Haviv & Ivan Chermayeff

Explorations in TypographyExplorations in Typography
Carolina de Bartolo with Erik Spiekermann

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