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WEEKLY EMAIL: FEBRUARY 02, 2012


Designers Leap, Users Lag

FEATURED THIS WEEK : OWEN EDWARDS

Designers Leap, Users Lag

In my occasional role as a writer about motorcycles, I am currently testing a new Honda CBR250R. I’ve been delighted to find that this little moto is so beautifully engineered and designed (the two disciplines tend to merge in motorcycles) that it’s a terrific ride, only slightly slower from point to point on twisty country roads than much bigger machines.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 01.29.12

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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THE EDITORS

New Season of Design Matters with Debbie Millman

We are pleased to announce that the newest season of Design Matters with Debbie Millman will premiere on Observer Media today at 3pm with a video of Design Matters Live filmed by Hillman Curtis. Debbie Millman discusses the launch of Malcolm Gladwell's illustrated collection of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers. Guests included artist and illustrator Brian Rea, and designers Paul Sahre, Josh Liberson and DeeDee Gordon.
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ADAM HARRISON LEVY

A History Of The World In 100 Objects

I've been told that our civilization will be known for our diaper landfills and our nuclear waste sites. Other fragments of our culture might survive as well: bits of Tupperware, mountains of lithium batteries or maybe the traces of our highway system. The foundation of a skyscraper might make for a breakthrough excavation but the islands of plastic bottles floating in the oceans may prove puzzling. Perhaps we will bury a cache of digital archives somewhere, to be deciphered one day like the hieroglyphics on an Egyptian sarcophagus.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 01.22.12

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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POEM OF THE WEEK

"W, a poem"

A poem about typography by Christian Bök.
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RECENT BOOKS RECEIVED

Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural PracticeInventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice
Janet H. Murray

This is Service Design Thinking: Basics, Tools, CasesThis is Service Design Thinking: Basics, Tools, Cases
Marc Stickdorn

Town Planning In The Netherlands 1800 - 2000Town Planning In The Netherlands 1800 - 2000
Cor Wagenaar

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