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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 25, 2010


Fascist Seduction

FEATURED THIS WEEK : STEVEN HELLER

Fascist Seduction

There was a bright side to Benito Mussolini's iron-fisted Italian Fascist regime. Even Winston Churchill asserted in 1927, if he were an Italian he would have given Mussolini his "whole-hearted" support "from start to finish." The author reflects on the Exposizione Universale Roma, and the continuing lure of EUR among Roman neighborhoods.

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JESSICA HELFAND

The Next Great Graphic Designer

Tonight on Bravo's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" the winning Penguin book cover design will be unveiled, which begs a few questions. We hope our readers will weigh in, here on Design Observer, with their opinions.
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 06.19.10

Here are Today's images.
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J.D. MCCLATCHY

"A View of the Sea"

The argument had smoldered for a week,
Long enough for the fine points of fire,
Banked from the start against self-righteousness,
To have blurred in the pale ash of recrimination.

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MARY BADON

Red Light, Green Light : The Invention of the Traffic Signal

The traffic signal was first invented in 1912 — by a Detroit policeman named Lester Wire — as a two-color, red-and-green light with a buzzer to warn pedestrians ahead of the impending transition. In 1920, this basic design was modified (by another policeman called William Potts) to include the tri-colored red, amber, and green lights widely used today.
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 06.12.10

Here are Today's images.
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