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Inspiring Identities, Visual Culture
Why Bauhaus Never Goes Out of Fashion.

In April 1919, the architect Walter Gropius founded one of the most influential art and design schools ever: the Bauhaus. Students learned to focus on simplicity and functionality. Teachers favored primary colors and bold shapes. The school changed everything from furniture to graphic design. But the Bauhaus’s biggest legacy is in architecture – worldwide, since 100 years.

NY Times
Digital Age
Why Some Platforms Thrive and Others Don’t.

Some digital networks are fragmented into local clusters of users. In Uber’s network, riders and drivers interact with network members outside their home cities only occasionally.

Harvard Business Review
Global Issues, Visual Culture
Why the Entire History of the World Needs Just One Single Chart.

The “Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. This giant, ambitious chart fit neatly with a trend in nonfiction book publishing of the 1920s and 1930s: the “outline,” in which large subjects were distilled into a form comprehensible to the most uneducated layman.

Slate
Digital Age, Global Issues
Why the Utopian Vision of William Morris is Now Within Reach.

In 1890 William Morris imagined a world free from wage slavery. Thanks to technology, his vision is finally within reach

Aeon
Inspiring Identities, Visual Culture
Why the Art of Branding and the Science of Wayfinding Design Can Profoundly Transform a Space.

His iconic identity for the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics—“’60s op-art kinetic typography,” as Wyman calls it—exists as a pinnacle of environmental and branding design and was credited with reintroducing Mexican visual culture back into the nation’s design vocabulary. Watch the video!

Walker Art
Inspiring Identities
Why There is an Immortality to Being Creative.

A Driver’s License Can be Revoked for the Elderly, but Artistic License? Never.

99U
Global Issues
Why it’s Only Science that can Answer All the Big Questions.

Science has proved itself to be a reliable way to approach all kinds of questions about the physical world. As a scientist, Peter Atkins is wondering whether its ability to provide understanding is unlimited.

Aeon
Global Issues, Visual Culture
Why it’s Time to Rebrand Europe.

With populist politicians attacking the European Union underway for Britain to leave the bloc, the very idea of a unified Europe seems to be under threat. Some artists feel the union needs to rethink its public image.

New York Times
Digital Age
Why Tech Loves the Letter X.

In the tech world especially, the simple letter has come to mean so much — or nothing at all.

The Outline
Global Issues, Urban Ideas
Why Intellectual Life is Still Catching up to Urbanisation.

Urbanisation might be the most profound change to human society in a century, more telling than colour, class or continent.

Aeon
Digital Age, Urban Ideas
Why Google Earth Started in 1886.

Nadar was a pioneering balloonist. He took the first aerial photographs and delivered some of the earliest airmail. Jules Verne based his novel “From the Earth to the Moon” (1865) on Nadar.

New York Times
Urban Ideas, Visual Culture
Why the Same People on the Same Street do the Same Thing.

From 2007 to 2016, Danish photographer Peter Funch stood at the southern corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in New York City between 8:30am and 9:30am taking photographs of the commuters he saw.

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