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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.

It's Nice That
Global Issues, Urban Ideas
Why There Is No Such Thing as a Smart City.

The term “smart city” is interesting yet not important, because nobody defines it. “Smart” is a snazzy political label used by a modern alliance of leftist urbanites and tech industrialists. To deem yourself “smart” is to make the nimbyites and market-force people look stupid.

The Atlantic
Visual Culture
Why Vintage Design Books are Now so Radical.

… and radically expensive.

Curbed
Visual Culture
Why Richard Avedon’s Work Has Never Been More Relevant.

The photographer’s social conscience, revealed in a show at Pace/MacGill and a new edition of “Nothing Personal,” deepens his enduring legacy.

NY Times
Urban Ideas
Why You Can Build a New City out of Stock Images.

Saudi Arabia plans to build a new $500 billion metropolis that spans three countries. It is nothing if not ambitious.

Discover Neom
Digital Age
Why Tech Brands Are Embracing Illustration.

Some of the world’s leading tech brands are defined by one of the oldest art forms—illustration. Creatives at Dropbox, Slack, and Shopify tell us why.

99u
Digital Age, Inspiring Identities
Why Dropbox isn’t Just a Place to Store Files.

The new brand system shows that Dropbox isn’t just a place to store your files—it’s a living workspace that brings teams and ideas together. The look is expressive, with vibrant colors, rich imagery, a versatile typeface, and playful illustrations.

dropbox.design