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    1. The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water

      The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water

      “If we only respond to the past, we will only get answers that fit the past,” he says. “Those answers won’t fix the future . . . You really have to look at the city from a whole new perspective.” While the Dutch pioneered heavy-duty infrastructure like dikes, sea walls, sea gates, and levees to hold back water, in the 1990s they realized that this approach was futile. The natural ecological systems would eventually overtake the man-made.

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    2. How Houston’s Urban Planning Made A Catastrophic Storm Even Worse

      How Houston’s Urban Planning Made A Catastrophic Storm Even Worse

      Hurricane Harvey, the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in a decade, pummeled the coast of Texas this weekend. Thirty inches of rain has fallen in the Houston area, and flood waters have inundated the city and surrounding suburbs. Conditions are only expected to worsen over the next few days . The storm itself is unprecedented, and humans contributed to its severity–not only through climate change but the way the region was developed.

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    3. Weather Maps Are Failing Us

      Weather Maps Are Failing Us

      Hurricane Harvey has dumped so much rain on Houston and the coast of Texas that the National Weather Service was forced to adopt new colors to map it accurately . This is the first time the NWS has added new gradations to a graphic in this way. But other meteorologists have recently added new colors to represent severe heat as well. As climate change brings more extremes in temperature, rainfall, and other types of weather, meteorologists will need to look toward new types of information design.

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    4. The Reason Your Brain Loves Wide Design

      The Reason Your Brain Loves Wide Design

      It’s your 10-year high school reunion, and you’re dreading a confrontation with the school bully. How will you dress? What will you do? Most of us would want to look as dominant as we could. We’d roll up in the widest car we could rent, wearing the widest watch face we own. Unconsciously, we’d surround ourselves with products that mimic strong human faces. That’s according to new research led by Ahreum Maeng, assistant professor in marketing at University of Kansas’s School of Business.

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    5. Pentagram Takes On Its Biggest Challenge Yet: Making Penn Station Less Awful

      Pentagram Takes On Its Biggest Challenge Yet: Making Penn Station Less Awful

      When it was completed in 1910, New York’s Pennsylvania Station was one of the city’s most celebrated buildings; demolished and rebuilt underground in the 1960s, it’s now a labyrinthine mess–dark, confusing, and dirty. Yale architecture historian Vincent Scully famously quipped: “One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat.” Help is on the way.

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    6. Trees Can Save A City $500 Million Every Year

      Trees Can Save A City $500 Million Every Year

      A new study published in the online journal Ecological Modelling puts a number on just how much money trees save cities. After studying 10 megacities around the world and taking into account air pollution, storm water, building energy, and carbon emissions, the researchers found that trees have an economic benefit of about $505 million every year.

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    7. Design Students, Play These Games To Brush Up On Your Skills

      Design Students, Play These Games To Brush Up On Your Skills

      Proper kerning. Color matching. The convoluted logic of the Bezier curve. These are the skills of any good designer. And if you happen to be heading back to design school after a summer off, you can brush the dust off with Method of Action , a series of fun (really! ), educational (really!) mini-games for aspiring designers. Spotted by Core77, our favorite tutorial is The Bezier Game, which challenges you to learn how to master Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator’s infamous pen tool.

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      Mentions: Adobe
    8. Why Blockchain Needs Design

      Why Blockchain Needs Design

      The global supply chain is incredibly complicated, with millions of ships and airplanes and trucks bringing goods thousands of miles across the world, crossing national boundaries, and changing hands along the way. If that’s totally overwhelming to imagine, that’s nothing compared to keeping the pieces of this system moving efficiently. The most baffling thing? Much of this unthinkably complex global system still runs on old-school forms of record keeping: namely, paperwork.

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      Mentions: IBM Kenya Dubai
    9. Is Your Software Secretly Racist? Now, Scientists Can Tell

      Is Your Software Secretly Racist? Now, Scientists Can Tell

      Last year, Amazon was figuring out where it should offer free same-day delivery service to reach the greatest number of potential Prime customers. So the company did what you’d expect: It used software to analyze all sorts of undisclosed metrics about each neighborhood, ultimately selecting the “best” based on its calculations. But soon journalists discovered that, time and time again, Amazon was excluding black neighborhoods. It wasn’t on purpose, Amazon claims.

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    10. Uniqlo Is Rethinking Japanese Work Culture–Through Office Design

      Uniqlo Is Rethinking Japanese Work Culture–Through Office Design

      Allied Works Architecture, the new headquarters of Fast Retailing–Uniqlo’s parent company–features open-plan office spaces, lounges done up with plants to resemble outdoor gardens, a library filled with books and magazines from around the world, and a room with stadium seating where all 1,200 employees can gather for company functions. While it bears the hallmarks of what we expect creative offices to look like in the West, it’s actually a first for corporate Japan.

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    11. Brutalist Web Design Finally Gets A Takedown

      Brutalist Web Design Finally Gets A Takedown

      Brutalism is best known as the modernist architectural movement distinctive for its rugged concrete construction and utilitarian lack of ornamentation popular in the 1960s and ’70s. But in recent months, the term has been applied to digital design, with “Brutalism” describing an emerging design style that favors rudimentary layouts and basic typefaces. It’s both a throwback to early web design and a rejection of the super-polished, user-friendly design so popular today.

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      Mentions: Google Bloomberg
    12. Branding Matters In Local Government, And Atlanta Is Leading The Way

      Branding Matters In Local Government, And Atlanta Is Leading The Way

      You’ve definitely seen Public Notice signs slapped up around your city or town, but you’d be forgiven if you’ve never really looked at them. Often found taped to signposts or pasted on the sides of buildings, these text-heavy, government-issued signs convey important information about planning or zoning–to announce when a tree will be removed, for example, or a public hearing on a property. They tend to do it verbosely, and without a lot of style.

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      Mentions: Atlanta
    13. How The Dumpling Democratized Emoji

      How The Dumpling Democratized Emoji

      Nothing remarkable about that. People have been discovering that emoji they want to use don’t exist ever since the first set of 180 such icons debuted in Japan nearly two decades ago. But Lu is a graphic artist whose primary passion is creating work that melds the worlds of art and tech, a goal that brought her from Shanghai to San Francisco by way of Sydney. She’s done work for clients such as Disney, Pepsi, and Expedia and is the creator of the drawing that became Twitter’s Failwhale.

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    14. A Designer’s Guide To Brainstorms That Are Actually Useful

      A Designer’s Guide To Brainstorms That Are Actually Useful

      The most pressing problem was a buildup of carbon dioxide in the ship. Without a replacement scrubber, stored out of reach in a different module in the craft, the crew would soon asphyxiate from their own exhalations. In the 1995 movie version of this dramatic event, Apollo 13, Flight Director Gene Kranz (played by Ed Harris) assembles the top engineers and scientists in a room for a brainstorming session.

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    15. What The Hell Even Is A Computer? Let This Artist Explain

      What The Hell Even Is A Computer? Let This Artist Explain

      Computers have become an unavoidable, intrinsic, indivisible part of culture. And yet, every few years, our culture feels the need to slap itself in the face, Macaulay-Culkin-in-Home-Alone-style , and re-ask itself: Wait, what the fuck are we actually talking about when we talk about “computers,” again? Like, what does that word even mean? Okay: No, you don’t know what it means. But it’s not because you’re an idiot.

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    16. I Tasted The Microwave Dinner Of The Future, And It Was Delicious

      I Tasted The Microwave Dinner Of The Future, And It Was Delicious

      It’s easy to forget that the diner was a revolutionary idea for its day. These budget-friendly, prefabricated buildings found a foothold in the 1920s, allowing entrepreneurs to launch their own businesses even during the Great Depression. A hundred years later, the diner seems like an idea that could have easily emerged from a Silicon Valley startup.

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    17. Google’s Rules For Designers Working With AI

      Google’s Rules For Designers Working With AI

      How do we make sure we’re designing artificial intelligence that takes human behavior into account? How do you integrate machine learning into a product or service while ensuring that it doesn’t perpetuate bias , oversimplify nuance , or bombard everyone with fake news ? To put it bluntly, how do we design algorithms that aren’t evil ? Google’s AI research division, Google Brain, says it’s on a mission to find out.

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      Mentions: Google
    18. Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”

      Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”

      At its root, this is a design problem. Fadell believes that products like the iPhone, as much as they are communication devices, are more attuned to the needs of the individual rather than what’s best for the family and the larger community. “And I know when I take [technology] away from my kids what happens,” Fadell says. “They literally feel like you’re tearing a piece of their person away from them—they get emotional about it, very emotional.

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    19. 10 Top Designers On The iPhone’s Real Legacy

      10 Top Designers On The iPhone’s Real Legacy

      In retrospect, even Jobs’s penchant for hyperbole greatly undersold the iPhone’s importance. Over the next decade, the iPhone became so powerful, ubiquitous, and usable that it birthed entire companies like Uber, Snapchat, and Tinder. It changed how we laugh, how we hook up, and how we work. What did the world’s designers think of the original iPhone?

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      Mentions: Samsung Adobe At&T
    20. Can A Chatbot Be A Good Therapist? This Scientist-Founded Startup Says Yes

      Can A Chatbot Be A Good Therapist? This Scientist-Founded Startup Says Yes

      There are quite a few applications that aim to help users manage their mental state, from meditation apps to more therapeutic platforms like Joyable. However, many apps have little scientific research supporting them–much less randomized controlled trials that test their efficacy. But a new Facebook Messenger chatbot called Woebot, which tries to help people with depression and other mental disorders through education and mood tracking, has some research cred to back it up.

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    21. This Startup Uses Machine Learning To Turn UI Designs Into Raw Code

      This Startup Uses Machine Learning To Turn UI Designs Into Raw Code

      Being a UI or graphic designer who can also code gives you a leg up in today’s world of digital design. For everyone else, it’s a collaborative, somewhat backwards process: A UI designer mocks up how the interface will look, and a front-end developer takes that design and translates it into code. Only then can you get on to the more interesting work of actually building out the site and refining the features.

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