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ted.com

TED, Reconsidered

Ah, TED talks. They boast the veneer of prestige, the promise of innovation, and many have gone viral seemingly irrespective of the actual merit of their content. What gives?

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE



Team Obama’s Creative Crowd-Sourcing Fail

Nice try there, Mr. President. Although he’s gotten some lift before from the resuscitated publishing relic that is Rolling Stone magazine, Jann Wenner’s music rag didn’t give POTUS a pass for a cute idea his promotions team recently cooked up that offered designers the exciting chance ... (more)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



Art Icon Richard Hamilton Dies

British artist Richard Hamilton, whose work was highly critical of consumerism and politics, died Tuesday at 89 while preparing a retrospective of his art. Among his many achievements, Hamilton designed the minimalist white cover for the Beatles album that bears no name.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 READ MORE


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thenation.com

Naomi Klein to Danes: Ease Off the Controls in ‘Hopenhagen’

So, author-activist Naomi Klein has spent the last few days in Copenhagen, taking in the developments—and appreciating streamlined and functional Scandinavian design—at the climate summit, but she has a message for her Danish hosts: Cool it on the whole control freak thing, or the “Hopenhagen” conference isn’t going to be a success.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obamas Hire Merrill Lynch Decorator

Although they’re allotted $100,000 to redecorate, Barack and Michelle Obama will spend their own money updating the White House. The first family has turned to Michael S. Smith for the task. The designer has worked for Steven Spielberg, Rupert Murdoch and former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain, whose decorating habits have come to epitomize corporate greed.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE


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startribune.com

Christian Group Slams New Starbucks Logo

File this one under “Choose Your Battles”: The Resistance, a national Christian group based in San Diego, has a problem with Starbucks’ new, slightly-more-sexed-up cup design, featuring a bustier version of the familiar siren depicted on the coffee company’s logo. Resistance founder Mark Dice pointed to the label’s “naked woman ... with her legs spread like a prostitute” and said Starbucks “might as well call themselves”—wait for it—“Slutbucks.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Dover, Pa., Officially Calls “Intelligent Design” Unintelligent

School board votes to strip much-maligned policy from classes.

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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