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The Graphic Designer Behind The 20th Century’s Most Influential Book Covers Has Died

Paul Bacon did the covers for Catch-22, Portnoy’s Complaints, Jaws and some 6,500 other novels and books.<p>If you ever picked up a paperback in high school English class, checked out the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller list, or saw the poster to <i>Jaws</i>, you felt Paul Bacon’s influence: Bacon, the award-winning …

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Drake, Nas, Biggie, Rakim Lyrics to Appear On Sprite Cans

Sprite has launched a new range of limited-edition soda cans emblazoned with inspirational lyrics by Drake, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., and Rakim. The 16 can designs comprise the inaugural "Obey Your Verse" Lyrical Collection, which will run through summer. Artists were picked "based on their …

Melvins founder: Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck is 'total bullsh-t'

<i>Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck</i> has a 98-percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but one critic thinks the film is “total bullsh-t.”<p>That’s what Buzz …

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Death: N.E.W.

Back in the Seventies, these badass Detroit brothers were so punk-rock, they rejected a deal with Clive Davis on principle. Now reunited after …

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Anonymous Activist Gets Potholes Fixed By Drawing Giant Penises Around Them

The city of Manchester can ignore its residents, but thanks to Wanksy, it can’t ignore the one-eyed monster.<p>Like many cities, Manchester, England, is plagued with potholes. One half-mile stretch of road can have as many as 70 holes. After claiming he saw his friends injured in pothole-related bike …

"You're a design entrepreneur, not a designer"

<b>Opinion:</b> it's time for designers to start thinking more like businesspeople, says Bradford Shellhammer, creator of new design e-commerce site Bezar …

“Delightful” Interaction Design Needs To Die

Trying to mass-produce delight is like forcing waiters to wear 37 pieces of flair on their uniforms. Enough!<p>I just noticed something delightful about one of my iPhone apps. Gmail Inbox, which was designed according to Google’s new Material Design visual language, shows a disc-shaped button hovering …

Samsung Camera Ads Imagine Famous Self-Portrait Paintings as the Result of Selfies

Samsung has launched a clever new marketing campaign to promote its tiny NX Mini mirrorless camera. The ads imagine a few famous self-portrait …

Watch David Gilmour Perform 'Wish You Were Here' at London's Earls Court

<i>The Endless River</i> might mark "the end" of Pink Floyd, but that doesn't mean David Gilmour will cease performing the band's music. The guitarist made …

Frank Gehry Is Right: 98% Of Architecture Today 'Has No Respect For Humanity'

At a press conference in Spain a few weeks ago, a journalist asked world-famous architect Frank Gehry what he would say to critics who accuse him “of practicing showy architecture.” Gehry, who was in town to receive a prestigious Princess of Asturias Award, responded by extending his middle finger. …

Sounds of Two Eyes Opening

Acting as a veritable time capsule into Southern California beach and punk culture from the late '60s to the early '80s, "Sounds of Two Eyes Opening" offers readers an unfiltered glimpse into a vastly influential time and place. Shot by music producer Spot, who is known best for his work with the …

Thanksgiving Food Typography

To celebrate thanksgiving I picked this awesome project by Casey Ligon. She used thanksgiving themed food to create some awesome typography. Check …

One of the first true computers is finally on public display

Seeing ENIAC, one of the first true programmable computers, has been tricky; the giant mainframe was partly restored in 2007, but it was only visible in an office building. At last, though, you now have a (relatively) easy way to witness this piece of computing history first-hand. The US Army's …

Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck

Prepare yourself. This is the craziest interactive demo you’ll see all year.<p>Last year, Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom–which used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel. Called RoomAlive, this new system can turn every surface in a …

How Levi’s Turned A Design Evil Into A Design Signature

Ever wonder why the trademark symbol on the Levi’s logo is clipped off?<p>Designers and corporate lawyers aren’t exactly known for seeing eye to eye, especially when it comes to trademark symbols. What a designer might think of as an unnecessary besmirchment of a beautiful logo, a trademark attorney …

Richard Estes’s Paintings Appear More Real Than Photographs

A retrospective of Estes’s photorealistic paintings features panoramas more luminous and detailed than what many cameras can capture.<p>With so many art critics declaring painting dead, photorealism can seem especially unfashionable, if not downright outdated. But American artist Richard Estes has …

The Cast Of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Is Back To Work After Harrison Ford’s Injury

Once it was reported that Harrison Ford had suffered a broken leg on the set of <i>Star Wars: Episode VII</i>, the news seemed pretty grim regarding the film making its Christmas 2015 premiere date. Hell, some people even thought that Ford might be written out of the entire movie if his injury was going to …

Kevin Parker's New-School Psychedelia Swirls and Spews

<b>Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the</b> …

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Torsten Lindsø Andersen Creates Vibrant Covers for Jack Kerouac’s Best Novels - The Fox Is Black

“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.” – Jack Kerouac<p>Torsten Lindsø Andersen (who’s name is quite …

A 1950’s Post & Beam Home Gets a Modern Addition

The Sycamore House is a project from Aaron Neubert Architects that restores a 1950’s post & beam house in Los Angeles while also incorporating a …

Henry Rollins Traces the Racist Origins of Marijuana Prohibition

"If we legalize marijuana, then you're legalizing a 'brown person's drug,'" Henry Rollins says with a sarcastic tone. "And we don't <i>really</i> let the …

The World Trade Center Has A New, Very Confusing Logo

Cramming in a mind-melting series of visual allusions, the $3 million WTC logo is also an ad.<p>The World Trade Center has a new logo. Part of a $3.57 million branding endeavor, it’s a riff on space and negative space, presence and absence. It’s like a Rubin vase test, playing tricks on the eye and …

That Obscure Object of Desire

It all begins with Luis Buñuel. The Spanish filmmaker's 1977 masterpiece not only lends its name to a new group exhibition opening at NYC's Luxembourg & Dayan gallery, but also the inspiration behind unifying disparate artists with a universal subject. In the film "That Obscure Object of Desire," …

The Hidden Ways Urban Design Segregates The Poor

There’s a name for uncomfortable benches, hard-to-reach parks, and ubiquitous surveillance: disciplinary architecture.<p>A few weeks ago, news emerged that a New York building was planning a separate entrance for residents of its low-income units–“poor doors.” Outrage ensued, but the truth is, urban …

This Is What Your WiFi Looks Like

Amazing photographs bring the WiFi spectrum to life.<p>(All photos by Luis Hernan)<p><b>The air around us is alive.</b> Radio waves, WiFi signals, all manner of frequencies are zipping about, unseen and unheard yet bringing life to our phones, computers, radios, and more. Sometimes it almost seems if you squint …

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