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The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.<p>A trio of boys tramps alongthe length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens …

Recalls, lawsuits, traffic tickets — wearable tech is starting to get attention from legal system

When Adidas sued Under Armour last month — accusing the Baltimore athletic retailer of infringing on patents used in its fitness tracker app, MapMyFitness — it wasn’t just the sports apparel world that took notice.<p>Lawyers did, too.<p>Since last year, legal issues surrounding wearable technology — any …

Dating a Designer: 10 Things You Need to Know | Yoke

So you’ve nabbed yourself a designer and life is good. You inherently feel more creative and have a newfound confidence wearing glasses. But before …

How Khan Academy is using design to pave the way for the future of education

Every morning Khan Academy’s lead designer, Jason Rosoff, spends the first 15 minutes of his day reading over the constant flow of new feedback from …

LA Designer: Geoff McFetridge, Creator of “Her” Subway and Computer Interfaces, Talks with Alissa Walker

<b>Many Angeleno viewers of the movie Her were taken not just by the story but by. . . the subway map. This representation of an idealized subway system</b> …

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Gadi Amit has the bearing of an artist, but his salt-and-pepper beard, denim button-down shirt, slim-fit gray slacks, and work-boot-inspired footwear all recall the uniform of a manufacturer—with a little Bay Area flair, of course.<p>On his wrist is a Fitbit, the trendy piece of wearable tech that …