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Self-help, poo and existential questions: Kevin McNamee-Tweed's Books

Kevin McNamee-Tweed by name, twee by nature, I’d assumed, casting an eye over these sweetly, naively sketched wee pictures of books. Then I read the …

The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie

In 1977, long before the social web as we know it existed, Susan Sontag foresaw a new dawn of “aesthetic consumerism” sparked by photography’s social aspect. Today, nowhere is this phenomenon more glaring than in the ubiquitous selfie. But how did we end up with this peculiar Möbius strip of …

This Desk Organizer Is Like A Puzzle You Can Endlessly Rearrange

If your inner design freak is also a neat freak, the .Org Deskscape System is for you. Seattle-based Ladies and Gentlemen Studio has collaborated with Brooklyn-based Pat Kim to create elegant modular desk accessories, consisting of a pen rest, a cork board, an iPad/letter holder, and a storage tray …

This Comic Sans Typewriter Is Every Type Lover’s Worst Nightmare

For some people, a letter, manuscript, or note typed out on a typewriter is imbued with a certain romance and integrity. But even die-hard typewriter fetishists like Tom Hanks might hurl their Remingtons out the window if they got a letter in the mail typed on the Sincerity Machine, a modified …

Dizzying New Wind-Powered Kinetic Sculptures by Anthony Howe | Colossal

<p>Kinetic sculptor Anthony Howe (previously) has created a number of new kinetic artworks since we featured his work here last year. The artist works …

Essential Objects: For Commuters & Those Stuck Indoors

As you get back to the grindstone and on the road, we rounded up the tools you’ll need to keep your time spent indoors sunny, regardless of the …

7 Essential Books on the Art and Science of Happiness

If you, like me, are fascinated by the human quest to understand the underpinnings of happiness but break out in hives at the mere mention of self-help books, you’re in luck: I’ve sifted through my personal library, a decade’s worth of obsessive reading, to surface seven essential books on the art …

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing and His Daily Creative Routine

After David Ogilvy’s wildly popular 10 tips on writing and a selection of advice from modernity’s greatest writers, here comes some from the prolific writer and painter <b>Henry Miller</b> (December 26, 1891–June 7, 1980)<p>In 1932-1933, while working on what would become his first published novel, <i>Tropic of</i> …

Ilona Szwarc’s American Girls

Over the past two years, Ilona Szwarc has documented over a hundred girls and their American Girl dolls. Ilona first encountered the American Girl phenomenon while photographing the streets of New York. “I kept noticing girls walking around with their look-alike dolls,” she told me. “Initially, I …

The 3 Most Profitable DIY Revenue Streams, And Why Many Artists Succeed at Only One of Them

"The new music business may look different, but it’s clear that a focus allows a greater chance towards DIY success."

15 things they didn't teach you at design school

Design school is great. It gives you the opportunity to mature as a designer, illustrator or artist, prepares you for your future career, and helps …

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The Daily Routines of Great Writers

<i>UPDATE: These daily routines have now been adapted into a labor-of-love visualization of writers’ sleep habits vs. literary productivity.</i><p>Kurt Vonnegut’s recently published daily routine made we wonder how other beloved writers organized their days. So I pored through various old diaries and …

4 Surprising App-Design Principles, From The Instagram Of Quick Quizzes

Designer Luke Wroblewski describes the sometimes counterintuitive tactics he used to make Polar stand out from the crowd.<p>When we first wrote about Polar, an addictive app that invites you to make and take “this or that”-style quizzes, we called it “an object lesson in mobile design done very, very …