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Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky On The Surprisingly Robust Myth Of The Slenderman

The Slenderman originated on Internet forums in 2009–so why does it feel like it’s been around forever?<p>The Slenderman sounds like the sort of enduring myth you might recall from your childhood, but unless you were a kid in 2009–when the character was created as part of a Photoshop contest on …

Here’s Arianna Huffington’s Recipe For A Great Night Of Sleep

Sleep deprivation hurts you–physically, emotionally, and even financially. But it looks like we’re on the cusp of a sleep revolution.<p>The sleep deprivation crisis is real.<p>Arianna Huffington has been on a crusade to educate the public on the importance of sleep ever since she collapsed from …

A First Look At IKEA’s New Museum

An ode to seven decades of affordable Scandinavian design opens June 30 in southern Sweden.<p>In the decades since Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA as a mail-order business in 1943, the Swedish company has become a household name in affordable furnishings and morphed into a complex, multi-billion-dollar …

Teague Consolidates To Seattle, Goes All-In With The Travel Industry

The 90-year-old design firm Teague has decided to ride the winds of change and specialize.<p>Design has never been bigger or better. Whether it’s factories in China that are managing pretty competent industrial design without ever consulting outside designers, to Fortune 500 companies practicing …

Travel Industry

The Real Story Behind Brutalism

Phaidon’s new book This Brutal World is a photographic ode to one of the most polarizing modern architectural movements.<p>“It’s hard to love a brute,” mused the podcast <i>99Percent Invisible</i> in an episode that aired last year. The sentiment certainly rings true as Brutalist buildings are among the most …

Architecture

Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?

Politicians, architects, and scientists increasingly herald timber as an Earth-saving building technology, but not everyone agrees.<p>Cities are shaped by fire. From Chicago to San Francisco, enormous swathes of urban fabric were wiped away by accident in the 19th century. These horrific disasters did …

University of Cambridge

Can A Video Game Teach Designers To Build Better Cities?

You can’t win Block’hood–but you can learn from it.<p><i>Minecraft</i>, Microsoft’s explosively popular Lego-like world building game, has already inspired a whole generation of kids to become architects. <i>Block’hood</i> is a game that aims to do the same thing for a new generation of urban planners.<p><i>Block’hood</i> was …

Solar Panels

A Midcentury Modern Pioneer Talks About Working At 100

And that legendary Playboy spread.<p>In the 1940s and ’50s, Scandinavian furniture flooded the United States–and one of the designers who left an indelible mark during that era was Jens Risom.<p>The Danish-born practitioner, who turned 100 on May 8, is one of the last living icons who shaped the movement …

Design

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The Unlikely Resurgence Of Vintage Graphics Standards Manuals

Before the Internet, printed graphics standards manuals were practical tools for designers. Today, they sell for $80 a pop.<p>In 2012, Pentagram designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, along with their coworker at the time, Niko Skourtis, were in the basement of the firm’s New York office looking for a …

Graphic Design

Your Chief Design Officer Is Not A Savior

And more insights from Artefact’s first survey of more than 300 organizations on “design maturity.”<p>Doubts about the business value of design are evaporating. Look at investments companies ranging from Google to GE have sunk into design. But methodologies on how to measure and improve design’s …

Design

What Middle-Aged Career Reinvention Looks Like

When your career starts to get frustrating, sometimes it’s best to think small.<p>It was when Bruce Lee was working on the bent-penis project that he started to wonder about the direction of his career. It was 2011. Lee, an adman who happens to share a Kung Fu master’s name, had opted to go freelance …

A Guide to Los Angeles’s Wildly Inventive New Architecture

In 1971, the critic Reyner Banham observed that most buildings in Los Angeles were the first on their lots: “instant architecture in an instant …

9 Hidden Strengths of Introverts

The wallflowers in your life are harboring secret powers. Here are just a few.<p>Whether you’re looking for relationship advice or wondering how …

Personality

“Helvetica” Filmmaker’s New Venture Is A VR Documentary Company

The man who brought you Objectified, Helvetica, and Urbanized is launching a company for virtual reality documentaries.<p>There are plenty of amusing virtual reality video games available for download. But there still hasn’t been a truly remarkable virtual reality film, despite the best efforts of the</i> …

Bye-Bye, Bullies: This School’s “Buddy Bench” Helps Lonely Kids Find Playmates

Bid farewell to your cynicism, friends, because a school in Canada has introduced a “buddy bench” to promote inclusive playtime.<p>Saskatoon’s Willowgrove School placed the bench inside the school’s playground, and it has since been a big hit with the youngsters. The rules of the bench are as follows: …

Loneliness

The Man Behind Ikea’s World-Conquering Flat-Pack Design

Gillis Lundgren, who designed Ikea’s logo, over 200 Ikea products, and the company’s flat-pack business model, has died.<p>Gillis Lundgren, one the most important designers of the 20th century, has died at 86, <i>The Washington Post</i> reports. But there’s a good chance you’ve never heard his name …

Furniture

What It’s Like to Be Interviewed By Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, And Anna Wintour

As much as you can prepare for the standard interview, it can all go out the window when you are speaking to a legendary boss.<p>Sitting across the desk from a hiring manager is nerve wracking enough, but imagine if the person doing the interviewing is a business legend like Elon Musk or Anna Wintour? …

Everything You Need To Know Before The Academy Awards 2016

So to make sure you are as up to speed as you can be, here’s (most of) what Co.Create and <i>Fast Company</i> have had to say about the awards show itself as …

The Oscars

How The “Deadpool” Writers Delivered The Deadpool Of Every Fan’s Dreams

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick talk about working with Ryan Reynolds to make the long-gestating film uncompromisingly, definitively Deadpool.<p>It takes supreme humility to forego traditional writing credits for the film you wrote. Or it would, at least, if you didn’t instead bill yourself and your …

Comics

How To Raise Resilient Kids

No, you can’t eliminate every single tantrum, but you can help your child learn to bounce back from life’s bigger disappointments.<p>When you’re a kid, everything is a tragedy. Somebody cut the waffle in half and not quarters? Tantrum. Can’t finish a puzzle? There’s something wrong with you. Not …

8 Classic Novels Reduced To Their Punctuation

What can you tell about Moby Dick and other literary masterpieces after you’ve stripped out all the words?<p>What’s a novel without its words? Just punctuation. But when you take those lines of commas, periods, exclamation points, and quotes, then arrange them in a big spiral, you can still tell …

10 Tricks Every Apple TV Owner Should Know

So you finally cut your cable and bought the new Apple TV. With Siri, an app store, and a touchscreen remote, it’s no longer just for Apple fanatics. …

Smart TV

How Writer/Director Peter Landesman Took on the NFL With ‘Concussion’

The new Will Smith drama is raising eyebrows, and some serious questions. Here’s what it’s like calling out an American institution.<p>Peter Landesman is used to tackling tough subjects. The former <i>New York Times Magazine</i> journalist has written about everything from Russian arms traffickers to genocide …

Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York

One midwinter in 1950s New York, Harper Lee went to stay with friends. Little did she know she was about to receive the gift of a lifetime… Illustrations by Bill Bragg<p>Several years ago, I was living in New York and working for an airline, so I never got home to Alabama for Christmas – if, indeed, I …

5 Men Talk About Their Struggles With Body Image

Five men discuss their relationship with their body, how it's affected their lives, and how to move forward.<p><i>Few and far between are the honest conversations between men about their bodies, their insecurities, and their perceptions of how they look. This is an online conversation among five men that</i> …

YouTube, The Webbys, And You Voted For These Most Iconic Ads Of 2015

We’ve already seen the ads that got the most people to click over the last year, but over the first week of December YouTube and The Webbys picked out 25 of the most viewed ads and asked people to vote for the most iconic ads across five different categories.<p>Those categories included the ad That …

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Charles and Ray Eames

As a major retrospective of the lauded designers' work opens at the Barbican, we reveal ten little-known facts about their life and creative …

Design

How Microsoft Created A New Xbox Experience

The release of the redesigned Xbox One interface shows Microsoft’s support for both the old and the new. It was a long path to get there.<p>Click. Then another click. You swipe and button-press through menu after menu to get to your goal: creating a party so that you and your friends can chat while …

Windows 10

Every Single Expensive Thing in James Bond’s Spectre, Explained

You may have heard that in the new James Bond movie <i>Spectre</i>, Daniel Craig’s Bond drives an <b>Aston Martin DB10 prototype,</b> one of only 10 made and worth …