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How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs.<p>On December 1, 2009, to commemorate World <i>AIDS</i> Day, Twitter announced a promotion: if users employed the hashtag #red, their tweets would appear highlighted in red. Megan Phelps-Roper, a twenty-three-year-old legal …

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Review: blueLounge’s Portiko + Pixi bring elegance to Mac / iOS / Apple Watch charging + cable management

blueLounge isn’t a typical Apple accessory maker. If you look through its 15-year backcatalog of releases, you’ll notice that its products are markedly different from somewhat overlapping alternatives produced by rivals — intensely practical and cleanly-designed, yet sometimes so conceptually minor …

Kara Swisher Is Silicon Valley’s Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist. How Does That Work?

<b>The technology journalist</b> Kara Swisher likes to call herself Sherlock Homo, but on a spring evening in Austin, where she’d come for the SXSW …

Dropbox's Head of Design on the Dawn of Personalized Products

Soleio Cuervo has been thinking about how to tailor technology to users for almost a decade. And he’s had a pretty unique vantage point. As one of …

How “Frozen” Took Over the World

Earlier this month, BabyCentre, a popular parenting Web site, released its mid-year report on the top hundred names this year chosen by its members in the U.K.* Usually, the popularity of names stays roughly the same from one year to the next. But, this year, a name jumped two hundred and …

Leave work for a year to go live on a remote island? How a TED Talk inspired me to take a mid-career sabbatical

Winston Chen left his job at a software company in Boston and moved his family to the island of Rødøy, population 108, for a year. Here, Chen’s son …

What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine

Two glasses sit side by side on the table, each filled midway up with red wine. On the bottom of each stem is a white piece of paper. One reads “Wine A”; the other, “Wine B.” I, along with approximately one hundred and thirty others, have a simple assignment: taste both wines and rate their tastes …

Man vs. Machine

It’s the best player against the best team, with the whole world watching<p><i>T</i> <i>his can’t be happening</i>. At around the moment when Toni Kroos fired Philipp …

Material world: how Google discovered what software is made of

“It is a sufficiently advanced form of paper as to be indistinguishable from magic.”<p>Matias Duarte, vice president of design at Google, is telling me about the central principle of Material Design. It’s the unifying metaphor behind Google’s new design direction, providing a unified set of physics …

UI, UX: Who Does What? A Designer’s Guide To The Tech Industry

Plus: How Apple, Facebook, Google, and more tech-world heavyweights describe their design jobs.<p>Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says “I’m a designer,” it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by …

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Google Docs Gives Us A First Taste Of Google’s New Design Language

Last month, Google debuted a new design language they’re calling Material Design. It won’t roll out in full until the release of their next Android OS (called Android L). But today, you can spot some its principles manifesting in an update to Google Drive, along with its companion sites Docs, …