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Meet The Preeminent Illustrator Of The Trump Era

Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban immigrant with an uncanny gift for satire, is America’s illustrator in chief.<p>In early 2016, the Cuban artist and illustrator Edel Rodriguez started posting political, stirring images he’d created of Donald Trump online–of Trump dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes, of Trump burning …

False Alarms of the Apocalypse

At a time when state and non-state actors alike are resorting to disinformation operations, reliable official information is critical.<p>Early this morning, residents of Hawaii received an emergency alert on their cell phones and on their television screens: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO …

North Korea

Charles and Ray Eames: The couple who shaped the way we live

Charles and Ray Eames were two of the most influential designers of the 20th Century. William Cook looks at how the pair worked together to create designs that still inspire today.<p>Charles and Ray Eames are most famous for their iconic chairs, which transformed our idea of modern furniture, but this …

Avant-garde

Google’s AI builds its own AI child and it’s better than anything humans have made

Is this the begining of the end for humanity?<p>Google’s AI-building AI actually went ahead and built a fully-functional AI child that, as it turns out, …

How Vice Crushed One Agency’s Dreams–Then Inspired Its Best Work

The boutique agency Gretel did the branding for Viceland — a design that isn’t so much a culmination of Gretel’s work, as a repudiation of it.<p>The boutique agency Gretel has been the force behind some of the best TV channel branding of the last few years: Netflix, IFC, and Viceland, which might be …

'Would you be willing?': words to turn a conversation around (and those to avoid)

Choose your words carefully and you can get someone to change their mind, or see you in a new light<p>It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it – isn’t it? According to language analysts, we may have this wrong. ‘‘We are pushed and pulled around by language far more than we realise,” says Elizabeth …

The Lines That Divide America

Americans are increasingly segregated by socioeconomic class—and have forgotten that all citizens deserve a shot at moving ahead.<p>Think of waiting in a long, slow-moving line, like the security lines at an airport. What’s your emotional reaction when you see someone cutting ahead of you, or shifting …

Legendary Logo Designer Ivan Chermayeff Dies

The graphic designer and corporate branding pioneer created iconic logos for NBC, the Smithsonian, and more.<p>Ivan Chermayeff–legendary designer of NBC’s prismatic peacock, the Smithsonian’s sunburst logo, Showtime’s wordmark, hundreds of posters, and numerous corporate identities–died on December 2. …

How the Family-Run Underground Museum Became One of L.A.’s Most Vital Cultural Forces

The night after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, <i>Moonlight</i> director Barry Jenkins made his way to the Underground Museum, a buzzy cultural hub and alternative art space in the ­predominantly black-and-Latino neighborhood of Arlington Heights, in ­Central Los Angeles. Walking into the small …

Meet the Illustrator Behind Lincoln Center’s Most Memorable Posters

James McMullan, the Toulouse-Lautrec of contemporary New York, has captured the city’s cultural pulse with his inimitable posters for the Lincoln Center Theater. After three decades, the artist still treats his daunting mandate as if he were just starting out.<p>In 1979, the illustrator James McMullan …

Earth Is Getting Hit by Too Much Anti-Matter, And Nobody Knows Why

What is going on?<p>Amid the high speed cosmic rays raining down on us from the depths of space are a handful of antimatter particles called …

Physics

Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Does Backflips Now and It's Full-Tilt Insane

Atlas, the hulking humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics, now does backflips. I’ll repeat that. It’s a hulking humanoid that does backflips.<p>Check out …

Robotics

Google's AI expert believes humans and AI will merge before 2030

Google futurist Ray Kurzweil believes AI-powered humans are coming within the next 12 years<p>Humans and AI could merge by 2029 if Google’s AI and …

Singularity