Matthew Lebowitz

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Molly Ringwald's brilliant essay about John Hughes is a superb exploration of what it means to love "problematic" art

If you've been paying attention, you might already know that Molly Ringwald is a brilliant writer with smart things to say about the movies that made …

Teens

What America is getting wrong about three important words in the Second Amendment

On Wednesday night, CNN hosted a town hall about gun violence with members of the community of Parkland, Florida, which only a week earlier had experienced a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen students and teachers lost their lives.<p>The town hall was remarkable in many …

10 ways to fix your résumé when you're not entry-level anymore

It may not feel like it, but once you've got a few years of job experience under your belt, you're not an entry-level employee anymore — you're mid-level.<p>Your approach to finding a job will need to change accordingly.<p>No longer can you rely on what you did in college to impress potential employers — …

Employment

7 must-read books for design students

Heading off to uni this year, and looking for recommendations for graphic design books to keep you inspired? Maybe you're already studying and keen …

Graphic Design

How to opt out of Equifax's rights-stripping arbitration clause

During the five weeks after hackers stole 143 million Americans' data from Equifax, and while its execs were selling off their stock by the millions, …

Identity Theft

Mastering the Pen Tool with "The Bezier Game"

Give it your bez shot<p>As someone who learned to use CAD before Illustrator, I've always hated the pen tool. My first CAD jockey jobs required perfect …

Tutorials

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

Dairy

Building a Brand, Part II: Creating a Branding Style Guide

In Part I: What Is A Brand?, we discussed the basic elements of branding and some beginning steps towards building it. Now, to keep you (and all your …

7 new graphic design tools to make your life easier

The graphic design software scene is very dynamic right now, with new tools being released all the time. Some of these new and updated apps could …

Graphic Design

Trumpism Corrupts: Spicer Edition

The first official White House press conference is on Monday, but Sean Spicer called a Very Special Presser Saturday evening. Why? He had something …

Donald Trump

Russia Is Already Winning

If you understand what the Kremlin is up to, the news is grim. But it also gives us a clear path to fight back.<p>The whirlwind of Russian spy news over the past few weeks has forced Americans to confront questions that previously would only have seemed possible in fiction: Did a foreign power …

Russia

The Hero’s Journey

<b>The Hero’s Journey</b> is a pattern discovered in mythological stories by the American Scholar, Joseph Campbell. Campbell maintained that all …

The 1987 TV Miniseries That Predicted a Russian Takeover of America

Long since forgotten, ‘Amerika’ was a commercial and artistic flop. Watching it today makes for uncomfortable viewing.<p>If the election of an American president abetted by Russian interference seems stranger than fiction, you're almost right. Exactly 30 years ago, in the midst of the Cold War, ABC …

Political Science

Download 20 Free eBooks on Design from O’Reilly Media

A quick note: Thanks to O'Reilly Media, you can now download 20 free ebooks focused on design--everything from <i>Designing for Cities</i>, to <i>Designing for</i> …

How the Democratic Party Lost Its Way

During my 20 years in Democratic campaigns, I’ve seen the party operation decline into an insular and myopic letdown. But I also know how it can recover.<p>I made my first visit to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 1998, when I was campaign manager for a longshot candidate running …

Government

You can watch an 'unaltered' version of Star Wars in HD today, if you bend the law

<i>Star Wars</i> is close to holy for many fans of cinema.<p>We remember growing up with the movies, and having them look a very specific way. You think of the colors of certain scenes, and the fact that Han shot first. The X-Wings fly in very distinct patterns.<p>The Star Wars that was released in 1977 no …

The \"Two Trumps\" surface in president-elect's transition

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's skeptics hope the presidency will reveal a serious side of the brash businessman. His supporters want him to keep the freewheeling style that rattled Washington.<p>In true Trump fashion, so far he's doing both.<p>Trump has soothed some Republican establishment anxieties …

Donald Trump

Who Lost The White House?

After a long, ugly, and immensely stupid presidential election, a modest plurality of a little more than half of voting-age Americans voted to make a …

Democratic Party

Hyperpartisan Facebook Pages Are Publishing False And Misleading Information At An Alarming Rate

A BuzzFeed News analysis found that three big right-wing Facebook pages published false or misleading information 38% of the time during the period analyzed, and three large left-wing pages did so in nearly 20% of posts.<p>Hyperpartisan political Facebook pages and websites are consistently feeding …

The forces that drove this election’s media failure are likely to get worse

Segregated social universes, an industry moving from red states to the coasts, and mass media’s revenue decline: The disconnect between two realities shows no sign of abating.<p>One way to think of the job journalism does is telling a community about itself, and on those terms the American media …

Journalism

Recurring 'Star Wars' Patterns In 'The Force Awakens' Are More Than Just 'Member-Berries'

You’d think that a movie, which grossed over $2 billion worldwide and re-ignited a franchise, wouldn’t need defending. You’d presume that a film that made just under a billion domestically last year wouldn’t be the subject of a ton of smart-alecky criticism. Yet here we are.<p><i>South Park</i>‘s Trey Parker …

Star Wars

Obama: Clinton's ambition might be questioned if she's president

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama said Hillary Clinton's ambition might be questioned if she becomes president, during a Halloween-themed interview aired Monday.<p>"If and when Hillary is president, what do you think will be the female equivalent of 'you weren't born in this country?'" …

Presidential Debate

New From Target And Dwell: Chic, Modern Furniture For $400 Or Less

Modern design finally within reach?<p>Today Target and the the shelter magazine <i>Dwell</i> announced a 120-piece furniture and home accessories line. Available in late December, the collaboration is a marriage of the brands’ strong suits: <i>Dwell</i>’s aesthetic and Target’s ability to mass-produce products most …

Industrial Design

Superstore, NBC’s comedy about big-box store employees, translates offscreen chemistry into onscreen magic

The earnest show spotlights people who don’t usually get to be funny — or even seen — on TV.<p>The first thing the cast members of NBC’s sophomore comedy <i>Superstore</i> want you to know is that they’re not spinning some PR line when they tell you they’re friends.<p>Sitting in the cafe section of "Cloud 9" — …

TV

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Science Says Do Any 1 of These 9 Things

Or do them all. They work. Science says so.<p>Everyone wants to be happy, but many people aren't (especially people who live in Burundi.)<p>So how can you be happier?<p>If you want to be happier, there's good news and bad. Unfortunately, approximately 50% of your happiness, your "happiness set-point," is …

Happiness

Variable fonts, a new kind of font for flexible design

Just minutes ago, at the ATypI conference in Warsaw, the world was introduced to a new kind of font: a <b>variable</b> font. Jointly developed by Apple, …

Typography

Graphic Designers: Cheat Sheets That Simplify Design Elements, Print Terms, More

Image via Canva<p><b>Graphic designers</b> who are just starting out may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the myriad jargons used in the field.<p><b>Adding on to</b> these …

Graphic Design

Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs

Abstract<p>Peppermint (<i>Mentha piperita</i>) is a plant native to Europe and has been widely used as a carminative and gastric stimulant worldwide. This …

Gawker Was Murdered by Gaslight

Image by Jim CookeA lie with a billion dollars behind it is stronger than the truth. Peter Thiel has shut down Gawker.com.This is the final act in …

Journalism