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NASA Graphics Standards Manual, Reissued
The 1975 rebranding presentation gets resurrrected in hardcover form, exclusively on Kickstarter
by Nara Shin
The tale of NASA's two logos recently resurfaced, bringing to light a battle won, or lost—depending on who you speak to. During the Nixon administration, US government agencies were pushed to undertake visual makeovers through the "Federal Design...
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Dyson's First-Ever Humidifier
Hygenically misted air utilizing ultraviolet filtering and the brand's acclaimed Air Multiplier technology
by Josh Rubin
To put it simply, Dyson knows a lot about air. From their vacuums and Airblade, to their fan's patented Air Multiplier technology, the brand has reimagined manipulation of environmental flow. It only makes sense, then, that they would release a...
TECH
Nextbit's New Robin Phone Gets Close to the Cloud
Optimal storage capabilities with integration of the cloud into the OS
by Josh Rubin
Mobile phones have come a long way since the 2000s (just take a look at our hands-on review of the Nokia E70 in 2006). More than a decade later, as smartphones have undeniably become daily essential tool in our lives, it feels like we're reaching...
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Test Drive: McLaren 650S Spider
A weekend behind the wheel and loving every nanosecond
by CH Contributor
by Michael Frank There is a moment while I’m driving the $285,000, 642-horsepower McLaren 650S Spider that physically hurts. The car is hurtling fluidly around a corner with so much tenacity and grip that I can feel the g-forces bending against...
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Pingbell Brings the Traditional Bike Bell To Present Day
More than a signal for alerting pedestrians, it's a device that tracks position
by David Graver
In bike-friendly cities, more often than not, one's ride is stored in a sea of other bikes, or in the closest place available—which might not be the easiest to remember. One year ago, Amsterdam-based studio FROLIC proposed a simple solution: a...
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Simple, Advanced Happy Ears Earplugs
Blocking out harmful noise without sacrificing sound quality
by Richard Prime
Stand at a concert in Sweden and you’ll notice that the vast majority of the crowd will pause moments before the band comes onstage to reach into their pockets and retrieve earplugs. Likewise, on the streets, fingers go in ears the moment an emergency...
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Cross Star Wars Limited Edition Pens
The famous American brand's collection is available now at Bezar's pop-up shop
by Josh Rubin
Founded a long time ago (in 1846) in a galaxy not so far away, Cross is the United States' oldest manufacturer of fine writing instruments. Yet, even with such a significant history and heritage behind them, the brand is unafraid to be playful...
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What We're Reading: Music Books
Take a break from the headphones to dive into pages about Philip Glass and vinyl heads
by Nara Shin
After you've listened to album after album on Spotify, recovered from a weeknight concert, bombasted by music at the local bar, it's sometimes nice to let the ears rest. There's still another way to get your music fix, however—in the form of bound...
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The Inaugural CH25 Draws to a Close
After a search for and celebration of the next generation of future-makers, our program with Cadillac ends for 2015
by CH Editors
Back in May this year, we joined forces with Cadillac and embarked on a search for emerging talent—individuals who are shaping and informing the future. From designers of super-smart wearable tech to founders whose businesses empower people in developing...
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New music from Here We Go Magic and Petite Noir, a mixtape by poet Sampa the Great and more in this week's musical round-up
by CH Editors
Sampa the Great: The Great Mixtape For "The Great Mixtape," poet and vocalist Sampa the Great sings and rhymes with a political conscience, dragging words out slowly or stuttering them out rapid fire over producer Godriguez's jazzy beats. Exploring...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
The meaning of Serena Williams, affordable prosthetics and more in this week's look around the web
by CH Editors
1.10 Years After Hurricane Katrina Before the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina hit 10 years ago, New Orleans was a dramatically different city. There are now 100,000 fewer black residents living there and property prices are increasing, but new...

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Scented Crying Candles by The Jacks
The young Korean designers make melting animal faces and human brains adorable

We've seen our fair share of handmade scented candles and thoughtful containers, but it's the ones hiding a devious personality underneath that really go the extra mile. PyroPet's cat and bird forms (which reveal a metallic skeleton inside) are a favorite...

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Scented Crying Candles by The Jacks
The young Korean designers make melting animal faces and human brains adorable
TECH
Capturing Alaska on a Cellphone
Glaciers, dogsledding and landscapes remembered through Microsoft Lumia's phone camera and software

Home to seven out of 10 of the largest national parks in the United States (and the federal government happens to be the largest landowner in the state), Alaska is, without a doubt, one of the most unique places in the country. There's more to The...

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Capturing Alaska on a Cellphone
Glaciers, dogsledding and landscapes remembered through Microsoft Lumia's phone camera and software
TECH
Oswalds Mill Audio
Founder Jonathan Weiss explains why bigger is sometimes better when it comes to sound

A beautifully restored mill house, hidden in the Dutch country of Pennsylvania, sits on a quiet creek. There are no massive stone wheels turning within, only vinyl records being broadcast on some of the highest quality stereo systems available...

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Oswalds Mill Audio
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Fells / Åndes
Luft Throw
$395

Made from the softest, revered fibers of Peruvian baby alpaca, this Luft Throw from Fells / Åndes—a new San Francisco-based brand championing "warm minimalism"—is an indulgent way to stay warm at home. The cyan color whispers across the material in a delicate gradient for a quiet burst of bright blue.

Concrete Cat
Octavia Ashtray
$150

Edmonton, Canada-based husband-and-wife team Concrete Cat makes everything from bathroom countertops to reception desks to ashtrays—all using a concrete base. The octagonal ashtrays in particular show off fun experiments in colors and patterns, as Concrete Cat teases out bright pastels, brilliantly bold hues, organic-inspired faux marbling and more—the total opposite of what comes to mind when you think of concrete.

Fornasetti
Sardine Scent-Diffusing Sphere
$450

Having "stinky" sardines on an aroma vessel (that resembles a fortune teller's orb) is a cheeky, bold statement—but don't worry, it's not the scent being diffused through the charcoal-like reeds. "Otto" is Fornasetti's aromatic signature, with top notes of thyme and lavender and base notes of incense, balsam and birch. The decorative diffusing sphere pipes "Otto" through the room for three to six months.

Wolfum
Olga Metallic Teepee
$325

Wolfum's eye-catching printed textiles and wallpaper are created with sustainability in mind, from fabric made of recycled PET bottles combined with organic cotton. All made in the USA, this black and gold teepee reaches six feet tall and becomes a vibrant home base for whatever you—err, your kids dreams up.

Adam J Kurtz
Myself Pennant
$10

Get with the winning team with graphic designer Adam J Kurtz's (aka AdamJK) "Myself" pennant. Put the sparkly banner somewhere you'll see it daily for a regular memo that you are the best, or give it to somebody who might need the reminder.

Pfeiffer + Evernote
Tablet Platform
$65

Lacking unsightly screws or nails, the new Pfeiffer + Evernote tablet stand is made from one piece of bent plywood, creating an organic appeal. Built to display your tablet at just the right angle for comfortable viewing, the platform also features a charging slot to minimize visibility of messy cords. From its slim profile to subtle woodgrain and discreetly place logo on the back, it's a sophisticated stand for your office.

R+Co
Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste
$28

R+Co's latest addition to its line of eye-catching hair products is an unusual combination of dry shampoo and styling paste, which helps create that effortless just-rolled-out-of-bed look—sans the oiliness. When rubbed between the hands, the paste—made from volcanic ash, zeolite, sunflower seed extract and more—transforms into a powdery dust that adds volume and texture.

Cactus Tongue
Wall Mounted Bike Holder
$110

The British-made Cactus Tongue takes its name from the fact that it resembles a giant Saguaro cactus, with curvy arms to hold a bike horizontally or vertically. The powder-coated Zintec steel Cactus Tongue UNI (with weatherproof PVC sleeves to protect your bike from the metal) works for both indoor or outdoor use, but for a higher end aesthetic variation, the more expensive stainless steel version (with leather sleeves) is also worthy of holding your prized bike.

Ghostly + Warby Parker
Henning Sunglasses
$145

For their most recent collaboration, Ghostly and Warby Parker have created a pair of minimal and classy sunglasses: the Henning. Made from premium matte acetate and Japanese titanium, the frames offer 100% UV protection and an anti-scratch coating—for those klutzes who are always dropping their shades on the sidewalk. The branding is also super-minimal, with just a small badge boasting the cute Ghostly logo at the end of the arms—adding a little playful edge, but ultimately staying sophisticated. Most importantly though, for each set of Hennings sold, a pair is given to somebody in need.

Public Supply
Ty Williams' Special Edition Notebook
$15

Even in the digital age, there's nothing quite like carrying a good notebook. As longtime fans of NYC's Public - Supply, we were taken with their latest collaborative offering; notebooks designed by mixed-media artist Ty Williams. Only 750 of the 96-page notebooks (printed in the States) exist. The paper is all Rainforest Alliance Certified, acid-free and composed of 10% recycled material.

HoldFast
Camera Swagg
$130

Photographers know the burden of carrying around two or more cameras in order to never miss that perfect moment. Lightening the load is Oklahoma-based Matthew Swaggart, whose sturdy, handmade leather multi-camera harness (dubbed the "MoneyMaker") lets you shoot with speed, comfort—and style. He's now created an alternate version—to the delight of his vegan friends—made from synthetic materials, making the straps even lighter and also affordable.

Faike
Transcendent Plant
$695

From new leather goods line Faike comes a snake plant that will stand the test of time, no matter how many business trips you take. Made from black leather and encased wire, the eight individual leaves bend to however you please becoming an adaptive sculpture of sorts.

House of Cards
Puberty Blues Tote Bag
$99

Whether a nod to awkward adolescences or the iconic Australian coming-of-age novel "Puberty Blues," House of Cards' new bag makes teen angst look great. The tote is made from 100% rippled, pool water-printed cotton and features a zip-up compartment inside to keep all your treasures safe. Most charming, though, is the baby blue and pale pink "Puberty Blues" patch sewn onto the side.

Belly Kids
Milhouse From Memory Book
$11

With over 100 illustrations of everyday hero Milhouse Van Houten (aka Bart Simpson's BFF) each drawn from memory, Kieran Gabriel's new book promises to delight readers. The drawings—by professional artists including Jean Jullien, Kali Ciesemier, Rose Blake and non-artists alike—are charming, strange and entirely sweet; evoking Van Houten's adorable underdog vibe. An essential book for any The Simpsons enthusiast.

Hay Mini Market
Phi Scissors
$37

Danish design studio Hay, founded back in 2002, creates furniture and various products for the home. Their latest design to pique our interest is this pair of beautiful, gold-handled Phi scissors. Made from plated carbon and available in two sizes, the scissors are a functional and stylish addition to your office or kitchen.

Studio Banana Things
Kangaroo Light
$119

Studio Banana Things's Kangaroo Light is a strikingly designed luminaire that's not only foldable and portable, but also wirelessly connects to your smartphone. With 24 built-in LEDs, the light boasts a gentle glow and can last for two hours, powered by a lithium battery or having been charged via a USB port. It's a super-functional object that's also quite beautiful to gaze upon.

Flight 001
F1 Spacepak Organizer
$42

Packing (and unpacking, shudder) becomes a bit more bearable with Flight 001's nifty Spacepak differently colored and sized bags for toiletries, socks and underwear, clothes, shoes and even suits. The bags not only keep things well-organized and compressed, saving space, but with a dual compartment separating "clean" and "laundry," your stinky gym socks will never infiltrate the rest of your precious belongings. It's comforting to land and find your PJs immediately without turning your suitcase into an excavation site.

Alexander Girard + Paperless Post
Heart of Love Card
$1

While many are familiar with Alexander Girard's acclaimed graphic designs, most people may not know he was a prolific letter writer. Appropriately, the iconic (oft times patterned-based) works by the celebrated mid-century architect and designer have found a new home with online notecard innovators Paperless Post. From glowing graphic hearts and suns to vibrant striped patterns, every card delivers something beautiful. You can also order them in real paper, or send them via the online service.

Spin-Clean
Retro Record Washer
$65

Keep your beloved vinyl collection in tip-top condition with this manual washer from Spin-Clean. Offering a compact, made-in-USA unit that's more affordable than its high-tech counterparts, Spin-Clean celebrates 40 years of taking lint, dust and fingerprints off of records with a retro limited version in its original color and shaped box.

bfgf
Sunroom Blanket
$175

Working with digitally printed textiles and natural fibers, LA-based brand bfgf makes super-charming blankets that are just as much functional products as they are artwork. Their 100% cotton Sunroom Blanket features a serene scene that's sure to add a little zen to any room in the house.

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Sevdaliza: That Other Girl
Iran-born, Netherlands-based singer Sevdaliza has just released a video for her arresting and minimalist song "That Other Girl." Made in collaboration with experimental artists Pussykrew, the visuals are a glossy, metallic, dripping, surreal journey...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Car Seat Headrest: Something Soon
Will Toledo is pretty prolific for a 22-year-old: he's already churned out 11 albums straight to Bandcamp in the past five years. Under the moniker Car Seat Headrest (not wanting to be audible to his family, Toledo would take his computer and drive...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Synkro: Midnight Sun
Manchester, UK-based electronic music producer Synkro searches for the emotion within his instrumental tracks, regardless of what genre he's experimenting with. The track "Midnight Sun," off of Synkro's debut album Changes set to release this September...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Foals: What Went Down
Since their global debut in 2008, English band Foals has released raucous, nuanced and thoughtful music worth moving one's body to. Today, 28 August 2015, they've dropped their fourth full-length album, What Went Down, featuring 10 blistering tracks...
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EDITORIAL
Junior Boys: What You Won't Do For Love
Junior Boys are back from their "hibernation," as they've Tweeted, with an electronic music-driven cover of Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do For Love." It's very fitting—as the opening lyrics are "I guess you wonder where I've been." Arpeggiated...
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EDITORIAL
Sampa the Great: The Great Mixtape
For "The Great Mixtape," poet and vocalist Sampa the Great sings and rhymes with a political conscience, dragging words out slowly or stuttering them out rapid fire over producer Godriguez's jazzy beats. Exploring hip-hop, R&B and spoken word with...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Petite Noir: MDR
Describing his sound as "Noirwave," Cape Town-based singer and producer Petite Noir (aka Yannick Ilunga) is set to release his album La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful next month. From it comes his latest release, "MDR." It's a track that—as Petite...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Here We Go Magic: Ordinary Feeling
While Here We Go Magic got the locals at Rockaway Beach dancing with the energy in "Falling," they juxtapose it with their second offering from their upcoming album Be Small (out 16 October 2015 via Secretly Canadian). The unhurried "Ordinary Feeling...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Courtney Barnett: Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party
Summing up the weekend vibe (or maybe even adult life) is Courtney Barnett's "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party," and the Melbourne singer-songwriter shared the message with Londoners this week in a surprise live set outside Camden Town...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
How To Dress Well: Precious Love
How To Dress Well's gorgeous, lush album What Is This Heart? has passed its one-year anniversary, but he's released a video for one of the record's standouts, "Precious Love" (the one which cleverly samples hold music from Cisco). The casual video...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Shigeto: Pulse
Having stayed quiet for the past two years while touring and working on other projects (like forming the jazz quartet High Risk), Detroit-based Shigeto has resurfaced with the beautifully composed instrumental electronic track "Pulse." With vocal samples...

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