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DESIGN
Tangeez Tangible Lights
We first came across Tangeez—colorful, interactive, light-up building blocks—at this year's Maker Faire. A long-anticipated reinvention of the classic toy, these mesmerizing, palm-sized objects change color as they're stacked. Dubbed "physical pixels...
CULTURE
Artst Tlk
Pharrell Williams can easily be called a modern-day renaissance man. Already known as a gifted musician, producer, skateboarder and fashion designer, in his new video series Artst Tlk Williams subtly reveals himself as a highly capable conversationalist...
FOOD-DRINK
Wine Simplified
From Open Air Publishing—the group behind the swine-focused "Better Bacon Book"—comes "Wine Simplified," an iOS-based user's guide to wine. The multimedia book includes 13 chapters with information from reading labels to the role of...
DESIGN
Making Things Story
In yet another stellar iteration of Story, Rachel Shechtman presents "Making Things," a temporary concept store focused on the act of creation. Part retail experience, part educational series, Story partnered with GE to debut "GE Garages," a community...
STYLE
Ed Roth
Drawn to stenciling years ago as affordable form of art, stencil artist Ed Roth is now an industry wizard, applying his chosen medium to everything from postcards to rugs. Roth, a talented artist and natural teacher, recently stopped by CH HQ for...
DESIGN
Bird Bingo
London's Magma Books gives new meaning to bird calling with a handsomely illustrated bingo set featuring 64 of the world's most exotic feathered friends. Tapping RCA grad Christine Berrie to bring Bird Bingo to life, Magma's take on the classic...
DESIGN
Test Drives: Mustang Boss 302
Ford invited me to spend the day at their Ford Racing High Performance Driving School at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. The "Boss Track Attack" was the featured program—an opportunity to push the new Mustang Boss 302 on a professional...
CULTURE
TED-Ed
For years TED has fulfilled their mission of spreading ideas and inspiration through conferences, media and research fellowships. Taking this a step further and in the direction of generations to come, today TED launches a new TED-Ed initiative...
DESIGN
¡Oh! ¡Un zig-zag!
Illustrator Antonio Ladrillo maintains a humble profile. "I live in Barcelona," he says, "and I spend most of my time creating creatures, designing banners and flyers for night clubs, printing t-shirts and painting big black spots on pictures. I...
CULTURE
This Means This, This Means That
Those who have tried to plough through the works of Ferdinand de Saussure or Jacques Derrida are likely to flee from anything with "semiotics" in the title—and with good reason. Without a significant amount of time and dedication, the field...
TECH
Playtime Appcessories
With additional reporting by James Thorne Realizing that competing with the popularity of smartphones and tablets is a game they've already lost, toy manufacturers are finding ways to incorporate apps and devices into their product experience. New...
DESIGN
Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon
The comprehensive language of architecture has been mastered by only a select few. While many of us may have a basic grasp from that freshman survey course, most would be hard-pressed to identify the difference between Roman and Greek doric columns...
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