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Presidio Trust design proposals prioritize accessibility

Presidio Trust design proposals prioritize accessibility

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Charged with attracting visitors—but not mobs of tourists—to a freshly blank outdoor space, design firm West 8, based in Rotterdam, Brussels, and New York, proposes a number of innovative ideas. A sloped oval-shaped walkway, that’s accessible to all. An enclosed meadow in the center of the walkway. Softer grass in the meadow, making it clear it’s […]

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Design that breathes life into important regulations

Design that breathes life into important regulations

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Imagine yourself as a recently-arrested juvenile offender. Or a father on his way to family court. Or a tenant with minimal knowledge of English and a landlord who’s refusing to repair a big leak. Look for help in some communities and you might be handed a typical brochure or pamphlet outlining concepts and policies you […]

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Amazon.com gets physical (with a brick and mortar store, that is)

Amazon.com gets physical (with a brick and mortar store, that is)

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amazon.com is the king of online retail. In 2013, Amazon reported just shy of $75 billion in sales. That’s the equivalent of every man, woman, child, and newborn on the planet shelling out a little more than ten bucks to Amazon in a single year. With statistics like these, it’s no wonder that Amazon.com’s recent […]

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MIT is developing smarter maps

MIT is developing smarter maps

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Google Street View is already somewhat of a revelation. The ability to see 360-degree images of millions of locations around the world is something we couldn’t have even imagined a generation ago. And yet, being able to look up images via address is just the beginning. Researchers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory […]

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Airline safety cards used to be a lot more fun

Airline safety cards used to be a lot more fun

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today, the airline safety cards (located in the back pocket of the seat in front of you), only get a passing glance from the millions of people that take to the air, but at one time they were eye-catching enough to deserve a thorough read. Douglas Wolk explores the history of these functional design pieces […]

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i0S 8’s new health app is one of its best features

i0S 8’s new health app is one of its best features

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

We’re all addicted to our cell phones for the convenience factor, the ability to reach out and call/text/email friends and family whenever and wherever we (and they) happen to be at any given moment. But we carry cell phones for the safety and security they provide, too. We’re just not as vulnerable out in the […]

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Artist highlights power of GPS technology with glowing orbs

Artist highlights power of GPS technology with glowing orbs

| October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

For those who grew up with the Internet, cell phones, GPS, and other modern technologies firmly in place, it’s difficult to imagine going through life without them. Even if you can remember when such antiquities as rotary phones, paper phone books, and foldout maps were ubiquitous, you’ve probably come to take for granted today’s technological […]

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