Buckminster Fuller’s Map of the World: The Innovation that Revolutionized Map Design (1943)

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Last week we brought you news of a world map purportedly more accurate than any to date, designed by Japanese architect and artist Hajime Narukawa. The map, called the AuthaGraph, updates a centuries-old method of turning the globe into a flat surface by first converting it to a cylinder.

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Japanese Designers May Have Created the Most Accurate Map of Our World: See the AuthaGraph

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“The world is not an illusion,” said Alfred Korzbyski, “it is an abstraction.” You may know Korzbyski for another famous maxim, “the map is not the territory.

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Abstract: Netflix’s New Documentary Series About “the Art of Design” Premieres Today

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All over the world, so many kids growing up, students looking for a major, and even adults angling for a career change say they want to get into “design.

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Philographics Presents a Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: 95 Philosophical Concepts as Graphic Designs

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We so often hear pictures described as worth a thousand words apiece, but the Philographics project seems to have found a way to increase that value by at least 27,218. Or it has if you believe its blurb from Co.Design: “It takes the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 28,250 words to explain the woolly concept of relativism.

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75 Years of CIA Maps Now Declassified & Made Available Online

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Satellite-connected devices do all the hard work of navigation for us: plan journeys, plot distances, tell us where we are and where we’re going. The age of the highly skilled cartographer may be coming to an end.

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Meet the Memphis Group, the Bob Dylan-Inspired Designers of David Bowie’s Favorite Furniture

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David Bowie, in his years at Bromley Technical High School before becoming David Bowie, studied not just music but art and design as well.

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W.E.B. Du Bois Creates Revolutionary, Artistic Data Visualizations Showing the Economic Plight of African-Americans (1900)

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Few people have done more to accurately foresee and help shape the century ahead of them as W.E.B. Du Bois. And perhaps few intellectuals from the early twentieth century still have as much critical relevance to our contemporary global crises.

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Every Exhibition Held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Presented in a New Web Site: 1929 to Present

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We all hate it when we hear of an exciting exhibition, only to find out that it closed last week — or 80 years ago. New York’s Museum of Modern Art has made great strides toward taking the sting out of such narrowly or widely-missed cultural opportunities with their new digital exhibition archive.

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Joseph Priestley Visualizes History & Great Historical Figures with Two of the Most Influential Infographics Ever (1769)

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Not a day now goes by without the appearance of new infographics, each of them meant to bring its viewers a fuller understanding of a subject or phenomenon (or convince them of an argument) at a glance.

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An Eye-Popping Collection of 400+ Japanese Matchbox Covers: From 1920 through the 1940s

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Phillumeny – the practice of collecting matchboxes – strikes me as a fun and practical hobby. As a child, I was fascinated with the contents of a large glass vase my grandparents had dedicated to this pursuit.

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