Michele Siegel

Michele Siegel appears in the following:

Back to School: Teacher Redesign

Friday, January 20, 2012

Teachers deserve better than the old-fashioned visual junk they're often stuck with—apples, ABCs, one-room schoolhouses with bells on top. A top-notch graphic designer fixed all that.

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Redesigning Teachers: Inside the Design Studio

Friday, January 13, 2012

To rebrand educators for the 21st century, Studio 360 selected Hyperakt, a New York design firm that’s done projects for UNICEF and GOOD magazine, among others. At a recent brainstorming session, former public school teacher Jenna Shapiro summed up the concern of her colleagues ...

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Big in 2012: Our Predictions

Friday, January 06, 2012

Kurt Andersen notes that we're in an age of flux and paralysis at the same time. In entertainment, we yearn for authenticity — but ten million of us watch the Kardashians every week. Where do we go from here? Playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick and Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams help ...

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Newt Gingrich: The Candidate as Novelist

Friday, December 09, 2011

It seems like every Republican presidential campaign right now is doubling as a book tour (Michele Bachmann’s Core of Conviction: My Story, Ron Paul’s Liberty Defined, Rick Perry’s Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington). But this double duty is nothing new for candidate Newt Gingrich ...

Bonus Track: An Historian’s Analysis

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Teachers: No More Apple Crapple

Friday, December 09, 2011

For our next redesign project, Studio 360 is giving schoolteachers a makeover. Turns out a lot of teachers hate the treacly, old-fashioned visual imagery that gets dumped on them (ABCs, 123s, chalkboards, rulers, apples). One teacher told us she calls this iconography "apple crapple." ...

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Kate Winslet

Friday, December 09, 2011

Kate Winslet was just 21 when she starred in the mega-blockbuster Titanic (1997). She's been in high demand ever since.

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2011: Dud Year for Movies?

Friday, December 02, 2011

This year saw a record number of sequels, reboots, and spin-offs: of the ten highest grossing movies, only one, Bridesmaids, was entirely original. Kurt Andersen talks with Sharon Waxman, editor of Hollywood business site The Wrap, about why 2011 ended up being a mediocre year for films ...

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Taming the Internet's Wild West

Friday, November 18, 2011

For as long as there's been a World Wide Web, there's been a giant unresolved issue with what’s on it: those millions of songs, videos, TV and movie clips we enjoy for free — somebody owns each one. Now Congress is trying to tame the internet's wild west. This week the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on ...

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American Icons: The House of Mirth

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lily is a smart single woman, a beauty in demand on the party circuit. But Lily is nearing thirty, and struggling to manage money, friendships, and romance. In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants to set her own destiny ...

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A Great Moment for 20th Century Photography

Monday, November 07, 2011

Right now 20th century photography geeks are experiencing something of a perfect storm. From a new coffee table book, to a major museum exhibition, to images just made available on Wikimedia Commons ...

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Private Space Gone Public at Wall Street

Friday, October 14, 2011

Kurt Andersen and Michael Kimmelman head to Lower Manhattan to check out the transformation of Zuccotti Park, the plaza at the center of the Occupy Wall Street protest. Kimmelman is the architecture critic for the New York Times. The protesters haven’t built permanent structures, but Kimmelman believes they are creating ...

Slideshow: On Location at Zuccotti Park

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About Face

Friday, October 07, 2011

There are thousands of closed–circuit surveillance cameras in New York City. One of them belongs to the artist Wafaa Bilal. Last year, Bilal had a tiny camera surgically embedded in the back of his head. And since then, his camera has automatically snapped pictures of whatever is behind him — once per minute ...

Bonus Track: Name That Plant

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Street Art Storms Russia

Friday, September 30, 2011

This week, Russian president Dmitri Medvedev announced that Vladimir Putin would be United Russia's candidate next year, all but assuring him the presidency — possibly until 2024. Many in Russia saw this coming, and the country’s artists have been pioneering new forms of risky, highly public dissent ...

Slideshow: Political Russian Street Art

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Wesley Stace Becomes John Wesley Harding

Friday, September 30, 2011

Wesley is a talented man. His third novel (under his given name, Wesley Stace) came out this year, a crime story called Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer. Under the stage name John Wesley Harding, he always seems to have an album coming out. His twelfth is The Sound of His Own Voice ...

Video: "I Should Have Stopped"

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Finding the Future in a 2,000 Year Old Poem

Friday, September 30, 2011

An epic poem written more than 2,000 years ago by a Roman named Lucretius may be one of Western culture's most profound examples of art anticipating scientific discovery and modern thought. The poem is called "On the Nature of Things", and it presents all kinds of radical ...


Museum Cancels Exhibit of Palestinian Kids’ Art

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is back on the front pages this week. The Palestinian Authority is seeking admission as a member state to the United Nations and emotions are running high — even about an exhibit at a tiny museum in Oakland, California. This weekend, the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) planned to open an exhibition ...

Slideshow: Work from “A Child’s View from Gaza”

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Albert Brooks Goes Gangster

Friday, September 16, 2011

If you’re of a certain generation, you will always love Albert Brooks for his role as a nervous TV producer in Broadcast News; if you’re of another, you will always love him as the voice of a daddy clownfish in Finding Nemo. But his latest performance may also be his greatest, and is already generating Oscar buzz ...

Bonus Track: Brooks on Twitter

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Miranda July Sees the Future

Friday, July 29, 2011

Six years ago, the indie film Me and You and Everyone We Know took everyone else by surprise. It was a smart, funny first-time feature by the short story writer and performance artist Miranda July. Her second film, in which she also stars, is called ...

Inside: July performs psychic readings for listeners

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Sapphire: From Precious to The Kid

Friday, July 22, 2011

When you’ve invested hours in the lives of characters in a book, you naturally imagine what becomes of them after the last page.  The novelist Sapphire has done the same, in a sequel to her 1996 book Push (which was the basis for the movie...

Bonus Track: How Push became Precious

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The Waste Land 2.0

Friday, June 24, 2011

April may be the cruelest month, but June has been good for T.S. Eliot’s landmark poem, The Waste Land. Eighty-nine years after it was published, the poem became a runaway hit in the form of a new iPad application that’s selling like gangbusters...

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