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Studio 360

Redesigning the South: Divide and Conquer

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Our team of designers has a strategy to come up with a new visual icon for the South: divide into two teams to come up with competing ideas.
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99% Invisible

179- Bathysphere

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

In 1860, a chance find at sea forever changed our understanding of marine habitats, sparking an unprecedented push to explore a new world of possibilities far below the surface of our planet’s oceans. Deep sea life, previously thought possible down … Continue reading

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Song Exploder

Best Coast - Feeling Ok

Thursday, August 27, 2015

In this episode, Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno of the band Best Coast take apart their song "Feeling Ok," from the 2015 album California Nights. They trace their process and their influences, from the movie "10 Things I Hate About You" to the video game Rock Band. Plus, we'll hear from producer Wally Gagel.

This episode is sponsored by Hover (use the offer code BESTCOAST), Simple, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

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178- The Great Restoration

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stirling, Scotland is the home of Stirling Castle, which sits atop a giant crag, or hill, overlooking the whole town of Stirling. There has been a castle on that hill since the 12th century at least, and maybe before, but … Continue reading

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Studio 360

Even Robert E. Lee Was Over the Confederate Flag

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We get an inside look at the design firm working on our latest redesign challenge: to find a new visual icon for the South. First, they're digging into the history of the region.
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Studio 360

Does the South Even Need Its Own Flag?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

We asked you to suggest a new icon for the South to replace the Confederate flag — and we got lots of reactions. 

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99% Invisible

177- Lawn Order

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In communities across America, lawns that are brown or overgrown are considered especially heinous. Elite squads of dedicated individuals have been deputized by their local governments or homeowners’ associations to take action against those whose lawns fail to meet community … Continue reading

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Song Exploder

HEALTH - Stonefist

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The band HEALTH formed in Los Angeles in 2005. Their newest record, Death Magic, came out in 2015. They spent four years trying to make it. They describe themselves as a noise band, but for this record, they reinvented their palette and their process. In this episode, John and Jake from HEALTH take apart the song Stonefist, which they made with their bandmates, Jupiter Keyes and BJ Miller.

This episode is sponsored by Hover, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Simple.

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176- Hard to Love a Brute

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

No matter which James Bond actor is your favorite, it’s undeniable that the Sean Connery films had the best villains. There’s Blofeld, who turned cat-stroking into a thing that super-villains do, and then there’s Goldfinger—Bond’s flashiest nemesis. Fun fact: the … Continue reading

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Song Exploder

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

Monday, August 10, 2015

Multi-Love is the title track from the 2015 album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. In this episode, Ruban Nielson tells the story of how he made the song with help from his brother Kody Nielson, and how it was influenced by Romeo and Juliet, Questlove, and a broken synthesizer.

This episode is sponsored by Hover, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Simple.

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Studio 360

Playlist: Binge Listening for Design Nerds

Thursday, August 06, 2015

A design-themed playlist for Helvetica and Harley enthusiasts alike. 
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Designing a New Symbol for the South

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Our latest Redesign challenge is to create a new symbol for the South — something that celebrates regional pride, without the white supremacy and hate.

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Studio 360

Can a Room Be Funny? Sitcom Set Designers Think So

Thursday, August 06, 2015

We tune in every week to see the same people in the same rooms. What are the secrets behind the sitcom set designs that keep us coming back?

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175- The Sunshine Hotel

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Bowery, in lower Manhattan, is one of New York’s oldest neighborhoods. It’s been through a lot of iterations. In the 1650s, a handful of freed slaves were the neighborhood’s first residents. At the time, New York was still a … Continue reading

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Studio 360

This Is Your Bodega on Gentrification

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

When a 250 percent rent hike forced Jesse Itayim to close his family-run deli, a few clever neighbors helped him get the last laugh.
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Song Exploder

Thundercat - Them Changes

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thundercat is the alter-ego of bassist and singer-songwriter Stephen Bruner. He’s played bass for both Suicidal Tendencies and Erykah Badu and went on to help shape Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly.' In this episode, Thundercat will break down the song "Them Changes" off his new mini-album. Thundercat co-produced the track with long-time collaborator Flying Lotus, with Kamasi Washington on saxophone.

This episode is sponsored by Hover, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Simple.

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174- From the Sea, Freedom

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In 1933, delegates from the United States and fourteen other countries met in Montevideo, Uruguay to define what it means to be a state. The resulting treaty from the Montevideo Convention established four basic criteria for statehood—essentially, what is required … Continue reading

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Note to Self

What Is Our Attention Actually Worth?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tech entrepreneur Tristan Harris imagines technology without constant notifications - and a funding system that incentivizes techies to build it.

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173- Awareness

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

By the late 1980s, AIDS had been in the United States for almost a decade. AIDS had be the number one killer of young men in New York City, then of young men in the country, then of young men … Continue reading

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Song Exploder

Death Cab for Cutie - El Dorado

Monday, July 20, 2015

Death Cab for Cutie released Kintsugi, their 8th album, on March 31, 2015. The song El Dorado, like other songs on the record, was written in the wake of the divorce between the band's lead singer Ben Gibbard and actress Zooey Deschanel. In this episode, Ben talks about the metaphor of the city of El Dorado and how it fit the story he wanted to tell, about separation, unrealized dreams, and Culver City. Plus, he explains how a few pieces of equipment - a Fender Mustang, a Rhythm Master drum machine, and the VoiceLive unit - ended up shaping the creative process.

This episode is sponsored by Hover, Frank and Oak, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

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