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Summer Resolutions Check-In: Listener Ted

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Longtime Soundcheck listener and music fan Ted also happens to be an artist and designer - so it makes sense that his "summer resolution" is to design a piece of furniture facilitating the "playing of, listening to, or storage of music or an instrument." Ted told us, "I have been thinking for almost a year about some furniture we planned to do already with a musical theme. I would definitely appreciate the deadline." 

Now halfway through July, we checked in with Ted about his summer resolution, and he told us that despite his hectic summer - "I have definitely been productive." Here's the evidence!

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-58- Purple Reign

Friday, July 13, 2012

What’s the difference between what the public sees and what an architect sees when they look at a building? - The hotel on the very prominent corner of Touhy and Kilbourn Avenues in Lincolnwood, Illinois used to be the town’s most famous building: The...

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99% Invisible

Kickstarter Video for Season 3 of 99% Invisible

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This is the Kickstarter video for funding the new season of 99% Invisible. If you enjoy the show and want to help keep it going, now is the time to go to our funding page and chip in a little. During the campaign,

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Studio 360

A New Look for Canada

Friday, June 29, 2012

Just in time for Canada’s 145th birthday, Studio 360 gives our northern neighbor a brand makeover. To get beyond hockey, beer, and Mounties, we asked the international firm Bruce Mau Design to come up with a visual rebranding. As part of its research, the BMD team talked with ...

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99% Invisible-57- What Gave You That Idea

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Starlee Kine’s friend Noel works in advertising. In 2003, Noel was working in at an agency in Richmond, VA. Everyone wanted to work on flashy spots like Apple or Nike or Gatorade. Do you know what wasn’t flashy? Insurance.

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Studio 360

Canada: Land of Funny People

Friday, June 22, 2012

For decades comedians have been shaping the way Americans understand Canada: Samantha Bee, Martin Short, Mike Myers, to name a few. As part of its preparations to rebrand Canada for Studio 360, the team at Bruce Mau Design called up Mark McKinney of The Kids in the Hall ...

Video: The Kids in the Hall, "Message from Queen of England to Canada"

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Studio 360

Rebranding Canada: Meet the Designer

Friday, June 15, 2012

To help make the Canada brand more vivid and memorable we hired Bruce Mau Design, an international firm that has created marketing and branding campaigns for Coca Cola, General Electric, and MTV. Hunter Tura, the firm's president and CEO, says that with offices in both the ...

Video: What Should Americans Know About Canada?

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Studio 360

Walking Art: Bespoke Prosthetic Limbs

Friday, June 15, 2012

Today’s artificial limbs function better than they ever did, but from an aesthetic standpoint something is lacking. A standard leg prosthetic is a jointed metal pole with a plastic foot at the end. “It simply looks to me like a job that's half complete,” says Scott Summit ...

Slideshow: Custom Limbs

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-56- Frozen Music

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Goethe said, “Architecture is frozen music.” I like that. - Of course that was before audio recording, so now, for the most part, music is frozen music. - It’s only very recently in the history of music that we’ve been able to freeze music into an ob...

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The Takeaway

John Hockenberry's TED Talk: "We Are All Designers"

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our very own John Hockenberry presented at the Design Studio session at TED2012 in March. Watch his talk below about how design taught him to live his life with intent.

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99% Invisible-55- The Best Beer in the World

Thursday, May 31, 2012

If you’re a beer nerd, or have a friend who’s a beer nerd, you’ve heard of Belgian beers. Belgians take beer very seriously. Amongst the 200 Belgian breweries, there’s a very specific sub-type: Trappist beers. -

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Studio 360

Canada: Your Slogan Here

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Face it, Americans don’t get Canada. After hockey and Celine Dion we know shockingly little about our strongest ally, our largest trading partner, the nation with which we share 5,500 miles of border.  Studio 360 thinks it’s time to change that. Canada’s image in the United States needs a fresh start ...

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Dialysis Machine

Friday, May 18, 2012

Before the invention of the dialysis machine, kidney failure was basically a death sentence. Registered nurse Janice Breen explains how the design of dialysis machines has evolved since she started working with them back in 1973 ...

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-54- The Colour of Money

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

US paper currency is so ubiquitous that to really look at its graphic design with fresh eyes requires some deliberate and focused attention. So pull out a greenback from your wallet (or look at a picture one online) and just take really take it in.

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Studio 360

Hackers Try to Save the Music Industry

Friday, May 11, 2012

At the Rethink Music conference in Boston last month, programmers, developers, and tinkerers showed up for a 24-hour coding frenzy — a hackathon — at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) Center, vying to make the coolest app that could transform music. ...

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99% Invisible-53- The Xanadu Effect

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

What happens when we build big? - Julia Barton remembers going to the top floor of Dallas’s then-new city hall when she was teenager. The building, designed by I.M. Pei, is a huge trapezoid jutting out over a wide plaza.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

He Put the "i" in iPod

Monday, April 30, 2012

Ken Segall, former creative director for NeXT and Apple, discusses his new book Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success.

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Karim Rashid

Friday, April 20, 2012

The industrial designer Karim Rashid has 3,000 designs in production — including the Umbra “Oh Chair,” the Bobble Water Bottle, and the “Garbo” trash can — many featuring his signature rounded edges, cast in colorful plastics. Born in Egypt, Rashid found his calling as a designer early. ...

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-52- Galloping Gertie

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Even during the construction of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the deck would go up and down by several feet with the slightest breeze. Construction workers on the span chewed on lemon wedges to stop their motion sickness.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Learning from Engineering Failure

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

As designs get more technologically complex, Henry Petroski, professor of civil engineering and history at Duke University and the author most recently of To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, says it's more important to study patterns of failure in past projects -- and in historical incidents like the sinking of the Titanic.

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