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Getting Lost with Hand Drawn Maps

Friday, August 20, 2010

I like to collect old road maps, and when the need arises for me to draw a map for a visiting friend or relative, I'll admit I fancy myself a pretty good cartographer. But sometimes I find myself the artist of a bizarrely scaled and oddly detailed map which names all the trees, statues, and potholes in the vicinity but omits important details like street names.

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: @

Friday, August 13, 2010

Earlier this year the Museum of Modern Art acquired the "@" symbol as part of its permanent collection. MoMA design curator, Paola Antonelli, tells the story of how it came to be so ubiquitous. Produced by Kim Gittleson.

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Studio 360

MoMA's Chicken Coup

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Be careful what you wish for. New York's MoMA thought it had commissioned a group of artists and architects to create a farm in the courtyard of it's Queens outpost, P.S.1.  And on opening day they didn't disappoint.

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Studio 360

Keep Calm and Cary Grant

Monday, July 12, 2010

I recently moved from the UK to the US, and in looking for the perfect souvenir that would encapsulate the years I'd spent in Old Blighty, I stumbled upon this poster.  And, corny as it may sound, it spoke to me.

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Studio 360

July 4th Redesign Shoutout

Friday, July 09, 2010

Thanks to all the listeners who heeded our call to redesign Uncle Sam and made videos of their new National Anthems. We were impressed and honored.

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The Takeaway

Time's Up for Chrysler's PT Cruiser

Thursday, July 08, 2010

On Friday, Chrysler will make its last PT Cruiser. Ten years ago, the Cruiser became a cultural phenonenon with buyers willing to wait in line for their chance to own one. Why did the Cruiser strike such a chord?

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Studio 360

Extreme Makeover: Uncle Sam Edition

Friday, July 02, 2010

I’m as patriotic as the next guy.  But this morning on the subway, I couldn’t help but feel a bit deflated by the sight of our national mascot peddling fast cash. Uncle Sam, how could you?  Playing into our all-American desires to get rich quick and bling ourselves silly. That’s why Studio 360 proposed ...

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Fourth of July Redesign Challenge

Friday, July 02, 2010

Across the land listeners answered our call to rethink these American symbols. Pop music critic Will Hermes suggests replacements for the national anthem. Kate Bingaman-Burt enlists her design students to take part in our Uncle Sam Redesign Challenge. And design writer Alissa Walker picks a winner.

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Studio 360

Musical Building Blocks

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the jazz piano are probably smoky late night bars and cool cats in fedoras.

But would you think of quilting?

Jason Moran does. Along with critical acclaim for ...

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Studio 360

Drink Bitches Brew

Friday, June 25, 2010

Last week, Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery announced that they'd be commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Miles Davis's singular fusion album Bitches Brew with a beer of the same name. In addition to being ...

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Hey World, Look At Us, We're The Greatest

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oh, say can you compose a new anthem?

Well, the jury's still out on that. A few weeks ago we began our listener challenge to create a new national anthem with the hopes that people would write new lyrics and music for song that could take the place of the ...

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Design for the Real World: Duct Tape

Friday, June 04, 2010

Designed for keeping ammunition dry in World War II, duct tape is now available in every color, clear, camouflage, and tie-dye. Author Tim Nyberg explains how duct tape has become ubiquitous. Produced by Dennis Nishi.

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Studio 360

Now Playing in an Aspirational Design Catalogue Near You

Friday, May 28, 2010

Earlier this year, we introduced you to an Indian artist named Vijay Singh.  For decades, he painted the bright, larger-than-life murals that showcased current attractions in Delhi’s old Bollywood movie theaters.  Then digital printing put him out of a job.  But he may have found a new market: hipster home decorator CB2.

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Studio 360

Studio 360’s Redesign Challenge: the Fourth of July

Friday, May 21, 2010

Studio 360 has a summer project in the works and we need your help: we're redesigning the Fourth of July. Don't worry, it's not a complete gutting.  We're keeping the red, white, and blue, the cookouts, and the fireworks.  But there are a couple of elements that we think can use some sprucing up.

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The Takeaway

2012 Olympics Mascots Revealed to Mixed Reviews

Friday, May 21, 2010

Which creatures have just one eye and are made from drops of steel? Wenlock and Mandeville, the 2012 Olympics mascots, unveiled earlier this week in London. They are magical, androgynous figures, fashioned from materials used to build London's Olympic stadium.

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Gallerina

At MAD: Cutting Edge Custom Bikes

Friday, May 14, 2010

WNYC

Hand-tooled leather seats. Shining stainless steel bodies. Bold, chunky tires. The Museum of Arts & Design has turned me on to a fetish I never knew I had: a covetous lust for custom bicycles.

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Studio 360

Mingering Mike Goes Forth

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mingering Mike lives!  As soon as I saw the homemade cover art gracing the new debut album from Milwaukee-based soul band Kings Go Forth, I knew it could only be the work of one man.

I first stumbled upon the magical realist tale of Mingering Mike ...

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Los Suns

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Last fall Studio 360 looked at how the NFL used throwback jerseys to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the old American Football League.

Those uniforms used design to honor the game's past.  But now the NBA's Phoenix Suns are using uniform design to try to impact the ...

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Transportation Nation

Times Square Design Contest Still On

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 4) Tim Tompkins, the head of the Times Square Alliance, emails there are no changes in the Times Square design contest -- the city is still going ahead with processing requests for proposals for the graphics underfoot at the pedestrian plazas. The plan still stands to announce a winner later this month.

This should come as no surprise. I was in Times Square on Sunday -- as I've been after other international incidents -- the Afghanistan War Declaration in the fall of 2001, and the London subway bombings of July 2005. Each time, Times Square was a magnet -- people gathering for the sake of human contact, a need to affirm they're part of something. Bombs or no, it's the place people want to be, particularly when something is happening.

BTW - WNYC also wants to know what you think the new times square should look like...tell us here.

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Studio 360

I Am Happy To Have Been Served

Sunday, May 02, 2010

The late Leslie Buck (nee Laszlo Büch) had no training in graphics – he was in the cup business – but he had an eye for design, and he achieved something singular: an immortal disposable cup.  The pseudo-Grecian lettering and ornament celebrated the venerable New York institution of the Greek ...

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