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Design for the Real World: Throwback Uniforms

Friday, October 09, 2009

This fall, eight NFL teams have donned the old American Football League uniforms. Graphic designer and sports blogger Jim Ransdell thinks these bold, simple patterns are timeless. Produced by Alana Harper.

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ArtPrize

Friday, September 25, 2009

More than 1,200 artists representing every genre -- from music to sculpture to poetry -- are presenting their work at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. The public chooses the winner. But as Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra discovered, to get votes, you need a plan to get noticed.

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Make a New Friend

Monday, September 21, 2009

Most robots take millions of dollars and years of research to build – but you can get started today on your very own, without any grant writing. And some of the materials you'll need might be cluttering up your house right now.

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9-To-5 No More

Friday, September 11, 2009

Last March we heard from laid off finance workers who’d switched gears into creative careers. Christine Marchuska launched a clothing label after receiving the pink slip at an investment bank; Michael Terry became a full-time comedian after years at Morgan Stanley. Six months later, ...

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The September Issue

Friday, September 04, 2009

Filmmaker R.J. Cutler has covered politics and race -- now he's turned to another combustible topic: fashion. For "The September Issue," he goes behind the scenes at Vogue and watches its imperious editor Anna Wintour and her creative director Grace Coddington at work. Wintour "seems ...

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Emory Douglas

Friday, August 14, 2009

He was trained as an advertising illustrator - but as the minister of culture for the Black Panthers, he used those skills to agitate for revolution. Douglas has mellowed a bit since his days designing posters featuring machine guns. Kurt met up with Douglas at a

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Design for the Real World: Sticky Fingers

Friday, August 07, 2009

Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister's favorite album cover of all time is one of Warhol's notorious designs: The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers, with the fully operational zipper. Produced by Derek John. And Cale reveals Warhol's inspiration for the Velvet Underground's signature banana cover.

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Aha Moment: Sassoon and Bauhaus

Friday, July 31, 2009

What's the secret to great hair? Architecture. Vidal Sassoon helped define the mod look during London's swinging sixties. The world-famous hairdresser says that the Bauhaus style, more than anything else, inspired his geometric cuts. Produced by Sarah Lilley.

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Design for the Real World: Air Force One

Friday, July 31, 2009

Air Force One, the Presidential 747, is designed to be a White House in the sky. But it wasn't always so deluxe. Historian Gene Eisman explains how Air Force One evolved from a bare-metal military jet into its current hi-tech luxury incarnation. Produced by

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Worldstudio is SO Over the Rainbow

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

When Studio 360 asked the New York-based design firm Worldstudio to give the gay pride flag a 21st century makeover, we had to leave a lot of great conversations out of the final story. Here's a little bit more from the lively brainstorming session Worldstudio principle Mark Randall held with his team of designers, including Andrea Pellegrino, Nina Mettler, and Tom Koken.

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Gay Flag Controversy in Paper Magazine

Friday, June 26, 2009

Our gay pride flag redesign challenge drew lots of great listener entries — and no small amount of criticism (see here and here). Yesterday, Papermag ran an interview with Kurt about the kerfuffle. Why mess with a beloved symbol? Kurt: 'I think it’s an interesting way to make people look more closely ...

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Reimagining the Rainbow

Friday, June 26, 2009

The rainbow flag was designed in 1978 for a gay parade in San Francisco and over the last 30 years it has become the global symbol for gay pride. If the flag were designed in 2009, how would it look? Mark Randall of the design firm Worldstudio accepted the challenge, and he and his team came up ...

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Mizrahi Picks a Winner

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dozens of listeners submitted ideas to Studio 360's Flickr page for the gay flag redesign challenge. And fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi picks his favorite.

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Extreme Makeover: Pride Edition

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The rainbow flag was designed in 1978, at the dawn of the gay pride movement. How would it look if it were designed in 2009? In this Studio 360 design project, design firm Worldstudio took on the challenge. This weekend, Kurt Andersen will talk with the firm's principal, Mark Randall, about ...

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Design for the Real World: Zoot Suit

Friday, June 12, 2009

You might remember zoot suits from the swing craze in the late nineties. But for one Southern California tailor and her prom-bound customers, zoot suits have never gone out of style. Produced by Eric Molinsky.

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Gay Flag Design Challenge

Friday, June 12, 2009

The rainbow flag was designed in 1978. But how would it be different if it were designed in 2009? Design firm Worldstudio brainstorms ideas and we introduce our celebrity judge, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. Join the discussion and submit your new flag designs on our Flickr page.

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Extreme Makeover: Gay Flag

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June is gay pride month, and rainbow flags will be flying high at pride celebrations around the country. The flag was designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978 and is recognized around the world. But what would a pride flag look like if it were designed in 2009? The design firm Worldstudio is taking on the challenge ...

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Extreme Makeover: Gay Flag

Friday, June 05, 2009

June is Gay Pride month, and rainbow flags will fly over pride events nationwide. But isn't the rainbow a little too... 1978? We’ve commissioned a 21st-century gay flag makeover. Submit your redesign to our Flickr page, and we'll present the best ideas online and on air later this month.

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American Icons: Fallingwater

Friday, May 29, 2009

A look at the most famous little house in America: Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, still hanging off a cliff after nearly seventy years.

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Design for the Real World: Cubicle

Friday, May 22, 2009

Cubicles have a bad reputation as soul-crushing, gray boxes wallpapered in Post-its. But they were originally designed to promote health and wellness. Cubicle pioneer Joe Schwartz explains what went wrong. Produced by Catherine Epstein.

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