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DnA’s 2014 Gift Guide for Procrastinators

Posted December 22, 2014 by | Comments Off

Gift ideas for the design-oriented procrastinator.

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Lisa K. Weber, Illustrator, Taps Into Her Dark Side With Hex11

Posted October 29, 2014 by | Comments Off

Lisa K. Weber is an illustrator with a taste for the dark side. Since graduating from New York’s Parsons The New School For Design she has forged a career illustrating comic books, graphic novelizations of classic literature (including Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allen Poe), textiles and character and backgrounds for animated cartoons.
But she has tapped into her fascination with the otherworldly in her latest project Hex11, a graphic novel that is the first …

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NYC Subway Standards Reissue Sets High Standard for Kickstarter Campaigns

Posted October 9, 2014 by | Comments Off
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A Kickstarter Campaign reissues NYC’s iconic Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual.

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L.A. Designer: Scott Johnson Explains Why New Skyscrapers Look The Way They Do

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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This week we learned that tall buildings in Los Angeles no longer need to have “flat tops,” the rooftop helipads, mandated for fire safety reasons since 1974, that resulted in few helicopter rescues and a downtown of mostly uninspired, stumpy towers. Ending that rule means the shackles are off for developers and designers wanting L.A. to join other world cities in the race to build the shapeliest skyscrapers.
As fashion maven Simon Doonan …

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Brian Eno, Architect?

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment

As Christopher Scoates leaves Long Beach UAM for Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bennett Stein contemplates Scoates’ book about the “Visual Music” of Brian Eno — and finds the soul of an architect.

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Get Your Legos on This Weekend

Posted February 8, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Dan Lin, The Lego movie

The Lego Movie opens this weekend, riding a huge wave of positive critical reviews– striking given the pervasive skepticism that has preceded its release.

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Curmudgeon or Sage? Dave Hickey Talks to Maura Lucking

Posted February 4, 2014 by | Comments Off

Last week Dave Hickey was back in Los Angeles, for the launch of a book of essays entitled Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste. While here, he managed to provoke a twitterstorm at a MOCA book event with his comments on identity politics and its impact on art and the academy.

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DnA Book Picks

Posted December 20, 2013 by | 3 Comments

It is hard to pick “best ofs” from all the enticing books published this year but following are nine that came across the DnA transom that touch on design in very different but thought-provoking ways.

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Minecraft: The Videogame Parents Approve Of

Posted December 17, 2013 by | 1 Comment

This week on DnA, Frances Anderton spoke with Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson about their book about Marcus “Notch” Persson and the story behind Minecraft, the videogame that parents can approve of.

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Putting John Parkinson Back on the Map: Interview with Iconic Vision Author Stephen Gee

Posted November 22, 2013 by | Comments Off
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When TV producer Stephen Gee started hearing the name “John Parkinson” over and over on the L.A. Conservancy tours he was taking of downtown Los Angeles, he decided to find out more. His quest lead him to write a book: “Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles.” Listen to Lisa Napoli’s interview with Gee, here.

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