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The evolution of the coffee cup lid | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

Author AJ Jacobs shows how the coffee cup lid was perfectly designed to give you a full sensory experience while drinking.

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Zero-Waste Packaging for Liquids is Made Entirely of Soap

In an effort to reduce plastic use, product designer Jonna Breitenhuberhas conceived of Soapbottle, a zero-waste container for liquids. The colored packaging is made of soap that will degrade over time. It leaves no waste, unlike traditional plastic vessels, which … Continue reading

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A Photographic Survey by Jessica Wynne of Chalkboards Filled by Mathematicians

Photographer and Fashion Institute of Technology professor Jessica Wynne has spent the last year documenting the numbers, symbols, and models drawn by mathematicians onto chalkboards. The photos capture the thought processes and physical efforts of professionals in a medium that … Continue reading

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Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future | Joe Ruhl | TEDxLafayette

Collaboration. Communication. Critical thinking. Creativity. – Should be present in all classrooms. Joe Ruhl received his bachelors and masters degrees at Purdue University and he has been sharing the joys of biology with kids for 37 years. He presently teaches … Continue reading

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Put Words into Action with ‘Gerry’, a New Font Created From the Silhouettes of Gerrymandered Electoral Districts

Apologies to anyone who shares the name, but two designers in Chicago are taking on electoral gerrymandering in a new font called Gerry. The font, created by Ben Doessel and James Lee, is composed of 26 districts whose absurd boundaries … Continue reading

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The 3,000-year history of the hoodie | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

TED Published on 3 Nov 2018 The hoodie is a lot more than just a comfy sweatshirt. Design curator Paola Antonelli takes us through its history. Small Thing Big Idea, a TED original series, celebrates the lasting genius of everyday … Continue reading

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Bandelier National Monument — imhPhotos

If you’re ever near Los Alamos, New Mexico, stop in and visit Bandelier National Monument in the beautiful Frijoles Canyon. “The monument preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans of a later era in the Southwest. Most of … Continue reading

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The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets

Tom Scott Published on 9 Jan 2017 I thought about saying “secret patterns” or “mysterious patterns” in the title, but that’d be a lie: they’re just mostly unknown! So let’s talk about tactile paving, about design, about accessibility, and about … Continue reading

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The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

Bill details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near it lid, show close ups of the … Continue reading

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