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What's coming in 2014?

A book series with Verso
A nationwide series of reading groups
New audio and video content
...and much more

Designing Culture

Design plays a central role in cultural reproduction. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, for anyone. Want to hear a really pretentious definition of design? Probably not, but I have to listen to this stuff almost constantly and misery loves company, so here it is: “Giving form to culture.” I hear people actually say those […]

Against Chairs

If you hang out with industrial designers, one thing you may have noticed is that they’re really into chairs. In fact, tastes are predictable enough that you can often tell a designer’s favorite chair maker from his or her shirt. Black button-down? Mies van der Rohe. Black turtleneck? Peter Opsvik. Low-cut black V-neck and conspicuous […]