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Can architecture actually make a difference in the lives of the people who use it? Michael Murphy and his team at MASS Design Group believe so. Take a look at their designs.

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In this excerpt from her new book, Courtney Martin reflects on the repercussions of a world filled with gizmo-laden gadgets … and shows how a simpler way is both possible and good for the soul.

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A well-designed flag can be a thing of beauty, inspiring pledges of allegiance galore. But weirdly, bad flags can inspire passion and loyalty too, suggesting that democracy and design don’t always go together.

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Graphic designer Milton Glaser shares why he thinks that not being quite sure is a good way to be.

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What drives invention? Sometimes, it’s back pain. Here’s how to prime your own creativity to make something new.

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Russian artist Uldus creates surreal photographic portraits of maidens, demons, heroines and gnomes.

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Designer and data visualization expert Manuel Lima has been watching with interest as the network has emerged as a powerful way to visualize many of the things going on in the world around us. Here, he shares some of his favorite graphics.