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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.

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There really is a flag design rule book, and radio host Roman Mars abides by its principles religiously. Well, perhaps not all the time. Some flags are apparently too excellent to obey the rules …

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British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick describes how to bring a human scale and whimsical sensibility to urban life, to create a fabulous future fit for us all.