Photo: Iwan Baan.

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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.