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Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan

Sasha Sagan on the life lessons given to her by her father, astronomer and author Carl Sagan:

After days at elementary school, I came home to immersive tutorials on skeptical thought and secular history lessons of the universe, one dinner table conversation at a time. My parents would patiently entertain an endless series of "why?" questions, never meeting a single one with a “because I said so” or “that’s just how it is.” Each query was met with a thoughtful, and honest, response — even the ones for which there are no answers.

PUBLISHED: April 15, 2014
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1475 words)

A Year in Trees

SOMEONE asked me the other day how I had gotten over the sudden death of someone I loved. What I wanted to say but found myself unable to explain (for it would have sounded too strange) was that I…
AUTHOR:Bill Hayes
PUBLISHED: April 6, 2013
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1001 words)

Singapore’s Lessons for an Unequal America

SINGAPOREInequality has been rising in most countries around the world, but it has played out in different ways across countries and regions. The United States, it is increasingly recognized, has the…
PUBLISHED: March 18, 2013
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1957 words)

Living With Less. A Lot Less.

I LIVE in a 420-square-foot studio. I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes. When people come over for…
PUBLISHED: March 9, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (706 words)
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When Brain Damage Unlocks The Genius Within

Brain damage has unleashed extraordinary talents in a small group of otherwise ordinary individuals. Will science find a way for everyone to tap their inner virtuoso? By Adam Piore Posted 02.19.2013…
AUTHOR:Adam Piore
LENGTH: 3 minutes (854 words)

Designers of the Signs That Guide You

VIENNA — Walking through Vienna Airport recently, I noticed something odd about the signs. It wasn’t that they were misleading, on the contrary, they seemed to relay the right information in the…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 21, 2012
LENGTH: 2 minutes (685 words)

Latest thoughts

Older | Home 01.10.12An insider’s guide to The Design Presentation Last week I was at one of the London Creative Mornings events, speaking with one of our long-term clients, Tom Foulkes, about…
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1740 words)
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The Main Failing Of Design School: Kids Can’t Think For Themselves

The following was Michael Bierut’s first published essay, from 1988, and appears in Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design. Graphic designers are lucky. As the people who structure much of the…
PUBLISHED: March 29, 2012
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1518 words)

The Perfection of the Paper Clip

PUBLISHED: May 22, 2012
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2379 words)