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Creator of Minecraft Drops $70 Million on a Beverley Hills Mansion

Markus “Notch” Persson the creator of the highly-popular game Minecraft just dropped a whopping $70 million on the most expensive house in Beverley Hills. Word on the street is that the Swede outbid power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé to become the owner of this 23,000 square-foot 8-bedroom, 15-bathroom mega mansion that also features an 18-seat screening [...]

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With rabid overseas demand, home design favorite Houzz looks to triple its international reach in 2015

After getting a taste of international operation in 2014, Houzz is going back for a second helping in 2015. With overseas outposts currently in the UK, Australia, Germany, and France, the home remodeling and design community will expand its footprint into a total of 15 non-US markets in the first half of 2015 with its [...]

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Casa Balint by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Built with stunning, pristine minimalism, the Casa Balint quietly rests in the suburban regions of Valencia, Spain. Ideated by Spanish architecture firm Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, the home was designed with clever elliptical shapes built into the two-story facade and surrounding area. Accordingly, a crescent-shaped swimming pool shadows the structure itself, while the surrounding garden echoes [...]

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Before the Hashtag, There Was the Octothorpe

If you want to follow conversation threads relating to this show on social media—whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, Tumblr—you know to look for the hashtag: #99pi. In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings, brands—topics of all kinds. The "#" didn’t always have this meaning, though. Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]

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Facebook Product Designer Bobby Goodlatte joins Greylock as investor and Designer-in-Residence

Greylock Partners is deepening its investment and startup advisory bench with the addition of former Facebook Product Designer and active angel investor Bobby Goodlatte as Designer-in-Residence and associate on its consumer investment team. “The Greylock team is filled with entrepreneurs who have strong product and operating backgrounds; people who have worked in the trenches in companies [...]

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Rare World War I Propaganda Shows the Biomech Soldier of 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago, at the beginning of the 20th century, the first golden age of advertising met humanity’s deadliest conflict: the First World War. The emerging art of graphic design, aided by the invention of lithography and later chromolithography, was suddenly used for propaganda—and the results were terrific: a bold, optimistic, merry and extremely [...]

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An Inside Look At Atelier Oslo’s Contemporary Norweigian Cabin

One of the latest projects completed by architectural firm Atelier Oslo is a contemporary cabin located in Norderhov, Norway. The modern home sits juxtaposed against the Krokskogen forests that surround the cabin, with its clean lines and wooden exterior paying complement to its natural environment. The cabin is made from plywood and timber, while its interior is tinged with a light [...]

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Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier Campaigns to Preserve Japanese Modernist Landmarks

For all of its progression, Japanese culture can also be said to be fairly sentimental with respect to its native heritage. This culture of preservation might take a blow in light of the impending 2020 Olympics, but an unlikely candidate has stepped up to champion modernist Japanese structures – specifically Tokyo’s famed Hotel Okura. We’ve previously [...]

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BASE Object Design Launches Objects “001″, “002″ and “003″

The design team behind BASE are proud to launch the first three objects in their ambitious product line. The inspiration behind BASE in the words of its founders is to, “create new home and office accessories through the combination of unique materials and modern design technique.” The end result is the inception of pieces constructed from [...]

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Aaron Draplin Shows How to Conceptualize and Create a Logo in 15 Minutes

While many assume good design is a result of hard contemplation and systematic renderings, Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., and most notably the founder of Field Notes, approaches things a bit differently. A fanatic of vintage logos and simplicity, the Portland, Oregon-based entrepreneur takes on a challenge from online educational company lynda.com, in which [...]

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