How typefaces influence you

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A typeface choice could influence your perception of people running for school board seats, the lawyer opening a new law office, or the coffee shop you never noticed before. Any graphic designer worth their salt can tell you the best typeface for a new law practice in town is going to be drastically different than the typeface used for the local tattoo parlor. Read Full Story

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See the hidden marvels inside Japan’s ancient wooden shrines

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Japanese carpenters have been building elaborate shrines by hand for more than a millennium. A new exhibit shows the extraordinary tools and joints behind these extraordinary buildings. Since the 7th century, master carpenters in Japan have maintained one of the world’s most unique forms of building. Through the use of specially designed tools, elaborate full-scale models, and puzzle-like joinery that requires no nails or screws, Japanese carpenters have been building and rebuilding massive wooden shrines by hand for more than a millennium. Read Full Story

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These carbon-negative, ocean-degradable straws and forks are made from greenhouse gases

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Newlight has developed a material—made by microbes—that uses methane to make everything from utensils to purses to glasses. At a new production facility in Huntington Beach, California, a 50-foot-tall stainless steel tank is filled with 15,000 gallons of salt water, and inside microbes are turning methane—a potent greenhouse gas—into a new material that could simultaneously help tackle the challenges of climate change and ocean plastic. If the material is made into a disposable fork and ends up in the ocean, it degrades as easily as cellulose, turning into a food source for microbes. Read Full Story

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