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Sneakers for the literary set: New Balance unveils the “Author Collection” July 23, 2014 – Posted in: Content, product design

The American footwear manufacturer New Balance have unleashed a new line of sneakers based on the work of leading American authors. Of the new line Ben Cuthbert, the associate product manager for New Balance’s lifestyle department, told the Boston Magazine: Our muse for the New Balance Made in USA collections has always been the storied history of the United States. No one captures the essence, spirit, and the American experience better than American authors and…

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A bookstore gets a new cover July 20, 2014 – Posted in: books in design, bookshops, Content

 The new facade of the Pioneer Bookstore in Provo, Utah is all about the books. In less than a week a group of decorative artists transformed the dreary storefront into a welcoming entrance covered in books. oh and they also have a pretty cool counter inside – As to where the impetus for such a biblio-facade came from, look no further than this Kansas City Library: which then led to this jewel in the Ukraine: Previously…

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A beautiful bookshop in Brazil – Posted in: bookshops, Content, Interior Design

The people of Brazil have something else to cheer about in addition the recent World Cup festivities. Check out the Livraria Cultura bookshop in São Paulo designed by Studio MK-27. The goal was to create a bookshop that doubled as a meeting place and as these images attest they seem to have done a fine job. The open well-light floor plan allows for a comfortable shopping experience as well as encouraging customers to hang around and enjoy the space.    …

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Braigo: A Braille Printer Made From Legos June 18, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, product design, Reading / Literacy

   Braigo Shubham Banerjee is 12 years old and lives in Santa Clara, California. When someone left a flyer on his doorstep asking for donations for the visually impaired he began thinking of ways he could help. Once he found out that a Braille printer cost about $2000 and that about 90% of the visually impaired live in developing counties he went to work.  He went straight to his Lego’s and began building. After lots of experimenting and 7…

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The Drinkable Book: Clean water for the masses May 27, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, product design

  Books and water are usually not so good a mix but The Drinkable Book is a game-changer. Created by DDB for Water Is Life The Drinkable Book is a complete water purification device in which each page is printed with warnings and tips while being smothered in bacteria-killing silver nanoparticles Tear out a page, place it in the 3D printed slipcase, pour the dirty water over it and there you go – drinkable water!    …

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