A look at what's under the feet of Parisians and New Yorkers.
Marathons, Makers, and Surviving the Dark Middle
In the dark middle of the race, runners need encouragement, reminders that they're strong, that the finish is ahead: plausible, real, within reach.
Message from Beyond
A missive from quite another big medium arrives in my mailbox.
David Byrne Never Stops Making Sense
David Byrne's concert in Paris was an inspiring reminder of the simple pleasure of sharing the amazing stuff you make.
Jacques Villeglé: The Original Mashup
An exhibition of torn poster art asks fascinatingly relevant questions in an era of online mashups and user-generated content.
Winning the Uphill Battle
Paris solves a problem with its bike-sharing program by turning hill-climbing into a game.
Follow the Grid, Skip the Lines
My post office features a clever heat-map grid to announce slow and busy hours. A perfect idea for the web.
C’est la Beach
As Paris morphs into the Riviera, some clever icon design works its own transformation.
Your faithful correspondent fell under the browbeating eye of authority on a few recent and essentially trivial occasions, making me think a bit about the effects of control, rule enforcement and tone in my own work.
Design Treasures Found and Lost in the Paris Métro
Tons of cool historical design in the Paris subway is getting gutted.
A Subtle Nose for Coffee, a Taste for Good Design
A coffee tasting leaves a caffeine buzz and a lesson that applies to design, too: In matters of taste, subtlety is everything.
Centaurs and Park Benches: Innovation by Idiosyncrasy
A park bench becomes a subversive design element. Every project needs one.
Gotta Have a Helipad: Banality and Betrayal in Design
A neighborhood landmark gets a garish transformation, and thoughts wander to designer responsibility and online communities.
Buggy Behavior at the Louvre
The Louvre lifts a photo ban, and visitors go insane. A small change in the rules can spark dramatic behavior shifts, not always for the better.
Pay To Play: Fair Price for Good Community
A new bike-sharing program in Paris suggests that a modest fee buys good behavior.