these are a few of our favorite links

Some of the places where we find inspiration, learn about the world, and stay in touch with what’s happening around us.


99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.


A Berlin-based blog collecting lost and found pieces of architecture, art, design, and urbanism.


Typography for everyone. Learn how to use type like a professional in 10 min.


Through original reporting, sharp analysis, and visual storytelling, CityLab informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there.


Data USA puts public US Government data in your hands. Instead of searching through multiple data sources that are often incomplete and difficult to access, you can simply point to Data USA to answer your questions. Data USA provides an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge. It allows millions of people to conduct their own analyses and create their own stories about America – its people, places, industries, skill sets and educational institutions. Ultimately, accelerating society’s ability to learn and better understand itself.


A catalog of some of the established data visualization methods.


Design Resources for Homelessness provides practical, research-informed ideas to designers, researchers, students and advocacy organizations. Its mission is to enable the design of effective facilities and housing that assist people to overcome homelessness.


A daily exploration of the intersection of business and design, from architecture to electronics, consumer products to fashion. Controversies are front and center here, alongside great designers speaking their minds in blog posts and comments–and plenty of eye candy.


Blog devoted to rigorous analysis of politics, polling, public affairs, sports, science and culture, largely through statistical means.


Inspired by Lev Manovich’s definition of “information aesthetics”, this weblog explores the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization. More specifically, it collects projects that represent data or information in original or intriguing ways.


Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibiliainterweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.


Kurzgesagt (German for “in a nutshell”) is a Munich based youtube channel and design studio with a distinctive perspective on design, color and story telling.


The League of Creative Interventionists uses public art to reimagine the social and physical landscape of our cities.


Lost Type is the first of its kind, a Pay-What-You-Want type foundry. Lost Type continues to be dedicated to the idea that quality fonts should be made available to anyone who wants to create an individual piece of characterful design.


Making Policy Public is the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s (CUP) series of foldout posters that use graphic design to explore and explain public policy. Making Policy Public is published four times a year. Each poster is the product of a collaboration of a designer, an advocate, and CUP.


Is your phone watching you? Can wexting make you smarter? Are your kids real? These and other essential quandaries for anyone trying to preserve their humanity in the digital age. Join host Manoush Zomorodi for your weekly reminder to question everything.


WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield give you the tools to survive the media maelstrom.


All communities face certain challenges. But some people see challenges as opportunities. On Placemakers, we bring you stories about the spaces we inhabit and the people who shape them. Join us as we crisscross the country, introducing you to real people in real communities—people who make a difference in how we travel, work, and live. You’ll never look at your community the same way again.


Garr Reynold’s blog on issues related to professional presentation design.


Reading Design is an online archive of critical writing about design.


Revisionist History is a podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. Over the course of 10 episodes, Revisionist History goes back and reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.


Rural community organizing resources and practices based out of Oregon.


Brand new effort forming in wake of Ghost Ship fire to collect knowledge on how to make DIY spaces safer.


Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.


A brand new podcast about the meaning and identity we find in work.


Zoo Labs is a nonprofit music accelerator for artists who are seeking to make a sustainable livelihood from their craft.