Nate Burgos

Photograph by Biggunben at Flickr under a Creative Commons license Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013, Monday, 2:50 PM EST. My first reaction upon learning of what happened at the 2013 Boston Marathon was sadness. A deep sympathy for all those victimized by the blasts, including three too-young victims: a loving son, Martin Richard, 8, of […]

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“I am for an art that takes its form from the lines of life itself, that twists and extends and accumulates and spits and drips, and is heavy and coarse and blunt and sweet and stupid as life itself.” ―Claes Oldenburg While walking about your city or during your travels, you may have encountered an […]

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Photograph by lungstruck at Flickr Fitting that John Deere, born Feb. 7, 1804, settled in Grand Detour, Illinois. He had taken a grand detour from the cast-iron plows of his time to plows made of highly polished steel and a properly shaped mouldboard. The origin of Deere’s idea isn’t exactly known: the design’s inspiration either […]

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Source: scrapitsideways at Flickr I haven’t played “Monopoly” much, but I remember its pewter pieces, or “tokens” in board-game speak. Players move the tokens along the board’s edge, dictated by the roll of the dice. From Hasbro’s history of the game: “Over 20 tokens have been cast since the MONOPOLY game was introduced in 1935 […]

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Mining isn’t only a terrestrial industry. As Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is delighted to highlight in this CBS News appearance, companies have their eyes, looking up, on mining asteroids for precious metals (with a beneficial by-product of avoiding potential impacts by near-Earth objects). Nate Burgos is a designer who is ever-curious about design and […]

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It’s a wonderful thing: two people, sharing a common intent, and making something—something that each loves to do and welcomes like sunlight. In this case, the thing that design firm Parts and Labor welcomes may not be quite to the temperature of the sun, but is extreme: hot metal. The firm’s founders and partners are […]

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Source: Jennifer Tran Copper and glass: together, they converge into an elegant pair of tools, evident in designer Jennifer Tran’s Drafting Set. At first glance, Tran’s twist on the typical protractor, triangle and ruler give the sensation of tools refreshed—purged of any office-supply appearance or sheen. Source: Jennifer Tran To steer sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s “Architecture […]

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Photograph by reflexbeginner at Flickr Human, environmental, artificial, mechanical—the sinking of cruise ship Costa Concordia was, and is, a tragedy on many levels. Since its deadly evacuation off the Italian coast on the night of January 13, 2012, the ship remains submerged at Isola del Giglio, Tuscany. More than an eyesore, it commands the intensive […]

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Source: Kevin Logan “What was the first type of beer can?” Not a question that typically comes up in conversation, unless you’re a beer enthusiast. The answer is the flat top, but the beer can wasn’t always flat. It was cone-shaped at one point. By the late 1930s, both flat- and cone-top cans were distributed; […]

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