By Stacy (originally posted to Flickr as key lime pie) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
FoodRecipe

Kitchen Lab: The Key (Lime) to Success

I like pie! And I like it even more when making it is as easy as reading the back of a bottle. I am not even kidding here! When you want to make some sort of relatively well-known dessert, there’s no need to get fancy or spend a ton of …

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PINK! The pinkiest pink that ever did pink. Maybe. It's pretty damn pink.
ActivismArtPaintingPopSculptureVisual Art

On Wednesdays, We Litigate Pink

Like a lot of folks, the Lab got really excited a few years ago about Vantablack, a material that absorbs 99.96% of visible light and is the “blackest black” synthetic thing outside of a black hole. Then Bean-sculptor Anish Kapoor made a deal for the exclusive rights to use it, …

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FoodRecipe

Kitchen Lab: Shrinking Angels

Aww, yeah, we’re back, baby! I’ve got a working oven again, so I can once more bumble my way through random recipes on a whim. And because I can’t possibly make things easy for myself, I decided that the inaugural baking for the new oven would NOT be something simple …

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Jose Luis Hernandez Mendoza discussing his theories and work with Frank Lloyd Wright at his suite in the Hotel del Prado, Mexico.
DesignEvents

150 Years of Doing It Wright

Were humans significantly longer-lived than we currently are, today we would be celebrating the 150th birthday of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Unfortunately (or perhaps not, this particular human was problematic AF), today’s commemorative celebrations must go on without the man himself. If you’re looking to celebrate the architecture, design, …

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side-by-side images of two large blue bags with shoulder straps: one from Balenciaga, and one from Ikea.
DesignFashionMarketing

Frakta-ing the Market for Blue Bags

Does it rustle? Can you wash it with a hose? Did you pay $2,150 for it? Wait… one of these things is not like the others. As a part of their Spring/Summer men’s runway show, French fashion house Balenciaga presented a large blue “shopper bag” that’s distinctly reminiscent of an entirely …

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a crowd of Chicagoans carrying science-related signs for the March for Science. The Chicago skyline is in the background.
ActivismAIArtArt InquisitionCraftingpoliticsScience

Art Inquisition: Did You March for Science?

This past Saturday, scientists and science-enthusiasts took to the streets of over 600 cities around the globe to proclaim their love for SCIENCE. Yes, in all-caps! Here at the Lab, we do love us some science… capital letters or no. And we’ve got opinions on the March as varied as …

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World Water Day illustration of a woman drinking from a bottle in front of a stream that turns from brown to blue.
ActivismEventsIllustrationMarketing

Why Waste Water?

It’s World Water Day! Celebrated every year since 1993, World Water Day is about “taking action to tackle the water crisis.” What crisis? Well, 1.8 billion people are currently at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio because their source of drinking water is contaminated with…poop. Well, poop. What does …

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closeup of two "I voted" stickers in NYC; they are stuck to the thumbs of two people over the sidewalk
AIArtArt InquisitionDesignMeta

Art Inquisition: Could You Be Our Next Winner?

  The NYC Campaign Finance Board, of all places, may have me rethinking my general rule against design contests. For the most part, I’m opposed to working for free (like most of us are). Spec work “for exposure” or “to see if I like it” isn’t an arrangement that would ever fly at the …

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