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As Hyperallergic’s self-appointed cat correspondent, I feel an occasional duty to branch out and offer you more from the always colorful intersection of art and animals. Turns out it’s a good week for that. Today: a man living inside a bear carcass and a coffee shop for birds — both of which are being live-streamed.

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Post image for Getting to Know Milton Glaser, the Godfather of Modern Design

The east-facing windows of Milton Glaser’s studio on 32nd Street overlook a school playground. Every day at 2:35 pm, a deluge of rowdy grade-schoolers surges into the courtyard as their parents float and mingle along the perimeter. Yellow buses queue up dutifully between the parked cars that line both sides of the street.

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Post image for Designing Safer Antlers for Finland’s Reindeers

Would this spooky reindeer that seems to have transported from some unearthly netherworld stop you in your tracks?

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It’s sometimes hard to stay positive about development in New York when Frank Lloyd Wright buildings can disappear in the blink of an eye and everything seems to be turning into condos. However, it’s not all bad news, and 2013 had plenty of optimistic progress in architecture and urban design.

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Breeding the Perfect Chair

by Allison Meier on December 13, 2013

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Good or bad, every experiment starts with a hypothesis. For Dutch-born designer Jan Habraken with New York-based design studio FormNation, it was the question: “What if we apply the science of genetic engineering to an inanimate object?”

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Post image for Adorable Mid-Century-Inspired Theremins You Can Play

A crowd of whimsical theremins is currently residing in a Bowery gallery, ready to play out their eerie music from mid-century-inspired handmade forms.

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Post image for The Joys and Pitfalls of a Museum Turned Playground

CINCINNATI — The play begins with color sketch markers stuffed into an acrylic wall rack adjacent to artist Joshua Davis’s room-sized mural. There are no instructions other than a brief warning about the markers’ potential for staining clothes, but every visitor to the ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds exhibition at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center knows what to do. They grab a favorite color and hit the wall, looking for a crevice of remaining white space to make their painterly contribution to Davis’s artwork, part of a two-piece installation titled “The Lightning Storm.”

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Redesigning Death

by Allison Meier on July 11, 2013

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For the amount of time that people have been dying, which is quite long really, our designs for death haven’t changed as much as our designs for everything else.

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Post image for A Fusion of Facebook, Advertising, and Design Redefines the Creepy Birthday Hug

In what can be optimistically described as a case of something lost in cultural translation, Brazil’s Outback Steakhouse franchise had their American-owned ad agency design an anthropomorphized chair that “hugs” you when you are wished a happy birthday via Facebook. Yes, This is The Way We Live Today (or, rather, Esta é a maneira como vivemos hoje).

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Post image for Disrupt NSA Surveillance With This Typeface

As a reaction to government surveillance, the ZXX typeface is embedded with disruptive designs that are meant to combat optical character recognition processes. The four options for online communications camouflage — called XED, Noise, False, and Camo — each have characteristics that keep them legible to humans, but baffling to machines.

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