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Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set out to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.

Photo Essay: The Lost Tradition Of Female Facial Tattoos In North Africa

Inspired by her grandmother, a photographer sought out the last generation of North African women with tattooed faces.

Photographer Yumna Al-Arashi‘s great-grandmother’s face was outlined with geometric tattoos. They were symbols for the seasons and visual clues to the stars, protecting Al-Arashi’s family against evil spirits. But now that her great-grandmother has passed, all Al-Arashi has of this once-powerful tradition are family photographs, passed down as a relic of another age.

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2018 Pritzker Prize Awarded To Indian Architect Balkrishna Doshi

“I think the role of the architect is also to be a social activist,” the 90-year-old architect has said.

The Pritzker Prize, the world’s most prestigious architecture award, has gone to the housing- and community-focused architect Balkrishna Doshi. Born in Pune and educated in Mumbai, Doshi is now 90. And though he worked with Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn in the 1950s, it’s the legacy of his own socially progressive firm Sangath (tellingly, as the New York Times points out, a term that means “fellowship“) that will be remembered.

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Steps To Buying A Gun In Japan: 13. In The U.S.? Just 2

The proof is in the fine print.

The greatest visualization of the toll of gun violence in America was created by the studio Periscopic in 2010. It depicted the 400,000 years of life lost to gun violence in America, and it’s absolutely chilling. The second greatest may have been published today by the New York Times. Instead of charting life and death in complex graphics, it paints a picture in words–listing the steps it takes to buy a gun in the U.S. versus other countries across the world.

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Designers: You’re Policy Makers. It’s Time To Act Like It

Technology is shaping our society, and designers are making the decisions of lawmakers.

The camcorder–the first mass-market device that recorded video and audio simultaneously–did not have a mute button, something that would allow you to record images but not audio. That doesn’t sound like a big deal. But this simple design decision actually encouraged U.S. citizens to violate laws against recording people’s conversations without their permission.

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Halfpipe Design Is An Art. Bobsled Track Design Can Kill You

“I trust my feeling for the right radius and smoothness,” says halfpipe designer Alli Zehetner. But he also relies on 20 years of technical experience.

If you’re a curling fan go frantically rub your broom somewhere else, because there’s nothing here for you. This is a story about two high adrenaline sports: halfpipe and bobsled. These dramatic Olympic events require venues that are so extremely hard to design and build that only a handful of companies in the world can do the job at the Olympic level.

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Moog Is Reissuing A Legendary 1960s Synthesizer Design–For $35,000 A Pop

The resuscitated synth will follow the original schematics, circuit board files, and components, all hand-soldered to the boards.

The legendary synthesizer manufacturer Moog (if you’re not familiar with it, let Mr. Giorgio Moroder explain how it shaped modern music) is making a mere 40 new units of one of its most legendary designs: the Moog Synthesizer IIIp, a machine originally released in 1969 to the joy of musicians like George Harrison.

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