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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.

Move over, Pornhub: This new site rethinks the UX of porn

Is audio the future of erotica? The cofounder of Quinn, a sound-based site that launches today, thinks so.

For an industry that’s well known for the money shot, porn newcomer Quinn is putting its chips on an audio platform. The startup, which beta-launched in April and launched its redesigned site today, is looking to break through with its new audio-only porn platform and shift the brand away from the visual-reliant user experience the industry is known for.

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Weaving, coding, and the secret history of ‘women’s work’

Ahree Lee’s ‘Pattern:Code’ honors the history of women in the connected fields of crafts and computer science.

Before the fast-fashion business model made it possible for clothing companies to churn out 700 shirts a day, textiles in the 19th century were created using a much slower and more mathematical process: the Jacquard loom. This machine, which used carefully designed punch cards to determine the sequence of weaving operations, created patterns out of thread based on a binary system. (Since woven textiles are created with interlocking threads, you can only ever see a warp or a weft thread on the surface, which is essentially a zero or a one.) The intricate Jacquard loom and its innovative punch card input method would go on to inspire the first general-purpose computer, and English mathematician Ada Lovelace is widely credited with publishing the first algorithm to be carried out by this Analytical Engine. As a result, the relationship between woven textiles and computer science was born, and women sat squarely at the intersection of this technical Venn diagram.

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You can now make your own vinyl records with this at-home machine

Vinyl mixtapes? Let the romance burn.

“Hey, uh, yeah, so . . . I made you something. No big deal. I was just kind of thinking of you last night, then that got me to thinking about these last 1.5 dates we’ve been on, and . . . look it’s really not a big thing, just some songs that kind of remind me of you or whatever.”*PULLS RECORD FULL OF ALANIS MORISSETTE HITS FROM BACKPACK*

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The logos of all 11 Democratic presidential candidates, ranked

We asked the cofounders of the Center for American Politics and Design to critique the best and worst branding of this crowded Democratic field.

Tonight’s Democratic debate will feature a whopping 11 different candidates, all vying to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020. There are already plenty of breakdowns on their policies. But what’s been missing from the conversation, in our humble opinion, is a superficial—perhaps even petty—breakdown of their branding. Which of the candidates has the best logo? And which has the worst?

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Here’s how Apple Card users are customizing their plain white credit cards

These customers are pushing back against Cupertino’s minimalism.

Apple’s new credit card, the Apple Card, is little more than a thin layer of titanium coated with a layer of white finish, laser-etched with the Apple logo and your name so they glimmer. It’s a very Apple credit card: a perfectly minimal example of the pared-back aesthetic that has made Apple’s industrial design so widely sought after.

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Trump tweets 2020 campaign logo linked to alt-right and white supremacy groups

It isn’t the first time Trump has shared content from white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

President Trump likes to use content and images from some of his supporters, tweeting their memes and opinions out to his 63.7 million followers. Now, a video supporting his 2020 campaign that he tweeted on Wednesday features a logo that was first used by both a fascist vigilante group and a white supremacist website.

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The most exciting thing about the 2020 Games might be the robots

Toyota shared its electric vehicle and robot lineup for the 2020 Olympic Games. Things are about to get weird.

Toyota has spent the last five years as the “Worldwide Mobility Partner” of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. So far, that’s equated to little more than providing some cars at the events—and making a big PR push. But in Tokyo at the 2020 Olympics, Toyota has bigger plans. The carmaker is providing approximately 3,700 vehicles for the event, many of which have never been released in public before, and 90% of them are electric. This fleet of vehicles varies wildly in scale and purpose, from small buses to personal scooters to robots that save you a trip altogether—and even help retrieve javelins from the field during track events.

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A new wave of smart cities is here, and they look nothing like what you’d expect

You may already live in a smart city, and you don’t even know it.

An abandoned mine shaft beneath the town of Mansfield, England, is an unlikely place to shape the future of cities. But here, researchers from the nearby University of Nottingham are planning to launch a “deep farm” that could produce 10 times as much food as farms aboveground. Deep farms are an example of what the latest wave of smart cities looks like: putting people first by focusing on solving urban problems and improving existing infrastructure, rather than opening shiny new buildings.

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